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 full year study away experiences, you will be able to choose from many types of programs. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different program types to mitigate surprises once you are abroad.CHOOSING PROGRAM
Explore Colby-approved programs according to region, country, city, language, academic major and more. Read program brochures.EXPLORE PROGRAMS
Find out about your eligibility criteria, OCS academic policies and credit transfer. Once you decide to study away, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with OCS policies.Eligibility Academic Policies
Our process has three 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: Create an online profile and complete an online STATEMENT OF INTENT TO STUDY OFF CAMPUS questionnaire to indicate your intention to study off campus. This is due by November 15th. 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 in early December.
II. COLBY APPROVAL : Apply for COLBY APPROVAL to go away for a given semester or year on your selected program. You will be meeting with your 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 web site by their stated deadlines.
All phases of the application process are completed in the online portal (link can be found under Quick Links). TO COMPLETE THE COLBY APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL YOU MUST SELECT A PROGRAM FIRST AND THEN APPLY HERE IN THE PORTAL.