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Planning Timeline for Off-Campus Study

Sophomore fall is an intensive planning period for off-campus study any time during the Junior year—whether Fall or Spring semester.  Start thinking and planning early. It's never too soon!
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Critical Deadlines for Off-Campus Study in 2014-15

The deadlines for those wishing to study abroad during the fall and/or spring of 2014-15 are:
  • Friday, November 8: Colgate Study Group On-Line Application due
  • Friday, February 21: Application to Participate on an Approved Program form due to Off-Campus Study by 4:00 p.m.
(Note: Students submitting the Application to Participate on an Approved Program must also declare their major with the Registrar’s Office prior to February 21)

Fall Semester

  • Start researching off-campus study!
  • Attend an "Off-Campus Study 101" session (check OCS Events)
  • Meet with an OCS adviser
  • Research programs you are considering
  • Attend October info sessions for study groups (announced in Maroon News and on OCS homepage)
  • Talk to study group faculty and returned students
October 8: Colgate study group fair, 6-7pm in the Hall of Presidents

  • Continue researching programs, apply to Colgate Study Groups
  • Meet with an OCS adviser if you haven’t yet!
  • Talk to faculty in your proposed major
November 8: Colgate study group application deadline!

  • OCS advisers available for appointments
  • 2014-15 Study Group decisions sent to students at end of month

Spring Semester

  • Check application deadlines for the Approved Programs you are interested in and plan to apply directly to the program sponsor about a month early (rolling admissions)!
  • OCS advisers available by appointment
If you have not done so already, now is the time to:
  • Declare your major
  • Talk to your major adviser about your plans to study off-campus
  • Meet with an OCS adviser
February 21: Application to participate in an approved program deadline!


  • OCS advisers available for appointments
  • Approved Program participation confirmations sent to students prior to Spring Break
  • Attend pre-departure orientation for Fall '14 programs
  • Complete pre-departure paperwork, obtain student visa (if required) and any necessary vaccinations
April 15: Submit transfer credit form for fall semester programs to Registrar's Office. (Note: spring semester transfer credit forms are due November 15)