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Off-Campus Study Opportunities


2007-2008

Part I. General Policies and Procedures

Part II. Academic Department Policies and Recommendations

Part III. Colby Programs

Part IV. Other Approved Programs

Part V.Department Supported Program Petitions

Part VI. Review Student Program Evaluations


Part I. General Policies and Procedures

Off-Campus Study at Colby College

The Office of Off-Campus Study is responsible for the administration of study away from the Colby campus, except for transfer credit from accredited US institutions. The office manages Colby's own programs abroad and approves other programs, both foreign and domestic, for Colby credit. It is responsible for helping students make appropriate study plans, preparing students for departure, and evaluating programs abroad. It is staffed by a director, an associate director, an administrative secretary, and student workers. The office is located on the ground floor of the Eustis building and includes an informational library.

If you wish to study abroad in 2007-2008, you must submit the following applications in advance of the published deadlines:

    1. Off-Campus Study (OCS) preliminary application (online): Due November 15, 2006;

    2. Program approval form ("blue form") - OR- application to Colby programs in Salamanca, Dijon, and St. Petersburg submitted to OCS: Due March 15, 2007. (Note: All petitions due March, 1, 2007);

    3. Program application to non-Colby programs: Due as stipulated by program application guidelines. (Note: Rolling admissions fill early, so students should apply well before the published deadlines.)

Approval for off-campus study plans is subject to certain rules and guidelines, which are detailed in this handbook.

If you wish to make arrangements to study at another accredited US college or university and have your credits transferred to Colby, do not apply to the Off-Campus Study Office. You should see the Registrar in advance of departure to fill out appropriate forms and get faculty approval for courses. Note that approved domestic programs, as opposed to study on another campus, require the same procedure as study abroad. See Section IV for a list of those programs.


Introduction

The opportunity to study in another country is an integral part of the educational philosophy of Colby College. The Precepts adopted by the faculty in 1989 state that a Colby education should encourage students "to 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 philosophy of off-campus study is as follows:

  • The off-campus study experience should be part of the student's overall academic plan developed by the student and the student's advisor, and should enhance the student's program of study during the year(s) following return to Colby.

  • Study abroad should provide a cultural experience substantially different from the student's own.

  • Study abroad should provide, when appropriate, a linguistic experience that involves a language different from one's own.

  • Financial aid should be applicable to Colby programs, and portable to other approved programs.

The Off-Campus Study Office is responsible for making sure that Colby's programs abroad, as well as other programs approved by the college, conform to these principles. The college has a vested interest in the quality of all off campus-study programs for which it grants Colby credit. This interest centers on the academic part of the program, but extends as well to the extra-curricular and cultural part of the program, inasmuch as the knowledge of a culture other than one's own is achieved both in and out of the classroom. All Colby-approved study programs abroad must, therefore, meet the following standards:

  • They must provide an educational experience which is consistent in quality with the educational experience at Colby, and which can reinforce, complement, and broaden a student's educational program at Colby.

  • They must contain a substantial academic component of high quality.

  • Study abroad programs must provide a cultural experience and, when appropriate, a linguistic experience that are consistent with the goals stated above. To promote cultural integration, at least a full semester must normally be spent in a single host country.


Rules and Policies Regarding Off-Campus Study

To study abroad, on the Colby and other approved programs listed in this handbook, you must meet the following criteria:

  • To apply for study abroad in the fall of 2007 or the spring of 2008, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 by the end of January 2007. You must maintain this minimum cumulative GPA prior to departure. In addition, you must not be on any kind of probation (academic or social). Please note that a GPA of 2.7 does not guarantee your admission to any program; most programs have GPA requirements higher than 2.7.

  • With the exception of Colby's language-acquisition programs in Salamanca and Dijon, which are open to sophomores, you must have junior standing when you study abroad. Colby requires seniors to spend their entire academic year on the Waterville campus.

  • With only a few exceptions (language and area studies majors, Dartmouth dual-degree participants and students who have participated in a program abroad during their first semester at Colby), you are limited to one semester of off-campus study. Study on domestic programs as well as exchange programs is included in this one-semester rule.

  • For regions where the spoken language is taught at Colby, students are expected to complete the equivalent of three semesters (through 127) of the given language (Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian). For some departmentally-recommended programs, other standards may apply; see the statement of your major department in section II of this handbook.

  • You must submit a preliminary application for off-campus study by November 15, 2006, and your final application must be submitted to the OCS office by March 15, 2007. For Colby programs abroad there is only one application form that gives you approval to study abroad and admits you into the program. For non-Colby programs abroad, you need to fill out an application for approval ("blue form") in order for your plans to be approved. You will also need to complete the application required by the program itself. If you do not respect these deadlines, it is likely that your off-campus study plans will not be approved and you will not be able to get credit for them.

  • If you do not meet the criteria outlined above, or wish to apply to a non-approved program, you will need to petition the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study for permission to study abroad in 2007-2008. Guidelines for petitioning will be available by appointment from the Office of Off-Campus Study in late October. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand the guidelines and provide all relevant materials to the Office Off-Campus Study for submission to the committee by March 1, 2007.

  • You will be asked to specify your choice of semester for off-campus study and to justify that choice on specific academic grounds. It is possible that if your reasons are other than academic or other students' cases are stronger, you may not be able to study abroad during the semester of your choice. Thus, you should make your choice of semester carefully in consultation with your major advisor(s), and remain open to options in both fall and spring.

  • Grades on all Colby programs will be calculated into the student's GPA. Grades from other programs will be displayed on your transcript but will not affect the GPA. However, students should expect to calculate their abroad grades into their GPA for the purpose of graduate school and job applications once they graduate from Colby College.

  • Colby students on programs which are in session in January and whose total duration is at least eighteen weeks are exempt from the January program requirement for that year. Programs that qualify include: Fall: Colby in Salamanca (integrated program); Spring: Colby in Salamanca (integrated and language programs), Washington University in Chile, Oxford University, Wesleyan in Regensburg, University of Haifa, University of Sussex, University of Edinburgh, Pitzer in Ecuador, Cambridge University, University College London, University of York, Kings College, Royal Holloway, Williams-Mystic. (Note: If you believe that your program qualifies for the JanPLan exemption and is not listed here, submit a program calendar for your semester to the Off-Campus Study Office for review.)



Deadlines

Please be aware of the following deadlines for all approved off-campus study (foreign and approved domestic programs) at any time during the 2007-2008 academic year:

Preliminary Application Due: November 15, 2006
Petition Deadline: March 1, 2007
Final OCS Application Due: March 15, 2007


Procedures

If you intend to apply to study abroad or on an approved domestic program during either semester of the 2007-2008 academic year, you must follow these steps:

1. Read this handbook, including the sections on policies, deadlines, credit information, and information on the specific programs. Consult the program materials in the Off-Campus Study library and the OCS Web site for links to the programs indicated in this book and past student evaluations. Attend any relevant information sessions, which will be announced by the Off-Campus Study Office in advance via e-mail and posted on the OCS Web site schedule of information meetings.

2. Go to the OCS web page under "students" and fill in a preliminary application form on line. When you are done, submit it to your advisor(s). If you are a double major, both advisors will receive a copy and must approve it before your application is complete. Your advisor may return it to you for changes before indicating his or her approval. If your advisor approves your preliminary application, he or she will submit the form electronically to the OCS office. You are responsible for ensuring that the form reaches our office before the deadline of November 15, 2006; we recommend submitting it to your advisor no later than November 10. You can check the status of your preliminary application on the web page so that you will know when it has been submitted.

