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Fall Program Options for Winter Starts

The following is a list of fall semester options for new Colorado College students who are admitted under the Winter Start Program. Some are credit-bearing (either a full semester’s worth or offering partial credit), while others are oriented towards service or experiential learning. Students who wish to take part in other academic opportunities may choose to petition Colorado College in advance for a designation of credit which will be received upon program completion, and its transferability to CC.

Not For Credit Options

Woodstock Gap Semester in the Himalaya
The program is a volunteer and adventure based program in northern India. It features several weeks of volunteer work in local villages and nature reserves, completion of first aid and mountaineering courses and a seven-day Himalayan Trek, and study of Buddhism, Hindi, and more in world-renowned temples and institutes.

Outward Bound
Outward Bound semesters are unique opportunities to gain real wilderness skills and develop life skills in decision making, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

For Credit Options

Colorado College Semester in Spain
The program offers a winter start student a two-block Spanish language course that fulfills our language requirement. In addition, students will enroll in a two-block course that fulfills our Critical Perspectives: The West in Time graduation requirement. The program is designed to provide winter starts an international experience before beginning their on-campus academic journey. Because space is limited in this program and some students are admitted directly into it, please send your inquiry regarding availability to admission@coloradocollege.edu.

American University Mentorship Semester in Washington D.C. 
This program is specifically designed for Colorado College Winter Starts or Brandeis University Midyears, and is currently in its ninth year of existence. There are 180-200 college students participating this semester, and they are earning 15 regular semester credits – four classes and a credit-bearing internship/practicum two days a week.

Politics in the United States seminar (3 semester hours= 0.75 unit at Colorado College)
Interccultural Understanding seminar (3 semester hours= 0.75 unit at Colorado College)
College Writing (3 semester hours= 0.75 unit at Colorado College)
An elective course (3 semester hours= 0.75 unit at Colorado College)
Mentored Field Practicum (3 semester hours= 0.75 unit at Colorado College)

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)
NOLS offers semester programs in the Rockies, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, The Yukon, The Southwest, the Borders, Baja, Patagonia, Australia, New Zealand, and India
Courses we’ll accept:

4 semester hours Topics in Biology (1 unit at Colorado College)
2 semester hours Environmental Ethics (0.5 unit at Colorado College)
2 semester hours Wilderness First Responder/WFR (0.5 unit at Colorado College)
Courses we won’t accept: Leadership Techniques, Skills Practicum, or Risk Assessment

CIEE Gap Year Semesters
This semester-long program is designed for gap year/winter start students, and includes language immersion program classes, English-teaching internship/community service, and housing and meals with families. Programs exist in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, and Spain, and depending on the level of language classes completed, some academic credit may be possible at CC by completing this program. Contact CC International Programs for more specifics on potential credit for language classes.

SEA Semester (ocean voyage semester)
The program will consider accepting Winter Starts on a case-by-case basis (courses completed, maturity, etc). Full semester of credit earned with all courses accepted for Colorado College credit. (3 semester hours=0.75 unit at Colorado College).

School For Field Studies (environmental studies)
Semesters in Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Turks & Caicos Islands
Often requires a science prerequisite, although if students have already taken an AP/IB environmental science, biology, etc course then they may fulfill the requirement. Full semester of credit earned with all courses accepted for CC credit. (3 semester hours =0.75 unit at Colorado College).

College Year In Athens – Semester program
This program will consider Winter Starts on a case-by-case basis. Full semester of credit earned with all courses accepted for Colorado College credit. (3 semester hours=0.75 unit at Colorado College)

If you choose to take part in a credit-bearing study abroad program before you join us, you may have questions about how those credits will transfer to Colorado College, and if the program you have chosen to participate in meets Colorado College guidelines for study abroad programs. You may petition Colorado College for advance approval of another opportunity. Please read our credit petition guidelines page.