Going on an OCP That Is Not on the List

Not on the list of programs approved for Albion credit

A. One-time-only approvals

Under extraordinary circumstances, the Off-Campus Programs Advisory Committee may designate a program not on the Albion-approved list as an Albion-approved program for the duration of study for a particular student or group of students. Students who find that no Albion-approved program meets their academic needs may petition the OCP Advisory Committee for a one-time-only approval of a program not on the approved list. Please check with the CIE staff on petition instructions.

B. Non-Albion-approved programs

Occasionally students choose to enroll directly in a foreign university or with another sponsored program not on Albion's list of approved programs. Applying on your own to these programs can be risky, tricky, and time consuming. However, it has been done by a few students. Here are some things to keep in mind if you choose this route:

  • You must take a leave of absence for the semester or year of the program
  • It is your responsibility to make all the arrangements for the off-campus program.
  • You must consult with the Registrar about receiving credit  for a non-Albion approved program.
  • No grades are recorded
  • You must petition a waiver of the on-campus residency requirement (last twelve units completed on campus).
  • You may not use Albion financial aid for non-Albion approved programs.
  • If you are attending an Albion-approved program or a program approved on a one-time-only basis, you must attend the program as an Albion student to receive credit.

Note that students who fail to follow College procedures regarding off-campus study, or who withdraw or take a leave of absence from Albion to circumvent existing College regulations regarding off-campus study, will not receive credit for coursework done off campus.

Students choosing to attend a non-Albion off-campus program MUST insure that the following steps are completed.

  1. An "Official Transcript" from an accredited institution must be received by the Office of the Registrar upon completion of the course of study.  Programs or institutions that are not accredited or that do not have an affiliation with an accredited institution for transcript purposes, will not be considered for credit.  The Registrar can assist in determining the accreditation status of programs and institutions.
  2. If this is your last semester, you must petition the Committee on Academic Status and Petitions to waive the residency requirement and file an Application to Graduate.