Eligibility & College Policies for Study Abroad & Away

Eligibility to Study Away

In order to be eligible to participate in study abroad or away through Colorado College, students must meet and maintain four standards of eligibility:

  • Academic Eligibility--Including enrollment, degree progress, and academic standing.
  • Disciplinary Eligibility--Pertaining to suspension, probation, or other disciplinary actions.
  • Health Documentation--Many programs may include health-related requirements such as vaccination, or inoculation due to travel or entry requirements to program destinations. 
  • Passport & Visa Requirements--International travel programs require valid travel documents for transit and entry. 

The following drop-down items will outline the various eligibility requirements which students must expect to meet in order to be approved to travel either with a CC-led group program or with one of our partner-led semester or academic year away programs. 

All students are expected to meet Colorado College’s standards for academic performance. These standards also apply when considering eligibility for a study away program. 

Academic guidelines are in place to keep students on-track toward meeting the graduation requirements of the college (32 units with a cumulative GPA of 2.0). Students who do not meet Colorado College academic standards may be put on probation or suspended from the College. They may become ineligible to participate in the off-campus study until they are returned to good academic standing. 

Failure to maintain minimum good academic standing between program acceptance and program departure is grounds for dismissal, and you may face financial consequences related to a late program removal. Additionally, a CC-led study away experience cannot be the first academic coursework to follow a suspension or probation.  On-campus coursework is needed to reestablish good academic standing. Similarly, a partner-led study away semester cannot be the first semester back from suspension or probation as these programs do not produce course grades, only credit.  Students placed on academic warning may be eligible to study away, but would be required to have additional conversations with the Center for Global Education & Field Study, their academic advisor, and the program faculty director before acceptance can be granted, if applying for a CC-led program away.

If you are applying for an approved non-CC partner program for study abroad or away, be aware that they may also have their own, different minimum threshold levels for GPA requirements and academic standing in order to be accepted. A student would need to meet both CC’s academic standards for off-campus study, as well as those of the partner program or host institution abroad/away.


For more information on Academic Standing categories, please visit this page from the Registrar's Office.



If a senior wishes to apply for a semester abroad or away during their senior year through an approved partner (non-CC) program, the additional required approval steps would be sought through the process of completing the required CC Internal Application for Study Away Approval in Summit. When a student indicates they’ll have senior standing on this application, a supplemental review step opens up in the application for you to complete. Please fill this out thoughtfully and thoroughly, and Summit will forward it for final review by the Dean of the College (again, this is automatically handled through Summit – you do not need to approach the Dean on your own for this exception). Make sure you have already spoken with your academic/major advisor about your academic plans before applying for off-campus study, as their approval in Summit is an integral step in the process of gaining permission.

In rare cases, it may be possible to study abroad or away for the Spring/final semester of senior year in order to complete degree requirements, with approval (through Summit) of both a student’s major advisor/department and the Dean of the College. If a senior wishes to study away for their final semester, you must be completing necessary degree requirement coursework in this semester (e.g., units required towards the 32 to graduate, fulfilling an All-College requirement, and/or a final requirement for a declared major or minor). Be aware also that study abroad transcripts can take 4-6 weeks on average after program completion to be processed and received from overseas institutions (sometimes longer), and this may result in your degree from CC being processed with a later official graduation date; for example, you would likely be an August graduate instead of a May graduate.

For individual CC blocks off-campus or CC faculty-led programs during senior year, no additional approval steps are needed beyond applying through Summit as usual.


Due to the timing of the application processes for blocks away, new (first year and transfer) students typically begin to join block away courses in the summer after their first year of study. Semester and year-long off-campus study are generally open to sophomores, juniors, and Fall-semester seniors.

All students are expected to meet Colorado College’s standards for disciplinary conduct and adherence to community standards. This standard is also relevant when a student applies for, is accepted to, or is participating in a study away program. 

Students who do not meet Colorado College disciplinary standards and who are placed on disciplinary probation or suspension from the College, or deemed “persona non grata” status, become ineligible to participate in the off-campus study until they are returned to good disciplinary standing and complete any required sanctions or restitution. Students who are currently on housing restrictions would require a conversation with CC Student Life, CC Center for Global Education & Field Study, and the program faculty director if applying for a CC-led program away, before an acceptance decision could be made.

