How do I go about choosing an Off-campus Program that's right for me during my time at Westmont?

The first step is to set up an appointment with Barb Pointer, Assistant Director of Global Education. Your first semester at Westmont is the ideal time to do so, so as to keep as many options open down the road as possible (even if you do not yet know your major/minor, or even where you would like to study abroad).The OCP office is located on the first floor in Kerrwood Hall, x6009 or email

OCP encourages you to consider a program that enhances your academic experience overall, and, when possible, your major area of study. Keep this in mind as you browse the OCP site, and talk with your academic advisor(s) and OCP faculty/staff for help determining the program that best fits your needs and interests.

Here are some important questions to consider. . .

Why do I want to study abroad?
  • to be challenged to think differently
  • to experience another culture
  • to go on an adventure/ a trip
Where do I want to go?
  • Itinerant vs. stationary
  • Domestic vs. international
  • Urban vs. rural
  • Industrial vs. agricultural economy

Where do I want to live?
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Dorms (with North Americans or internationals)
  • Apartments
  • Homestays
What kind of community to I want to live and learn with?
  • a group or cohort
  • I want to be on my own
  • Christian vs. secular
What do I want to learn and do? What credits do I want to earn?
  • a language
  • major/minor credits
  • GE/Elective credit + major/minor credit
  • an internship/a service component
  • English speaking in an international setting
  • Language immersion as the primary focus
How much will it cost?
  • Westmont tuition (unless the program's tuition is higher)
  • Westmont health fee, IT fee and OCP participation fee for affilitiate programs ($1500)
  • Program room, board, and additional fees (may be more or less than Westmont's room and board)
  • Travel--usually extra but occasionally included in room and board costs