Explore & Apply
The question is "what do you want to learn?" . . . not just "where do you want to go?"
Use every part of the process to deepen your knowledge about yourself, your intended destination and your program.
1. Eligibility - The application process is rigorous and frequently competitive. The basic requirements are:
- Junior or senior status while abroad (exceptions may apply to Oxy Faculty-Led Courses)
- Target GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
- Appropriate and well articulated scholarly purposes for participation demonstrated in all parts of the application
- Neither on academic or disciplinary probation nor under investigation for violations which may result in probation between application and departure
- All holds cleared with campus departments and offices before leaving campus
2. Attend an information session.
- This will cover the application process, program types, credit transfer and finances.
- Offered 2-3 times per week.
- Stop by the office in Johnson 102 to sign up.
3. Explore program options. **NOTE: You must use a browser other than Internet Explorer.**
- Our "featured" programs have a proven track-record of Oxy participation, faculty/staff site-visits and a strong connection to our curriculum.
- Not finding the right fit? Make an appointment with IPO to discuss the programs not on our "featured" list. They are available on a case-by-case basis through our partnerships with CIEE, SIT, IES, CET, etc. Other options may not replicate countries and/or program themes on the College approved list. Always ask IPO.
- Don't try a short-cut because study abroad during a leave of absence renders you ineligible for College financial aid or scholarships and no credit will be transferred toward the Occidental degree.
- YES! You have a username and password. When the system asks how you intend to login, select the option "I have a username and password." Then enter your credentials EXACTLY as you would for myOxy. This allows us to connect to the college database.
4. Meet with an IPO advisor.
Once you have attended an info session, you are encouraged to meet one-on-one with a staff member, ESPECIALLY if choosing a program not on our "featured" list.
* To use the "request advising" button below, search on the name of any city, then click on a program name. Your choice as you fill out this advising questionnaire has no effect on your future study abroad plans - we promise! In the center right of your screen hit "request advising" again. The system will then tell you that you are about to request advising - say "okay." When it asks you to log in, choose the button with the option: I have a username and password. Then use your normal myOxy credentials. Ultimately, you will get to a link for this questionnaire: Study Abroad Advising Questionnaire. That questionnaire MUST be complete before your appointment.
5. Select a program that best suits your academic needs and personal interests using our searchable programs list. Within the page for the program of your choice, hit the "Apply Now" button. Login using your myOxy credentials.
6. Apply by the deadlines
Fall 2016 - February 8, 2016 (no longer accepted)
Spring 2017 - September 5, 2016
Complete applications include:
- 2 Faculty Recommendations - Oxy's on-line application system will assist you in requesting these and IPO will forward the forms for approved applicants to our partners—no need to fill out program-specific forms. Be SURE to discuss your proposal and/or send a copy of your essay questions to your recommender. They cannot complete the form unless they know your reasons for study abroad. NEW POLICY - One of your recommenders must teach in your major!
- Oxy's on-line application - Access the application on each program page in the searchable programs list. (Login using your myOxy credentials.) Our application requires three essays. Review the prompts here along with some essay advice.
- Program specific application - Apply directly to your program following their application process and deadlines. You could be approved by your program and not by Oxy, but you must be approved by Oxy to receive academic credit. Or you could be approved by Oxy and not your program. In that case, we would try to help you find another program. Note: One official transcript will be sent to your program by IPO after all applicants have been notified.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102