3. The OCS office will contact you to set up an appointment to discuss your off-campus study plans if you have an issue that will require special attention. You will also be invited to a variety of informational sessions on programs and regions; some of these will take place in the fall and some in February. If your program has an early deadline or if you need extra help in the planning stage, contact the OCS office.

4. When you meet with the OCS staff you will be given an application form for off-campus study. For Colby programs, this form serves both as permission to study abroad and application to the program; for non-Colby programs, the form serves only as permission to study abroad. You must fill out the form, answering all the questions, and have it signed both by your academic advisor(s) and the Off-Campus liaison for your major and/or minor. All applications also require parent signatures acknowledging your plans to be away. In the case of some Colby programs, you may need a letter of recommendation from your advisor. This form is due by March 15, 2007.

If you are approved to apply for admission to a non-Colby program, you will need to fill out the application form appropriate for admission to that program. Application forms for most approved programs are available on-line at the program Web site. Hard copies of applications for many programs are also available in the OCS library. You must respect the deadline of the program you choose, and, in many cases, this deadline will be earlier than March 15. You will most likely also need to obtain letters of recommendations from your professors and advisor, and have your official transcript forwarded from the Registrar's office. Students alone are responsible for applying to the program approved by the OCS office within the program's stated deadlines.


Types of Programs Available

There are two types of programs available for study abroad:

1. Colby Programs Abroad.

A. Study Abroad Programs:

  • Colby in Dijon (France): fall semester only
  • Colby in Salamanca (Spain)
  • Colby in St. Petersburg (Russia)

    B. Language Acquisition Programs:

  • Colby in Dijon (France): fall semester only
  • Colby in Salamanca (Spain)

Detailed information about these programs is available from the Off-Campus Study Office.

2. Other Approved Programs.

Colby offers students the opportunity to study on programs that meet our criteria and are consistent with our philosophy of study abroad. These programs are listed in this handbook; they are reviewed regularly on the basis of student evaluations, faculty input, and, when possible, site visits.

Colby policy is that students who wish to study in a country in which there is a Colby-approved program available, for which they qualify, must attend this program. Where there are no such programs available, or when the approved programs do not meet the student's academic needs, the Off-Campus Study Office will work with the student and the student's major department to try to find an acceptable program for which they can petition.

Reasons for requesting the OCS office to approve a program not listed in the Off-Campus Study Handbook must be entirely academic. Climate, the size of a city, or cost are not valid academic reasons. Moreover, students should not shop around on the Internet for programs and ask the OCS office to approve them. For the OCS office to approve a program not listed in this handbook, not only does the student need to have a valid academic reason for choosing the program, but the program itself must meet certain criteria:

  • The program must be of a duration of at least fourteen weeks of class time (including exam time but not including vacations and excursions), and must be situated in one host country. Touring or shipboard programs are not acceptable.

  • The academic quality of the program must be consistent in quality and quantity with Colby's curriculum.

  • With the exception of a foreign accredited university, the program must be sponsored by an accredited US college or university, whose academic standards are high.

  • In the case of a program situated in a non-English speaking country, the program must provide instruction of the host language throughout the semester.

  • The program must provide a cultural experience substantially different from that of the majority of US students.

Petitions to approve programs must be submitted by March 1, 2007 (petitions are not accepted after the March 1 deadline). If your program has an early deadline for application, it is to your advantage to submit your application well in advance of this deadline so as to ensure a timely decision in your case. You may petition for one program only, and if you are not accepted by that program, you must apply to an alternate program that is approved.

Note: In Section V. of this handbook you will find a list of programs for which petitions would be encouraged. These programs are not currently on the approved list as they have not yet had sufficient attendance by Colby students to warrant formal approval by the Advisory Committee. However, they have been recommended by faculty as appropriate for Colby students and thus a well-presented petition prepared in conjunction with the major department would have a higher chance of success. These are not the only programs for which students may petition, of course, but they already meet the criteria above and have been reviewed for quality.

A Word of Caution
Study abroad programs are some of the most aggressively marketed commodities in American education today. You will see advertisements for programs posted all over campus, and you should know that many of these are not approved by Colby. You will see advertisements in the Colby Echo by large universities and private companies for their study abroad. You may even receive telephone calls and e-mail from representatives of study-abroad programs. If they are not listed in this handbook, they are not approved by Colby.

Colby's policy is that the choice of an appropriate off-campus study program can only be made in an atmosphere free of pressure and advertising. Accordingly, Colby has no "study abroad fair" and does not allow recruiters for non-approved programs on campus. Representatives of approved programs may visit campus to offer informational meetings or drop-in hours and you are free to attend these opportunities if you wish. However, it is the OCS staff and your advisor(s) who should be your guide in the choice of a study program abroad.

There are many worthwhile experiences abroad that do not, in Colby's view, merit academic credit. A great many programs are not approved by the Off-Campus Study Office, not because they are necessarily of inferior quality, but because they do not meet the criteria that Colby has established for the granting of academic credit. Before embarking upon the petition process for a program which is not currently approved, please consult with OCS to determine such basic information as the program's accreditation status and the duration of its programs. These may seem like minor details but are critical in the success of a petition.

Please bear in mind that it is possible to study off-campus without the permission of the OCS office, if the program will accept you under these conditions. However, you will not receive credit or financial aid from Colby in such a case, and you risk having to spend an extra semester on campus in order to fulfill the 8-semester requirement for graduation from Colby.


Choosing the Semester

Certain students are exempt from the faculty-approved policy that limits students to one semester of study off-campus: language and area studies majors (studying in the target language both semesters) and participants on the Dartmouth engineering exchange. Any other student who wishes to study abroad for a year must submit a petition to the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study by March 1, 2007. There are a limited number of slots available and the criteria on which these petitions will be judged may be requested from the Off-Campus Study Office in November. It will not be possible to extend your stay once you are already abroad as a junior; the request for more than one semester must be made as part of the sophomore-year application process.
When you submit your preliminary application for study abroad in November, you must indicate the choice of a semester and a preliminary choice of a program. While it is possible to change your program choice, it will not be possible to change your choice of a semester, as Colby needs to balance the number of students away in the fall and in the spring. There is also the possibility that you will be told in December that you may not study abroad in the semester you have indicated; these determinations will be made on the basis of the argument you make on your form, which must be based on specific academic issues. If you find after the November application deadline that you would like to change your semester, you will be allowed to do so on a space-available basis only, and in consultation with OCS. You may not simply submit an application on March 1 or 15 with a different semester indicated.

Academic reasons for choosing a particular semester may include: a program that is particularly appropriate for you and only runs in a particular semester; courses for your major that you must take on campus in a particular semester (you must specify them); an off-campus program focus that is different in different semesters; specific courses toward your major that you intend to take off-campus; language preparation for a particular program that would require an extra semester at Colby prior to departure. Your application must be specific about courses and programs if you cite any of these reasons. Your overall reasons for going off-campus and the appropriateness of the program to your academic goals are also part of the decision .

Keep in mind that some programs are not in session both semesters. In addition, as the fall term in the UK system is not long enough to warrant a semester of credit at Colby, attendance at any university in England, Scotland or Ireland for the fall term is generally not allowed. Exceptions are programs with "Early Start" terms in September (University College Cork, University of Glasgow and University of Sussex) or institutions on the semester system, where you must then stay through January (University of St. Andrews).

