Application & Commitment

You may view our full policies on applications and commitment in the Participant Agreement.

Application Process

  1. Begin a Cal Lutheran OEA application for a specific program from our approved Programs list.
  2. Begin a host program application. Note that these processes vary from program to program. Cal Lutheran must approve your OEA application before they will provide home school authorization to your host program.
  3. OEA will review your OEA application after the deadline passes.
    1. If your application is not approved, OEA staff will work with you on potential alternatives.
    2. If your application is approved, OEA staff will provide you further information on pre-departure orientation.

Application Criteria

Please note that some programs are competitive. Cal Lutheran can only nominate and approve a limited number of students per program given the agreements that Cal Lutheran has with host programs. As a result, the OEA uses the following criteria to evaluate which students it can nominate to a given program:

  • Academic and professional relevance: OEA weighs carefully which students may benefit most academically and professionally in a given program, which we consider by far the most important factor in selecting nominees.
  • Quality of application essays: Students who take the essays in their application more seriously give OEA greater confidence that they will make the most of their experience.
  • Seniority and anticipated graduation date: Juniors and seniors have fewer opportunities to join a program than freshmen and sophomores, so we prioritize students who are closer to their anticipated graduation date.
  • GPA and previous coursework: While grades are a factor, they do not affect your chances for nomination as much as those criteria above. OEA wants to ensure as much as possible that you are academically successful.

Commitment

Once you commit to your OEA application, you are bound by the terms of the Participant Agreement and all relevant Cal Lutheran policies. If you withdraw from your program, you may incur cancellation fees.

You must complete the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation process and complete a trip in the Travel Registry before your program begins.

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