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Off-campus study beckons

August 23, 2013

Off-campus study beckons

study abroad in Paris
Students in fall study abroad in Paris visit
a famed site.

Aug. 23, 2013

More than 150 Skidmore students are spending a semester in England, France, China, and other locations in the U.S. and abroad this fall. Skidmore will also host three international exchange students and one domestic exchange student this semester.

Skidmore's Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchanges (OCSE) offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture and, in turn, to question the assumptions they hold regarding themselves, their own culture, and the cultures of others. This helps students become engaged global citizens who possess a high level of intercultural literacy.

OCSE programs offered this fall are the First Year Experience in London, Shakespeare Programme in London, Paris Fall Seminar, Paris: Advanced Studies, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Spain (Madrid and Alcala), and a domestic exchange with Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition, some students are participating in non-Skidmore programs approved by Skidmore faculty and OCSE to offer strong integration between off-campus experiences and studies in Saratoga Springs. This includes a choice from more than 130 study-abroad programs in 43 countries and more than 200 options within the United States and Canada.

In 2012, 64.5 percent of Skidmore graduates studied off campus at some time during their college career, placing Skidmore fourth in the nation among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad.

To participate in off-campus study programs, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and meet other specific requirements. Students may receive full credit for up to 18 semester credits for off-campus coursework, and those credits may also be applied toward major, minor, and all-College requirements with appropriate approval. Students also receive Skidmore resident credits on faculty-led travel seminars, and they get transfer credits for Skidmore in London, approved programs abroad, approved domestic programs, and summer programs. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

OCSE assists students in program selection, application, and preparation for off-campus study. The office manages the Skidmore study-abroad programs, administers off-campus opportunities in the U.S., and oversees approved programs to ensure quality, geographic diversity, variety in the range of experiences offered, and affordability.

Countries where approved programs are available for Skidmore students to study abroad in 2013–14 are Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland (Northern), Ireland (Republic of), Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Madagascar, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Poland, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, and Vietnam.

For more information, see the OCSE Web site

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