Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
"Global Perspective" The term comes up
again and again when St. Olaf students and faculty talk about the lessons
they have learned while studying on international and domestic off-campus
They're talking about the kind of exciting insights they
received when Hindu caste systems, Scandinavian cinema or Greek architecture
came to life before their eyes; when their biology or physics laboratory
moved to a rain forest, a desert or a glacier; or, when everyday and
utterly familiar things like eating breakfast or taking a bath were
put into thought-provoking new contexts.
The objective of all off-campus programs is to provide
students with the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural learning.
Students gain knowledge and awareness of cultures other than their own
and reflect on their own culture with a new perspective. More than three-fourths
of all St. Olaf students participate in off-campus programs, many of
them led by St. Olaf faculty members. As a matter of fact, more than
65 percent of every graduating class have studied internationally, in
places as diverse as Aberdeen, Chiang Mai, Harare and Medan. About 25
percent have participated in domestic programs ranging from Interim
courses on desert ecology to consortial programs in urban education,
the contemporary art scene and northwoods environmental literature.
A number of students find off-campus study so valuable
that they participate in two or three programs during their St. Olaf
careers. Of equal importance is the fact that faculty members find these
programs extremely rewarding both for their students and for
themselves. That is why, in the more than 40 years that St. Olaf has
been sponsoring them, the college's field-supervised programs (Term
in the Middle East, Term in Asia, Global Semester, and more recently,
Environmental Science in Australia) have been led by more than 50 different
professors, and 140 faculty members have led more than 300 off-campus
Each off-campus offering has a program adviser. Program
advisers are St. Olaf faculty members who are particularly well qualified
to offer academic advice on specific programs.
It is strongly recommended that all first-year students
discuss off-campus study plans with their academic adviser and with
the faculty program adviser or the study abroad adviser in the International
and Off-Campus Studies Office.
Exchange agreements and the college's membership
in consortia make it possible for students to participate in a number
of exciting off-campus programs in addition to the ones sponsored by
St. Olaf itself.
St. Olaf is one of 14 liberal arts colleges that make
up the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Other ACM members are
Beloit, Carleton, Coe, College of the University of Chicago, Colorado,
Cornell, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Macalester, Monmouth
St. Olaf is also a member of the Higher Education Consortium
for Urban Affairs (HECUA), which offers students specialized programs
in domestic and international sites focusing on community issues and
Policies and Procedures
Students are responsible for adhering to the regulations
and policies contained in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
In particular, students on St. Olaf off-campus programs are directed
to refer to the policies on "Graded and Ungraded Courses"
for full details on how off-campus programs affect this graduation requirement.
Nearly all St. Olaf students who study off campus
do so during their sophomore, junior or senior years. (A few Interims
are open to first-year students.) The college's 4-1-4 calendar (two
semesters separated by an Interim in January) contributes to the flexibility:
it enables students to participate in programs which last a month, a
summer, a semester, half a year or a full year.
Students intending to take part in a recognized program
off-campus must be in good academic standing, be sufficiently mature
to benefit from such study and provide evidence of good health. Many
programs have prerequisites, including introductory or advanced courses
in a specific discipline or certain levels of language proficiency.
Some programs are competitive and applicants will be accepted based
on meeting a standard set of criteria governing the selection process.
Details about all St. Olaf-approved semester and year-long programs,
program advisers, prerequisites and application deadlines and procedures
are found in the international and off-campus studies brochure, published
every fall by the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies. Interim
offerings are detailed in the off-campus Interim brochure published
in spring by the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies.
Students in all St. Olaf-sponsored programs pay the
St. Olaf tuition plus a program fee. In addition, students are expected
to cover passport fees, the costs of additional independent travel and
personal expenses. St. Olaf financial aid is available for St. Olaf
off-campus programs. Information about special scholarships for off-campus
study is available from the Financial Aid Office or the study abroad
adviser in the International and Off-Campus Studies Office.
Grades, Credits, Registration
All off-campus courses are graded and appear on the
transcript, but only those letter grades given for a course taught by
a St. Olaf faculty member are calculated into a student's grade point
In order for a student to receive academic credit for
off-campus study sponsored by an institution with which St. Olaf has
a program relationship, registration must be done in advance through
St. Olaf College.
All credits earned on St. Olaf-approved programs are viewed
as resident credit. In most cases, students can expect to earn the same
amount of credit on an off-campus program that they would earn on campus
during a comparable period of time.
Students studying on St. Olaf off-campus programs should
be aware of the "24 graded courses" graduation requirement.
Full details on how this requirement is affected by off-campus courses
is found in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
St. Olaf's S/U policy applies to courses taken on
Credits for Non-St. Olaf Terms Off-Campus
Students wishing to study on programs not listed
here will take a leave of absence from the college and must negotiate
in advance with the registrar in order to be sure that credits will
transfer. Students may earn elective credit and credit toward a major,
but may not fulfill general education requirements through such programs.
These students may not register for subsequent St. Olaf terms through
Full details about programs, program advisers, prerequisites
and application deadlines and procedures are found in the international
and off-campus studies brochure, published every fall and spring by
the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies. The brief descriptions
which follow, however, will give you an idea of the breadth and depth
of St. Olaf's off-campus study opportunities.