How it Works
A new world is waiting for you. Here are the basics to help get you started down the road to your off-campus experience.
- Make an appointment with an Off-Campus Study counselor:
These appointments are available starting in April of the first year and continue through Thanksgiving break of the sophomore year. Your counselor will help you sort through your options and answer your questions.
- Choose a program: There are five basic programs to choose from. Find the one that best fits your needs. Experiential Programs
These are group programs that integrate classroom study with field and research experience. These programs usually involve an opportunity to pursue an independent research project, and some may include an internship.Group Programs
Generally speaking, in group programs, students are in classes with other American college students. The instructors are usually from the host-country, often faculty members from a nearby university. Many group programs offer a homestay and/or a student housing option, and most provide a significant number of structured opportunities to learn about the host country or region.Hybrid Programs
These are essentially the same as group programs, but also offer students an opportunity to take one or two courses per semester at an affiliate university or universities.University Programs
These programs involve study in regular courses at a higher education institution in your host country. Housing is usually with peers in a residential college or a university-owned student apartment, though occasionally you may be placed in program housing with other American college students.Science Programs
This is a small group of programs for students who are looking for research-based science opportunities. Many of these are experiential, involving significant work at field-research stations.Short-term & Summer
The opportunity to study off-campus in January, May or over the summer is a great option if you have limited time to pursue off-campus study during the academic year. There is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to short-term and summer programs. Talk to a counselor.
- Approval Process: To pursue off-campus study for academic credit, students first must obtain Denison approval for the study and then apply for admission by the program partner. Denison approval is granted through a four-stage process.
To see further evaluation criteria, please visit Global Tools.
Special Academic Regulations
You must enroll for a minimum course-load of twelve transferable U.S. semester credits for each semester of off-campus study. To receive transfer credit for an off-campus study experience, you must have pre-approval for courses you will pursue on your off-campus program. In general terms, if you apply a course toward a major, minor, or concentration, you must receive approval directly from that department/program.
Educational Enrichment Leave
You may apply for an Educational Enrichment Leave of Absence to pursue experiential learning opportunities that are not credit-bearing or structured educational opportunities whose coursework is not applicable to a Denison Baccalaureate degree.
Denison does not require you to pay its tuition or room/board fees during your term off-campus (except in the case of the Justus-Liebig-Universitat exchange). Denison presently charges a nominal administrative fee of $270 for a summer program, $845 for a semester program, and $915 for an academic year program to cover the administrative support associated with an off-campus study.
You will pay the education fee for your chosen program. To determine if a program is affordable, you should consider out-of-pocket expenses as well as the invoiced program fees. A comprehensive cost estimate for any given program on the Denison accepted list is available from the educational partner.
Financing options are available.
For more information on getting started and beginning your search, see Global Tools.