Any student who is placed on either disciplinary probation or suspension in the time between program acceptance and departure will be dismissed from the CC program, or their approval to participate in a partner program will be revoked by Colorado College. The revocation or removal will be implemented after any appeals are adjudicated and if the disciplinary sanctions are upheld. It is the student's responsibility to file any appeal within the time period given by the Office of Student Life in their sanction letter. Students who are removed from study away programming may face financial consequences related to a late program removal or withdrawal. 

Once a student has returned to good disciplinary standing and has completed any required sanctions or restitution, they become eligible to apply for a future study abroad or study away program. If acceptance to the original program is still viable, the student may be reconsidered upon re-application. Space cannot be held for a student in anticipation of a return to good disciplinary standing; only through a new application can a student seek new approval. Any financial aid linked to the original application will be rescinded upon initial revocation; upon a later re-application, a new aid award would be reconsidered at that time depending on funds available.

If you are applying for a CC-approved partner program for study abroad or away, be aware that they may also have their own, different behavioral/conduct threshold levels in order to be accepted and to maintain eligibility to participate. The Center for Global Education & Field Study must report any conduct violations and sanctions at CC to your partner program upon their request as part of your application and predeparture process. A student would need to meet both CC’s minimum conduct standards for off-campus study eligibility, as well as those of the partner program or host institution abroad/away.

If you are found to be responsible for violating one of CC's conduct policies or community standards while you are studying away from CC, consequences may include sanctions, probation, or removal from the program. If a student is removed from a program while abroad or away, this may result in: loss of credit for the course(s); loss of all funds dedicated to the program/removal with no refund; inability to participate in future study away programs; and reporting of the dismissal or infraction/violation to the CC Office of Student Life, who may follow up for additional on-campus processes or sanctions upon your return. As with any on-campus sanctions, students will have appeal and support rights.
Any students applying for an international off-campus study program will be required to meet any health-related entry requirements for the destination country/city.  This may include requirements to be fully vaccinated against COVID and other illnesses/diseases, completion of pre-departure COVID testing or another medical testing, and/or completion of tracking documents or digital health enrollment to allow for entry to your destination country.  

Students should also be prepared to meet any requirements in place for re-entry to the United States, which may also include required COVID testing prior to a U.S.-bound flight. Finally, programs may place limitations on independent travel during the program dates, including restrictions to remain in the host nation and additional reporting requirements, per current public health measures in effect at the time of your travel. 

Your vaccination documentation should be carried with you and carefully protected as you would any other important travel document. You may be required to show proof of vaccination to enter various locations abroad, depending on the country and your program’s itinerary. We recommend scanning a copy of all vaccination documentation before you leave and carrying a photocopy in your luggage, separate from the original.

Colorado College will only require inoculations or other medical treatments when these requirements exist in order to enter a program's host destination.  On the rare occasions when CC requires inoculation in order to travel, it is the individual student's responsibility to obtain and cover the cost for these inoculations, however, students who receive financial aid towards the study away program will have the anticipated cost of the inoculation included in their aid calculation.  In all other cases, we recommend that students work with their physicians to review travel health recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control and make appropriate decisions about preventative care such as inoculations, anti-malarial medications, adjustments in medications, or personal health practices.  All expenses for voluntary inoculations or preventative medical treatment is the responsibility of the student. 


While it is not necessary to have a valid passport in order to be eligible to begin the CC application process for study abroad, you should begin the passport application or renewal process as soon as possible in order to ensure you will have the required documentation needed to participate in the program, if accepted.  

If you have never obtained a passport, currently receive need-based aid from Colorado College, and are in need of financial support to apply for a passport to participate in your study abroad program, you may apply for an Academic Opportunities Grant to help cover some of those expenses.   

If you currently hold a passport, make sure you know where it physically is (you would be surprised how often passports get misplaced in the process of moving to college), and then look to verify the expiration date on your passport (it may be sooner than you think!). Some countries require that your passport be valid for up to 12 full months after your planned departure date from the country/after the end date of your program abroad.  If it is close, it is time to renew. 

Standard passport processing times for U.S. passports can range from 8-16 weeks for standard processing. Expedited processing is available for an additional fee and usually is estimated to take between 5 to 8 weeks. You can check current processing times on the U.S. Passport Agency’s website.

Students who are unable to travel with a CC-led study abroad program due to an inability to acquire or renew a passport by the departure date could face significant financial ramifications for a last-minute withdrawal from the study away program. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are able to obtain any required travel documents in time for initial program departure. 