If you indicate interest in studying abroad for a year and subsequently change your mind or your petition is not approved, you are not automatically granted a spring slot, as those slots will already have been allocated. Thus, if you have in mind a spring alternative, you must submit your justification for spring when requested by the OCS office. Failure to do so may mean that no spring slot can be made available, even if your one-semester alternate only takes place in the spring. Similarly, if you are given a spring slot based on your program choice (a program in the UK, for example) and you subsequently change your mind as to the program, your spring slot will need to be re-evaluated.


Language and Study Abroad

Colby believes that foreign languages are the key to understanding foreign cultures and that the most rewardÂing experience abroad includes living in a language other than English. For programs in countries whose languages are taught at Colby (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) students must attain a minimum degree of competence before studying abroad: four semesters (128) are recommended. Three semesters (127) are required. Exceptions to this rule are the Colby in Salamanca and Colby in Dijon language semesters, which accept students who have had only one semester of language at the college level or three years at the high school level, and any exemptions specific to majors and programs that are listed in Section II of this handbook. For all programs in non-English speaking countries, students must study the language of the host country for the duration of their program. All students who wish to study in a non-English speaking country must complete the appropriate section on the application form.

Students are urged not to put off their language requirement beyond their sophomore year. Last-minute attempts to fulfill the requirement through a semester of study abroad almost always run into roadblocks: insufficient GPA, senior residency requirement or major requirements.

 

Security and Study Abroad

All study abroad program providers take security very seriously, particularly given international developments over the past few years. While there is no reason to assume that going abroad will compromise your safety, you must be sure to follow safety guidelines provided by your program at all times. You must also take personal responsibility for informing yourself of risks in locations in which you might study or travel; a good source of basic information is the US Department of State Web site. You should also be aware that Colby will not allow any student to participate a program in a country for which there is a US Department of State Travel Warning in effect at the time of departure. This is true even if the program is not cancelled and the student had previously been approved by the OCS office. Students on programs already in session when the Travel Warning is issued will not be required to return, but will be advised of the Travel Warning by the OCS office.



Policy for Independent Study Projects Abroad

Programs sponsored by the School for International Training and some other programs require students to complete an independent study project abroad. This project is graded, in the field, by the resident director of the program. If the program you participate in contains an independent study component that is not graded by regular university faculty, you are required to submit your completed project to a Colby faculty member who will read it. No Colby credit will be given for the ISP until it has been determined to be acceptable by a Colby faculty member. A special section of the application form must be signed by the faculty member who agrees to read your project. If your project changes substantially while you are off-campus, you must be in contact with this faculty member to ensure that he or she will read it upon your return. If he or she is no longer able to read it, you must find another Colby faculty member who is willing to do so. If the ISP is written in a language not understood by your reader, it is your responsibility to translate it into English.


Information for Science Majors and Pre-Med Students

There are numerous opportunities for science students to study abroad. Students in disciplines such as Biology and Mathematics, which do not have a great degree of vertical structuring in their curricula, have the most opportunities for study abroad. However, even in the more sequentially organized disciplines, such as Chemistry, Geology, Psychology and Physics, foreign study is possible with advanced planning and consultation with advisors within the department. Regardless of your discipline, a valuable program of foreign study requires careful planning and discussion with your advisor well before you participate in the program.

A number of universities in English-speaking countries provide opportunities for the study of science in the context of a foreign university. Although the structure of the British and Irish curricula is different from that of the US curriculum, there are courses in the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and geology that are available to Colby students. Some of these courses are similar to those at Colby. Others are quite different, and can supplement your program of study at Colby. There are also opportunities for science majors at universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students can also consider international study. While it is generally advisable not to take required pre-medical or pre-dental courses at a foreign university, it may be possible to do so after a thorough examination of the course in question, and a careful comparison of its content with that at a US university.

For students with interests in the field sciences, the School for Field Studies can provide opportunities for studies of ecology and environmental science in a number of different locations throughout the world. The semester program on sustainable development in Costa Rica might be of particular interest to students in Environmental Studies.

In some cases it may be possible for a science major to study abroad for a semester without studying science. This requires careful planning in consultation with your major advisor so that you do not have an unusually heavy course load upon your return.


Credit for Study Abroad

Colby programs abroad: You will normally receive, upon successful completion of the course of study, 16 Colby credits per semester. Course titles, credits, and grades appear on your Colby transcript. All grades from Colby programs will count in your GPA. Students on Colby programs have their course changes approved by their resident director.

Other programs: For programs lasting the equivalent of a full Colby semester (a minimum of 14 weeks of class time, including exams), you will normally receive 16 credits per semester for sucÂcessfully completing the entire program. You may be granted more than 16 credits for work that exceeds the normal course load of the program, upon petition to the Registrar. Courses and grades will be listed on your Colby transcript, but will not count in your GPA. Students attending programs not sponsored by US institutions should be sure that credit transfer has been approved by the Off-Campus Study Office and that the correct number of credits to be applied to their Colby degree is indicated on the application form for approval of study abroad.

The Off-Campus Study Office grants approval of courses completed on programs listed in this handbook for general Colby credit. If, however, you wish a specific course to count toward a college requirement, or toward your major or minor, these courses must be approved in advance by the appropriate department. There is room for this approval on the Colby application form. Approval of courses toward the major is decided by academic departments and not by the Off-Campus Study office.

If you attend a non-Colby program, you must obtain approval from the Off-Campus Study Office if you change your course choices abroad. Please note that not all of the courses on an "approved program" will automatically be approved individually. All transcripts from abroad are examined by the Off-Campus Study Office before they are sent to the Registrar. If you have not taken the courses you listed on your application, and have not obtained permission to change your courses, you may not receive complete credit for your semester or year abroad. You should advise the Off-Campus Study Office of changes at the beginning of your off-campus program in order to resolve any issues that may prevent transfer of credit. If there are discrepancies, your off-campus credits may not appear on your transcript when you return, delaying your ability to use them in applications for graduate school or other purposes. In addition, if you intend to substitute different courses for those which were approved toward your major or a requirement, you must consult your advisor or the relevant department chair directly.


Attendance and Exam Requirements

You are expected to attend classes regularly and to comply with all the requirements of your program. If you are studying at a foreign university or institution, you are required to take the regular final examinations for all courses in which you are enrolled, or to have an alternative assessment of your work if you are not allowed to take the final examinations. If you do not take a final examination in a course for which an exam is given, you will receive no Colby credit for the course. If you leave your program early or for extended periods of travel while classes are in session, the amount of credit you receive will be reduced. In extreme cases, you will receive no Colby credit for your period abroad.


Costs and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in Colby programs abroad, as well as some affiliated programs, pay full tuition and fees to Colby. Such programs require a $500 attendance deposit, which is forfeitable if a student withdraws from the program prior to departure. These fees are billed on a semester basis even if you are away for the whole year.

Students who are enrolled in all other approved programs pay all fees directly to the host institution (not to Colby College). Students who transfer a semester or more of credit for full-time study on a non-Colby program will be subject to the off-campus study fee of $1000 per semester. This fee will be charged on your student account statement.

Colby financial aid is portable to Colby and other approved programs abroad, as long as the cost of the program does not exceed that of Colby for the comparable period. You should contact Student Financial Services for further information. Please keep in mind that Student Financial Services must have the fee information for your program (or at least your expected costs, if exact fees are not yet known) in order to process your financial aid for the academic year in which you are studying abroad. This is true even if you are not leaving until the spring semester.

It is particularly important that you pay attention to the refund policy of your program. Some programs have very severe refund policies. Be aware of the refund policy of your program before you send any money for a deposit or payment.


