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Semesters Off-Campus

Many Colorado College students choose to study off-campus for one semester, two consecutive semesters/a full academic year, or two non-consecutive semesters. Colorado College maintains a carefully-vetted approved list of programs (listed below) in a wide variety of domestic and international locations and academic disciplines that students may select from. 

How Do I Pick A Program?

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. 
  • Look at the advising guides that we are creating for some 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. We also are assembling a departmental guide to credit transfer.
  • 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, you may also choose to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, Heather Powell Browne.

Semester & Year-Long

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Colorado College Programs

Credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units meet the CC Residency Requirement* 

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

CC Asia Semester (China, Blocks 7 & 8)

CC Latin America Semester (Argentina and Chile, Spring 2018 & Spring 2019)

CC Semester in Tours, France (Spring semester)

CC Semester in Lüneburg, Germany (Fall semester)

CC Mediterranean Semester (Italy, Fall 2018

CC Russian Program (Blocks 7 & 8)

CC International Student Teaching Program, multiple countries (for students enrolled in teaching licensure program)

CC Exchange Programs

Credits earned are transfer credits (must earn a C- or better), grades are not calculated into the GPA, and units meet the CC Residency Requirement*

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

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

Finland – Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Art Department exchange)

Germany – University of Göttingen or Regensburg (one year exchange program managed by the CC German Department)

Wales – University of Wales, Aberystwyth 


ACM Programs

Credits earned are CC credits, grades are calculated into the GPA, and units meet the CC Residency Requirement* 

Botswana – Development in Southern Africa (Spring)

Brazil – Semester Exchange Program (For Juiz de Fora only, grades are not calculated into GPA)

Brazil - Culture, Community, and Language at PUC-Rio (Fall)

Costa Rica – Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and The Environment (Fall) (pre-req of SP201)

Costa Rica - Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities (Spring (pre-req of SP201)

England & Italy – London & Florence: Arts in Context (Spring)

India – Culture, Traditions, and Globalization (Fall

India - Development Studies & Hindi Language (Spring

Italy – Florence: Arts, Humanities & Culture (Fall)

Japan – Japan Study, Waseda University, Tokyo (pre-req of JA101)

The Netherlands - Amsterdam: Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies (Fall)

Tanzania – Ecology & Human Origins (Fall)

USA - Chicago Program (Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice)

USA - Urban Education: Student Teaching in Chicago

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

USA - Oak Ridge Science Semester (Fall)


CC Approved (Third-Party) 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 Residency Requirement*

Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT)
Computer Science, Creativity, and Software Engineering in Budapest, Hungary (in English)

Augsburg University
Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement (Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua) (Spanish offered at all levels)

Boston University
Ecuador – Semester in Tropical Ecology (SP 101 pre-req, as well as specific science courses)
France – Grenoble Science Semester
Spain– Madrid Science Semester

Budapest Semester in Mathematics
 (classes in English)

Beijing – Intensive Chinese Language Semester
Beijing – Chinese Studies & Internship Semester
Shanghai – Chinese Studies & Internship Semester
Prague - Film Production, New Media, Photography, Jewish Studies, Central European Studies

Brazil – Liberal Arts, Salvador da Bahia (pre-req of either SP201 or 2 blocks of PG)
Dominican Republic – Liberal Arts, Santiago (pre-req of SP201)
Ghana – Arts + Sciences, Legon
Italy – Language + Culture, Ferrara
Italy – Liberal Arts, Ferrara (pre-req of IT204)
Jordan – Advanced Arabic Language, Amman (pre-req of AR 202 plus placement test)
Jordan – Middle East Studies, Amman
Korea – Arts + Sciences, Seoul
Russia – Russian Area Studies, St. Petersburg
Russia – Russian Language, St. Petersburg (pre-req of RU202)
Senegal – Language + Culture, Dakar
South Africa – Arts + Sciences, Cape Town

College Year in Athens (semester or year)

DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Copenhagen or Stockholm campuses)

Research semesters in English at top European universities in: Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland

Frontiers Abroad
The Geology of New Zealand
New Zealand Earth Systems 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School
Regular semester or year study abroad program, or one of the special focus semesters:
Jerusalem Sounds program (Music), DanceJerusalem, ArtJerusalem, and Arabic Immersion Program

HECUA International
Ecuador - Community Internships in Latin America (pre-req of SP201)
Italy - Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice (Fall)
New Zealand - New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future 
Northern Ireland - Democracy and Social Change
Norway - The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (Fall)

HECUA Twin Cities
(programs in Minneapolis/St Paul, all include internship)

Art for Social Change: Fine Art, Urban Studies, and Communication (Spring)
Environmental Sustainability:Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation (Fall)
Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment 
Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism 

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Granada, Spain (pre-req of SP101)
Salamanca, Spain (pre-req of SP201)

IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) 
Argentina - Argentine Universities Program, Buenos Aires (pre-req of SP305)
Argentina - Area Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina: "Psychology in English" track or "Business and Economics in English" track (no Spanish pre-req: for beginner & intermediate-level speakers)
Argentina - Mendoza Universities Program (pre-req of SP201)
Australia - James Cook University, Cairns/Townsville
Australia - University of Melbourne
Australia - University of Sydney
Chile - Chilean Universities Program, Santiago (pre-req of SP305)
Chile - Chilean Universities Program, Valparaiso (pre-req of SP305)
England - Oxford University (any of the member colleges)
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

ISDSI - International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Thailand: People, Ecology & Development

Kansai Gaidai - Hirakata, Japan
  (For Kansai Gaidai only, grades are calculated into the GPA)

London School of Economics (LSE)

General Course (full year only)

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
African Ecology & Conservation Semester in South Africa

School for Field Studies
Wildlife Management Studies, Tanzania

Semester in Environmental Science (SES)
Marine Biological Lab Ecosystems Center - Woods Hole, MA (Fall)

SIT (School for International Training) 
All SIT & IHP programs during the Fall or Spring semester are approved by Colorado College.
You can search their available semester programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. SIT programs explore critical global issues: 

SEA Semester
Tall ship sailing semester based out of Woods Hole, MA
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
The Global Ocean
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation 
Ocean Exploration
Oceans and Climate
Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
Caribbean Reef Expedition

South India Term Abroad (SITA)
Madurai, India

Syracuse University
Florence, Italy (for Art/Art History majors and minors)
Strasbourg, France

Temple University Rome (only approved for Art majors & minors)

Washington Semester (American University)
American Politics 
Capital Arts & Culture
Community Engagement
Foreign Policy
Global Economics & Business 
International Law and Organizations 
International Peace and Security
Journalism and New Media 
Justice & Law 
Public Health Policy
Sports Management & Media
Sustainable Development


* “CC Residency Requirement:” Students who enter as first-semester, first-year students must complete 24 units of the 32 required for graduation at Colorado College.  Transfer students are required to complete 16 units at Colorado College.

Petitioning for non-approved semester programs:

When choosing on off-campus semester program, students should to select from this list of options that have been approved by the CC International Studies Committee and are regularly reviewed. These programs support the Colorado College curriculum and meet the standards of a high-quality liberal arts education. 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. 

Students 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. Please meet with Heather Powell Browne, our Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, well in advance of deadlines to learn more about this process and the criteria for approval, if you think you have a valid academic need to petition. 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). Students who do not petition in advance for non-approved off-campus study programs will not be able to transfer credit into the college.