A visa is essentially permission from another country to enter and remain in their country for a stated period of time, for the purposes of completing your study program. All students studying abroad through CC must obtain the correct visa(s) required by the country or countries they will be studying in. Visa requirements vary widely by country (based both on your country of citizenship/passport you will be traveling on, as well as your destination and their entry regulations). It is important that you know what visa requirements will apply to you so that you can prepare for this well in advance. Failure to obtain a visa will result in you not attending the program.

For many 1-block programs or 2-block half-semester programs, a student visa is often not required as students are not enrolling in a local university and are not staying abroad for more than 90 days. For most destinations, a tourist visa, or simply a passport is enough for entry and stay of up to 90 days. This can vary widely based on the country which has issued your passport. While most U.S. passport holders can visit a range of countries without a visa, this is not always true, nor is it true of travelers with other national passports. It is important for you to verify whether or not a visa is needed even for your participation even in a 1-block program. If a visa is required for a CC-led one- or two-block program, most of the time you would apply for the correct tourist/90-day visa and not a student visa, as programs led by CC do not have you enrolled as a student in a local foreign university.

If you do need a student visa, applying for it can be an involved process that requires your careful attention. You should begin to do research about the student visa requirements for the country or countries you will be visiting and living in even before you know you have been accepted to your program. Entry requirements can change at any time. We advise that you pay close attention to consular updates, as you are responsible for knowing and addressing the requirements for your host country and study abroad program. Gathering the required documentation for your student visa can take as much or more time than your study abroad application itself.

If you are participating in a CC-approved partner program abroad, usually your program will be your primary source of the most current visa application process information, as well as the issuer of any required documentation needed to obtain your student visa, as their student for that semester or year. If you require a Verification of Enrollment letter (or similar) from Colorado College as your home institution, you can request that letter from the CC Registrar.

The Center for Global Education at Colorado College is not responsible for obtaining student visas nor can we be responsible for visa complications, delays, or visa denials. Unfortunately, Colorado College does not have the ability to change visa requirements, nor does it help if we call consulates or embassies on your behalf. Though we're happy to help you in whatever way we can through the timely issuance of required documentation when this comes through CC, the decision to issue you a visa rests solely with the consulate or embassy.

Please be aware that the visa application process for some countries may require students to surrender their passports for several weeks or months before starting the study abroad program. These consular requirements may impact students' independent travel plans. Visa requirements should be investigated and considered by all applicants prior to planning independent travel (including travel over breaks or arriving early to your program site). All students are required to be in possession of the proper visa documentation in order to participate in any program.


International (non-U.S.-citizen) students at Colorado College may have additional costs and requirements related to studying abroad which are not common for U.S. citizens. 

  • You may be required to obtain a visa to enter the program’s host country when U.S. citizens do not. Visas commonly require paying a fee.
  • You may need to schedule visa appointments through consular offices outside of Colorado and travel independently to these appointments.
  • If your program is a CC faculty-led program, you will likely need a letter from Colorado College to support your visa application. Please allow at least two weeks for these letters to be issued before your visa appointment; waiting until the last minute to request these may mean that we do not have time to issue them to you.
  • You may need to apply well in advance to obtain a visa appointment.  Do not wait until the final weeks before departure to begin this process. We recommend beginning the visa process as soon as is allowed (for example, Schengen visa applications can now be initiated 180 days/6 months before program departure, rather than the previous 90 days).

CC Financial Aid does not cover these costs connected to applying for visas for any CC block abroad programs. If you believe you will need financial support in order to obtain the necessary visa for a program to which you have been accepted, please contact CC Global Education.  Funds are available (on a limited basis) from Global Education.

In the event a student utilized CC funds in order to obtain their visa for study abroad only to later withdraw from the program, that student may be billed for the visa expenses as these are only supported by CC when the visa leads to participation in study abroad.  It is important that students understand the financial implications of a late withdrawal from a study abroad program.  

  • Study Away is not recommended for First Year Students.  The transition to college is significant, and adding the additional layer of a study away program can produce less than desirable outcomes.  Furthermore, the application periods for study away often preclude students from engaging in the initial application, putting them at greater risk of denial of participation or inability to acquire aid.  

  • While it may be possible, based on the timing of the application cycles, for First Year Students to apply for a Block Away in Blocks 7 or 8, as well as a Spring Semester Away, be advised that many programs require sophomore status for approval, and that internal financial aid from Colorado College is not typically available to students earlier than the summer following their first year.  

  • We also believe it is important to work with your advisor to develop an intentional, purposeful, and well-considered plan for study away, which is often not possible during the first semester of a student's first year, which is why we recommend looking at the summer following your first year as the earliest study away window you should consider. 

