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Why Study Abroad?
In recent years, about 50% of Colby’s junior class studies abroad (not including JanPlan). If you decide to study abroad, deciding which program and country is just as important as deciding when to go and for how long. Study abroad can be an excellent complement to your Colby academic career and it is important to find the best program for you. Most students return from study abroad with a new sense of self, a focus on their academic pursuits, and an appreciation of the different culture, language, and learning environment they were a part of while abroad. Some students decide a semester or year is not appropriate for them during their undergraduate years and opt to pursue a summer or JanPlan experience. Refer to the Application Process page for more on how to apply.
Students should ask themselves these important questions:
Colby and Off-Campus Study
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.”