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Hands On Application Procedures

Applying with the IMB

To participate in Hands On Ouachita  you must also be accepted into the Hands On program of the International Mission Board, SBC (IMB Connecting), or a similar program from an approved institution. The IMB recommends  you begin their application process eight to ten months prior to your "desired service date."  See the official Hands On website for application information.

Step One

Contact Dr. Ray Franklin, coordinator for OBU’s academic side of the Hands On program. Set up a time  to come by his office for a personal interview. He must give you preliminary approval before you proceed.

Note: If you are a student from another university seeking credit for transfer, some of the following steps my not apply.

Step Two

Consult with Ouachita Baptist University’s Financial Aid office. They can tell you how being off campus for a semester will affect your financial package, including scholarships, loans, and grants.

Step Three

Apply for the Study Abroad Program at the Daniel & Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education.

  • Fill out the study abroad on-line application.  The application link is only available after the International Awareness Chapel each fall in September and again in March.
  • To find the link, go to your student web portal, click on the information tab and navigate to academic affairs/study abroad.

After your application has been accepted, it will be reviewed by the University Centers Committee for approval.  You will be notified of your acceptance or denial.


  • October 1 for the following spring, and
  • March 1 for the following fall.
  • Official approval of your application will take approximately two weeks after these deadlines.

Step Four

Talk to your OBU faculty advisor. Ask to be registered for the following classes:


After completing the proper paperwork you will automatically be enrolled in..


Note: The Missions Internship is a six hour course. The others are three hours each. Altogether you will earn 15 hours credit.

Next Steps



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