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Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study

We encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad or to participate in one of the college’s domestic off-campus programs. Either option will provide them with new and unique perspectives on their studies. A student who is thinking about studying off-campus should be sure to plan ahead. Since the college reserves the right to limit the number of students off-campus in a given semester, students should investigate their options early to be sure they have time to incorporate a study abroad or off-campus program into their college career. 

Careful academic planning is important when studying off-campus, and students should take advantage of the online course pre-approval system in Summit to approve credits and courses in advance for transfer to CC. The transfer ratio for approved courses is 4 U.S. semester credits = 1 CC unit. Students may take a maximum of 5.25 units per semester — or the equivalent — on an off-campus study program. With departmental approval, they may apply coursework taken abroad toward degree requirements. Only students in good academic standing are eligible to study off-campus, and a student’s behavioral record will be considered in granting or denying approval for off-campus study. Students on academic or disciplinary probation may be required to delay their off-campus study until their probationary status has lifted. Students who participate in programs shorter than one semester in duration should consider that they may still be responsible for their on-campus residential room contract and payments for the full semester, if they live on campus for a portion of the semester.

Colorado College Programs

CC offers semester long off-campus study programs in Lüneburg, Germany (fall), the CC Mediterranean Semester (varies fall/spring), the CC Semester in France (spring), CC Semester in Latin America (spring), CC Semester in Asia (spring), and the CC TREE Semester (Teaching & Research in Environmental Education, fall). Two-block programs are also offered by CC in Russia, Japan, and China, depending on the year. In addition, students may participate in educational exchanges abroad. Current exchange programs include: Sciences Po in France, Quest University in Canada, the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, the Universities of Göttingen and Regensburg in Germany, and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences studio art exchange in Finland. The college also offers summer and block programs that vary in location from year to year. Please see the Office of International Programs website for information on CC blocks abroad.

Approved Third-Party Programs

Colorado College reviews and approves a selected number of third-party programs through trusted partner institutions and universities around the world. A full and complete listing of these approved programs can be found on the Office of International Programs website. Courses taken on approved programs can be used to fulfill all-College, major, and minor requirements with proper approval. Be sure to read the full guide to credit transfer from our off-campus study partner programs.

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.

Applying for Semester or Year-Long Programs Off-Campus

Semester and year-long off-campus study is generally open to sophomores, juniors, and fall-semester seniors. Seniors wishing to study off-campus for a semester may need to obtain additional approval.  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. 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. Additionally, if you are applying for a third-party program, they will require a separate application as well (which you submit directly to the program). 

Once you've identified the 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. Most students get in to their first choice program, and so you only apply to one program in Summit.

Our internal campus deadlines are early, as many programs have rolling admission. Carefully research your plan of action early on.