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Important Study Away Policies

For all study abroad and away program models, please understand:

  • Because off-campus programming requires advance reservations and bookings, the timeframe for application and registration is earlier and longer in duration than the simpler process for on-campus course registration.  
  • All CC-led and Partner-led programs have application periods or application deadlines which occur well before course registration for a given semester begins, and often fill on a rolling basis. 
  • All applications begin on the SUMMIT online platform.  Enrollment in the course through the standard course enrollment process happens later in the process.
  • Both CC Faculty-led Programs and Partner-led Programs may use rolling admissions. Regardless of the final date for applications in each program type, we always recommend early application whenever possible.
  • It is essential that students apply to, and be accepted into, a study away program in Summit before attempting to register for any courses for the semester in question.
  • Students applying for a Partner-led study away program (semester or year away) must complete both the CC process in Summit and the provider's own application.  These can be done simultaneously.  
All CC-led Summer Blocks Away operate on the same timeline, regardless of whether they are scheduled for Block A (May-June) or Block B (June-July).  
While it may be possible to apply for a CC summer block away after the closure of the primary application window, many programs close during the application period and aid is typically no longer available for late applicants.  

  • Block 4 (late November): The application window for Summer opens. 
  • Half-Block (late January):  The application period for Summer closes.   
  • Block 5 (February): Rosters are determined and aid eligibility is reviewed.  
  • February 15: All approved participants will be notified of their aid status by this date.   
  • March 15: The withdrawal deadline for all Summer Blocks.   

The process for an Academic Year Block (Blocks 1-8) is nearly identical to that for Summer Blocks, however the timing of applications as well as the Withdrawal Deadline for each program will vary based on the program's scheduled departure date (block).  

  • Block 5 (January): The Academic Year Block Away application period opens for the following academic year.  
  • Block 6 (March): The application window closes. 
  • Block 6 (March): Rosters are determined and aid eligibility is reviewed. 
  • April 10: All approved participants will be notified of their aid status by this date.

All Block away courses have a withdrawal deadline, the latest date by which a student can drop the course (completed on SUMMIT) and have no financial commitment to the program.  Later withdrawals can require that a portion of the program fee be billed to the student. 

  • BLOCK 1-2:   May 1
  • BLOCK 3-4:   August 1
  • BLOCK 5-6:   October 1
  • BLOCK 7-8:   December 1

For Block 7 and 8 programs, there is a second application period, stretching from the closure of the main Application Window in March through Block 1 the following fall. Students who apply during this extended window may also be approved for their programs at the conclusion of Block 1 (mid-September) and approved students would be reviewed for aid eligibility at this time, receiving an aid notification early in Block 2 (October), well before the December withdrawal deadline. Due to the limitations on financial aid, it is always recommended that students apply during the primary window in the spring rather than waiting until the fall. 


No exceptions to the application deadline will be granted without significant extenuating circumstances (medical emergency, family crisis, natural disaster) which prohibited the student from completing the application by the prescribed deadline.   
Fall Semester Away:                       Apply before March 15
Spring Semester Away:                  Apply before October 15
Block 7&8 Half-Semester:              Apply before December 1


For all Partner-Led programs, students must complete the CC Internal Application for Study Away Approval in Summit, as well as the partner organization's own application process.  We recommend doing this as early as possible as most programs utilize rolling admissions and programs may fill prior to Colorado College's internal deadline and published program application deadlines.   

No exceptions to the application deadline will be granted without significant extenuating circumstances (medical emergency, family crisis, natural disaster) which prohibited the student from completing the application by the prescribed deadline.   

Fall Semester & Full Year Away:        Apply before March 15

Spring Semester Away:                       Apply before October 15

Once approved to join either a CC-led or Partner-led study away program, all students are required to complete a confirmation process in Summit, in order to "lock in" their roster spot/confirm intent to participate on the program, and for CC-led programs to receive the appropriate enrollment consent codes needed to enroll in the course(s) as part of their registration for the appropriate semester or summer coursework. Only students who have completed all post-approval documents and waivers in Summit will be eligible to enroll in the appropriate study away courses.  

