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Key Information

Study abroad is central to the GS major.  Students should consult with their adviser and program OCS liaison about the off-campus program(s) that can best meet the students academic goals, and the best semester to study abroad. The program has no preferred semester for off-campus study.

All classes to be credited toward the major must be pre-or post approved by the associate director of the GS program.  Please send Professor Andreas Waldkirch (andreas.waldkirch@colby.edu) a complete description of the course or courses you would like to have applied to your GS major, noting what you would like to have the course count toward (cultures/places, themes, which concentration if applicable).  If the course description is in another language, please provide a translation.  All courses must be for at least 3 credits.

Questions?  The Off Campus Liaison for Global Studies is GS Director  Professor Franko.

What if I don’t have a 2.7 GPA for study abroad?

Remember you must have a 2.7 GPA to study abroad.  If you are below the 2.7 but above 2.5 you may petition the Off Campus Study advisory committee to waive the 2.7 requirement.  However, it is not automatic that you will be allowed to go; if your petition fails, you will be required to drop the global studies major unless (a) you completed a first year freshman program abroad  or (b) you take an approved, 9 credit summer program.

How do I get my study abroad classes preapproved?

There are two types of study abroad approvals:  “pre-fixe” and “a la carte.”  Some programs, including many SIT programs,  have a predetermined set of courses.  The approval for these courses is standardized through OCS.   In other programs you choose from a broad course menu.  In this “a la carte” approach, each course must be approved by the GS program.

You may do this directly through email either well in advance of your program or as you go through course registration at your foreign university.    Include a course description (with translation if necessary), the number of credits,  and the requirement (core, cultures/places, theme or concentration) that you hope to fulfill.  The associate director will review the course descriptions and let you know the outcome.    If you haven’t heard back from the associate director in one week, please send a gentle email reminder that you were hoping to hear whether the courses were approved.  To speed the process, you might re-email the forms.  You can imagine how many emails we receive–it is easy to lose things.

What if I didn’t pre-approve my study abroad classes or if the class I approved changed?

You may post-approve classes after you have completed them, but you have assumed the risk if the class is not approved to count for either themes or cultures and places for the major.   You must supply a full course description and translation  by email  to the Associate Director of the GS  program (not your advisor).    You may be asked for  a syllabus (which often contains a description) and any material you believe will substantiate your case.