Travel and Living Arrangements

Colby programs are comprehensive; that is, they provide complete room, board, round-trip airfare, and excursions, in addition to tuition.

Other approved programs differ in what they will provide. In many cases, you will be responsible for your own living and travel arrangements. It is the sponsoring institution, not Colby College, that is responsible for all arrangements, and you should contact them directly for more information.


Passports and Visas

It is your responsibility to obtain your passport and student visa for all study abroad programs. Passports may be obtained by filling out the appropriate form at your nearest post office. Even if you already have a passport, your host country may require the passport to be valid a certain time period (e.g. six months) beyond the end of your stay. You should renew it if there is any doubt whatsoever. In any case, you should apply for your passport months in advance of your date of departure. Visas are obtained from the consulate of the country in which you will be living. Some countries do not require student visas; others do. Make sure you have obtained the correct information from the sponsors of your program. Keep in mind that you will need a passport before you can get a visa, so any delay in obtaining the passport could mean you are unable to attend the program you have chosen.


Keeping in Touch

Students on Colby programs receive the Colby Echo regularly, through their resident directors. Students on other programs are invited to view the Colby Echo on-line. The resident director is also a link with the Colby administration, and takes care of assisting you with registration and with processing course changes. You will provide him or her with your e-mail address and cell phone number, if you have one.

Keeping e-mail contact with Colby is essential while you are abroad, as much information is distributed that way, including registration information for the semester of your return to campus. All communications from Colby will be sent via your Colby address, including those from the Office of Off-Campus Study.


Program Evaluations

To receive credit for your program abroad, you will be required to fill in an online program evaluation at Colby (in addition to any forms that your program may require). These evaluations are extremely useful to students considering your program, and to faculty and the OCS staff as we regularly review the programs that we approve for our students. At the completion of your program, you will be notified by e-mail that the evaluation form is available, and you will be directed to the appropriate location on the OCS Web site. You credits will not appear on your transcript until you have logged in and completed your evaluation, as Colby considers that your reflection on the experience is an important part of the learning process.



Part II. Academic Department Policies and Recommendations

Each major department at Colby has designated an off-campus study liaison, a faculty member who has responsibility for overseeing the off-campus experiences of its majors. These faculty act as resources for program ideas as well as approving students' destinations (which must also be approved by the major advisor).

Many departments also have specific policies and program recommendations with respect to off-campus study. After reading the information below, you should consult with your major advisor and off-campus liaison as you begin the process of choosing a program and a semester for study abroad. The recommended programs in the following section are not all of the programs approved by Colby; these are listed in Section IV of this handbook. There is also a list of programs which are not currently approved but for which petitions would be encouraged; these are generally appropriate for specific majors only. Your department may well support other programs in particular cases, but the programs listed below represent their recommendations. The 2006-2007 Colby College Course Catalogue may also contain useful department-specific information regarding study off-campus, and many departments have web sites with relevant information as well.

 

American Studies
Liaison: Katherine Stubbs
Policies and Recommendations:
Please consult the department.


Anthropology
Liaison: Students will consult with their advisors
Policies and Recommendations:
Anthropology encourages all its majors to study abroad, and prefers participation in programs that require a homestay, language acquisition, and a service-learning component.

Anthropology majors and minors may not take core courses abroad (AY 112, 113, 313, 332, 333, senior seminar). The department may accept one course from the semester abroad as an elective toward the major, or in the case of School for International Training programs, may accept the semester as worth one elective toward the major.


Art
Liaison: David Simon
Policies and Recommendations:
Students choosing to study in Italy are encouraged to go to Rome rather than Florence since the American community in Florence can easily dominate the local culture. Syracuse in Florence is nevertheless recommended for students interested in pursuing studies in architecture (these students need only take Italian 125 and 126 before departure). The department supports petitions for the following programs in Italy: Pitzer in Parma and Brown in Bologna. For the 2007-2008 academic year, as a result of oversubscription of Italian courses at Colby, the Art department is willing to allow majors who have not been able to complete the full language prerequisite to attend programs in Italy, provided they complete the equivalent of at least Italian 125 and 126 prior to departure.

In the English-speaking world, the department recommends London and University College Cork (particularly for early medieval Irish art) over Australia and New Zealand.

Studio students are encouraged to talk with the department about petitioning for permission to attend local art schools (as opposed to American-run programs).

All courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the department. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved. Art Majors and Minors are not allowed to take basic courses such as AR 111, 112 and 131 abroad.

Art department policy for the all-college Arts requirement: among the courses offered by the Art department only the following fulfill the all-college Arts requirement: AR 111 (Survey of Western Art, part I); AR 112 (Survey of Western Art, part II); AR 131 (Foundations in Studio Art); AR 161 (Sculpture); AR 173 (Survey of Asian Art). The Art department policy is to only grant Arts credit to courses abroad that correspond to those offered at Colby which fulfill the requirement. (Note that the Music and Theater and Dance departments also offer courses that fulfill the Arts Requirement; students should contact these departments).


Biology
Liaison: Paul Greenwood
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of Biology urges its majors to think carefully about their educational goals for their undergraduate years. When those goals have been defined, majors frequently find that some of the goals can best be achieved through off-campus study. If off-campus study would be helpful in reaching those goals, we urge students to consult with their advisor and departmental OCS liaison or other members of the department about:

  • The off-campus program(s) that can best meet those goals.
  • The best semester to study abroad. The department has no preferred semester for off-campus study.

All classes to be credited toward the major must be pre-approved by the OCS Liaison of the department. Approved classes taken off-campus can count toward fulfilling area requirements for the major. Majors may transfer toward their major requirements a maximum of 8 credit hours for a semester of off-campus study, or 12 credit hours in total from off-campus programs, including credits transferred from other institutions.

The department recommends that majors consider the following programs and universities to meet their academic goals for off-campus study:

Colby-Associated Programs

  • School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Costa Rica
  • Semester in Environmental Science (SES) in Woods Hole, MA (petition)

Field Programs

  • All School for Field Studies (SFS) programs
  • Certain School for International Training (SIT) programs:
    • Australia: Sustainability and the Environment (petition)
    • Australia: Natural and Cultural Ecology
    • Belize: Natural and Cultural Ecology (petition)
    • Botswana: Ecology and Conservation
    • Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology
    • Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
    • Madagascar: Ecology and Conservation
    • Panama: Development and Conservation (petition)
    • Tanzania: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
    • Tanzania: Zanzibar- Coastal Ecology
  • CIEE program in Costa Rica (petition)
  • Organization for Tropical Studies
    • Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica, semester and summer
    • South Africa semester program

    Universities

  • In Europe:
    • University College London
    • Oxford University
    • Cambridge University
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of St. Andrews
    • Denmark's International Study Program (DIS): Marine Biology and Ecology
  • In Australia:
    • James Cook University (for the study of tropical biology)
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of New South Wales (petition)
    • University of Queensland (petition)
    • University of Western Australia
  • In New Zealand:
    • University of Auckland
    • University of Otago

    Biology majors studying in Latin America need only have taken two semesters (through 126) of Spanish before participating on any of the programs listed above.

    Chemistry
    Liaison: Jeffrey Katz
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    Classics
    Liaison: Joseph Roisman
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Classics and Classical Civilization majors are in a special situation when it comes to studying abroad. If they travel to Italy and Greece, they are not trying to immerse themselves in contemporary life but rather studying the material culture of lost civilizations. For this reason, the requirement to have taken three semesters of the country's modern language before the semester abroad is waived when the student attends departmentally-recommended programs. While studying in Greece or Italy, students should take a class in the modern language. In special circumstances, however, if a particular student needs to take a full load of Classics courses while abroad, the Classics Department in consultation with OCS may permit her/him to omit the modern language class.

