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Petitioning for Other Programs Abroad

Petitioning for Non-Approved Semester or Year Study Abroad Programs

When choosing an off-campus semester or year abroad program, students should begin with a thorough exploration of the 160+ approved partner programs and universities that Colorado College works with around the world. You may see the entire list of approved semester/year programs here, and these advising guides may help you focus on options particularly relevant to your major, minor, or other academic interest or goal.  These existing partnerships and courses have been approved by the CC International Studies Committee and relevant academic departments at CC, and are regularly reviewed for quality, academic content, and student support. These programs support the Colorado College curriculum and meet our standards of a high-quality liberal arts education while studying abroad.

If, for valid academic reasons, you are considering a program that is not currently on our CC list, you must petition in advance for approval through the International Studies Committee. A successful petition must demonstrate a valid academic need not met through any existing approved program option; this is usually grounded in a major or minor, so talking to your academic advisor or department early on in the process of considering a petition is strongly encouraged. 

In order to be eligible for credit transfer, the non-CC study abroad program must issue you a transcript upon completion from an accredited academic university, college, or institution. Language schools which are not accredited and experiential learning organizations which do not offer academic credit are not eligible for petition. 

Please meet with Heather Powell Browne, our Assistant Director of Global Education, well in advance of deadlines to learn more about this process and the criteria for approval, and to gain access to complete the petition form in Summit if you think you have a valid academic need to petition. She can also help you explore other options from the approved list that you may not have seen. Be aware that the petition process requires more time to complete than applying for an approved program, and has earlier deadlines, because it must be reviewed by the International Studies Committee (ISC). If your petition is approved, all the same financial aid/Home School Tuition policies apply for you, the same as they would for a program from the CC-Approved list. 

Students who do not petition in Summit in advance for non-CC study abroad programs will not be able to transfer credit towards their CC degree. The deadline in Summit to submit a “Petition for Non-Approved Off-Campus Study: Semester or Year” is February 15 for the upcoming fall semester or academic year, and September 15 for a spring semester program.

Petitioning for Non-CC Summer Programs Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad in the summer, please first look at the listing of CC summer classes being taught off-campus/abroad. These are attractive for many students each year because they are taught by CC professors, you can use your Wildcard for the tuition portion of the cost, and CC need-based financial aid is available for our summer programs only.

In order to be eligible for credit transfer, the non-CC study abroad program must issue you a transcript upon completion from an accredited academic university, college, or institution. Language schools which are not accredited and experiential learning organizations which do not offer academic credit are not eligible for petition.

If you wish to petition for a non-CC summer program abroad and transfer the credits back towards your CC degree, you may do so in Summit using the "Summer Petition for Non-CC Program Abroad" application. You must demonstrate an academic need not met / similar coursework not offered through one of the existing CC summer programs being led that same summer. There is no CC financial aid available in the summer for non-CC programs; you have the option of checking with CC’s Financial Aid Office to determine if you have remaining loan eligibility, and you can also apply for outside scholarships or program scholarships to help defray the cost.

Students who do not petition in Summit in advance for non-CC Summer study abroad programs will not be able to transfer credit towards their CC degree. The deadline in Summit to submit a “Summer Petition for Non-CC Program Abroad” is May 15 each year for the upcoming summer.

 

Petitioning for a Non-CC January/Winter Term Block Away

While there are many schools and study abroad providers which offer freestanding January courses and programs abroad over Winter Break, CC does not maintain an approved list of non-CC January/Winter Term programs, the way we do for the Fall and Spring semester programs.  Since J-Block is part of the standard CC academic year, and as CC offers a wide range of off-campus blocks each year including academic year and summer options, enrollment in a non-CC January/Winter Break study away course is not encouraged. 

We encourage CC students to apply for one of the 30+ CC blocks away led by our own faculty. However, If you wish to pursue a January academic course abroad in a subject that is not represented in the slate of CC programs for that year, you may submit a “Petition for Non-CC January/Winter Break Study Abroad Program” through Summit to have the credits reviewed for transferability.

In order to be eligible for credit transfer, the non-CC study abroad program must issue you a transcript upon completion from an accredited academic university, college, or institution. Language schools which are not accredited and experiential learning organizations which do not offer academic credit are not eligible for petition.

Please be aware that there is no financial aid or tuition support from CC for non-CC January study abroad programs.  Because our J-Block is considered a “bonus” block included with your fall or spring tuition, with no additional tuition charge for students at CC, there is therefore no additional funding available to provide support for non-CC January/Winter Break study away courses, just as is the case with non-CC summer courses.  You have the option of checking with CC’s Financial Aid Office to determine if you have remaining loan eligibility, and you can also apply for outside scholarships or program scholarships to help defray the cost.

Students who do not petition in Summit in advance for non-CC January/Winter Break study abroad programs will not be able to transfer credit towards their CC degree. The deadline in Summit to submit a “Petition for Non-CC January/Winter Break Study Abroad Program” is October 15 each year for the upcoming January.
 

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) & Academic Credit

NOLS programs are popular with CC students for building a variety of outdoor skills and leadership, but only a few of the courses they may offer on their programs are liberal arts in nature and therefore eligible for transfer to CC. Partial credit for the NOLS program may be transferrable to CC with the proper petition; transferrable coursework offered by NOLS includes their Environmental Studies course and/or the Cultural Studies course (remember that 4 semester credits = 1 CC unit). Additionally, Colorado College will also grant a maximum 0.5 units of credit for completion of the Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, consistent with what we offer here at CC. We will not award transfer credit for courses such as Leadership Techniques, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Skills Practicum, Cultural Studies, or Risk Assessment, as these are not liberal arts in nature. Students must specifically request the academic credit be issued through a transcript from the accredited University of Utah or Western State Colorado University partnerships. 

If you want to do a NOLS program and receive pre-approval to transfer eligible courses to CC, you may complete the petition in Summit for the proper term you will be participating in the program. Since you only have the opportunity for partial academic credit, you will take a personal leave of absence from CC (through the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub) to do NOLS, if it is during the academic year. In the summer, no personal leave is necessary. There is typically no additional financial aid available from CC to do a NOLS program, and you pay the program directly (not through CC/Home School Tuition).

 

Study Abroad Not Through CC: Taking a Leave of Absence/Not Transferring Credit

If you are planning to participate in a study abroad program during the academic year (fall semester, spring semester or full year abroad), and you do not pay the standard CC Home School Tuition for study abroad and go through the CC application and approval processes, you will not be able to transfer those credits back to CC.  Prior to your departure, you will need to contact the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub to request a personal leave of absence from the college.

 

Questions about all types of petitions can be directed to Heather Powell Browne, Assistant Director of Global Education. 

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