The post-approval forms for CC-led programs away (found on Summit and required of all students) include the following:  

  • Behavioral Contract:  Expanding upon the CC Code of Conduct already in effect for all students.  
  • Program Fee Agreement:  Outlining the financial commitments involved with the study away program and the financial ramifications of a post-deadline withdrawal.  
  • Independent Travel Waiver:  Defining the student's responsibilities should they travel independently during the course of the study away program as well as the limitations of support or responsibility held by Colorado College should students opt to travel independently prior to, or following conclusion of the group program, block or multiple-block away program. 

In addition to these forms, students will have to upload passport information (international programs only) and acknowledge receipt of information relevant to several offices on campus. Upon completion of all of these elements, the student will be asked to confirm their acceptance of their position on the appropriate study away program.  

Deadline for Program Confirmation 

All programs have a deadline by which students must either actively withdraw from the program or confirm their participation in the program. As we stated above, failure to confirm participation by the deadline can result in a passive "withdrawal" and reassignment of the student's space in the program to another student. The withdrawal/confirmation deadline for each program type is listed below. 

  • Summer Block Away courses:  March 15 
  • Fall Semester Away, Academic Year Away: May 1
  • Block 1/2 Block Away courses: May 1
  • Block 3/4 Block Away courses: August 1 
  • Block 5 or 6 Block Away courses: October 1
  • Block 7 or 8 Block Away courses: December 1
  • Spring Semester Away: December 1
  • Block 7+8 Half-Semester Away programs: February 1

All Block Away programs have a withdrawal deadline (see above sections on application) which is the last date whereby a student can withdraw from the program and have no financial commitment for the billed program fee.  Withdrawal after the withdrawal deadline may require payment of a portion of the program fee to ensure program funding for any expenditures already committed at the time of student withdrawal, as well as any shared costs to which all participants contributed.

Withdrawal following the withdrawal deadline holds a minimum charge of $100, however this charge can be significantly higher due to nonrefundable expenditures made on the student's behalf.   A withdrawal in the block prior to departure (Block 8 for all summer programs) holds a minimum charge of 25% of the full program fee, however, with a cancellation this late in the predeparture period, a charge of 50% or higher is not unheard of, due to the expenditures typically locked in prior to departure. 

When a student withdraws, any aid award specific to the Block Away program is rescinded so that it may be provided to another student participant and to allow the withdrawing student to maintain eligibility for a future aid award. Block Away aid awards cannot be used to cover any fees billed to the student for late cancellation or withdrawal.  All charges billed for a late withdrawal must be paid by the student or their financial backers.  


A student may have any late withdrawal charges expunged from their account in those instances where another student from the program's waitlist is able to fill the space vacated by the withdrawing student.  This is not guaranteed and the closer to departure a withdrawal occurs, the greater the odds that no student will agree to sign on to the program at that time.  It is not possible for a new student to sign on to a Block Away program in the block prior to departure, removing the option for the charges to be waived for a withdrawal during this period. 


If a post-deadline withdrawal is the result of an urgent medical concern and/or family emergency, Colorado College will attempt to reduce or waive any program charges from the student's account.  In order to verify a medical emergency, students withdrawing will be asked to provide a statement from a licensed medical or mental health professional (someone not related to the student) who can affirm that it is their recommendation that the student not travel due to a medical or mental health concern.  No details of the diagnosis are necessary, only confirmation that the attending professional does not recommend travel.  In most cases 100% of the fee is waived for such incidents, however, there are rare cases where only a partial reimbursement is possible due to the nature of the expenditures already made on behalf of the student. 

Withdrawal from a CC-led Semester or Half-Semester Program

  • CC-Led semester and half-semester programs receive their funding from the tuition, room & board, and program fees associated with each program (full semester or partial).  As such, a late withdrawal from a CC-led semester or half-semester program can lead to significant costs to the student as all funds expended by the program and no longer refundable to Colorado College may be billed to the student in addition to the tuition, room & board charges should they opt to return to campus for the semester or blocks in question.  

  • As these fees can be several thousand dollars, up to $20,000 for a full semester, depending on the program and the time of withdrawal, students are strongly encouraged to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline for each program. Late withdrawal can lead to a considerable portion of the program funding to be billed as additional charges to the student account. Withdrawal once the program has begun almost universally leads to full billing of the program expense and should be avoided if at all possible.  

  • Colorado College also cannot guarantee that campus housing will be available for a student who withdraws from a semester away during the final weeks before departure or for one who seeks to return home early from a canceled semester away.  