    Classics majors have studied abroad in Greece, Italy, Ireland, and Scotland, to name a few countries. The Department of Classics particularly recommends the College Year in Athens due to the quality of its program, and the favorable experiences of our students.

    All courses to be taken abroad must be pre-approved by the Department. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved. The Department urges students to select courses in the programs abroad that are NOT offered at Colby College so that they will have a wide range of courses available to them when they return to Colby.


    Computer Science
    Liaison: Dale Skrien
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    East Asian Studies
    Liaison: Hong Zhang (Chinese); Michiko Nakagawa (Japanese)
    Policies and Recommendations:
    In Japan, AKP, Kansai Gaidai and the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies are the recommended programs. All credits earned at pre-approved off-campus study sites are counted toward the East Asian Studies major and Japanese minor. www.colby.edu/japanese

    In China, the approved programs are: AAC in Beijing, CIEE in Beijing and Nanjing and CET in Harbin. In Taiwan, CIEE in Taipei is approved. Credit for pre-approved courses will count toward satisfaction of the requirements for either the Chinese minor or the Chinese concentration within the EAS major.

    Economics
    Liaison: Michael Donihue
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Economics Department particularly recommends the following programs for economics majors: The London School of Economics, University College London, University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, University of Melbourne, Australia National University. Other programs are acceptable, but these are programs to which Colby students have recently gone that have provided solid academic experiences in economics.

    The economics department requires that courses be taught in established and accredited universities in order for them to be eligible for departmental credit. All economics courses taken should be taught in English.

    Studying abroad during either semester is possible for economics majors. Note, however, that programs in Great Britain must typically be taken in the spring semester for Colby credit. Note also that when the spring semester is spent abroad, students must make special efforts to communicate with members of the department while they are away if they are considering pursuing a senior thesis during their senior year.

    Transfer credit toward the Economics major or minor will be granted for a maximum of two courses (with the exception of LSE). Credit is rarely pre-approved, with the exception of courses taken at the London School of Economics. To obtain credit toward the major, students must return from their semester abroad with all written course materials and present them to the Economics department Off-Campus Study Advisor for evaluation. Credit is typically granted at the 200 level; to receive credit for a 300-level course, the course must have prerequisites equivalent to Ec223 and Ec224, and must be taught at an advanced level. Note that all Economics majors must complete at least one 300-level course at Colby before graduation. See the department's Study Abroad Guidelines for a complete description of these rules.


    English
    Liaison: Pat Onion
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department. OCS Liaison signs for departmental credit.

    Environmental Studies
    Liaison: David Firmage
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Environmental Studies Program urges majors to think carefully about their educational goals when considering off-campus study. Environmental Studies majors frequently find that off-campus study complements their academic program effectively. If you are considering off-campus study, we urge you to consult the ES Web site for information on recommended programs. Also, students should discuss the following with their advisors and the ES program OCS liaison:

  • The off-campus program(s) that can best meet the student's academic goals.
  • The best semester to study abroad. This choice will depend upon the OCS program selected and the individual's academic program. The ES program has no preferred semester for off-campus study.


  • All classes intended to be credited toward the ES major or the minor must be pre-approved by the chair of the program. ES Majors may transfer a maximum of 8 credit hours for a semester of off-campus study, or 12 credit hours in total from non-Colby programs, including credits transferred from other institutions, toward their major requirements.

    Environmental Studies Program recommendations include:

    Colby or Colby-Associated Programs
  • Colby in Washington

    International Field Programs
  • School for Field Studies (SFS) programs
    • Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies
    • Turks & Caicos Islands: Marine Resource Management Studies
    • Kenya: Wildlife Management Studies (Currently under US Department of State Travel Warning)
    • Mexico: Conserving marine Mammals & Coastal Ecosystems
    • Australia: Tropical Rainforest Management Studies
  • School for International Training (SIT) programs:
    • Australia: Sustainability and the Environment (petition)
    • Australia: Natural and Cultural Ecology
    • Belize: Natural and Cultural Ecology (petition)
    • Botswana: Ecology and Conservation
    • Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology
    • Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
    • Madagascar: Ecology and Conservation
    • New Zealand: Biodiversity and Conservation (petition)
    • Panama: Development and Conservation (petition)
    • Tanzania: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
    • Tanzania: Zanzibar- Coastal Ecology
  • International Honors Program (petition full year program)
  • Organization for Tropical Studies:
    • Costa Rica Semester and Summer Programs
    • South Africa Semester Program
  • Council on International Educational Exchange in Costa Rica (petition)
  • Round River Conservation Studies (petition)

  • Domestic Field Programs
  • Semester of Environmental Science at Woods Hole (petition)
  • Williams-Mystic Program
  • Duke University Marine Lab Semester Programs (petition)

  • International University Programs
  • In Europe:
    • Denmark's International Studies Program
    • University of East Anglia

  • In Australia:
    • James Cook University
    • Australian National University
    • University of Queensland (petition)
    • University of New South Wales (petition)

  • In New Zealand:
    • University of Auckland
    • University of Otago

    French and Italian
    Liaison: Adriana Paliyenko (French, Fall); Jon Weiss (French, Spring); Mario Moroni (Italian)
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Department of French and Italian believes that study abroad is an essential part of a student's preparation as a language major. Students who major in French are required to spend at least a semester in a French-speaking country; students who minor in Italian are highly encouraged to spend at least a semester studying in Italy.

    The French department encourages students to spend an entire academic year of study abroad. For those unable to go for the full year, opportunities are more limited, but the limitations are not such that they would prevent a student from majoring in French..

    For France (and Europe in general), the department is affiliated with Hamilton College's Junior Year in France program, which is located in Paris, and which allows students to take courses at a variety of institutions. Colby also has its own program in France, Colby in Dijon. This semester-long program, offered every fall, is not only for incoming first-year students. Junior majors can and have participated, with a made-to-order curriculum including some regular university courses. Internships are also available.

    Students of French should not think that they are limited to study in France, however. There are numerous opportunities in non-European French-speaking countries: in Cameroon, in Madagascar and in Dakar, Sénégal, where the program is organized through the Baobab Center and the Université Cheik Anta Diop. Students may also choose to study in neighboring Quebec, at the Université Laval.

    Prospective French majors should consult early with their advisors to prepare their study abroad plans for their junior year.

    Students who minor in Italian should consult with the director of the Italian program to find the most appropriate course of study abroad. Colby maintains a close relationship with a number of programs in Italy, in particular those in Padua, Bologna, Ferrara and Florence. These programs are particularly appropriate for minors in Italian, as students attend classes in Italian universities and study with Italian students and professors.

    The Syracuse University and NYU programs in Florence and the Temple University program in Rome offer many courses outside the field of Italian Studies, but Colby students' past experiences have shown that other programs in Italy offer considerably stronger curricula within the field of Italian Studies. For this reason, the Department of French and Italian does not accept courses transferred from Syracuse, NYU or Temple in Italy towards fulfillment of the Italian Studies Minor.

    Three courses for a semester program and up to five courses for a year-long program of study abroad may be approved for the French major, and for the Italian minor.


