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Advising: Choosing Your Program

Want to meet with the Center for International Education Director (Cristen Casey) about this topic?    Send 2-3 available times to cie@albion.edu to get on the calendar.  Estimate 60 minutes for this session.

Being prepared for the session: 
  1. Review the Albion College eligibility requirements.  
  2. Discuss study abroad with your academic adviser, and refer to the Academics and Study Abroad web page.  Identify what academic requirements you have for your study abroad semester, including major/minor requirements, modes and categories, etc.
  3. Peruse Albion approved programs.  Consider what matters most to you, including location, academics, cost, etc.
  4. List any special accommodations that are important for you.  Examples:  working around an athletics schedule, needing extra time for tests or papers, access to certain medical care, etc.
Stay on track, avoid academic surprises!   While all coursework earned while on an Albion-approved OCP will be applied to your Albion transcript, it is important to plan for the following:  
  1. Off-campus program (OCP) coursework may be applied to your major/ minor minimum requirements, but approval is required.  Petition with your academic department for major/minor requirements, and the College Registrar for mode/category credit.  
  2. OCP coursework that is applied to major/ minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade.  In order to be considered, a course must be equivalent to at least .666/.667 an Albion unit.
  3. Most majors /minors require a minimum total number of courses related to the major for graduation.  OCP courses that are equivalent to less than 1 Albion unit are applied to this total only at the percentage of credit granted. Contact CIE or the Registrar with questions.