Types of Programs
If you have decided that an off campus studies experience may be right for you, the next step is to decide what type of off campus studies program fits your needs most closely. You will see the following categories used throughout our information to describe our programs.
Study Abroad Programs
These programs are located all over the world. They vary in length from academic year programs, to semester options, to shorter term summer programs. Some require students to take courses taught in a foreign language, while others are taught in English. There are options available for students in all majors.
These off campus programs are located within the United States. All of these programs offer courses, and many have an internship component where students earn credit for gaining valuable work experiences.
There are some study abroad programs and some domestic off campus programs that offer Gettysburg students the opportunity to take classes with students from the host country or host institution. One main advantage to this type of program is that it allows Gettysburg students to meet a wide variety of students and work with faculty from the host institution.
Many study abroad programs and domestic programs are specially designed for the program participants, thus the term "group" program. There are often special courses taught just for the program participants, and in most cases, the other students on the program will be from the United States or perhaps just Gettysburg. Some group programs are accompanied by a faculty member from Gettysburg College, or another U.S. college.
These programs, whether abroad or domestic, offer students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience usually in addition to taking some classes. These work experiences are unpaid, but students will receive credit toward their Gettysburg degree.
What Resources are Available to help you Choose?
The Office of Off Campus Studies, located in 290 CUB, has a comprehensive Resource Library where you can pick up informational brochures on the programs outlined in this book. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with an Advisor by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning x 6866.
Once students return from an off campus experience, they are asked to complete a Peer Evaluation Form. This form asks basic questions about the off campus program, and it gives prospective students the chance to see what your peers thought about the program! The Peer Evaluations are located in the OCS resource library. In addition, the staff at OCS can arrange for you to meet with one of these returning students to hear from them directly!