    Geology
    Liaison: Robert Nelson
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Department of Geology recognizes that Earth is a geologically diverse planet. The more geology a geologist experiences, the better a geologist the individual becomes. Hence, participation in an international program during which time a student is enrolled in geology courses is but one important part of a student's education. This is particularly true if the program involves field experience. Students also should be advised that foreign universities do not operate under the same general protocol as U.S. institutions. Often, courses that have been scheduled in a university catalog may or may not be taught, depending upon individual faculty and/or enrollment trends. This has resulted in the reorganization and substitution of planned courses once the student has arrived at his/her host institution.

    The Department also recognizes, based on past experience, that many students who opt for part of the junior year abroad are unable to participate in a summer research experience prior to their senior year (precluding participation in National meetings scheduled during the subsequent fall and winter). This is particularly true of students abroad in the spring semester, who often return to the U.S. in late June or early July. Therefore, the Department recommends that each student considering an international experience in their junior year consult with his/her advisor and/or potential research-project mentor early in their sophomore year to discuss (1) his/her educational and professional goals, and (2) a program of study that will allow for successful progress towards meeting those goals. This may or may not result in enrollment abroad. Each student must weigh the benefits of international study versus opportunities offered in the U.S.

    Within the past few years, Geology students have participated in several international programs of a diverse nature. To date, the Department of Geology believes that students have been given excellent educational experiences in programs offered at (1) the University of Otago, New Zealand; (2) the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and (3) University College Cork, Ireland. Students are strongly encouraged to consider participation in these programs.

    German
    Liaison: Ursula Reidel-Schrewe
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The recommended programs in Germany are: Tufts in Tubingen, Lewis and Clark in Munich, Wesleyan in Regensburg and IES in Berlin and Freiburg. The recommended program in Austria is IES Vienna. Majors are encouraged to go abroad for the full year. If they go for a semester, they are advised to go for the spring, which warrants a better integration into the German academic university schedule and life. The January-February orientation period offered by the US sponsors prepare them well for the German university courses, which run into July.

    Courses that are taken in German may count toward both the German major in language and literature and the major in German Studies. In consultation with the student and the registrar a determination is made if there is a Colby equivalent. Courses taught in English may count towards the German Studies major if the subject matter is relevant.

    See also the German department web site.


    Government
    Liaison: Guilain Denoeux
    Policies and Recommendations:
    For recommendations, please consult the department.


    History
    Liaison: Raffael Scheck
    Policies and Recommendations:
    History majors have had good experiences in a broad variety of programs. For further information, please consult with the faculty OCS liaison. The History department recommends all of the approved programs in Europe, particularly IES in Berlin as well as the Syracuse in Florence and NYU in Florence. The department also recommends the Loyola University program and Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

    There is no preferred semester for off-campus study. A maximum of four courses can be counted either from abroad or from other departments at Colby.

    International Studies
    Liaison: Paul Josephson
    Policies and Recommendations:
    At least one semester of foreign study is required of International Studies majors. Please consult the department for more specific information.


    Latin American Studies
    Liaison: Ariel Armony
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Majors are required to spend at least one semester in Latin America matriculated in a program that offers university-level courses (not in a language-acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in Spanish or Portuguese. All study abroad plans must be approved by the director of the Latin American Studies program. No more than the equivalent of four semester courses of foreign study or transfer credit may be counted toward the major.

    Approved programs in Latin America: CIEE Argentina, Washington University in Chile, and Duke in the Andes (Ecuador). Students interested in study in Mexico are encouraged to petition for the Loyola University program in Mexico City.


    Mathematics
    Liaison: Otto Bretscher
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.

    Music
    Liaison: Eva Linfield
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Music majors choose off-campus programs for a wide variety of reasons: to study for a semester in a conservatory setting, to live in a place with a rich cultural and concert life, to explore particular folk or ethnic traditions, to expand their language skills, or to take music courses not typically offered in a liberal arts setting. No single set of guidelines can cover such diverse situations. Students should therefore meet with the department's OCS liaison early in their sophomore year in order to plan their course selection and off-campus programs.

    In general, European music theory differs significantly in terminology and approach from the American system. It is therefore usually advisable to complete the first three courses in the music theory sequence (MU 181, 182, and 281) before studying abroad, since those courses rarely have equivalencies at other institutions. (Students should also have command of the musical vocabulary used in the country of study before embarking on their program, particularly if they plan to enroll in course taught in another language.) In general, it is easier to find music history courses that will meet Colby's requirements for the major or minor while studying abroad. Arranging for private applied music lessons can often be daunting and time consuming. Students should begin to make such arrangements 6-12 months in advance, and should have direct contact with the instructor.

    Past students have had success in studying music in virtually all parts of the world.


    Philosophy
    Liaison: Jill Gordon
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Philosophy majors have studied abroad in a variety of countries, and in particular favorable reports have been received about Pitzer in India, University College Cork, Oxford and some of the programs in Scotland.

    There is no preferred semester for off-campus study, provided that students have taken both Ancient Philosophy and Modern Philosophy prior to the junior year, in which case the lacking course will dictate the available semester for off-campus study.

    The department is quite liberal about accepting Philosophy courses taken elsewhere for the elective portions of the major. Petitions to accept substitutes for required courses are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Physics
    Liaison: Duncan Tate
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The physics department does not presently recommend specific OCS programs to their majors. Most physics majors who study abroad do some courses in physics, and unless the student is fluent in a language other than English, an institution in an English-speaking country is recommended. This usually limits the choices to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, although it could also include Canada and South Africa. Students who do not plan to do any physics during their OCS experience need to ensure that they can satisfy the requirements of the physics major while at Colby. If a specific student needs to complete the core physics major abroad, the department reviews with the student his or her needs, and recommends a program on that basis (availability of the required course at an institution is the main criterion).

    There is no preferred semester for physics students to study off-campus unless there is specific course that needs to taken.

    Credits and/or Colby equivalent courses are determined when the student comes to the department for course pre-approval.

    Students who attend universities in English-speaking countries usually find themselves in a very different environment to Colby with respect to facilities, class size and extent of faculty integration and flexibility within the curriculum. The department encourages majors to be prepared for this difference before they go.


    Psychology
    Liaison: Tarja Raag
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Department of Psychology encourages students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, particularly for those students for whom it addresses specific educational goals. Students should speak with the OCS liaison and their academic advisor early in their sophomore year to begin investigation of appropriate program and course opportunities. Psychology courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the department for transfer back to Colby. Courses taught at Colby and those not available here (if the content is of sufficient academic relevance) will be considered for credit toward the major. Neither Psych214 (Research Methods and Statistics) nor Psych215 (Research Methods and Statistics II) can be substituted through study abroad. You will also not be able to obtain credit comparable to the seminars with collaborative research. No more than two courses taken abroad may count toward the major. For purposes of completing the major, there is no preferred semester for off-campus study, but students should plan to complete the PS214/215 sequence at Colby no later than the end of their junior year.

    Religious Studies
    Liaison: Carleen Mandolfo
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    Russian
    Liaison: Sheila McCarthy
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Russian Program recommends Colby in St. Petersburg, a fall or spring semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, which includes language, literature, arts, and history courses. We particularly recommend this program because the small size of classes guarantees individual attention. Residence with Russian families and many cultural events are highlights of this program. Please see student descriptions and photos on the Russian Program Web site.

    In Russia there are several excellent semester-long and year-long programs, including the varied content and location of programs sponsored by ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) and by CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). Nearly all Russia programs require 2 years of college-level Russian before application.

    There are a few semester programs that offer a combination of study and internship, such as the Middlebury College program (petition).

    The Russian staff has more information on all study programs in Russia.


    Sociology
    Liaison: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
    Policies and Recommendations:
    University-integrated programs are recommended, and spring semester is preferred for study off-campus.

