Research your short list. Admission requirements, semester dates, and housing options vary. Be sure you understand your Colgate Study Group or Approved Program’s requirements and structure. The OCS resource library and advisers are great sources of information. Attend Colgate Study Group info sessions starting in October.
Consider program costs. All students studying off-campus pay Colgate tuition plus required program expenses. Financial aid packages may be increased to meet additional costs for one semester of off-campus study plus one Extended Study course. More details, including links to estimated budgets, can be found on financial policies page.
Consider special needs/concerns. Health and academic needs, safety concerns, dietary and other needs may all affect your decision. Research your intended host country and be sure you feel comfortable with your program choice.
Check your travel documents. If you don’t have a passport, get one! If you do, check that the expiration date is valid at least six months beyond the end of your program. Renew now if necessary. If you are not a US citizen consult with International Student Services about the special steps you may need to take to study off-campus.
Dream big! There are Colgate study groups and approved programs throughout the world. Take time to review your options and decide which will be the best fit for you.