Selection Criteria for Off-Campus Study
off campus is an opportunity available to Dickinson students,
subject to a selection process. It is the responsibility of the student
a persuasive case for off-campus study and to be aware
of all prerequisites and observe application deadlines.
select students for off-campus study.
Committees are composed of faculty members and administrative
staff from the Office of Global Education. Selection
is based on a written application
and, in some cases, an interview. Admission to programs
may be competitive.
Successful applicants must demonstrate the following
qualifications for off-campus study:
- Students must successfully complete
all prerequisite courses before participating in
- Preference is given to students who
have completed background courses for the program
in which they
intend to study.
- Strong language preparation is
especially important for foreign language programs.
- Preference may be given to students who have
taken an appropriate foreign language course in
preceding their anticipated study abroad.
Academic Appropriateness of Program and Location
Applicants must justify their program choices in
terms of appropriateness for their academic, linguistic
and cultural learning goals. This may be within
the context of a liberal arts education, or specific
academic goals, normally focused on a student’s
major field. The location of a program is less
important than how the program uses a location
to foster learning.
Generally, a 2.8 GPA is required for acceptance into
an off-campus program. Some programs have higher
GPA requirements. While a student’s GPA is
an important factor in the selection process, meeting
a program’s GPA requirement does not guarantee
Initiative, Maturity, Responsibility and Adaptability
The successful completion of an off-campus program
requires initiative, maturity, responsibility and
adaptability. Studying off campus requires tolerance
and a willingness to adjust to living and learning
conditions very different from and often much less
comfortable than those in Carlisle. While studying
off campus, students are responsible for representing
Dickinson College well in all of their behaviors.
As part of the selection process, therefore, Student
Life records are taken into account.
Progress Toward Graduation
The proposed off-campus stay may not impede students’ normal
progress toward graduation. Students must indicate
in their applications how they plan to complete major
and graduation requirements. Students should discuss
their off-campus plans with their academic advisers.
Declaration of Major
Students will not be allowed to study off campus
on a semester or academic year program until they
officially declare a major. Major declaration forms
are available in the Registrar’s Office or
on the Web at: <www. dickinson.edu/departments/reg>.
Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation
or suspension, or who have delinquent accounts,
are not eligible to apply for or to participate
in off-campus study.
Application to and Selection for Dickinson Approved
Students may participate in a Dickinson Approved
Program when they can demonstrate compelling reasons
why a Dickinson Program or Partner Program cannot
fulfill their academic objectives. Students may not
apply to programs in countries that host Dickinson
programs without demonstrating compelling academic
reasons why they choose not to apply to the Dickinson
Program. Reasons include but are not limited to:
Under no circumstances may a student study, enroll
or register independently at an institution
where a Dickinson Program or Partner Program
exists. If a student does study, enroll or
register at one of these institutions, the student
receive no transfer credit in any subject for
Once a student is accepted by Dickinson for
study in an Approved Program, he/she is given
of permission and can then apply directly to
the host program. If a stu-dent applies to
without official approval from Dickinson College,
the credits from the program will not transfer.
- a student’s academic major cannot be accommodated
by a Dickinson Program or Partner Program;
program fits the design of the student’s
personal independent study or career goals;
student applies to, but is not accepted into,
a Dickinson Program or Partner Program.
Situations Requiring Special Permission
Off-campus study in the final semester of the senior
year requires special approval from the Academic
Program and Standards Committee. Special approval
also is necessary for participation in more than
two semesters of study off campus. Petitions should
be addressed to Brian Whalen, associate dean and
executive director, Office of Global Education,
and should include the following:
- an essay describing
how study off campus fits in with overall academic
goals and plans;
- letters of support from the
academic adviser, department chair, program coordinator
and/or resident director,
- an audit showing in detail how off-campus
courses will fit in with graduation requirements.