Semester & Year Abroad Programs

With over 150 different opportunities for semester or year-long study away, there is sure to be a program that fits your goals, interests, and desired outcomes.  After the list of programs, with links to each, please be sure to read through the recommendations on how to research, apply, and enroll in semesters away.  There are also helpful links throughout the page.

We highly recommend reviewing the Billing & Finances Page prior to application to inform yourself of the financial model used with all CC, Partner Program, and Petitioned Program options.  If you are not self-funding your CC course of study, we also recommend sharing this information with those who would assist you with funding for a semester away.  

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Scroll down for a list of all approved semester and year-long programs (pdf here) at CC.

You can also:

Colorado College Programs

Credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units count towards the CC Units-In-Residence Requirement

CC Teaching & Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester (Fall Semester)

CC in China - Blocks 7 & 8 (CN101 or 201/202 or 301/302 available)

CC in Latin America - Brazil (Blocks 1&2) and Mexico (Blocks 3&4) 2023 (pre-req SP201 or place into 300-level)

CC in France - Spring Semester (with option for Blocks 5&6 or 7&8) (pre-req FR101)

CC in Berlin, Germany - Fall Semester (with option for Blocks 1&2 or 3&4) (no language pre-req)

CC Russian in Bishkek - Blocks 7&8 (pre-req RU101 & 102)

Credits earned are transfer credits (must earn a C- or better), grades are not calculated into the GPA, and units count towards the CC Units-In-Residence Requirement

Canada - Quest University (2 blocks or more required; preference given to full semester)

France - Sciences Po (preference given to full-year applicants)

Finland - LAB University of Applied Sciences (Art Department exchange)

Germany - Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Germany - University of Regensburg

Credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units count towards the CC Units-In-Residence Requirement

Japan - Japan Study: Waseda University, Tokyo with GLCA/Earlham College (pre-req of JA101)

USA - Chicago: Field Museum Semester: Research in Natural History (Fall)

USA - Chicago: Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities (Fall)

USA - Oak Ridge Science Semester, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN (Fall)

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CC-Approved Partner Programs

Credits earned are transfer credit (must earn a C- or better), grades are not calculated into the GPA, and units do not count towards the CC Units-In-Residence Requirement

Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica -  New Activisms, Human Rights, and Social Justice (Spanish offered at all levels)

Northern Ireland - Conflict, Peace, and Transition in Northern Ireland (with internship)

Spain - Madrid Science Semester (Fall) (no language pre-req) 

Switzerland - Geneva Physics Semester @ CERN (Spring) (pre-req FR101/placement at 200-level)

Ecuador - Community and Social Change in Ecuador (Coming Fall 2023)

India -  Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India (Fall) (no language pre-req)

Tanzania -  Ecology and Anthropology in Tanzania (Fall) (no language pre-req)

Brazil - São Paolo Social Justice & Inequality  (no language pre-req)

Brazil - Business in São Paolo at FGV  (no language pre-req)

China - Beijing  Intensive Chinese Language Semester  (no language pre-req)

China - Shanghai  Chinese Studies & Internship Semester  (no language pre-req)

Czech Republic - Prague @ FAMU - Film Production, New Media, or Photography  (no language pre-req)

Czech Republic -  Prague Semester, with concentrations in Business & Economics, Jewish Studies, or Central European Studies  (no language pre-req)

Dominican Republic - Liberal Arts, Santiago (pre-req of SP201/placement at 300-level)

Ghana - Legon,  Arts + Sciences  (no language pre-req)

Jordan - Amman,  Advanced Arabic Language ( pre-req of AR202 plus placement test)

Jordan - Amman,  Middle East Studies  (for beginner/intermediate-level Arabic)

Korea - Seoul,  Arts + Sciences  (no language pre-req)

Portugal - Lisbon, Language + Culture  (no language pre-req)

Russia - St. Petersburg,  Russian Area Studies  (for beginner/intermediate-level Russian)

Russia - St. Petersburg,  Russian Language (pre-req of RU202)

South Africa - Cape Town,  Arts + Sciences  (no language pre-req)

Greece -  College Year in Athens Program  (semester or year, no language pre-req)

Denmark - DIS Copenhagen  (no language pre-req)

Sweden - DIS Stockholm  (no language pre-req)

Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, or Switzerland - Research semesters in English, at top universities; search current research project opportunities online.