Withdrawal from a Partner-led Semester or Full Year Program

  • Just as withdrawal from a CC-led semester program requires significant nonrefundable charges be billed to the student account, the same is true for all partner-led study away programs.  Students should be careful to review and understand the withdrawal policies of the provider for their partner-led semester or year away program.  Any charges which are deemed nonrefundable or which are billed to Colorado College for a late or mid-program withdrawal will be passed along to the student above and beyond the cost for tuition, room & board should the student return to campus for the remainder of the semester or year.   

  • CC tuition cannot be allocated for both on-campus courses and a canceled semester away simultaneously.  For this reason a student who withdraws from their study away semester and returns to campus will be billed for all tuition fees retained by the provider on top of the cost of college tuition for their on-campus courses.  

  • CC Financial Aid used to cover costs related to a partner program study away semester cannot also be used to cover nonrefundable partner program charges from a late withdrawal.  This may lead to several thousand dollars in billed charges which must be paid by the student or their financial backers.
  • Students who wish to withdraw from the partner-led program prior to program departure should contact Global Education immediately, particularly if their intention is to replace the study away experience with a semester of coursework on campus. 

Medical or Emergency Withdrawal from a Partner-Led Program

A withdrawal from a partner-led semester away program is at the discretion of the partner organization, as is the release from any program fees and expenses related to the program. If the partner organization requires that a portion of the program fees be retained by the organization, then those charges will be passed on to the student as with any other late withdrawal.  Colorado College will not overrule the decision of the partner organization to retain program fees for late withdrawal in these circumstances.
Once approved to join either a CC-led or Partner-led study away program, it is vital that students maintain satisfactory academic and disciplinary standing, and avoid any disciplinary actions or conduct sanctions due to violations of the CC Code of Conduct.


Every program has a minimum GPA requirement.  Failure to maintain this minimum requirement in the time between program acceptance and program departure is grounds for dismissal.  Students on academic probation or suspension cannot study away during this period, or as their first term back from academic probation or suspension.  For a student placed on academic probation or suspension, a study away semester/year cannot also be the first semester of return as semesters away do not transfer GPA standing, so they cannot be used to improve a student's academic standing.  


Any student who is placed on either disciplinary probation or suspension in the time between program acceptance and departure will be dismissed from the program.  This is true even in cases where the suspension or probationary status is set to end prior to the departure date of the program.  It is the act of receiving the disciplinary probation or suspension, and not the duration of the sanction which disqualifies the student from study away. Students may appeal a disciplinary sanction through published CC conduct processes, however, once the conduct process is completed, there is no separate or secondary appeal to allow study away if a probation or suspension remains in effect. 

The same financial ramifications for withdrawal apply to any student who is required to be removed from a program due to a change in academic standing or a disciplinary probation or suspension which no longer qualifies the student for participation.  In the case of a block away, this can lead to a considerable portion of the program fee being billed to the student despite their dismissal from the program.  In the case of a semester or academic year away, any portion of the tuition funds, housing funds, meal plan funds, or program fee which is retained by external partners due to a late withdrawal must be paid once more to the college before enrollment back on campus can be permitted. 

In the event of student conduct violation while away from campus on a study away program which leads to considerable concern for the faculty leader(s) of the program, disciplinary actions may be taken in coordination with the Global Education team as well as the Student Life Office for Community Standards & Student Support.  Students are advised about the disciplinary policies of the college as part of their predeparture orientation program.  Both students and parents should be aware that:

Colorado College's zero-tolerance policy for possession or use of illicit or illegal drugs extends to all CC-led study away programs.  This includes use of cannabis and related products, even when a student possesses documentation for its medical use.  Possession or use of illegal or illicit drugs on any CC-led study away program will result in immediate dismissal and removal from the program and all program resources (housing, transportation, etc.).

The alcohol policies on CC faculty-led study away can vary by program and destination.  All programs align with local laws regarding legal purchase and consumption of alcohol, however faculty are permitted to implement clearly-defined alcohol policies specific to their program, which may differ from local laws. These policies are introduced to students during their predeparture orientation program, and violation of program-specific alcohol policies can lead to a disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the study away program.  

Should a student behavioral concern or conduct issue be presented to the college while a student is away from campus, including issues arising from conduct prior to departure, the Student Life Office for Community Standards & Student Support will notify the Global Education team and potential disqualification from the program could result.  

For conduct violations which occur while overseas/away from campus, faculty communicate and discuss their concerns with the Global Education Team and the Student Life Office for Community Standards & Student Support.  An on-site sanction or requirement for retention on the program may be issued or the student may be dismissed from the program. 

