The mission of OUSA, the Oglethorpe
University Students Abroad program, is to provide academic and
experiential opportunities and guidance for all students in study
abroad. This department dedicates itself to a global reach for
study which introduces, illuminates, integrates, exposes, and
ultimately enriches our students in their quest for cultural
Our programs attempt to integrate the
traditional classroom experiences with travel, language use, and
direct encounters with international customs, history, and
Furthermore, we provide a study abroad
program framework through a growing global network of
partnerships, agreements, and for-credit, short-term trips—all of
which serve as viable, significant investments of time and study.
OUSA subscribes to the idea that study abroad remains a
meaningful, balanced, and enlightening approach for the synthesis
of theory and praxis, for both academic and personal explorations.
OUSA aligns itself with the overall
Oglethorpe University mission by providing a rigorous format and
platform for structuring specific study abroad itineraries and
excursions, enabling students to make a living and make a life,
here and abroad.
The department strives to insure students
balance their academic and experiential experiences and
excursions, insisting upon careful construction of study abroad
agendas. The study abroad program also enables students to
initiate and build their own intellectual foundations for
assessing and evaluating the cultures they wish to study or live
in; the program focuses on researching universities and colleges
abroad that make a sensible and feasible "fit" with Oglethorpe
University and its liberal arts mission.