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Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2020

Yes! Even though we are also off campus, we are still holding our regular walk-in hours via phone or video calls. You can book a slot here. If these times don’t work for you, please email ocse@skidmore.edu to set up a virtual meeting.

At this point, the OCSE fall application deadline has passed. If you need more time with your application, please contact ocse@skidmore.edu to request additional time and we will consider each request case-by-case.

Each program provider is updating us regularly on their fall 2020 plans, including visa processes, refund policies, and other relevant logistics. The best way to find out the information for your specific program is to contact them directly. 

Yes. In light of the uncertainty around fall semester, we encourage you to delay the purchase of flights. Many of the consulates are not currently accepting visa applications or appointments at this point. You should work with your program directly on guidance related to gathering visa materials to have ready when it is time to begin the process. 

According to the Department of State website, those who have already applied for a new passport should expect significant delays in receiving it. If you have not yet applied for a passport, you will need to check online to see if there is a post office near you that is still processing applications. If you are renewing your passport, you may be able to mail in your documents. In all cases, you should expect a significant delay and so should begin this process immediately.

Skidmore follows the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Department of State (DOS), as well as monitoring local government restrictions and guidance. As of now, the DOS has issued a Level 4 Global Health Advisory and the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Warning. If these levels remain escalated, we will have to suspend study abroad programs for fall.
No. We are not taking any new applications for fall 2020 and will not allow students to change programs at this point.
Yes. Students approved to study off-campus for fall 2020 are able to participate in the housing selection process but are limited to a single room in the residence halls. If you have questions about on-campus accommodations, please contact Res Life.
Yes. All students will be allowed to register for on-campus classes at Skidmore. Please work with your academic advisor and the Registrar’s office if you have questions.
Yes. We are now accepting applications for spring 2021. Please email ocse@skidmore.edu to request that your fall application be deferred to spring.
Yes. Students can make this payment online via electronic check or credit card. There is a 2.75% fee for utilizing a credit card. Please email ocse@skidmore.edu for payment instructions.
Yes. If Skidmore cancels off-campus programs for fall 2020, we will refund all deposits.

Skidmore and NY6 Exchange programs – We will refund the deposit if you withdraw up to the start date of the program. We will not offer refunds after that point.

Approved Programs – We will be as flexible as possible but refunds will depend on the program provider’s refund policy and dates. There could be non-recoverable costs, in which case we would not be able to refund the deposit.

All accepted students now have access to our five pre-departure videos in your myocse portal, under “learning content”. We will also be sending students additional information and resources in the coming weeks. Your program will also offer some sort of pre-depature meeting or materials, so please keep an eye on your email.