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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Application Steps

Below you will find a detailed list of application steps. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is submitted before the due date.

**Printable Checklist Here!**


The Application for Fall and Full Year 2020-2021 programs is now open! 

All application materials are due by 4:00 PM on the deadline.

Fall & Full-Year Programs
October 7, 2019

Year in Munich Program*
February 3, 2020

Spring Programs
February 10, 2020

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Around 25 students are admitted per program.

*The Year in Munich application is different than the standard application for other programs. Year in Munich Students should refer to the detailed application instructions halfway down this page or on the Germany: Munich profile page.

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Reference Request

Essay Questions

Advisor Approval Form


Application Advising

Part A: Online

The Overseas & Off-Campus Programs application system allows students to save their incomplete application using their Lewis & Clark email address. The application consists of four pages with the final page requiring 4-5 short answer essays, each with a maximum of 250 words. To preview the essays, please follow this link. We recommend drafting your essays in a word processing platform first, and later pasting them into the application portal. Completing your application will take about 30-45 minutes, excluding essays.

Prior to completing your application for study abroad through the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs office, please have the following information available:

  • Passport Information
  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Academic Information (student ID, GPA, major, anticipated graduation date, language(s) studied)
  • ID photo - these photos are used as identification photos in our database, and should follow the same standards as a 2x2 passport style photo. You can get your passport photo taken in the Resource Lab and they can email you a copy to upload in your application upon request. While you are not required to submit any physical passport photos in your initial application, most students will need a few passport photos for their visa application. You are encouraged to have the photos printed, as you will most likely need physical photos for your visa process later on. Ensure you keep them (physical & digital) in a safe place for future use.

In addition to completing the substance of the application, you are required to send a reference request to two academic recommenders of your choosing. Upon submitting the form, a reference request link will be sent to each of your indicated recommenders. References are due by the application deadline. In all cases, it is your responsibility to contact the recommender to request the reference.

  1. Email or meet with your recommender prior to completing this reference request for their approval. We require recommenders to be Lewis & Clark College professors. 

  2. When you submit the request form, an email will automatically be generated and sent to the email address listed on your reference request. That email will contain a link for the recommender to access your reference form.

    • Please ensure that you enter your correct student ID number as well as the correct email addresses for your recommenders.

  3. Once the recommendation is complete, send a thank you note to the recommender. Also, if you are ultimately accepted to the program, don’t forget to share the good news with your recommenders!

Part B: Materials

After submitting your application please follow these instructions for submitting a screenshot of your transcript.

    • If you have trouble taking a screenshot you can visit the IT Service Desk or the Overseas Programs office for assistance.

    • Transfer/First-Year Students: Submit your current course enrollment as found in WebAdvisor. Transfer students may submit their previous institution’s transcript, but it is not required.

    • The transcript screenshot will need to be sent to Format your subject line as Transcript Screenshot: Lastname, Firstname (e.g. Transcript Screenshot: Theroux_Paul)

  • Advisor Approval Form

    • You can find this form by following this link or by following the link in the window that appears after you submit your online application.

    • Please print the form, complete all fields, sign it, and take it to your Faculty or College Advisor in order to discuss how the program aligns with your academic goals at Lewis & Clark.

    • Once your Advisor has signed it, bring the form to Overseas & Off-Campus Programs office in Albany 206.
    • Please note that if you are planning to meet with your College Advisor, you will need to have a four-year plan on file with them in order to get their signature on the form.

Year of Study in Munich Application

**Printable Munich Checklist Here!**

Students applying to the Munich program have a slightly different application process than the students applying to other programs. Click the link above to view the Munich-specific application checklist. Rather than submitting a transcript screenshot, Munich students must submit a hard copy of their official transcripts. In addition to the digital passport photo, Munich students must submit five hard copy passport photos as part of their application. Non-LC students should mail these materials, along with their signed Faculty Advisor Approval Form, to the following address:

Lewis & Clark College
Overseas & Off-Campus Programs
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, MSC 11
Portland, OR 97219

In addition to the application requirements, the Munich checklist document (above) also includes a list of confirmation materials that students will need to complete once they are accepted to the program. It’s a good idea to take a look at the list of confirmation materials before you are accepted to the program, as some tasks may take more time/effort to complete than others. Please be sure to reach out via email ( or phone (503-768-7295) if you have any questions about the Munich application process. We are always happy to help with the application/admissions process in any way we can! 


Do I need a passport to apply?

Technically, no. However, if you are accepted, we do ask for a scan of your passport 30 days after acceptance. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get started on the passport process right away. (If you already have a passport, note that the passport needs to be valid 6 months following the end of the program!)

Applying to more than one program

You can only apply to one program per semester. If you submit more than one application, the applications will not be processed. If you are not selected for your first choice program you will have the opportunity to transfer your application to a program that is still accepting applications.

**If you are interested in applying to two programs in consecutive semesters, please contact the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs office for information. Admission to programs  in consecutive semesters is not guaranteed.**

Second-Step Application

If you are applying to a program administered by a provider or partner university, your application has a two-step process. If admitted to a program by Lewis & Clark, you will also need to submit an application to the program provider. Please save your essay responses so that you can re-use them for your provider application.


In order to participate in the interview process, your file must be complete (including receipt of references).  Once the application deadline passes, all fully completed applicants will be added into a Google Classroom. Interview instructions will be posted in each program’s Google Classroom. Ensure that you accept the electronic invitation to Google Classroom as this will be the main forum for communication between your program leader(s)/coordinator(s). The interview will be conducted by the program leader, World Languages and Literature Department, and/or members of the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs staff.

The acceptance decision is determined by the program leader in close consultation with the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Office. Notification of final decisions is sent through email prior to posting on the office bulletin board. Most programs accept an initial group of approximately 25 students.

CORE Requirement

Students who have not completed the CORE requirement cannot participate in a study abroad program. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog.