NOTE: The office of Off-Campus Study DOES NOT oversee off-campus study during Jan Plan, Summer or a other universities in the U.S. Please review the approval procedures below.

The OCS Office may provide advising but approval is done via faculty and the registrar’s office.

Jan Plan Off-Campus

A variety of off-campus or international opportunities are possible.  Review the Colby Jan Plan page for inspiration.

  • All Colby Jan Plan courses, including those abroad, are planned and administered by Academic Departments in conjunction with the Dean of Faculty’s Office. Please refer to the Faculty leader or Department for more information or application, requirements, and deadlines. Jan Plan offerings change each year. A full description of Jan Plan courses is available on the web in October, and students may elect January courses at that time. Review the Jan Plan Student Handbook for more information on what you will need.
  • Independent study off-campus during Jan Plan may be arranged in advance in conjunction with a Colby faculty member. Please use the Independent Study or Honors Application form.
  • Other off-campus courses may be taken at another institution by seeking faculty approval in advance through the Registrar’s office using the Transfer of Credits Form available on the Registrar’s webpage under “forms for students”and registering for “transfer credit” during Jan Plan registration.
  • Credit for study or ISP in a country under U.S. State Department Travel Warning: Colby College discourages travel to countries and participation in a program in a country for which there is a U.S. State DepartmentTravel Warning in effect at the time of departure. Students wishing to travel to a country currently under U.S. State Department Travel Warning are required to, in advance of their application, submit a petition to the Travel Warning Review Committee providing a complete description of and justification for their study/travel at a Travel Warning site. Due by October 15 for Jan Plan. If approved, student and parent will then be required to sign a waiver as part of the approval process.

Note: Colby financial aid is not portable to Jan Plan off-campus study. Certain departments on campus may have special funds or scholarships available. Ask your academic advisor.


Summer Off-Campus Study

Transfers of credit for summer off-campus study or leave to study at another U.S. college/university during the summer or academic year must be approved in advance through the Registrar’s office using the Transfer of Credits Form available on the Registrar’s webpage under “forms for students”.  If your summer off-campus program requires an approval signature from a study abroad advisor or home school approval please bring that form to OCS along with your completed Transfer of credits form.

Note: Colby financial aid is not portable to summer off-campus study.

While Colby’s Office of Off-Campus Study does not administer study during the summer and OCS policies do not apply, OCS staff can assist students with advising on opportunities and other matters. For international study, we recommend starting the search among the many off-campus opportunities Colby approves for the semester and/or year. Study abroad provider organizations such as CIEE, IES Abroad, and IFSA Butler for example offer many summer programs worldwide and so do many American and foreign universities. You may also search,, or to identify opportunities worldwide.


Leave to Study at Another U.S. College/University

Outside of Colby’s Exchange Programs with Pomona College, Pitzer College, Howard University, and Clark Atlanta University, the Dartmouth College Dual Degree in Engineering program and several Colby-approved domestic off-campus study programs, no other domestic study is approved by the Office of Off-Campus Study. Students wishing to take classes at another U.S. institution may do so independently. Students take a leave of absence from Colby must discuss their plans with their Advising Dean.

Students must seek course approval in advance using the Transfer of Credits Form available on the Registrar’s webpage under “forms for students”.

Financial aid is not portable to summer or domestic study while on leave from Colby.