January Program

The January Program was introduced in 1961-62 to allow students to pursue focused course work, independent study, or internships. Colby was the first college in the country to add the January Program, known as Jan Plan, to an existing semester calendar. Each student who is in residence for seven or more semesters must complete three January Programs (two if in residence for six semesters or fewer).

Jan Plan options include courses offered for credit, independent study projects supervised by a faculty member, noncredit internships, faculty-led courses abroad, and noncredit courses that count toward the January Program requirement but do not earn course credits. A full description of Jan Plan courses is available on the Web in October, and students elect for January at that time.