Summer or winter break may be the best time to pursue international experiences.
By Registrar and IPO guidelines, summer/winter abroad experiences are pursued independently even if with organizations with which Oxy maintains semester study abroad programs.
Here’s how it works...
Get some advice.
While our informal advising does not constitute an endorsement of the quality, content, safety or particular relevance of the experience to the student’s academic program, we can suggest a research strategy, help identify legitimate programs and verify accreditation. Some resources we recommend are GoAbroad.com, StudyAbroad101.com, and IIEPassport.org.
View this chart for a comparison of our programs.
Get some credit.
IPO will need a course form (You should print it out so you can get signatures, but you will need to scan and upload it when you register your summer study abroad plans at the link below) to ensure that you get credit from the registrar upon your return. This step will verify the credit transfer and let you know exactly what counts and what doesn’t. You can’t repeat courses or course levels you have already taken and you have to earn at least a C for the credits to transfer. (Deadlines: November 15 for Winter, April 25 for summer.)
Apply to and pay the program, not Oxy.
Unlike the competitive semester process, you apply directly to your program sponsor following their deadlines and process, not Oxy’s. Once approved, you pay all fees directly to your program, not Oxy. The only Oxy fee to avoid is the late fee ($125 for forms after November 15 or April 25 and $250 the day your program starts!).
Let us know your plans by registering them here, a link that will direct you to our terradotta.com system.
While regular Oxy financial aid does not cover summer or winter, many programs have robust scholarship pools. When possible, IPO disburses a small pool of mini-grants ($250 - $4,000 on a need-based sliding scale) to defray the cost of summer/winter study abroad for as many eligible students as possible. Generally funds are not intended for students who have already spent a semester abroad or received a College travel grant (Richter, Young, Anderson, URC, etc.).
SUMMER/WINTER GRANT BASICS:
Health & Safety!
It is your own responsibility to verify with your medical professional that you are healthy enough to travel and any preparation you may need (www.cdc.gov/travel). Similarly, you must determine that your destination is safe (travel.state.gov click “International Travel,” choose the country, click “Threats to Safety and Security” and “Crime.”). Always check with IPO and your program for advice. See College statements on Location Safety and Travel Policy.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102