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OSEA Application Process: Overview

Currently OSEA runs five separate summer programs. Each of one has a different enrollment deadline and a distinct application form with different questions. Each application process requires additional supplementary materials. Please read the instructions below..

We encourage you to use the online application forms accessible by the links below. If there are any glitchs or troubles in the forms please feel free to contact us at onlineapps@osea-cite.org or text a message with your name, brief indication of the problem, and best time/day to return call to 812 327-5845.

 
Current Application Deadlines for Summer 2015:

Early Decision Deadline for All OSEA Programs is January 25
⇒ Early Decision for 4 and 7 week programs
⇒ Early Decision for all 3 Ethnography Research Projects: Health & Healing; Sustainable Tourism; Emergent Cultures

Regular Enrollment Deadline is February 24, 2015.
⇒ Ethnography Field School (4 and 7 week programs)
⇒ SELT, Teach English Community Action Research Project (7 week program)
⇒ Maya Language Immersion (6 week program)

Open Enrollment, "First Come First Serve" until roster is full
⇒ Intensive Spanish Courses, open from January 20 to April 30
⇒ Intensive Maya Immersion, open from January 20 to May 10

Late Enrollment is Available if roster has not been filled
⇒ Ethnography Field School (4 and 7 week programs)
⇒ SELT, Teach English Community Action Research Project (7 week program)
Late Applications are accepted based on available openings in the specific program roster. Please contact OSEA Director at quetzil@osea-cite.org to find out about availability and timing to complete your enrollment. A minor late enrollment fee is added to the application fee and the non-refundable registration fee must be sent prior to or at the time of the completion of the application forms in order to guarantee placement on the summer roster.

 
Online Application: Primary Enrollment Forms for Each Program
Please note that this system does not support "save and resume (later)". You must complete the entire application at one sitting. Follow links below to Online Forms:

⇒ Ethnography Field School: All Research Projects for 4 or 7 week Program
⇒ Intensive Maya Language Immersion
⇒ Intensive Spanish Courses
⇒ SELT Teach English Community Action Research


Required Secondary Application Materials, submitted by Applicant

Supplementary Online Enrollment Forms:

Required Secondary Application Materials, submitted by Third-Party Persons

Applicants send your letter writers the link to these pages:

  • Evaluation of Applicant's Spanish Proficiency
    NATIVE / HERITAGE SPANISH SPEAKING APPLICANTS: If you are a fluent native or heritage speaker of Spanish, you may opt to complete this form yourself (instead of asking for a Spanish Instructor). If so, only complete page one of the online form and send an email to onlineapps@osea-cite.org stating that you initiated the form.
  • Letter of Recommendation Form, required for all programs except Intensive Spanish Week Course. Please ask a professor or teacher to writ you a letter of recommendation if you are enrolling in the Ethnography Field School, SELT Teaching English, Maya Health & Healing, or Maya Language Immersion. Provide your letter writer this page or link for them to complete the online letter of recommendation. This form asks checkbox questions and short narrative answers. There is also the option to upload a letter in word or pdf file.

Transcripts
Transcripts are required for Ethnography Field School and Teaching English Service Learning, but these need not originate directly from your university. While you may have your school send the transcript directly to us, we would actually prefer if you were to scan a copy of current official transcripts that you have in your possession and send it as an attachment to onlineapps@osea-cite.org.

Letters of Recommendation
OSEA requires only one letter of recommendation for each of its programs. A second letter is optional and at the discretion of the applicant. Letters of Recommendation are not required for the Intensive Spanish Immersion courses. Please have your letter writer submit their letter of recommendation via the online application process. The link is available above on this page and on the apply page.

Spanish Proficiency Forms: Who Needs to Submit Them?
Every applicant to every program is required to submit the Self-Assessment Spanish Proficiency Form.

Every applicant, with the exception of the Intensive Maya Immersion, must also submit a third party Spanish Evaluation Form or letter of recommendation about the applicant's level of Spanish and suggested target areas to prioritize in learning.

Participants in Intensive Maya Immersion need not have a Spanish evaluation. So long as the Self-Assessment Spanish is submitted we do not need a third-person evaluation. Be aware: A little Spanish for this program helps, but high proficiency in Spanish might actually be detrimental to the immersion learning as it could provide an easy escape route or option to pushing oneself to master Maya in all contexts!

Troubleshooting Application Problems
If you have any questions or difficulties with this system please contact us as soon as possible by email at onlineapps@osea-cite.org. If you have an urgent concern you may also reach us by phone at 812.669.1369. Thank you for your interest in OSEA!


Schedule of Fees and Payment Deadlines
Applicants should read carefully the instructions for each program to ensure a timely review of materials. No application will be considered without submission of all the forms, letters of recommendation, supporting documents, and fees.

Each program has its own deadlines and application process. For a complete listing of all application and fee deadlines for each program see Schedule of Fees


OSEA Direct Enrollment Plan
OSEA is an independent, non-degree school. You must apply and submit all materials and payments directly to OSEA. If you intend to make a payment to OSEA via a third party (such as a university or foundation in the form of a grant, scholarship, or other funding award) you need to verify in advance with their staff that they can make the payment directly to OSEA. Different funding agencies have different requirements. Some require that payment be made directly to the student and other funding agencies require payment be made only to the educational providor, which would be OSEA in this case. Double check these stipulations with your scholarship/grant source to ensure that your receipt of funding allows you to make payments in accordance with the OSEA schedule of fees and payments.

Schedule of Fees, Payments and Cancellation Policy

Pay Options for payments to OSEA


Check here for information about grants and scholarships to help finance your participation in OSEA summer field study abroad programs.