Israel -  Rothberg International School (RIS) (general full program, no language pre-req)

Or pick a specialized concentration program in:
-- Jerusalem Sounds (Music)
-- DanceJerusalem
-- ArtJerusalem
-- Arabic Immersion Program  (all levels of Arabic)

Austria - Vienna Music Program (no language pre-req)

Ecuador - Galapagos Islands Direct Enroll GAIAS  (no language pre-req)

Germany - Freiburg: Environmental Studies & Sustainability  (no language pre-req)

Ireland - Dublin Direct Enrollment, National Theatre School of Ireland - Gaiety School of Acting

Ireland - Dublin Writer's Program 

Spain - Granada - Study in Granada (pre-req of both blocks of SP101/placement at 200-level; Spanish course taken within the last year)

Spain - Salamanca - Language and Area Studies (pre-req of both blocks of SP101/placement at 200-level; Spanish course taken within the last year)

Spain - Salamanca Psychology Program (no language pre-req)

Argentina - Argentine Universities Program, Buenos Aires (pre-req of SP201/placement at 300-level)

Argentina - Study in Buenos Aires Plus (no Spanish pre-req)

Argentina - Study in Buenos Aires Plus: Business and Economics - Same as above, but focused on business (no Spanish pre-req)

Argentina - Study in Buenos Aires Plus:  Psychology and Neuroscience - Same as above, but focused on psychology (no Spanish pre-req)

Australia - James Cook University, Cairns/Townsville

Australia - University of Melbourne

Australia - University of New South Wales

Australia - University of Sydney

Chile - Chilean Universities Program, Santiago (pre-req of SP201/placement at 300-level)

Chile - Chilean Universities Program, Valparaiso (no language pre-req)

England - Oxford University (any member college)

England - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

England - University College London

Ireland - National University of Ireland, Galway

Ireland - University College Dublin

New Zealand - University of Auckland

New Zealand - University of Otago

Scotland - Glasgow School of Art

Scotland - University of St. Andrews

Scotland - University of Edinburgh

Japan - Asian Studies Program (no language pre-req) (For Kansai Gaidai only, grades are calculated into the GPA)

All SIT programs during the Fall or Spring semester are CC-approved.

Argentina - People, Environment, and Climate Change in Patagonia and Antarctica (pre-req SP201)

Argentina - Public Health in Urban Environments (pre-req SP201)

Argentina - Social Movements and Human Rights (pre-req SP201)

Argentina - Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America (pre-req SP201)

Australia - Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action

Cameroon - Development and Social Change (no language pre-req)

Chile - Comparative Education and Social Change (pre-req SP201)

Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development (pre-req SP201)

Chile - Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment (pre-req SP201)

Czech Republic - Arts and Social Change (no language pre-req)

Ecuador - Comparative Ecology and Conservation (pre-req SP201)

Ecuador - Development, Politics, and Languages (pre-req SP201)

Ghana - Globalization, Cultural Legacies, and the Afro-Chic (no language pre-req)

Iceland - Climate Change and the Arctic (no language pre-req)

India - Public Health, Gender, and Community Action (no language pre-req)

Indonesia - Arts, Religion, and Social Change (no language pre-req)

Jordan - Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East (no language pre-req)

Jordan - Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action (no language pre-req)

Jordan - Psychology, Well-being & Mental Health (no language pre-req)

Kenya - Global Health and Human Rights (no language pre-req)

Madagascar - Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (pre-req FR201)

Malaysia - International Relations and New Economies (no language pre-req)

Mexico -  Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities (pre-req SP201)

Mongolia & Siberia - Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment (no language pre-req)

Morocco - Migration and Transnational Identity (no language pre-req)

Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights (no language pre-req)

Nepal -  Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya  (no language pre-req)

Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples (no language pre-req)

Netherlands - International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender (no language pre-req)