For students dismissed from a CC-led study away program, the following is true:

  • The student will be removed from program housing and must desist from all contact with program participants. 
  • The program staff may assist the student with any alterations to their travel plans, but all costs associated with travel cancellation must be paid by the student and/or their financial backers. 
  • Dismissal from a study away program produces a grade of NC for the course or courses in place at the time of dismissal. 
  • Dismissal from a study away program does not produce a refund of any program fees or charges.  
  • Dismissal from a study away program results in filing of a conduct case for review by the Student Life Office of Community Standards & Student Support. 
  • The conduct case tied to program dismissal may lead to additional sanctions, at the discretion of the Student Life Office of Community Standards & Student Support.
  • Upon dismissal, Global Education staff will notify the student's emergency contact to inform them of the alterations to the student's travel plans. 
  • Dismissal from a CC-led study away program will be presented to faculty should the student again apply to join a different CC-led study away program and may lead to disqualification from the additional programming. 
  • Similarly, Colorado College is required, when requested, to provide disciplinary information to a partner-provider upon application to a partner-led study away.  Prior dismissal from a CC-led study away can be used to disqualify the student from participation in a partner-led program in the future.  

I don’t understand why I am paying Colorado College tuition for my semester abroad when the program tuition billed to CC by the partner organization is lower.

Colorado College uses a model of financing for semester away which is known as the "Home School Tuition" model.  It is one of the most frequently-seen models used in higher education, particularly prevalent among selective private colleges and universities. In the Home School Tuition model, all CC students are charged CC tuition when they study off-campus with one of our partner programs or universities, in lieu of the partner program tuition amount, regardless of which program they attend. The College, in turn, makes the tuition payment to the partner organization and, when appropriate, provides financial aid comparable to the on-campus support level to the student towards the anticipated costs of the semester or year away (including room & board, travel expenses, visas, etc.)

All students are charged CC tuition when they study off-campus with one of our partner programs or universities, regardless of which program they attend. Students are charged Colorado College tuition rather than program tuition for several reasons:  

1) As we are primarily concerned with each student's academic growth and progress, we always hope students will select a study away program based on academic fit across all approved options, and not seek to select the cheapest option.  Before implementing this model, students and their families would occasionally seek a "bargain" program by selecting one with a significantly lower tuition charge, and would often find themselves very unsatisfied with the resulting services, academic programs, and support provided.  We have carefully selected the programs on our pre-approved list of semester and year away options, and by using Home School Tuition, students can choose any of the options based on the benefits that program provides, its academic focus or opportunities, and not based on the cost, since all programs will be billed at the standard cost a student would expect to pay to remain in Colorado.  No more, no less. 

2) We believe this is fair, just as we believe that charging one student tuition rate regardless of course of study is fair to all students, providing a predictable and consistent billing regardless of the individual courses a student may take. Just as Colorado College charges the same tuition to students when they are enrolled on campus regardless of major (even though it costs the college far more to educate a chemistry major than to educate an English major), we charge the same tuition regardless of off-campus program. The same is true for the credits earned on a study away semester when compared with the credits provided by parallel courses on our campus.  By charging the CC tuition, we create equivalencies across all courses, all programs, and between students who remain on campus for 8 semesters and those who choose 1-2 semesters away during their career as a CC student. 

3) Students who study abroad are able to transfer the credit from their studies abroad directly to replace one semester (or year) of their Colorado College degree as a result of the vetting of programs and courses by Colorado College faculty and the Global Education staff.  Unlike many "fee based" semester away models used more commonly at state universities, the Home Tuition Model allows CC to provide students with greater transferability of credits, allowing a student to transfer their entire courseload abroad (assuming similar fields of study to those available through CC) rather than limiting the number of transferable credits to a fraction of those taken while abroad, as many schools do. 

4) Lastly, by charging Colorado College tuition, we are able to let students apply their Colorado College need-based aid and merit scholarships towards the fees of the program and thereby make off-campus studies accessible to all Colorado College students. Charging home-campus tuition allows us to generate some income to defray some of the institutional costs of sending students abroad.  These costs include not only the aid and merit scholarships that we allow students to use off campus but administrative support that study abroad students benefit from even while they are overseas, such as Global Education advising and programming, access to Tutt Library e-collections, Colorado College Counseling Center services, Registrar and Advising Hub resources, etc.  

