Planning Timeline

Off-campus study takes careful planning. Nearly all Whitman students studying off-campus go during one or both semesters of their third year. As a guideline, we recommend that students begin planning for their off-campus studies as follows:

Second-Year Students

Fall Semester

  • Attend an Off-Campus Studies (OCS) "First Step" Informational Meeting
    A First Step meeting is an introduction of Off-Campus Studies at Whitman College. There are typically 4 to 6 meetings per semester planned at various times so that a sophomore can choose a meeting that best fits their schedule.  The off-campus studies process is definitely a team effort between the student and the OCS staff.  Important information shared at a First Step meeting helps identify the student's options and next steps.
  • Visit the Whitman's Annual Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Fair at the end of October 2015 (Date and Time TBA).
    The Annual Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Fair is an opportunity to speak directly with program representatives, Whitman OCS alums and the OCS staff - all in one location - the Reid Ballroom.  This is a great time to explore your OCS options. You can pick up program brochures, talk with individuals about their programs and experiences, and find answers to our study abroad questions.
  • Discuss your off-campus study plans with your Major Adviser
  • Schedule a meeting with a Whitman Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Adviser
  • Look over the OCS Advising Sheets by Major

Spring Semester

  • Declare your major
  • Submit Whitman Off-Campus Study (OCS) Application and Program Application(s) by February 6, 2014 for Fall and Academic Year off-campus study. If you are applying to a program that has a rolling deadline or is highly competitive, you may want to complete applications for Spring 2015 study abroad during May 2014, prior to leaving campus for the summer.

First-Year Students

Fall Semester

  • Attend the Off-Campus Studies (OCS) New Student Information Meeting in the beginning of September (Date and Time TBA).
  • Visit the Whitman's Annual Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Fair at the end of October 2015 (Date and Time TBA).
    The Annual Off-Campus Studies (OCS) Fair is an opportunity to speak directly with program representatives, Whitman OCS alums and the OCS staff - all in one location - the Reid Ballroom.  This is a great time to explore your OCS options. You can pick up program brochures, talk with individuals about their programs and experiences, and find answers to our study abroad questions.
  • Read through Planning Tips for Off-Campus Studies Course Prerequisites
  • Look over the OCS Advising Sheets by Major 

Spring Semester

  • Attend the Off-Campus Studies (OCS) New Student Information Meeting on April 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Olin 157