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FAQ/ PETITIONS GUIDELINES

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR OFF-CAMPUS STUDY

Application Process
For detailed information go to the How to apply web page.

APPROVED versus NON-APPROVED PROGRAMS

Colby College 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. 

PETITIONS

1. Non-Approved Program Petition

Required steps:

1. Meeting with an OCS advisor (at least two weeks in advance of the Feb 20th petition deadline). Come prepared to state why this particular study abroad program meets academic needs that cannot be met by one of the approved programs. If there is a Colby-approved program in the same location as the program being petitioned for, it is unlikely your petition will be approved unless you have compelling academic reasons.

2. Submitting a Petition. If a petition is encouraged at your advising meeting, you can submit it via email. Your academic advisor will be asked to write an endorsement for you.

3. After your petition is received via email, it will be reviewed by Off-Campus Study and the Dean of Global Engagement.  You will be notified by email about the decision.  Please note that you MUST apply to one program on the approved list as a back-up option in the event that your petition is denied, this is for your own protection.

DOWNLOAD PETITION GUIDELINES:
PETITION for non-approved programs.pdf

2. Low  G.P.A Petition

The petition will include your STATEMENT of PETITION ( 500 words) and the FACULTY RECOMMENDATION FORM.

Required Steps for a low G.P.A. Petition:
1. Submit your Statement of Petition via email.
2. Print out the Faculty Recommendation Form, bring it to your faculty member and ask them to return it to us in a sealed envelope or scanned via email. 

Submit the petition to OCS before the February 20 deadline.

DOWNLOAD PETITION GUIDELINES: 
G.P.A. Petition - Faculty Recommendation Form
G.P.A. Petition guidelines.pdf