    One course may be credited to the major if it is approved in advance and falls within the framework of the sociology major at Colby. Courses specific to the particular culture (e.g. the Australian family) may not be transferred back to Colby, unless specifically petitioned prior to off-campus study.


    Spanish
    Liaison: Betty Sasaki
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Majors are strongly advised to spend one academic year studying abroad at the junior level. A minimum of one semester of study abroad is required of majors. Majors must matriculate in a study abroad program that offers university-level courses (not a language acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in Spanish. All study abroad plans for students majoring in Spanish must be approved by the chair of the department of Spanish. No more than the equivalent of two courses of foreign study credit may be counted toward the major per semester abroad, or four semester courses per year. Eligibility pre-requisites for Spanish majors to study abroad include the completion of Spanish 135 and Spanish 231 with a grade of C or better.

    The only two recommended programs in Spain are Colby in Salamanca and Hamilton in Madrid. The only three recommended programs in Latin America are CIEE in Argentina, Washington University in Chile, and Duke in the Andes (Ecuador).


    Theater and Dance
    Liaison: Tina Wentzel
    Policies and Recommendations:
    The Department of Theater & Dance urges majors to think carefully about their educational goals when considering off-campus study. Majors traditionally find that off-campus study complements their academic program effectively. If you are considering off-campus study, the Department of Theater & Dance urges you to research abroad programs that best suit your interests and academic needs. Also, you should discuss the following with your advisor and the T&D OCS liaison:

  • The off-campus program(s) that can best meet your academic goals.

  • The best semester to study abroad. This choice will depend upon the OCS program selected and the individual's academic program. Theater & Dance has no preferred semester for off-campus study.


  • Studying abroad during either semester is possible for Theater & Dance majors. Typically, however, programs in Great Britain must be taken in the spring semester for Colby credit. Please note that when you spend the spring semester abroad, you must make special efforts to communicate with members of the department while you are away if you are considering pursuing an honors thesis during your senior year.

    All classes that you intend to have credited toward the T&D major or minor must be pre-approved by the chair of the department. T&D majors may transfer twelve credit hours in total from non-Colby programs, including credits transferred from other institutions, toward their major requirements.

    The Department of Theater & Dance requires that courses be taught in established and accredited colleges and universities in order for them to be eligible for departmental credit. Please consult the department's Study Abroad Guidelines for a complete description of the guidelines.


    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    Liaison: Elizabeth Leonard
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Several departments offering minors with close connections to off-campus study or specific policies with regard to transfer of credit also have liaisons and may have program recommendations for students:

    Administrative Science
    Liaison: Randy Nelson
    Policies and Recommendations:
    There is not a list of departmentally-approved programs. The majority of AdSci students who study abroad do so in English speaking countries (primarily Great Britain or Australia) where they are able to take business-related courses that may count as Administrative Science electives.

    AdSci students usually go to universities that have a business school where they are able to take ad sci electives.

    There is no preferred semester for off-campus study.

    The department will not usually agree to transfer more than two courses for the minor.

    Students are urged to discuss their choice of courses with the minor advisors prior to selecting the courses and prior to going abroad. Students have frequently run into problems trying to obtain permission for courses they have selected after they have left the country.


    African American Studies
    Liaison: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    African Studies
    Liaison: Catherine Besteman
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    Education
    Liaison: Mark Tappan
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    Jewish Studies
    Liaison: Guilain Denoeux
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the program.


    Science, Technology and Society
    Liaison: Leonard Reich
    Policies and Recommendations:
    Please consult the department.


    Part III. Colby Programs

    Colby programs are administered from the Off-Campus Study Office at Colby. Courses from all Colby programs are recorded on a student's transcript and are included in the students' GPA. Colby college comprehensive fees are charged for participation on these programs, and the $1,000 off-campus fee does not apply. Financial aid is fully portable. Application forms are available from the Office of Off-Campus Study and are due by March 15, 2007.

    Colby in Dijon
    Available fall only. A Colby-run program that gives students the opportunity to study French language, civilization, and other electives in a beautiful university city located in the heart of Burgundy. Through a homestay and a rich program of cultural and social events (which include the presence of young French people), students have the chance to experience the French lifestyle from the inside. The academic program begins with a four-week intensive French course, in which students are placed at their skill level; during the following nine weeks, students take courses in French language as well as civilization, and can choose an elective either in the history of art or French literature. The civilization and art history courses include frequent day excursions, and there are overnight excursions to the Alps, Paris, and the south of France. Students also have the possibility of tutorials in writing and literature, as well as internships. The program is supervised by a resident director, and is open to students at various levels of language skill; the minimum pre-requisite is one semester of college French. The resident director for 2007 will be Professor Jon Weiss of Colby's French department.
    www.colby.edu/off-campus/dijon/dijon.html

    Colby in Salamanca (integrated program)
    Available full academic year or either semester. Colby's own program integrates American students directly into the Spanish university system. After an orientation session (courses in grammar, conversation, and culture), students enroll in regular University of Salamanca courses. A curriculum of "core" courses (regular University courses with an extra hour per week of tutorials for Colby students) and other courses provide opportunities for the study of literature, history, politics and law, sociology, art history, and other subjects. The program includes excursions and other activities with Spanish students who work with the program. Students can choose whether they want to live with a family or in an apartment with Spanish students. All students must have completed SP 135 and SP231 before departure.
    www.colby.edu/off-campus/salamanca/salamancaj.html#Integrated

    Colby in Salamanca (language acquisition)
    Colby also offers a distinct language acquisition program in Salamanca either semester, suitable for students who wish to study language intensively and/or work toward completion of Colby's language requirement. The academic schedule is similar to the regular Colby in Salamanca program, although the program is of slightly shorter duration. Students take language and civilization courses for four hours a day at Cursos Internacionales, located on the central campus in Salamanca. Normally students live with selected families. Field trips and excursions are organized by the program and by Cursos Internacionales, and students have use of the Colby in Salamanca center. Prerequisite: at least one semester of college Spanish, or three years of high school Spanish. See Colby's off-campus study web site or the OCS office for details.
    www.colby.edu/off-campus/salamanca/salamancaj.html#Language

    Colby in St. Petersburg
    Fall or Spring. Founded in 1993, Colby in St. Petersburg offers an intense learning and living experience for a limited number of students (three to five per semester) who take a full program of courses in Russian language, literature, and history, live with Russian families, and normally assist in teaching English classes at the St. Petersburg Classical Gimnazium. There is a full program of cultural activities and travel, all included in the program fee. The St. Petersburg faculty and staff are responsible for Colby students' housing, excursions, and academic courses, and a member of Colby's faculty visits the program each semester. Applicants should have at least two years of college Russian (through RU128). See Professor Sheila McCarthy in the Department of German and Russian for more details.
    www.colby.edu/off-campus/stpetersburg/stpetersburg.html

     


    Part IV. Other Approved Programs

    LOCATION

    TERM

     AFRICA
    Botswana


    School for International Training in Botswana: Ecology and Conservation

    F, S

    Pitzer in Botswana F, S


    Cameroon


    School for International Training in Cameroon: Culture and Development

    F, S



    Ghana


    School for International Training in Ghana: African Arts and Culture

    F, S

    School for International Training in Ghana: African Diaspora Studies

    F, S



    Kenya (Currently not available due to US Department of State Travel Warning)




