Study Abroad Program Types
Oklahoma City University offers students four
basic types of academic programs abroad: Reciprocal
Exchange programs, partner university programs, affiliated/approved programs, and OCU Faculty-Led Study Tours. Different options are best suited for
different students' needs or limitations.
Reciprocal Exchange Programs
Reciprocal exchange programs allow OCU students to pay OCU tuition
and fees, but study at the foreign institution. Institutional scholarships and federal
financial aid are applicable toward OCU tuition costs associated with
reciprocal exchange programs, so this option is frequently attractive to students with significant OCU scholarships. Typically students must pay room and board to the host institution.
Students must demonstrate high levels of independence and maturity to succeed in this type of program. Reciprocal exchange programs typically only offer full semester or academic year programs.
The universities we currently hold
reciprocal agreements with are Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and Ritzumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan;
UCEL in Rosario, Argentina; and Alpen-Adria Universitat in Klagenfurt,
Austria. Only UCEL requires a language proficiency as all courses there are taught in Spanish. Ritsumeikan and Alpen-Adria Universitat offer a wide array of courses taught in English in addition to providing opportunities for intensive language study.
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Students earn transfer credit from the reciprocal exchange university. Courses must be preapproved by the OCU advisor and filed with the director of academic services.
Partner programs are similar to Reciprocal Exchange programs with the exception that OCU scholarships typically can't be applied to the cost of partner programs; however, as with all approved programs, federal, state, and other outside funding may be applied to the cost of partner programs.
OCU has partner programs with the Danish Insitute for Study Abroad (DIS), Copenhagen,
Denmark and John Cabot University, Rome, Italy.
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Students earn transfer credit from the partner institution. Courses must be preapproved by the OCU advisor and filed with the director of academic services.
Affiliated/Approved programs are study abroad programs offered by
third party providers who charge their own tuition and program fees. Students may use federal, state, and outside funding toward the cost of these programs, and frequently affiliated programs, in particular, offer competitive scholarships to participants. Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs
Affiliated/Approved programs typically provide a
more managed study abroad experience for participants, students may take courses at a university abroad, at a "study center" run by the program provider, or a combination of the two.
Typically, these programs provide more student support services designed for the needs and expectations of U.S. college students. Students who have never traveled outside the U.S. may feel more comfortable with the additional student support services and the likelihood of studying with more U.S. students.
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Students receive transfer credit for courses taken
abroad through affiliated/approved programs. Courses must be preapproved by the OCU advisor and filed with the director of academic services.
Faculty-Led programs usually consist of a short trip (2 to 5 weeks)
during which the OCU faculty will teach an intensive class. These programs frequently occur on the campuses of universities abroad, which allows students the opportunity to live in student housing owned by the host institution and take a second class taught by a professor of that host university. Students typically pay a program fee that covers tuition, housing, some meals, and class-related excursions. Airfare may or may not be included in the program fee.
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Students will earn OCU credit for the class taught by the faculty leader and usually transfer credit for the course taught by a professor from the host institution, though this varies by program.