Where to Begin

Before you embark on your off-campus study application, the CGE suggests that you: 

  • Read the website to learn more about OCS.
  • Talk to your major adviser and other faculty about programs that might be a good fit.
  • Attend the OCS Sophomore Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, during Common Hour in Oden Auditorium.
  • Attend OCS Info Day on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Common Hour in Gund Commons.
  • Review programs of interest. Pay attention to any course prerequisites, language requirements, the education system, and housing options.  You will also want to start researching the prospective country and its culture. You can save programs that you want to refer back to later.
  • Complete an advising appointment to talk with CGE staff about possible programs. Please complete an Advising Questionnaire in StudioAbroad and make an appointment through Google Calendar to talk with Kerry or Kenna for advice about possible programs or Marne to talk about OCS finances. OCS appointments for the class of 2026 will open for booking on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and will begin on Monday, Oct. 2.
  • Email Kenna Welch (welch2@kenyon.edu) to request feedback from Kenyon students about programs you may be interested in.
  • Talk to returned OCS students. You can email cge@kenyon.edu to request to be put in touch with a returned student. Academic departments and the Center for Global Engagement will also host panel discussions, but one-on-one time with returned students is strongly encouraged!
  • Contact your OCS provider to determine your competitiveness as an applicant. Please note that, with few exceptions, Kenyon approval does not determine admission for the OCS programs themselves.