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Colby maintains an Office of Off-Campus Study (see Academic Information section) to facilitate study abroad or study at a few domestic off-campus programs that are integrated into each major and academic program. Applications and requests for program approval are processed by this office in advance of the student’s enrollment in a program of study away from Colby. Students who transfer credits for full-time study in a non-Colby program are subject to a fee of $1,000 per semester. Financial aid may be applied, for qualified students only, to Colby programs and approved non-Colby programs. Students are required to consult their major advisor and the off-campus faculty liaison in their major department while making plans for study abroad. Sophomores will have access to a handbook detailing procedures and listing approved Colby and non-Colby programs early in the fall semester. Applications for off-campus study during the year 2012-2013 are due by March 15, 2012, regardless of the semester for which the student is applying. Colby students normally study abroad for one semester. A 2.7 G.P.A. is required to study abroad, and students on probation of any kind may not study abroad.
Colby-Sponsored Foreign-Language Semesters
Colby offers an opportunity for students to satisfy the College’s language requirement and earn a semester’s credit by living abroad and studying the language intensively. These programs are available to sophomores and juniors.
Colby-Sponsored First-Year Programs
The College offers the following programs abroad designed specifically for entering first-year students:
Colby-Sponsored Programs Abroad for Juniors
While courses needed for most liberal arts majors are offered at the College, many students are attracted by the opportunity to study abroad for a comparative examination of their major field or a different perspective on their studies. Such programs are generally undertaken during the junior year. Colby offers study programs in France, Spain, and Russia.
Other Study-Abroad Programs
In addition to its own programs, the College approves study at a number of institutions and programs throughout the world that meet Colby’s standards for academic rigor. A handbook of opportunities that lists all approved programs is available on the Off- Campus Study website and is distributed to all sophomores near the beginning of the fall semester. For programs not administered by Colby, the College requires that students obtain approval for their course of study before the stated deadline; without prior approval, credit cannot be transferred to Colby. Approval forms are available from the Office of Off-Campus Study. For study abroad during the academic year 2012-2013, a preliminary application must be filed with the Off-Campus Study Office by November 15, 2011, and a final application or request for program approval submitted by March 15, 2012, or March 1, 2012 in cases requiring petitions. Students receiving financial aid continue to receive that aid if they attend a Colby-approved program.
Exchange, Study Abroad, and Other Opportunities