    Madagascar


    School for International Training in Madagascar: Culture and Society

    F, S

    School for International Training in Madagascar: Ecology and Conservation

    F, S



    Morocco


    School for International Training in Morocco: Culture and Society

    F, S



    Senegal


    Mount Holyoke in Senegal

    S



    South Africa


    CIEE Cape Town

    F, S, Y

    Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University

    F, S

    University of Cape Town

    F, S, Y



    Tanzania


    School for International Training in Tanzania: Coastal Ecology

    F, S

    School for International Training in Tanzania: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    F, S

    Brown in Tanzania

    F, Y



     


    ASIA
    China


    Associated Colleges in China

    F, S

    CIEE Program in Nanjing

    F, S, Y

    CIEE Program in Beijing

    F, S

    CET Harbin

    F, S



    Japan


    Associated Kyoto Program

    Y

    Kansai Gaidai University

    F, S

    Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies

    F, Y


    India


    SITA Program in Madurai

    F, S, Y

    Pitzer in Darjeeling

    F, S



    Sri Lanka (Currently not available due to US Department of State Travel Warning


    Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program

    F



       
    Taiwan


     CIEE Program in Taipei

    F, S, Y

     


     AUSTRALIA
    Australian National University (3.0 GPA; 3.4 for internship program)

    F, S

    James Cook University in Townsville (2.8 GPA)

    F, S

    School for Field Studies: Rainforest Management Studies

    F, S

    School for International Training: Natural and Cultural Ecology

    F, S

    University of Melbourne (3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    University of Sydney (3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    University of Tasmania

    F, S

    University of Western Australia (3.0 GPA)

    F, S

     


    New Zealand


    University of Auckland (3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    University of Otago (3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    You may also study at the above listed universities through
    Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad




    CANADA
    SUNY Plattsburgh at Laval University

    F, S, Y

     


    EUROPE
    England


    Kings College(3.3 GPA, 3.5 English and History)

    S

    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)(3-3.5 GPA & full-year petition)

    Y

    Oxford University (3.6+ GPA)

    S

    Royal Holloway (Economics Majors only)

    S

    School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)

    S

    University College London (3.3 - 3.5 GPA)

    S

    University of Bristol(3.2-3.5 GPA)

    S

    University of Cambridge (3.7 -3.85 GPA)

    S

    University of East Anglia (3.0 GPA)

    S

    University of Sussex(3.3 GPA)

    F, S

    University of York (3.0 GPA)

    S

    You may also study at the above listed England universities through
    Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad




    Ireland


    University College Cork

    F, S

    You may also study at the above listed Ireland university through
    Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad




    Scotland


    University of Edinburgh(3.0 GPA)

    S

    University of Glasgow(3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    University of St. Andrews(3.0 GPA)

    F, S

    You may also study at the above listed Scotland universities through
    Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad




    France


    Colby in Dijon

    F

    EDUCO (Emory/Duke/Cornell) in Paris

    F, S, Y

    Hamilton College in Paris

    Y

     


    Germany and Austria


    IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Berlin

    F, S, Y

    IES Freiburg: German Program

    F, S, Y

    IES Freiburg: European Union Program

    F, S

    Lewis and Clark in Munich

    Y

    Tufts in Tubingen

    S, Y

    Wesleyan in Regensburg

    S

    IES Vienna, Austria

    F, S

     


    Italy


    Boston University in Padova

    F, S, Y

    Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

    F, S

    New York University in Florence

    F, S

    Syracuse University in Florence

    F, S

    Temple University in Rome

    F, S



    Russia


    Colby in St. Petersburg

    F, S

    American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR)

    F, S

    Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

    F, S



    Spain


    Colby in Salamanca: Integrated Program

    F, S, Y

    Colby in Salamanca: Language Acquisition

    F, S

    Hamilton College in Madrid F, S, Y


    Other Countries


    College Year in Athens, Greece

    F, S

    Denmark's International Study Program (DIS)

    F, S

    Smith College in Geneva, Switzerland

    Y

    The Swedish Program

    F, S



    LATIN AMERICA
    Argentina


    CIEE in Argentina

    F, S, Y



    Bolivia


    School for International Training in Bolivia: Culture and Development

    F, S



    Brazil


    SIT in Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology F, S


    Chile


    School for International Training in Chile: Culture, Development and Social Justice

    F, S

    Washington University Program in Chile

    F, S, Y



    Costa Rica


    Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University, Costa Rica

    F, S

    School for Field Studies in Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies

    F, S



    Ecuador


    Duke University in the Andes

    F, S

    Pitzer in Quito, Ecuador (university-based studies)

    F, S, Y

    School for International Training in Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

    F, S



    Other Countries


    School for Field Studies in Mexico: Conserving Marine Mammals and Coastal Ecosystems

    F, S

    School for Field Studies in British West Indies: Marine Resource Management Studies

    F, S



    MIDDLE EAST

    Israel (Currently under US Department of State Travel Warning)




    Morocco


    School for International Training in Morocco: Culture and Society

    F, S



    MULTIPLE COUNTRIES

    International Honors Program: Rethinking Globalization
    (Environmental Studies majors ONLY. Requires petition for full-year.)

    Y



    DOMESTIC OPPORTUNITIES
    Colby in Washington

    F, S

    Clark Atlanta University in Georgia (see OCS)

    F, S

    Dartmouth University dual degree program

    Y

    Howard University, Washington DC (see OCS)

    F, S

    Sea Semester- Woods Hole

    F, S

    Semester in Environmental Science- Woods Hole

    F

    Williams College-Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies

    F, S





    Part V. Department Supported Program Petitions

    DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM

    TERM

    The following programs require petitions, but have departmental support and have been reviewed by the OCS office. Students should see the OCS office to obtain more information and to discuss submitting petitions for any of these programs.
    Anthropology
    Kalamazoo College Sustainable Development Program in Chiang Mai, Thailand F, S, Y
    SIT Viet Nam: Culture and Development F, S
       
    Art
    Brown University in Bologna S, Y, F (limited)
    Columbia University: New York/Paris- The Shape of Two Cities (requires petition for full-year) Y
    Pitzer College in Italy F, S
       
    Biology
    CIEE in Costa Rica F, S
    Semester in Environmental Science (SES), Woods Hole F
    SIT in Australia: Sustainability and the Environment F, S
    SIT in Belize: Natural and Cultural Ecology F, S
    SIT in Panama: Development and Conservation F, S
    University of New South Wales F, S
    University of Queensland F, S
       
    East Asian Studies
    CIEE Shanghai F, S, Y
    Japan Studies in Nagasaki (JASIN) F, S, Y
    Japanese Language Institute, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) (Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Program) F, S, Y
       
    Environmental Studies
    CIEE Costa Rica F, S
    Round River Conservation Studies F, S
    SIT in Belize: Natural and Cultural Ecology F, S
    SIT in Panama: Development and Conservation F, S
    University of New South Wales F, S
    University of Queensland F, S
       
    History
    Loyola University in Mexico City, Mexico F, S
       
    Italian
    Brown University in Bologna S, Y, F (limited)
    Eastern College Consortium (E.C.C.O.) in Italia F. S, Y
    Middlebury College in Ferrara F, S, Y
    Middlebury College in Florence F, S, Y
    Wesleyan University in Bologna F, S, Y
       
    Latin American Studies
    Loyola University in Mexico City, Mexico F, S
       
    Russian
    Middlebury College in Russia F, S, Y
       
    Any Major (Consult with your advisor)
    International Partnership for Service Learning programs at:
    University of Glasgow, Scotland S, Y
    Charles University, Czech Republic S, Y
    University of Guadalajara, Mexico F, S, Y

     

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