The key to having a successful off-campus study experience is to spend time researching possibilities, thinking about your goals, considering your plans, and talking to others. We encourage you to speak to returned off-campus study students, OCS Global ambassadors and to your academic advisors. 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!
Begin planning early. The off-campus application process will start at the beginning of your Sophomore year and will last several months.
Off-Campus Process in a Nutshell
CHOOSING A PROGRAM
For semester and academic-year programs, you will be able to choose among many types of more than 200 programs we offer. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different program types.CHOOSING PROGRAM
Explore Colby approved programs according to region, country, city, language, academic major and more. Read program brochures.EXPLORE PROGRAMS
Find about your eligibility criteria, OCS academic policy and credit transfer.Eligibility
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.
Our process has 3 PHASES:
|STATEMENT OF INTENT||COLBY APPROVAL TO STUDY OFF-CAMPUS ON CERTAIN PROGRAM DURING CERTAIN TERM||APPLICATION AND ADMITTANCE TO YOUR SPECIFIC UNIVERSITY/ PROGRAM|
|DUE: NOVEMBER 15||DUE: FEBRUARY 20||DUE: deadlines vary|
I. ADVISING: Creating an online profile and completing an online STATEMENT OF INTENT TO STUDY OFF CAMPUS questionnaire 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 get your result by early December.
II. COLBY APPROVAL : Applying for COLBY APPROVAL to go away for a given semester or year on your selected program. You will be meeting with you academic advisor to seek their approval for your program and to discuss your courses abroad.
III. PROGRAM APPLICATION: Finally, after you have been approved by OCS, you need to apply directly to your program/university through their website by their stated deadlines.