How To Apply

Application for Semester & Academic Year Away Programs

Semester and year-long off-campus study is generally open to sophomores, juniors, and fall-semester seniors. In addition to meeting the application requirements of the program you are applying to, you must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at CC, and obtain your academic advisor's approval to study off-campus through the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study process in Summit. Students who are currently on academic or judicial probation may not be eligible to study off-campus.

Studying off-campus always requires an application completed in Summit by our posted deadlines, and if you are applying for a partner program outside of CC, you will also need to complete their application for admission, in addition to the CC Internal Application. You can access the Center for Global Education & Field Study's Summit portal via the CC Single Sign-In, using your CC login. Once you've identified your top-choice program that best meets your academic goals for off-campus study, and have met with your academic advisor, you are ready to start the application process.

CC-Approved Partner Programs: 

This includes all programs which have an external partner listed on our catalog of semester & year away programs.  


All students participating in one of these programs will complete two applications--the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study on Summit, as well as the program-specific application for admission to the program you are applying for (found on the program's website).


You can apply in any order (Summit application, partner program application) but be aware that the final step of most partner program applications is that we (CC Global Education) have to submit an approval form on your behalf saying you are approved to do this program and in good standing at CC. We cannot complete any forms for your program until you have been approved through the CC Internal Application in Summit, so please plan accordingly.


If you need to order a transcript to send to the program you are applying for, you need to request that and complete the release form through the Registrar's Office.


Any approval forms (sometimes called Home School Nomination, Advisor Approval, etc) that your program requires that CC submit on your behalf can only be completed after you successfully complete the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study, and are approved for off-campus study via Summit, so that is your first step. You can request those forms be sent to/completed by Heather Powell Browne, Assistant Director of Global Education, at hpb@coloradocollege.edu.

When to apply? 

In general, students complete the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study at the beginning of the semester prior to the one that you wish to be studying off-campus, if not earlier. You should start working on the partner program application, if required, as soon as possible when the Summit application opens up, regardless of when the program lists their application deadlines. Some programs have very early deadlines for the program application itself, as early as December or January, for the following year. Always make sure to check the program's website directly to make sure you are within their deadlines as well as CC's.


INTERNAL APPLICATION DEADLINES

Students interested in a Partner-led Semester must apply to both the semester program provider and with Colorado College in order to transfer credit.  The application deadlines for each partner or program may vary, but the internal CC application dates are fixed for each semester. 


For Fall Semester/Year off-campus:

STEP ONE: CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study typically opens in November and should be completed in SUMMIT by March 15. Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applications are not allowed.
STEP TWO: Complete the partner organization's application. This can be done prior to, simultaneous with, or following submission of the CC Internal Application.  We do recommend completing this step as early as possible as many partner programs fill to capacity well before their advertised deadline.
STEP THREE: Following acceptance by the partner organization. You must confirm or cancel your attendance & leave from CC in Summit by May 1.

For Spring Semester off-campus:
STEP ONE: Complete the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study in SUMMIT by October 15.
Early application is strongly encouraged.  Late applications are not allowed.
STEP TWO: Complete the partner organization's application. This can be done prior to, simultaneous with, or following submission of the CC Internal Application.  We do recommend completing this step as early as possible as many partner programs fill to capacity well before their advertised deadline.
STEP THREE: Following acceptance by the partner organization. You must confirm or cancel your leave in Summit by December 1.

These deadlines and processes apply to partner-led programs only.  For CC-led Semesters, please see the section below dedicated to the CC-led Semester and Half-Semester Away programs. 
Typically, Colorado College Sudents get in to their first choice program, especially when applying early, and so you may only submit one CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study to one top-choice program in Summit.

If you meet the program's requirements and apply early in the application cycle, you will likely not need a backup program. If you think you may need to consider a backup program, please set up a time to meet with Heather Powell Browne in Global Education, to discuss.

If for any reason you do not get in to your first choice program, we will work with you to submit a second CC Internal Application and cancel the first; be in touch with us to discuss this. Our deadlines are early, as many programs have rolling admission. You should NOT wait until your program's deadline to apply!

Submitting the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study is not binding. Once you submit it through Summit, you have time to apply to the partner program itself and decide for sure if you are committing to go.


You must submit final confirmation to CC in Summit  of your plans by December 1 for Spring semesters off-campus, or by May 1 for Fall semesters off-campus. That means you need to be accepted by your program by that point and have submitted your deposit. 


Do not wait to apply for admission to your partner program, even if their application deadline is much later than the internal CC deadlines!

FALL:  TREE Semester, CC in Germany, CC in Latin America
SPRING: CC in France, CC Chinese in Asia, CC in Italy, CC Russian in Bishkek

For these CC-sponsored and CC-led programs, you only need to complete the one program application on Summit; look for the specific application for the program you are applying for. Ideally you will have also have talked with the faculty director of the program before you begin the application, to let them know of your interest and to learn any special application pre-reqs that may exist.

Deadlines for CC Faculty-Led Semesters Off-Campus vary by program; see Summit for details or speak with the program's faculty director.  While deadlines may vary, typically a program that begins in Block 1 will have a deadline March of the prior academic year, those with a Block 5 start date will typically have an October deadline, and programs with a Block 7 departure will have a deadline in December.  However, these can vary, so we always recommend speaking with the program faculty to determine the best time to apply and the current deadline. 

While it is somewhat rare, there are times when a student may feel that the ideal program for their academic interests is not one of those offered by Colorado College in our pre-approved list of CC-led and Partner-led programs. 


It is possible to petition to join a program from outside of the pre-approved list provided by CC.  For information about petitioning for a non-approved program, please see this page which outlines the various types of non-approved programs and the guidelines for a successful petition.

 

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