Off-Campus Study


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Educating for the Global World

To thrive in the rapidly changing global age, students need to be prepared for meaningful engagement with today’s world of unprecedented diversity. Colby’s commitment to providing students with international academic opportunities has been a longstanding and integral part of our educational philosophy. About two-thirds of students participate in one or more global experiences during their time on the Hill, expanding and enhancing their undergraduate education.

Off-Campus Office

We oversee a rich portfolio of more than 200 quality credit bearing semester and year long programs, both international and domestic. Students planning to study away start the advising and application process in our office beginning of their sophomore year. In collaboration with academic advisors we strive to provide students with thoughtful guidance and reliable support throughout the entire process.

Off-Campus Process in a Nutshell 


Understand your Options


The key to having a successful off-campus study experience is to spend time researching all possibilities, thinking about your goals and talking to others. The more people you speak with, the more research you do and thought you invest into choosing your program, the better your ultimate choice will be!  Start exploring.

Eligibility and Policy


Find about your eligibility criteria, petitions, and course transfer.

Explore Programs


Explore Colby approved programs according to region, country, city, language, academic major and more. Read program brochures. Learn about the different types of programs.   View programs

Attend OCS Events


Come to the Colby Off Campus Study Fair and attend the Sophomore Information Session, both in September and mandatory for sophomores planning to study off campus.

Start Online Application


Our process has 3 STEPS

  1. First you will need to create an online profile and complete an online STATEMENT OF INTENT TO STUDY OFF CAMPUS application to indicate your intention to study off campus by November 15. You will be asked to share information about your semester choice, academic background, foreign language proficiency and your goals for off-campus study. After your eligibility is evaluated, you will be notified by us and can start
  2.  Secondly you will  choose your specific program or university and apply for COLBY APPROVAL to go away for a semester or year on your selected program,  typically by early December.
  3. Lastly you will apply directly to your program/university through their website.


Statement of Intent to Study Off Campus


Colby Approval