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We are excited to help you begin your journey! Our advising team is on-hand to guide you through the off-campus study process.

Many students know that they want to study off-campus but are not quite sure when, where, what or how to study off-campus.  At St. Olaf College, off-campus study is possible for students in every major/concentration, but it requires planning ahead.  We encourage students to visit with International and Off-Campus Studies (IOS) as early as the first semester of their first year.

Our types of advising are designed for the stage of planning you are currently engaged with, the specific program you are applying to, or the types of questions you have. We can help you in various ways; from picking a program best suited to your goals to assisting you with the application process.  IOS Advising is available through Off-Campus Study information sessions, one-on-one with an IOS Peer Advisor and one-on-one with the IOS Advisor.  With advising, IOS can help you find and plan a program that meets your needs.

IOS recommends beginning your off-campus study journey by attending an Off-Campus Study 101 information session as preparation for advising appointments.  Off-Campus Study 101 provides an overview of the IOS website and resources, programs offered, the application process, and more. We recommend you attend Off-Campus Study 101 before making an individual advising appointment.

Another great starting point for off-campus study advising is meeting with an IOS Peer Advisor.  IOS Peer Advisors are current St. Olaf students who have studied off-campus on an IOS program who are available for peer-to-peer advising.  Advising with an IOS Peer Advisors is best for those beginning their off-campus study research or those looking to get a bit more information following attending a 101 Session.  IOS Peer Advisors can help with general and process-oriented questions, and can offer a student to student perspective.

After attending an IOS Off-Campus Study 101 Session and/or meeting with a peer advisor, you are encouraged to will schedule a one-on-one appointment with the IOS Advisor.  IOS Advisor Brittan Duffing is well-versed in the many options available to help you choose an appropriate program. When discussing off-campus study opportunities, Brittan takes into account each student’s academic, personal, and financial needs and goals.   IOS Advisor appointments are best for general questions that cannot be addressed by a peer adviser, matters of personal identity, and general programmatic, academic planning, and financial questions.

Off-Campus Study 101 Session

Off-Campus Study 101 Sessions

Are you interested in studying off-campus but not sure where to start?  Do you want to learn more about the available options?  Do you have general questions about studying off-campus?  Off-Campus Study 101 sessions are a great starting place for exploring the many opportunities available for studying off-campus.  Off-Campus Study 101 sessions introduce participants to the IOS website and application portal, helpful resources for exploring available programs, goal setting, understanding program costs and financial aid/scholarships, and much more.  Attending an Off-Campus 101 session can help you prepare for advising meetings with an IOS Peer Advisor or the IOS Advisor.

When:  Off-Campus Study 101 sessions are typically offered multiple times per month during the academic year.
Where:  Off-Campus Study 101 sessions will occur virtually until further notice.
How to join:  Visit the IOS Event Calendar to join an Off-Campus Study 101 session.  When you find a session that you’d like to attend, click on the event, then click “more details” to access the meeting link and join the meeting via Zoom link.

Drop-in Advising (2)

Drop-In Advising Hour

Drop-In Advising ensures students can speak with someone from the International and Off-Campus Study office in a casual way – no appointment needed!  Drop-In advising is a great way to learn more and ask questions.  Talk with IOS Advisor Brittan Duffing about program options, academics, the application process, and more during weekly drop-in advising hours.

When:  Every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00pm AND every Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm during the academic year*.  *Check IOS Events calendar for cancellations of Drop-in advising. #Drop-in advising is not scheduled during official College breaks.
Where: Drop-in Advising meetings will occur virtually until further notice.
How to join:  1) Visit the IOS Events calendar.  2) Click on the event.  3) Then click “more details” to access the meeting link. 4) Join the meeting via Zoom link.

Advising by Appointment

Peer Advising

IOS Peer Advisor - Elsa A.
Elsa, IOS Peer Advisor

Available starting January 2021 — Mondays 10am-12pm; Tuesdays 10am-12pm; and Fridays 10-11am.

Hello! My name is Elsa and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am originally from Seattle, Washington and am a member of the class of 2022. I am majoring in biology and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. In January 2020, I completed an interim program abroad in Ecuador to fulfill my Spanish language requirement. It was a great way to improve my Spanish skills, meet more St. Olaf students, and see a new part of the world. I am looking forward to helping students learn about the off-campus opportunities offered by St. Olaf, as well as things to think about when deciding to apply for an off-campus experience.

Make an appointment with IOS Peer Advisor

If you elect to meet via Zoom or Google, a meeting link will automatically be created and included in your meeting confirmation notice.

Topics that can be covered during IOS Peer Advising Appointments with Elsa:

  • Navigating & locating resources on the IOS website and Studio Abroad application portal
  • Program exploration (general)
  • Goal setting
  • Financial aid and scholarships (general)
  • Budgeting (general)
  • Identity/equity/affinity resources (general)
  • IOS application process
  • Questions/concerns related to studying off-campus (general)

Advising with IOS Advisor

Brittan Duffing, IOS Advisor
Brittan Duffing, IOS Advisor

Available by appointment Monday-Friday, year-round — including college breaks.

Appointments with IOS Advisor Brittan Duffing can be made up to 1 hour before the intended meeting time.  Virtual and in person advising is available.

Brittan is passionate about opportunities to learn while off-campus.  During her undergraduate studies, Brittan completed a semester-length off-campus study experience at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England, United Kingdom and participated in a faculty-led off-campus interim based in İstanbul, Turkey.  After completing her B.A., Brittan worked abroad in Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China, at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) in the English Language Center.

Make an appointment with IOS Advisor, Brittan Duffing

If you elect to meet via Zoom or Google, a meeting link will automatically be created and included in your meeting confirmation notice.
If you are not available during Brittan’s available hours, email Brittan directly to set up a separate date and time to talk.

Example topics that can be covered during IOS Advising with IOS Advisor, Brittan Duffing:

  • Program Exploration and Selection
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Budgeting
  • Course Selection/Registration/Credits
  • Matters of Personal Identity in Relation to Off-Campus Study
  • Re-Entry/Return from Program Support
  • Transcript Processing (Credit/Grade Translation)
  • Other Questions/Concerns Related to Studying Off-Campus
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Application Support

IOS application and program specific “secondary” application support is available by appointment and during Drop-In Application Support hours.

Application support includes:

  • IOS/St. Olaf application advising
  • Partner/provider “secondary” application support (AFTER you have been accepted by St. Olaf)
  • St. Olaf official transcript requests for IOS/program applications
  • St. Olaf professor recommendation requests

Virtual Drop-In Application Support is available on Thursdays from 11am to noon during the academic year. Drop-In Application Support is not scheduled during College breaks.

Join Drop-In Application Support Hour
Currently occurring via Zoom.  Access Drop-In Application Support via link on calendar event.

Make an appointment with Emily Blumhoefer

You will receive an email with the Zoom link after appointment is scheduled.
Appointments are can also be made by emailing Emily at

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Appointments with Other IOS Staff Members:

To schedule an appointment with another staff member, send them an email.  You may also call 507-786-3069 or stop by the IOS Office (Tomson Hall 380) and an IOS  Staff Member or Office Assistant can assist you in making an appointment or directing you to the best appointment option or staff member.