Off-Campus Studies


If you are thinking about making off-campus studies a part of your education, you will be joining over 350 of your peers who study off campus each year (over 50% of the class of 2013).  Gettysburg College considers off-campus study to be a vital part of its academic programs.

Students study off campus for many different reasons.  Whether you want to learn a new language, improve your skills in a language you have been studying, make your resume stand out from the crowd, or to add a special facet to your degree, you will find that off-campus studies gives you these advantages—and many more.  Students can study off-campus during the first semester of their sophomore year, junior year, or in the first semester of senior year.

Students with special needs are encouraged to discuss their off-campus studies plans with the director of off-campus studies.  Many programs can accommodate students with special learning needs or physical needs.

All students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average, be in good academic standing and disciplinary standing (students must not be on conduct probation and must have 5 or fewer points on the Gettysburg College Alcohol & Drug Policy Points System) in order to apply for off-campus studies.  Accepted students must maintain their good standing in order to participate and permission will be rescinded for any student placed on probation prior to departing for off-campus studies.

Students who participate in affiliated programs will earn both credits and grades, and will be able to use their financial aid to pay for the program.  Students who participate in other approved off campus programs will earn credits but not grades, and will be able to use federal and in some cases state financial aid to pay for the program, however Gettysburg College financial aid cannot be used for these non-Affiliated programs.

Students who leave the United States are subject to the laws of the country they are traveling to. Alcohol and other drug laws will vary depending on where one studies abroad. While in that country, the legal drinking age of that country applies. However, once a student returns to the United States, and specifically to Gettysburg College, the legal drinking age of 21 applies.

For detailed information about Off-Campus Programs, please visit our web site at:  /ocs.