Ohio University

OHIO Credit Programs

What is an OHIO Credit Program?

OHIO Credit Programs give you the opportunity to travel with Ohio University faculty, staff, and students while gaining direct OHIO credit. These programs can fulfill degree requirements and help you progress towards graduation through the wide array of classes, including Junior Composition courses, Tier III, or other major/minor/certificate courses. There are many programs for students in all majors, though classes are offered in specific disciplines.

  • Funding - During eligible terms, you are able to use your entire OHIO financial aid and scholarship package. NOTE: Most financial aid is NOT available for the summer. Some federal aid can be used/extended (ie. Pell Grants) and some OHIO specific scholarships or stipends may be used. You can also apply for study away scholarships
  • Credit -  The credit you earn is direct OHIO credit, the same as courses on campus and courses that are on your DARS.
  • Terms -  OHIO credit programs offer a lot of flexibility for winter break, spring break, short-term, and summer programs. There are even a few semester-long options.

Why go on an OHIO Credit Program?

There are many different reasons students choose to attend an OHIO Credit Program, including:

  • Build relationships with faculty and staff on campus (which is great for future references!)
  • Grow friendships with students at Ohio University
  • Free application process (and you can even apply to multiple programs before accepting and committing to one!) 
  • International and Domestic opportunities are available.
  • The credit from courses on winter break/spring break programs are wrapped into the spring semester course-load.
  • Relatively simple application process. 

How to go on an OHIO Credit Program

  1. Narrow down options and select a program
  2. Apply online!
    • Applications for OHIO credit programs can be found here ohio.edu/eais/student.
    • Application requirements vary by program. You may be required to submit a personal statement, complete an interview, and/or provide letters of recommendation/reference information. 
  3. Accept nomination and pay deposit
    • Program director(s) will review applications and select the students they wish to nominate for the program. Students are then offered a spot on the program via email. Students who wish to participate on the program must confirm their spot by (1) Accepting their nomination AND (2) Paying their deposit by the deadline outlined in the nomination email. 
      • Typically, nominated students have two weeks to confirm their spot by completing the steps outlined in the nomination email. After that point in time, other students may be nominated in their place.
  4. Prepare and GO!
    • Complete post-application materials in the online application portal.
    • For those traveling internationally, attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference to prepare for your exciting travels!

Did you know? You do not have to go abroad to have a transformative learning experience! OGO supports more than 15 different study away experiences in the United States. These programs have specialized integrated themes, which allow for an expanded academic and professional focus while increasing cultural competency. To find one of these amazing experiences, just type in "US:" into the Search by Program Name Filter on the Browse by Program Page