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Winter Start/Gap Year Study Abroad: Other Programs

Welcome to Colorado College! We look forward to welcoming you into our academic community. 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. This form is designed to help you know in advance what kind of credit you will obtain at Colorado College for your proposed international academic experience before you join us.

When choosing a study abroad experience for the time between your high school graduation and your start date at Colorado College, students are encouraged to select from the list of pre-approved options on the Winter Start - Ideas For the Fall page. These programs have been reviewed by the Colorado College International Studies Committee, as well as by the Admissions Office, to offer constructive high-quality learning opportunities for students, with some options offering full credit, some offering partial credit, and some (volunteer opportunities) not bearing credit towards Colorado College. Information about what credit is possible (and any necessary steps you must take to receive transferrable credit) is listed on the Ideas For The Fall page linked above. 

If the programs listed under Ideas for the Fall do not meet your academic or personal goals, there are a number of other high quality, credit bearing options you may choose from. As you select a program to participate in, if you are looking to earn credits that may be acceptable by CC, keep the following standards for off-campus study at CC in mind. Keep in mind that 4 U.S. semester credits = 1 block unit of credit at CC.

To be eligible for credit transfer in to Colorado College, the study abroad/gap year program you do should:

  • Be offered by an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher post-secondary education, or an educational organization (often these educational organizations use an accredited "school of record" to issue their transcripts). They must be able to issue you an accredited transcript upon completion of your program; Colorado College cannot accept certificates, nor issue Colorado College credit for hours spent learning elsewhere.

  • Offer coursework that is liberal arts in nature, if you wish for the class to be eligible for transfer to Colorado College. This means, broadly speaking, it should fall under a discipline/academic field offered here at Colorado College.
  • Offer a curriculum that reflects or utilizes the resources of the area to a considerable degree, and provides a cross-cultural experience, with significant opportunities to interact with the host culture.
  • Provide significant opportunities to advance knowledge of a foreign language if the program is based in a non-English speaking country.

  • Provide robust health & safety support, including emergency insurance & evacuation. 


If you have questions about the specific program you are considering, and to learn more about if the courses will be transferrable to Colorado College, we invite you to contact our Center for Global Education, who will coordinate with the Registrar at Colorado College to review the courses you hope to take and transfer back to Colorado College. You may email information about the program (please include a link to the URL, as well as specific course information if you have it) to:

Heather Powell Browne, Assistant Director
Center for Global Education & Field Study
(719) 389-6918
hpb@coloradocollege.edu