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Off-Campus Study

While Away

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Blogging and other forms of reflection about your experience. There are many ways in which you can reflect on your experience and articulate it for your own and others' benefit. While away, many students keep a journal or blog. If you are keeping a blog about your OCS experience, we would be happy to put a link to it here. (Such blogs are personal to the individual who posts them, and not controlled or regularly monitored by Bowdoin's OCS office, but the normal expectations of appropriateness in content apply.)

 

OCS Student Handbook

All students approved for off-campus study receive a copy of Bowdoin's OCS Student Handbook at one of the required meetings that are held in April or October of the semester before departure. A copy is also mailed to the parent who receives billing from Bowdoin. It covers most of the frequently asked questions about credit, communication, billing, financial aid, etc. If you are away from Bowdoin and have mislaid your copy, you can download the latest version of the handbook [pdf]. The handbook is designed to be as comprehensive as possible, but if you have questions that it does not answer, please feel free to email the OCS Office. Students who are studying on summer programs are also sent a copy of the handbook, and may simply ignore the information relevant only to students who will be away from Bowdoin for a full semester or year. For students who are not on off-campus study or a summer program but are going abroad for another activity sponsored in some way by Bowdoin, the International Travel Handbook offers general advice on travel logistics, health and safety, cultural adjustment, etc.)

Notification of your OCS courses and address

Once you have arrived at your program, you must notify us of your off-campus address and of your final course schedule. It is mandatory that you fill out these forms. You will be emailed the link with these forms and should fill them out as soon as your residence and schedule are finalized. Remember, the course information you give is particularly important if you have had to make changes from the courses that you listed on your original Bowdoin OCS application. Before you register, refer to the OCS Student Handbook to make sure that the courses will be acceptable for Bowdoin credit. In particular, internships and courses in such areas as business, marketing, accountancy, journalism, and communications will not receive credit from Bowdoin.


Bowdoin and other resources

Don't forget to look through our OCSLinks section, which includes resources mentioned in the OCS Student Handbook and others of more specialized interest. Useful Bowdoin addresses include the Bowdoin Library Gateway and Ask a Librarian service, the Registrar's Office, Residential Life, and Career Planning.

Health and safety.

As well as reading the general advice on health and safety in the OCS Student Handbook, you should review the safety precautions issued to you by your program for information and recommendations specific to that region and country. Pay more than one visit to the websites of the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, in case conditions have changed.

Insurance claims

If you are covered under the Bowdoin insurance plan through Koster, you may download a claim form for medical and prescription drug expenses here.

Executive Assistance Program.

Executive Assistance Program for Bowdoin Students and Faculty Traveling Abroad (PDF)

Page 2 of this PDF is a card that can be printed for carrying in a wallet.

All students approved for off-campus study receive a copy of Bowdoin's OCS Student Handbook at one of the required meetings that are held in April or October of the semester before departure. A copy is also mailed to the parent who receives billing from Bowdoin. It covers most of the frequently asked questions about credit, communication, billing, financial aid, etc. If you are away from Bowdoin and have mislaid your copy, you can download the latest version of the handbook [pdf]. The handbook is designed to be as comprehensive as possible, but if you have questions that it does not answer, please feel free to email the OCS Office. Students who are studying on summer programs are also sent a copy of the handbook, and may simply ignore the information relevant only to students who will be away from Bowdoin for a full semester or year. For students who are not on off-campus study or a summer program but are going abroad for another activity sponsored in some way by Bowdoin, the International Travel Handbook offers general advice on travel logistics, health and safety, cultural adjustment, etc.)