It is worth noting that even when charging Colorado College tuition, off-campus study is still heavily subsidized by Colorado College.  The college does not break even on the costs. But we believe the transformations that students make as a result of these immersion experiences in other cultures--the expanded perspectives, critical thinking and understanding of our complex world--makes providing financial support for our students a very worthwhile investment. To put it in a broader context, most private liberal arts colleges today employ this same home campus fee model as a means of providing and preserving broad access to off-campus study to students and at the same time mitigating the very high cost to the home campus of sending aid monies off campus and administering study abroad. 

We understand that for some families, particularly those who do not benefit from need- or merit-based scholarships, the requirement that students pay CC tuition does remove the possibility of using a semester away as an opportunity to pay a lower tuition rate, however we believe that the overall impact of the Home Tuition Policy allows CC to make semesters and yearlong study away possible for all students, while asking no student to pay more than they would to attend the semester or year of study on our campus, at the same time emphasizing academic fit as the key decision when selecting to study away and providing full credit transferability.  



  • One unit of credit on the block plan is equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits, or roughly 7.5 ECTS credits (subject to rounding). Therefore, in order to receive a full semester of credit at Colorado College, a student would enroll in the equivalent of 16 semester hours, or 30 ECTS. 
  • As many programs and universities use a 3-credit base for their courses, this may require enrolling in more than the standard 4 courses per semester a student would have at Colorado College, with each international course transferring to CC as 0.75 units rather than 1 unit. 


  • At minimum, you are required to enroll in whatever the minimum credit/course load is for your program. No exceptions are made for you to drop below the minimum enrollment that your program specifies. You should work with your academic advisor to develop a plan for what kinds of courses (and how many units above the minimum required, if any) you need to take while studying off-campus to stay on-track towards graduation.

  • Students whose aid requires full-time enrollment should also ensure that their course schedule while away qualifies for a minimum of 3.0 units (12 semester credits or 22.5 ECTS)  in order to maintain full-time status and aid qualification. 
  • The maximum transfer credit allowed back to CC per semester is 5.75 CC units. This amount is based on the maximum potential of credit earned on campus, including cases that were given overload permission.

  • If you will be receiving a transcript directly from a foreign university, or if your program does not award credit based on semester hours, a credit equivalency determination will be made in Summit by the Registrar's Office. If you are uncertain about how many classes to take, you should obtain this credit equivalency information from the Registrar at Colorado College by submitting your course approval requests through Summit, and consult with your academic advisor. Your program should also have this credit equivalency information available on their website.

  • If you are studying in a country where English is not the native language, you are required by CC to take one course while abroad to study the local language (i.e., Danish, Czech, Thai, Swahili, Hungarian, etc.).

  • Students approved for a disability-related foreign language course substitution through CC Accessibility Resources may take a culture class instead of a local language course. Courses used for the substitution must be approved in advance by the offices of Accessibility Resources and Global Education.


  • Credit is given only for academic work that is liberal arts in nature. For example, credit can be transferred for economics, but not necessarily for tourism studies. Likewise, applied music and art courses are accepted under conditions similar to those at CC.
  • Credit will not be awarded for courses that are very similar to, or largely duplicate, courses you've already taken at CC.
  • Internship credit will only be transferable to CC if there is a credit-bearing course component to the internship that appears on your final transcript from your program. Credit for internships is general studies credit. Departmental credit for an internship is only awarded with the approval of the respective department at CC.
  • It is always a good idea to save and bring back as much of your work (at minimum: course syllabi, papers, exams) as possible in case there are any questions regarding credit transfer or course equivalency upon your return.
  • Make sure to ask your program to send an official transcript directly to the CC Registrar's Office upon completion of your program. For CC-approved partner programs, Colorado College will accept the grade report directly from the program (therefore, you do not have to go through the "School of Record" option if one exists, for CC-approved partner programs).


  • All courses attempted on a CC-approved study away program will be recorded on your CC transcript as transfer work regardless of earned credit. This includes courses attempted where credit was earned (student received a C- or better) and courses attempted where credit was not earned (D or F equivalent). Transfer work does not get calculated into a student’s GPA (see section on "Grade Transfer Policies" below).
While we would always recommend that students first consider either a CC-led or Partner-led study away program from our extensive list of faculty-guided and partner programs, there may be an instance where an outside provider offers a course or program which is a perfect academic fit for an individual student.  It is possible for students to petition to enroll in unaffiliated (non-CC, non-partner) study away for a semester, a summer, or during the January break between Block 4 and Block 5.  
For policies guiding the petition and credit transfer processes for unaffiliated programs, please visit our page on "Petitioning for Other Programs Away"

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