Off Campus Study

Off campus study is one of the many rites of passage students can opt for during college, but why does everyone talk about the transformational impact of a semester or two away? Educators use phrases like “training future global leaders,” “catalyst for increased maturity,” and “formation of lasting friendships and networks.” If you are interested in reading details about the many benefits of off campus study, look at this research.

It’s not always easy to travel to a new environment—you remember this from your first semester at SU—but stepping away from all that is familiar has benefits that outweigh reasons you may have to stay home. The academic, career and personal gains you are sure to experience from the thoughtful immersion in a culture beyond Syracuse will benefit you, and, in turn will have a positive influence on everyone connected to you—locally and globally.

How It Works: An Overview

          To Prepare:

  • Be sure to meet with an advisor in your home college now to ensure you are reserving the right courses to take abroad, so you’ll continue to make good progress on your requirements.
  • Consider whether you want to pursue the SU Abroad/Honors Course Substitution option (see below).  Your experience abroad can count as one of your required honors courses, if you complete all the required assignments (some of the assignments are due before you leave).
  • Start your timeline for Thesis Project early! Students studying off campus in the fall of their junior year should begin exploring Thesis Project topics and considering possible advisors at the end of the sophomore year and during the following summer. Students who will be off campus for the entire junior year are required to have a conversation in spring of sophomore year with an Honors advisor about Honors requirements and getting started on the Thesis Project while abroad.
  • To make your experience even more meaningful, read this essay to help you reflect on and articulate your reasons for studying abroad.

Off campus study can count toward Honors Requirements

Off campus study helps you fulfill the Global Awareness requirement, and you can use it to count as one Honors course in your ‘Breadth’ requirement. This option does not involve actual course credit and does not appear on your academic record or transcript. The substitution is not required to have your study abroad count as part of your Global Awareness requirement.

If you are studying in a different country, follow the 'abroad substitution' process

If you are studying away from SU but in the US, use the 'off course substitution' process

Off Campus Course Substitution (USA)

Off Campus (in USA): Overview

Successful completion of the following process allows students in the Renée Crown University Honors Program to use certain off-campus experiences (e.g. the Drama Department’s Tepper Semester in NYC; the Maxwell School’s IR/DC program in Washington, D.C.; the Bandier Program’s semester in Los Angeles, and others with permission) as a substitute for one HNR course or “other honors course.”

I. Pre-Departure

This segment must be completed before you depart for your semester away, because it is intended to capture your pre-departure
impressions. If you have not completed this step before leaving, we cannot accept the remaining materials.

  • Complete the activities designed to prepare you to write your pre-departure essay.
  • Write and submit  your pre-departure essays according to the guidelines in part I (next tab).
  • Use the form provided in part IV of this menu to submit your pre-departure essay to Honors

II. While Off Campus

  • Follow the instructions in part II: While off Campus
  • Use the form provided in part IV of this menu to submit your materials to Honors

III. Re-Entry

  • Shortly after you return, write your re-entry essay
  • Use the form provided in part IV of this menu to submit your re-entry essay.
I. Pre-Departure
II. While Off Campus
III. Re-Entry
IV. Submit your Materials (Form)

Travel Abroad Course Substitution (outside USA)

Study Abroad: Overview

Successful completion of the following process allows students in the Renée Crown University Honors Program to use their study abroad experience as a substitute for one HNR course or “other honors course.”

This process is NOT required simply to use your study abroad as part of your global awareness requirement.

I. Pre-Departure

This segment must be completed and submitted before you leave the U.S. for your semester abroad, because it is intended to capture your pre-departure impressions. If you have not completed this step before leaving the U.S., we cannot accept it or the remaining materials.

II. While Abroad

  • Follow the instructions in part II: While Abroad
  • Use the form provided in part IV of this menu to submit your materials to Honors at the end of the semester.

III. Re-Entry

  • Shortly after you return, write your re-entry essay as outlined in part III: Re-Entry
  • Use the form provided in part IV of this menu to submit your materials to Honors.
I. Pre-Departure
II. While Off Campus
III. Re-Entry
IV. Submit your Materials (Form)