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FAQ

1. HOW TO APPLY FOR OFF-CAMPUS STUDY

Application Process
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.

2. APPROVED versus NON-APPROVED PROGRAMS

Colby College ensures that students participate in academically rigorous programs which include rich intercultural experiences. Consistent with Colby’s educational philosophy, OCS adheres to core principles when approving, reviewing, and recommending off-campus programs; as a result, Colby has  an extensive list of quality off-campus programs, both foreign and domestic.

Students wishing to pursue a program not currently on the approved list must have strong academic reasons as to why they want to petition and must demonstrate why approved programs do not meet their academic needs. Only one program petition is allowed. Read how to petition for a non-approved program on our website.