Panama - Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation  (no language pre-req)

Peru - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization (pre-req SP201)

Portugal - Sustainability and Environmental Justice (no language pre-req)

Rwanda - Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding  (no language pre-req)

Samoa - Social and Environmental Change in Oceania (no language pre-req)

Senegal - Global Security and Religious Pluralism (no language pre-req)

Senegal - Hip-Hop, African Diaspora, and Decolonial Futures (no language pre-req)

Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo - Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans (no language pre-req)

South Africa -  Community Health and Social Policy  no language pre-req)

South Africa -  Multiculturalism and Human Rights (no language pre-req)

South Africa -  Social and Political Transformation (no language pre-req)

Spain - Policy, Law, and Regional Autonomy in Europe (no language pre-req)

Switzerland - Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility (no language pre-req)

Switzerland - Global Health and Development Policy (no language pre-req)

Switzerland - International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy  (no language pre-req)

Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology (no language pre-req)

Tanzania - Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management (no language pre-req)

Tunisia & Italy -  Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean  (no language pre-req)

Uganda - Global Development Studies (no language pre-req)

Vietnam - Culture, Social Change, and Development  (no language pre-req)

All IHP programs during the Fall or Spring semester are CC-approved.

Cities in the 21 st Century: People, Planning, & Politics  (Argentina & South Africa)

Climate Change: The Politics of Land, Water, & Energy Justice (Morocco & Peru)

Food Systems: Agriculture, Sustainability, & Justice (Ecuador & Malawi)

Health & Community: Globalization, Culture, & Care (Fall 1; Jordan, South Africa, & India)

Health & Community: Globalization, Culture, & Care (Fall 2; Argentina, South Africa, & Vietnam)

Human Rights: Movements, Power, and Resistance (Chile & Nepal)

Italy - Florence (no language pre-req)

France - Strasbourg (no language pre-req)

Italy - Temple Rome Semester (no language pre-req, only approved for Art majors & minors)

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Petitioning for a Non-Approved Program

Students interested in a program that is not part of the Colorado College Pre-Approved Program pool can petition Global Education for permission to join the program which interests them.  If approved, the external program will be treated as if it were part of the pool, with billing managed by Colorado College, tuition billed by Colorado College, and appropriate courses approved as transfer credit.  Selecting a program outside of the Pre-Approved list can require additional steps in order to receive transferable credit, but may be an option for a very specialized field of study, study in a location not covered by an approved program, or providing opportunities not found within the approved list.

Planning Your Semester Away

The process of selecting a semester or year off-campus program is different for every student, depending on academic goals, major and minor, language ability, and other considerations. Here are things to do to help you decide which program below is a good fit:

  • Usually the best place to start is to meet first with your academic advisor (in your major or possible major) to determine what your academic goals will be for your semester or year off-campus. Some students are looking to fulfill a certain major requirement or two, or really perfect their language proficiency, or challenge themselves to think differently about social justice or community learning, or do an internship or research project...the list goes on and on. Once you know more about what you specifically are looking for academically, the easier it will be to find a program that fits.
  • Discuss also with your advisor when it might make the most sense to go. Students typically study off-campus any time from Spring semester of sophomore year through Fall semester of senior year, depending on courses they should be here on campus to take. Think creatively.
  • On the most second Fridays of each block there is a "Planning Your Off-Campus Study" lunchtime workshop in Tutt Library 238 at 12:15pm, in conjunction with the Sophomore Jump program, but open to all. This is a great opportunity to start the process and get all your questions answered.
  • Look at the advising guides available for many academic majors and areas of interest.
  • Check with your department/major handbook to see if there is a section about off-campus study or any recommended programs that they really like. Please also see our departmental listing of credit transfer policies from study abroad.
  • Spend a good chunk of time browsing through the approved programs list below, to get a sense of what is even out there, and the different models and opportunities that you might have through off-campus study that you may have never even imagined existed.

Once you have talked with your academic advisor and have a sense of your academic goals, if you have addditional questions, you may also email question and/or schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Global Education, Heather Powell Browne.

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