Why participate in Off-Campus Study?
If Scripps College offers an engaging and academically challenging environment to pursue a college education, why study anywhere else? Because Scripps College considers off-campus study an essential part of a complete liberal arts education. The Core Curriculum equips students to think critically, to question assumptions, and to tolerate ambiguity; Off-Campus Study puts those skills to use.
The rewards of off-campus study include:
- Engaging with people of another culture as a member of the local community, not as a tourist;
- Exploring academic interests from a different perspective;
- Enhancing language skills to a proficient level, or taking the challenge to learn a new language;
- Investigating career options through an internship;
- Preparing for senior thesis by honing research skills with an independent study project; and more.
"Actually, I didn't choose Mali. I was originally going to Madagascar. I had written papers on Madagascar, thoroughly researched customs and food and was all approved and set to go when decreased enrollment in the aftermath of a coup cancelled the program. I was really upset, but set about trying to decide between SIT's programs in Cameroon and Mali. I went back and forth many, many times but eventually, based on the advice of Professor Englebert at Pomona and what little I had read about women's roles in Mali's development I decided to head for Bamako."
SIT Mali: Gender, Health & Development, Bamako, Mali, Mali
When can I participate?
Most students study off campus for one semester (either fall or spring) during their junior year; in fact, more than half of the Scripps junior class participates in the program. Students may also petition to participate during the second semester of the sophomore year, after Core and Writing 50 requirements are completed, or as a first-semester senior if the major allows.
Deciding between fall and spring semester is an important consideration when choosing a program. The U.S. schedule of
classes from September-May with a winter break between semesters is not the norm in many areas of the world; students are advised to check program dates as they make their selection.
Students remain enrolled as full-time students at Scripps College and pay the comprehensive fees for tuition, room and board while participating in off-campus semester programs in order to receive credit toward graduation for their studies. The required course load while on off-campus study is 15 to 16 semester units, to equal 3.75 or 4.0 courses at Scripps. It is not the number of classes but the amount of credit awarded that determines the appropriate course load while off campus.
All grades earned on off-campus study will be calculated into the Scripps cumulative GPA. Courses taken while abroad can fulfill certain general education requirements, can be applied to a major or a minor with approval from the department, or can be counted as elective credit towards graduation.
Off-Campus Study Staff