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For Parents and Families

Off-Campus Study at Bowdoin

The Office of Off-Campus Study at Bowdoin welcomes students of every academic interest, GPA, and financial means to find a study away experience that enriches their academics, exposes them to new models and arenas of learning, and integrates into their Bowdoin experience. (For more about our guiding principles, click here.)

Students can pick from over 100 program options, earn credits toward graduation and/or their major(s)/minor, and even transfer financial aid for a semester/year away.

We value getting to know students’ academic, cultural, and personal goals, and will work one on one to help students find the right program, navigate Bowdoin’s approval process and apply to their chosen program, support credit transfer, prepare students for the logistics of study away, and make the most of their time off-campus when they return.

We can also help parents and families understand the resources at Bowdoin, at the student’s chosen program/host institution, and navigate commonly occurring questions about process, finances, travel, and more.

Please do not hesitate to utilize this website, talk with your student about their options, and encourage your student to reach out to our office for advising and support. 

(For more about our staff, click here.)

Resources for Parents and Families

The Off-Campus Study office is open year round (Monday-Friday, with the exception of some federal holidays and College holidays) to assist with any question a student or their family may have.

We update this website regularly so that it contains the most up-to-date information regarding study away from Bowdoin and encourage families to consult the sections within “Charting Your Journey” for students considering study away and “Leaving Bowdoin and Living Away” when students are pre-departure and on-site.

There are also broader resources to draw upon beyond what Bowdoin offers, such as the US State Department’s website for parents and families. (https://studyabroad.state.gov/experience-studying-abroad/information-parents) 

Students continue to be enrolled at Bowdoin while studying off-campus; therefore, all FERPA and HIPPA regulations continue to be implemented for participants during off-campus study.