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Before searching for a program, you might want to learn the differences between LaGrange College administered programs and LaGrange College approved programs. LaGrange College administered programs are those organized and led by our faculty and are short-term programs usually held during the Interim or May. LaGrange College approved programs are administered by an outside organization or institution.  This means the College is either a member of the organization or has a signed agreement with a sponsoring institution for our students to participate in their programs.  Below are three types of approved programs LaGrange College offers.

HOW TO APPLY

Direct Enrollment Programs
Direct enrollment study-away programs are administered on-site by host institutions.  As a student on a direct enrollment program, you will need to apply and be admitted to the host institution as an international student for a semester or academic year.  You will take courses that have been approved by your academic adviser at the host institution.  If you participate in a LaGrange College approved direct enrollment program, you will need to complete a transient credit request form as part of the application process so you will receive credit for courses taken abroad.  
 
Direct enrollment programs encourage independence because they don't always provide the amount of support services you might be accustomed to in the U.S.  This does give you a greater opportunity to immerse yourself into the culture and connect with students from around the globe.
 
If you want to participate in a LaGrange College approved direct enrollment program, you must apply and be approved to study away through the Office of Global Engagement first then apply to the host institution.  Be sure to check deadlines because they can vary from program to program.

Travel Provider Programs
Companies and organizations that coordinate study abroad programs for students are often referred to as "third party providers," "travel providers," or  just "providers." These programs can vary greatly on how they are operated and organized and you will need to carefully research them to make sure a program fits your needs.

Travel provider programs can lessen safety concerns for you and your family by having more support services available. This extra layer of support can also be more expensive and less immersive than direct enrollment programs.
 
If you want to participate in a third party provider program, you must apply and be approved to study away through the Office of Global Engagement first then apply to the third party provider.  Be sure to check deadlines because they can vary from program to program.
Exchange Programs
LaGrange College has agreements with several foreign institutions and organizations where our students can spend a semester or a year studying abroad.  An outgoing LaGrange student typically pays regular tuition and fees to LaGrange College while on the exchange and pays room and board to the host institution. LaGrange students enroll as an international transient students at an approved partner institution and receive a transcript of completed coursework that will transfer back to LaGrange College. 
 
If you want to participate in an exchange program, you must apply and be approved through the Office of Global Engagement.

Non-Approved Programs
If you are interested in a program that doesn't appear on the program list, you must meet with a staff member in the Office of Global Engagement to discuss the viability of that program and have it approved before applying for it.  Please consult the Staff page for contact information.

Advising
An advising appointment is necessary before applying for all study away programs.  You will be prompted during the application process on when you need to schedule this appointment.

Congratulations on your decision to study away! The Office of Global Engagement is proud to offer our students an interactive program where you can search and apply online.  Below you will find information that will assist you in logging in and creating your application.
 
First Time Applicants:
1. Select the “Program” link in the top left corner of the Global Engagement website.

2. If you have a program picked out you can enter the name or a portion of the name in the “Program Name” box and click “Search” or you can select any of the available options to begin your search and then select “Search”.  For example, if you are interested in Interim courses, click on "Term" and choose Interim Jan Term, then search.

3. In order to view a program and its information, click on the name of the program and it will take you to the "brochure page."

4. Once you have decided which program to apply to, select the “Apply Now” button located on the brochure page.

5. If you have not already logged into the system you will be redirected to a new screen.  After successfully entering your LC PantherNet login information you can begin the application process.  For non-LaGrange applicants, you will receive an email from the Office of Global Engagement with a temporary password to set up your application account

6. From this point forward the system will generate your application for you. 

After an application has been created and you want to re-enter:
1. Select the “LOGIN” link in the top right corner of the Global Engagement website

2. You will then be redirected to a new screen.  At this point, you should enter your current LC PantherNet username and password. 

Note:  Study away program applications and processes can vary depending on the program sponsor and length of the program.  Semester and academic year-long programs require academic and program advising and approval by the College before the application can be completed.