Off-Campus Study


In the Office of Off-Campus Study (OCS) we believe that academic opportunities to discover, familiarize, and engage with other citizens and cultures challenge our students to rethink the way they look at the world. Through academic coursework and internships both in the U.S. and abroad, off-campus study can enhance a student's ability to cultivate respect and understanding of self and of others, while learning the skills necessary to become global leaders.

The Office of Off-Campus Study serves Claremont McKenna College through:

  • Managing a portfolio of domestic and worldwide academic programs
  • Working directly with students in both group and individual settings to ensure student academic, professional and personal goals can be accomplished through the selected off-campus study program
  • Supporting students through the off-campus study process of applying, preparing, arriving, adjusting, concluding and returning to Claremont

The Off-Campus Study Office is located in Heggblade Center. Office hours are 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00-5:00p.m. Please telephone or visit our office to make an appointment.

Links to Off-Campus Programs

The Office Staff

We Skype! Please email your skype name and request to set up a skype appointment.

NOTE: Claremont McKenna College may be obliged to alter or eliminate programs and policies without prior notice.

Off-Campus Study Peer Ambassadors

Derek Ko

Name: Derek Ko ‘15
Major: Economics
Hometown: Chino, CA
Off-campus study: Middlebury School in Beijing, China (Fall 2012)
Talk to me about: Sites to visit in China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, study-abroad programs for advanced Mandarin learners, living with a foreign roommate, resolution of visa issues, seeking professional counseling abroad, homesickness, traveling in Asia, moon cakes (!), tea, Chinese cuisine, Mandarin pop music, karaoke, flea-market bargaining, Chinese slang.
Office hours: Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Richard Ahne

Name: Richard Ahne ‘15
Major: Government and International Relations (Dual); Leadership Studies Sequence
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Off-campus study: The Washington Program (Fall 2013); SIT: Multiculturalism & Human Rights in Cape Town, South Africa (Spring 2014)
Talk to me about: ALL THINGS TO DO IN DC!, finding housing in DC, finding internships in DC, balancing a full-time internship with classes, being off-campus for two semesters, U.S. politics, ALL THINGS SOUTH AFRICA!, experiential-based programs, independent study projects, living with multiple host families (urban, suburban and rural), Living independently in a foreign country, ALL THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN!, balancing travel with work, issues with multiculturalism in South Africa.
Office hours: Fridays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maya Sandalow

Name: Maya Sandalow ‘15
Major: Spanish; Human Rights Sequence
Hometown: Washington, DC
Off-campus study: Middlebury Program in Montevideo, Uruguay (Spring 2014)
Talk to me about: Study abroad programs in South America, living with a host family, language immersion, taking all classes abroad in Spanish, taking all classes at a local university with local students (direct enrollment), volunteering at a health clinic, cultural adjustment, reverse culture shock, budget traveling, sites to visit and cultural differences in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
Office hours: Mondays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm