International and Off-Campus Study Programs
Off-campus study is a valuable part of the liberal arts curriculum at Colorado College. It is a serious academic experience that provides in-depth exposure to different languages and cultures, as well the opportunity to take courses not available at CC. Each year, hundreds of Colorado College students study off-campus on a wide variety of programs located throughout the world, internationally as well as domestically. Off-campus study requires careful planning. Students are encouraged to begin planning for off-campus study at least a year in advance and to discuss their plans in detail with their academic advisor.
All students studying off-campus during the regular academic year must submit an Internal CC Application for Approval to Study Off-Campus, in addition to completing all application requirements of the program sponsor. The Colorado College application window is open from August 1 to October 1 (or until full) for spring semester programs and January 1 to March 1 (or until full) for fall semester programs. However, early application within the application window period is encouraged as applications are approved on a rolling basis.
Students must be in good standing with the college, and student conduct history will be taken into consideration, as well as motivation essays and approval from the student’s academic advisor. Students will receive written notification of their approval status for off-campus study via email. Students are encouraged to investigate off-campus study possibilities in both fall and spring. Although the college will attempt to meet all reasonable needs, students should be prepared for the possibility that they will not receive their first choice of semester.
Credits earned off-campus will be subject to a careful evaluation by the appropriate departments and the registrar’s office. Credit for courses taken off-campus should be determined prior to participation in the program. All students should complete the Preliminary Course Approval Form in conjunction with the registrar and their major and minor departments. This form is due prior to a student’s departure.
The Internal CC Application for Approval to Study Off-Campus is considered a formal request for an academic leave of absence. After applying, students are required to either confirm or cancel this leave by notifying the registrar’s office in writing by May 1 for fall semester programs or November 1 for programs that begin in the spring.
If students plan to study off-campus in the summer with Colorado College, they should visit the CC Summer Session offices for application materials. Students who plan to transfer summer credit back from a non-CC summer program abroad should complete the required petition forms, available at the Office of International Programs.
Colorado College Programs
Students pay CC tuition for the semester, credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units meet the CC requirement which states that 24 units of 32 be completed at Colorado College (transfer students must complete 16 units at Colorado College).
CC Asia Semester
This is a language-based program taught in Asia; specific locations change from year to year. Students will take two units of an intensive language, in addition to two blocks, taught by CC faculty, in a variety of disciplines. The Spring 2014 Asia Semester will be in Shanghai in conjunction with Fudan University. The semester fulfills the CC language requirement.
Length of Program: Blocks 5-8. Eligibility: Application and COI. Application process: Visit the Office of International Programs for application materials and deadline information. Campus Advisors: All participating faculty.
CC Semester in Tours, France
The department of French, Italian, and Arabic offers a semester in Tours in partnership with the Institut de Touraine. In addition to two blocks of French language study, courses offered may include art history, French culture, literature, film, history, or political science. Excursions in France, extracurricular activities, one-on-one conversation exchange, and a home stay all contribute to a first-hand knowledge and appreciation of French culture and society.
Length of Program: Spring semester (early January through early May). Enrollment: 10 students. Eligibility: Intermediate-level French or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Credit: 4 units. Application Deadline: Consult department of French, Italian, and Arabic. Campus Advisors: Ibrahima Wade, Alistaire Tallent, or Michael O’Riley.
CC Semester in Lüneburg, Germany
The spring semester German abroad program is located in Lüneburg in northern Germany, a charming city distinguished by its medieval art and architecture. Weeklong excursions to neighboring countries have included Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary. The program satisfies the requirements for the German language minor except for one block of German literature, which may be taken at Colorado College. The program does not satisfy the requirements for the thematic minor. Please consult the Thematic Minors section of the catalog for a complete description. Students may enroll for one to four blocks with departmental approval.
Length of Program: Blocks 5 through 8. Enrollment: 12 students. Eligibility: German 201 or equivalent, sophomores, juniors, seniors. Credit: 4 units. Application Deadline: May 1 of the preceding year and Colorado College pre-registration. Campus Advisor: Armin Wishard.
CC Mediterranean Semester
This is a language-based program taught in the Mediterranean region; specific locations change from year to year. Students will take two blocks of an intensive language (French, Arabic, Greek, or Italian depending on the year) in addition to two blocks, taught by CC faculty, in a variety of disciplines. The semester fulfills the CC language requirement.
Length of Program: Blocks 5-8. Eligibility: Application and COI. Application process: visit the Office of International Programs for application materials and deadline information. Campus Advisors: All participating faculty.
CC Russian Program: Study in Moscow and St. Petersburg
The Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages (GREAL) offers an intensive Russian language program in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The program includes a rich and diverse cultural experience: trips to Vladimir and Suzdal, the tsars’ summer palaces in Peterhof and Pavlovsk, attendance at performances of the Bolshoy and Maryinsky opera and ballet theaters, the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, St. Issaac Cathedral, and more. The program is organized in conjunction with the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, and the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture in St. Petersburg. Both Russian and Colorado College professors conduct the classes. All courses are taught in Russian under the Colorado College Block Plan.
Length of Program: Blocks 7 and 8. Eligibility: Russian 101 and 102 or equivalent. Credit: 2 units. Application Deadline: December 10. Campus Advisor: Alexei Pavlenko.
Colorado College Exchanges
Canada: Quest University Exchange
Qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors can study at Quest University in stunning Squamish, British Columbia. This college is a small, undergraduate-only liberal arts and sciences school. Modeled after CC’s Block Plan, Quest allows flexibility for CC students to spend time off-campus and maintain the academic benefits and flexibility that the Block Plan offers. The exchange is best designed for a full semester (either fall or spring) although it may be possible to attend Quest for one or two blocks.
Length of Program: Fall – early September through mid-December. Spring – early January to early May. Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Credit: up to 4 units. Application Deadline: March 1 for fall, October 1 for spring. Campus Advisor: Tim Fuller.
Finland: Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
The Art Department offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or year in Finland through our exchange with Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. The program at Saimaa is intended for students who wish to study visual arts, jewelry design, textile design, and/or stonework. Courses are taught on a system similar to the Block Plan. Knowledge of Finnish is not required. Students can study during the fall or spring semester.
Length of Program: Semester or academic year. Enrollment: One student. Eligibility: Sophomore standing and 3.0 GPA. Credit: typically 4 units. Application Deadline: March 1 for fall and October 1 for spring. Campus Advisors: Kate Leonard and Carl Reed.
France: Sciences Po Exchange Program
Established in 1872, the Sciences Po is the leading university in the social sciences in France. CC students have an opportunity to take courses at the main campus in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district of Paris, or at one of the six auxiliary campuses in Nancy, Poitiers, Dijon, Menton, Reims, and Le Havre, each with a different global area studies focus. Coursework is offered in economics and business, European studies, history, international relations, journalism, law, political science, science, and sustainable development. Students can choose to study in French or English, or a combination of both depending on language skills. Places on this exchange program are competitive, and preference will be given to students applying for the full year abroad.
Length of Program: Full-year preferred, semester study may also be available. Enrollment: two full-year students selected annually. Eligibility: junior or senior standing. Application Deadline: March 1. Campus Advisors: Bryant “Tip” Ragan, Robert Lee, or Ibrahima Wade.
German Exchanges: Göttingen and Regensburg
Under the exchange program with the Universities of Göttingen and Regensburg, two students are selected annually to receive full stipends (tuition, room and board, and a monthly allowance) for a year of study at either of these institutions, which in turn send one student each to Colorado College for a year of study. Prerequisite is GR 305 or the equivalent language proficiency.
Length of Program: full year. Enrollment: Two full-year students selected annually. Eligibility: German 305 or equivalent, sophomores, juniors, seniors. Credit: 4 units. Application Deadline: March 1. Campus Advisor: Armin Wishard.
Russia: Nevsky Institute
The Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture in St. Petersburg has been the base for CC students of Russian since 1996. The institute is located in the historic Petrogradskaya Storona of St. Petersburg. The capital of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg is the city of Peter I and Catherine the Great, of Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky. Situated on 44 islands, this “Venice of the North” has been a site for Russia’s decisive historical events: The Decembrist uprising, the assassination of Alexander II, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the 900-day siege during World War II. St. Petersburg has survived as the only city in Russia — and the world — that prides itself on its original XVIII century architecture reflecting a unique synthesis of Western European and Russian cultures. Nevsky offers majors in Russian studies, European studies, linguistics and linguistic arts, finance, and more. It is one of the first independent institutes in post-Soviet Russia. The intent of the exchange program is to give a CC student with advanced Russian language proficiency an opportunity to study humanities/social sciences in classes taught in Russian.
