Off-campus programs offer a variety of program features. Here are some basic considerations when selecting a program:
- Is instruction classroom or field-based?
- Are classes taught by local faculty or visiting professors from the United States and elsewhere?
- Does the program have a thematic focus or do students choose from a variety of subject areas?
- Where are other students from?
- Will you live with a local host family, local roommates, or with other students on the program?
- Will you stay in a house, dorm, apartment, or hostel/hotel?
- Are meals included in the cost?
- Where do students typically eat?
- Is there someone available to contact 24/7?
- Is that person located nearby or in another part of the country?
- Where, specifically, is the program located (in city center, at or near a university, in rented office space, etc)?
- How many hours/week is the internship?
- What kinds of internships are available?
- Are placements guaranteed or competitive?
- Is the internship accompanied by an academic course (necessary to receive credit)?
- Is the internship done part-time throughout the program or full-time for part of the program?
- Is independent research an integral part of program or one option among many?
- Who supervises the research?
- How is the independent research project structured (weekly seminars, discussion group, final paper, presentation, etc.)?
- Does the program have an IRB (Internal Review Board) approval process for human subjects or will you need to request IRB approval from Carleton?
- Does the program offer non-credit volunteer opportunities?
- Do any of the classes include a service-learning component?
- Questions to ask yourself when selecting a program
- Program Features
- Resources to consult when choosing an OCS program
- Pre-Departure Video and Checklist
- Teaching and Learning on OCS
- Program Evaluation
- Transitioning Back to the United States & Carleton
- Going Abroad Again
- Integrating OCS into Academic/Career/Life planning