Know what to do when.
The planning timeline
will help you avoid last minute headaches and missed deadlines. For approved programs, check deadlines for applications to the program, too. Attend an Off-Campus Study Info Session.
Learn about options, resources, and Colgate polices. In addition to the Sophomore Class Info Session in early September
, OCS will host weekly sessions starting in mid-September. Do a self-assessment.
Don't make plans based solely on your friends' recommendations. While they can give you good insights, the program that was right them may not be ideal for you. Take a few minutes to assess your priorities, goals, preferences and needs for off-campus study. Familiarize yourself with Colgate policies.
Be sure you understand Colgate’s policies on all aspects of off-campus study, from costs and financial aid
to academic credit
. Talk to faculty in your intended major.
How will off-campus study fit with and enhance your curriculum on campus? What courses might you need to take while you’re away? What do you have to take on campus? Meet with an OCS Adviser.
After attending an info session, schedule an advising appointment
to develop a short list. Have a quick question? We'll also be holding drop in hours. Check back for the scheduled times. 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.