What are the requirements to participate in an off-campus study program?
Wells approval to study off-campus is separate from admission into a specific off-campus study program. In order to be approved by Wells to study off-campus, you must be in good academic and behavioral standing (including having a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8), have spent at least one year in residence at Wells, have a financial account balance of under $1,000 (or, if you are on the payment plan, your account must be current), and have the approval of your academic/major advisor as well as the Dean of Students and the Dean of the College. All students must return to Wells for at least one semester after studying off-campus. Students who will be studying abroad must complete OCS 271 Cross Cultural Preparation before going abroad.
Note to transfer students: students transferring in with fewer than 60 credit hours must complete two consecutive semesters at Wells College before studying off-campus. Students transferring in with 60 or more credit hours must complete one semester at Wells College and must receive written approval from their academic advisor, the Director of International Programs, and the Dean of Students before studying off-campus. All of the other criteria listed above also apply.
How do I get an application for Wells approval to study off-campus?
The packet you will need to be approved to study off-campus is available on this site, or from Amy Torea, Off-Campus Study Coordinator, in Cleveland 200. Please remember that the application for approval to study off-campus is separate from the application to a specific off-campus study program.
How will credits transfer?
It is important that you discuss with your major/academic advisor the courses you plan to take before you study off-campus. With the approval of your advisor, you may use courses to fulfill major or general requirements for the BA. If you are on a Wells College or an affiliated program your grades will transfer back and count toward your GPA. Please note that credits earned on a non-affiliated will be treated as transfer credit. This means the credits only, not the grades, will transfer and that only courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will transfer.
How much will it cost to study off-campus?
Students participating in Wells College or affiliated off-campus study programs pay Wells College tuition, room, board, and fees. Students receive their institutional aid for one semester when studying on a Wells College or an affiliated program. Should a student choose to study abroad for more than one semester on a Wells College or an affiliated program, the student will be charged Wells College tuition, room, board, and fees, but institutional aid will not be available. Wells will cover the cost of tuition, room, and board on the program (if meals are not included in the program fee and the cost of the program is less than the cost of tuition, room, and board at Wells, a meals credit will be provided). If a program fee exceeds the cost of tuition, room, and board at Wells, students will be billed for the cost difference.
What if I am not interested in any of the Wells College or affiliated programs?
If the Wells College or affiliated programs do not fit your academic or cultural objectives, you may apply to study on a non-affiliated program. Students applying to a non-affiliated program must meet the same eligibility requirements and general regulations for approval as students on a Wells College or an affiliated program. Your institutional aid will not be available and you must withdraw from the College for the semester. Students participating in non-affiliated programs must pay the College an administrative fee of $150. Please note that credits earned on a non-affiliated program will be treated as transfer credit. This means the credits only, not the grades, will transfer and that only courses in which grades of C- or better are earned will transfer. Students may not be approved for a non-affiliated program if Wells offers a Wells College or an affiliated program with similar learning objectives. Students exploring non-affiliated programs should speak with the Director of International Programs before applying to any program.