Dear Parents,

In an increasingly interdependent world, an understanding of other parts of the world is an essential aspect of a student’s education. The opportunity to study in another country, for a semester or year offers students access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that can enrich their personal, academic, and professional lives. For many, the experience leads to a greater understanding not only of other languages and cultures, but also an increase in their confidence, maturity and self-awareness. Studying abroad will almost certainly be a defining period in your son or daughter’s educational experience — a psychological journey that will transform him or her into a global thinker with international perspectives and put him or her a step ahead of the competition in the eyes of prospective employers.

As your son or daughter considers or prepares to embark on this life-changing academic, social, and cultural experience, you naturally want to follow them along this process. We also understand that you may have mixed feelings or concerns about the upcoming experience, from excitement at its potential to stress at the idea of being so far away.

The information included in these pages is designed to help you better understand Colby’s off-campus study policies and procedures which have been voted on by the Colby Faculty and established in conjunction with the college administration to assure an enriching student experience and a smooth transfer of credits. This information is shared with your son/daughter throughout the process empowering them to take ownership of this process and prepare them for the transition to a more independent experience when they study off-campus. We also offer some suggestions on ways you can support and assist your son or daughter during selection, before departure, while abroad and upon return.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist you within the limits of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Here you can find information on:

* OCS Forms, Policies and Resources