Length of Program: Fall or spring semester. Credit: 4 units. Application Deadline: October 15 for spring, April 15 for fall. Campus Advisors: Alexei Pavlenko.
Sweden: Jönköping (JIBS)
The Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) exchange program is sponsored by the Department of Economics and Business and allows for up to two CC students to spend the semester or academic year in Sweden. In return, students from Sweden come to study at CC. JIBS is widely recognized as one of the top business schools in northern Europe, and it offers courses in Swedish culture, entrepreneurship, marketing and management, business law, accounting, finance, and more. Classes at JIBS are taught in English, allowing for full immersion into the Swedish classroom. An exciting student town, Jönköping presents many opportunities to participate in social, cultural, and recreational activities. Students on the program live with other students in furnished apartment complexes. Students can study during the fall or spring semester. Courses are taught in English.
Length of Program: Semester or academic year. Eligibility: Sophomore standing (students are advised to complete Principles of Economics and Principles of Financial Accounting prior to departure). Credit: 4 units. Application Deadline: October 1 for spring, March 1 for fall. Campus Advisors: Larry Stimpert.
Wales: University of Aberystwyth Exchange
The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) is located in the oceanside town of Aberystwyth (pop. 25,000) on the west coast of central Wales, five hours from London and two hours from Birmingham. Students select from the full array of UWA classes, which are taught in a combination of lecture and small seminars that offer a collaborative approach to learning and demand a high level of student preparation and participation. Two students may participate in the exchange program in a typical year. Students are housed in the residence halls and may participate in the many clubs and societies on campus. In addition, UWA and Aberystwyth are host to excellent centers for the arts and music. UWA has a dynamic campus life that affords many opportunities for students to become involved in the host culture. Students can study during the fall or spring semester, although the fall semester exams are not held until late January, so students should be prepared to stay through the holidays.
Length of Program: Fall: late September through late January. Spring: late January through early June. Enrollment: 2 students. Eligibility: Second-semester sophomore standing. Credit: To be determined. Application Deadline: October 1 for spring, March 1 for fall. Campus Advisor: Steven Hayward.
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Programs
Students pay actual ACM program costs for the semester, plus a $300 administrative fee. Credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units meet the CC requirement which states that 24 units of 32 be completed at Colorado College (transfer students must complete 16 units at Colorado College). Programs are available in the United States and abroad. More information is available on the Colorado College International Programs website.
- Botswana — University Immersion in Southern Africa, Gaborone (Spring)
- Brazil — Juiz de Fora or Brasília: Environmental Studies or Liberal Arts and Sciences (For Juiz de Fora only, grades are not calculated into GPA)
- Costa Rica — Language, Society, and Environment, San José (Fall)
- Costa Rica — Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities, San José (Spring)
- England and Italy — London/Florence: Arts in Context (Spring)
- India — Culture, Traditions, and Globalization, Pune
- Italy — Florence: Arts, Humanities and Culture (Fall)
- Japan — Japan Study, Waseda University, Tokyo
- Tanzania — Ecology and Human Origins, Dar es Salaam and Tarangire Field Site (Fall)
- U.S. — Chicago Semester (Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies)
- U.S. — Urban Education: Student Teaching in Chicago
- U.S. — Newberry Library Semester in the Humanities
- U.S. — Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
CC Approved Programs
Students pay actual program costs for the semester, plus a $300 administrative fee. Credits earned are transfer credit (must earn a C- or better), grades are not calculated into the GPA, and units do not count toward the CC requirement which states that 24 units of 32 be completed at Colorado College (transfer students must complete 16 units at Colorado College). Programs are available in the United States and abroad. More information is available on the Colorado College International Programs website.
If, for academic reasons, a student wishes to apply for a program that is not currently on the list of options for Colorado College students, they must petition in advance for approval through the International Studies Committee. Students should meet with the coordinator of off-campus study early in the process to learn more. Students who do not successfully petition in advance for non-approved off-campus study programs will not be able to transfer the credits into the college.