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In 2005, Colby became one of the first 10 colleges or universities in the U.S. to win a Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award recognized Colby's commitment to international content in the curriculum, a 70-percent participation rate in study abroad, and a student body that represents more than 65 countries.
The World at Colby
Global concerns permeate Colby's curriculum. All students must fulfill international diversity and foreign language requirements. Half of Colby's 54 majors have an international component. Colby has a strong, interdisciplinary Global Studies Program, and more than a hundred courses from a dozen different departments or programs fulfill requirements for the global studies major.
Other academic departments and programs include Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, including Japanese and Chinese, French and Italian, German and Russian, and Spanish.
Colby's international diversity brings the richness of many different perspectives to discussions in classrooms, residence halls, and dining tables. Students represent more than 60 countries, and international students make up more than 11 percent of the student body. Their participation in conversations provides perspectives that are essential to understanding the world and America's place in it.
A weekly International Coffee Hour finds American and international students socializing before dinner, conversing, sharing music, and playing games. Each spring the International Club puts on the International Extravaganza, a one-night showcase for arts, performances, and fashions from other countries.
Davis UWC Scholarships +
United World College (UWC) is a network of 13 secondary schools on five continents dedicated to educating students from all over the world. In 2000 the Shelby Davis family started a scholarship program for any students completing the UWC program who are accepted and who enroll at Colby. Since then, hundreds of UWC graduates from countries all over the world have attended Colby as Davis UWC scholars.
Oak Programs at Colby +
Colby's global reach is enhanced, and its campus community enriched by international scholarships, programs to promote interaction among American and international students, and an institute for the study of international human rights at Colby—all supported by the Oak Foundation. Colby recruits Oak Scholars from Zimbabwe and Denmark and from anywhere in the world if an applicant's family has suffered political oppression. In 1998 the foundation created the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, which brings a front-line human-rights practitioner to campus for one semester each year. Oak Fellows have included activists from Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Kosovo, Sudan, Palestine, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India and Israel. All of the Oak Fellows risked their lives exposing and fighting human-rights abuses, including child labor, ethnically motivated murder, and violence against women and against indigenous populations.
Global Studies +
Understanding the changing face of the European community, instability in Latin American countries, dramatic changes in China and Russia, and many other international developments demands an appreciation of anthropology, politics, history, and economics. Colby's interdisciplinary global studies major also incorporates courses on the environment, international institutions, trade, and finance. Global studies majors must concentrate in international policy or in one of five areas of the world if they do not have a second major in an area studies program. Majors pursue careers in public policy, government, economics, public service, diplomacy, and international business as well as academic careers with an international focus.
Colby in the World +
Each year the Institute of International Education publishes a list of the colleges that send the most students abroad, and every year Colby shows up near the top of the list. More than two thirds of Colby's students spend time studying overseas before they graduate, and with the Jan Plan students have multiple opportunities to extend their Colby experience around the globe. Language acquisition programs in France and Spain, internships in London's financial district, teaching opportunities in Russian and Japanese schools, or social science research in Latin America—they are all ways that foreign study helps prepare Colby students for the global world of today. With a long history of internationalism, Colby has connections that can help open doors all over the world.
Academic internationalism on campus and around the world