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Off-campus Courses

International or domestic travel courses that let you take a deep-dive into academic subject matter in the context of a specific location.

You are invited to take part in a global learning experience with DePauw faculty and your fellow students. Each year DePauw offers approximately 20 faculty off-campus courses, covering diverse and interdisciplinary themes, in locations around the world.  Recent course topics have included: Scientific Revolutions: Historical and Cultural Context; South Africa Life After Mandela; Japanese Culture, Technology and Design; Learn more about example courses, and browse a full list of current offerings, below.               

Sample of Off-campus Winter/May Term Courses

For the full list of Off-Campus Winter & May Term Courses, see the University Course Listing. To apply visit DePauw's off-campus application.

History, Art History, and Language of Northeastern Italy   Scientific Revolutions: Historical and Cultural Context   South Africa: Life After Mandela

Description   Description   Description

Many off-campus courses are offered for 0.5 DePauw credits. Financial aid is available to eligible students participating on all credit bearing (0.5 credits) courses and service-learning courses. Financial support is not available for non-credit bearing courses. Winter and May Term off-campus courses are offered for three weeks and include on-campus meeting and embedded travel. For additional program information, estimated cost and to apply, visit Depauw's off-campus application. Additional funding, through scholarships and grants, is limited and depends on the term.

How to Apply

Winter Term

  • Applications Open - the Wednesday after Spring break

  • Deadline - May 1

May Term

  • Applications Open- the first day of classes Fall semester

  • Deadline - December 1


  • Choose your program at offcampus.depauw.edu - select the program you wish to apply to and click on “Apply” to start your application

Complete the pre-decision section of the Application

  • Agreement for Faculty Led Off Campus Study

  • COVID-19 Traveler’s Information

  • Faculty-Led Tuition Charges

  • Off-Campus Study Liability form

  • Traveling with Medication

  • Statement of intent for Faculty-Led Off Campus Study

This is one of the most important portions of your application. Your personal statement is your chance to explain why you would like to study off‐campus and why it will be beneficial to you. Why is the location you are applying to the best possible option for you? Do research and have your personal statement reflect the research you have done.

  • Submit your application


Once you've submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the faculty leaders, which may approve or deny the application, approval is done on a rolling bases and courses may fill before the application deadline.

If approved you will need to complete the post acceptance section of the application no later than September 15.

Winter and May Term In Service

Founded in 1973, Winter and May Term in Service is one of DePauw’s longest continually running and most popular service-learning programs.  During the Winter and May Terms, faculty, staff, and students partner with organizations addressing community-identified needs, with the purpose of working towards a long-term community-based goals.

Service-learning teams immerse themselves within host communities, living with host families, working in solidarity with community members on a variety of projects. Projects often align with course themes such as:

  • Restorative Justices and Post-Conflict Reconciliation

  • Global Health and Access to Care

  • Community Resource Development

  • Environmental Sustainability

Past projects have included: assisting in restoration projects, providing basic support at remote medical clinics, sports clinics with local children, public health education, and more.

Four Pillars of the program:

Service  Reflection  Immersion  Education

Lasting Partnerships for community-based service

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