Off-Campus Study

The opportunity to study in another country is an integral part of Colby's educational philosophy. As articulated in Colby's precepts, students should "become acquainted with other cultures by learning a foreign language and by living and studying in another country or by closely examining a culture other than one's own." Consistent with these principles, Colby's Office of Off-Campus Study asserts that:
  • off-campus study should be part of the student's overall academic plan developed by the student and advisor and should enhance the program of study during the year(s) following the student's return to Colby;
  • study abroad should provide a cultural experience substantially different from the student's own;
  • study abroad should involve, when appropriate, a language different from the student's own; and
  • financial aid should be applicable to Colby programs and portable to other approved programs.
The Off-Campus Study Office ensures that Colby's programs abroad, as well as other programs approved by the College, conform to these principles. Colby-approved study programs abroad must:
  • provide an educational experience that is consistent in quality with the educational experience at Colby and that can reinforce, complement, and broaden a student's educational program at Colby;
  • contain a substantial, high-quality academic component; and
  • provide a cultural experience and, when appropriate, a linguistic experience consistent with the goals stated above. To promote cultural integration, at least one full semester must normally be spent in a single host country.

To maintain these goals and standards, the Office of Off-Campus Study works closely with a network of faculty liaisons and an Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study, which includes faculty, staff, and student members. The office is charged with helping students make appropriate study plans, preparing students for departure, evaluating programs abroad, administering Colby's programs (see Academic Programs section), assisting with students' reintegration to Colby, and monitoring the program selection and application processes.