How do I apply to an approved program?
Two applications are required:
- First, you must submit the Colgate Application to Participate on an Approved Program.
- Once approved, you must complete an application for admission to the program you wish to attend.
Is there a GPA requirement to study on an approved program?
Each approved program has a specific GPA requirement. These range from 2.5 to 3.5 or, in a few cases, higher. Students must meet the GPA requirement for the program to be granted permission to participate on an approved program for fall, or have, in OCS’s estimation, a reasonable expectation of achieving the required GPA prior to applying for admission to be granted approval for the spring. Students with GPAs below 2.5 will not be approved to participate on an approved program.
Consult with an OCS adviser to be sure you are eligible for your program prior to submitting the Colgate application.
Do I need to meet with an OCS advisor?
All students who wish to study on an approved program are required to meet with an OCS advisor to discuss their plans. Students who have not met will OCS staff prior to submitting the Colgate Application to Participate on an Approved Program will be asked to schedule a meeting before their application can be considered.
May I participate on more than one approved program?
Only one semester on an approved program can count toward Colgate’s 7-semester residency requirement, so it is not possible to attend two approved programs. You may, however, participate in more than one Colgate Study Group or attend an approved program and participate in a Colgate Study Group. Two semesters on a single approved program may be approved by petition, provided the OCS committee determines that the student offers a compelling academic rationale and evidence that the plan will not interfere with timely completion of the Colgate degree.
If you receive financial aid, please remember that supplemental aid to meet any increased costs associated with off-campus study is limited to one semester.
Can I get credit toward Global Engagement?
Approved program courses that have received prior approval from the Colgate registrar may be used to satisfy the areas of inquiry requirement. Courses taken on approved programs may not be used to satisfy the Common Core requirement or the Global Engagement requirement.
What if I want to study on a program that is not on the approved list?
Colgate carefully selects off-campus study programs to best enhance students’ on-campus curriculum and promote personal growth and cross-cultural learning. Students who study off campus are expected to choose from the approved list of over 100 off-campus study opportunities that have been reviewed and selected by the faculty and OCS staff.
Petitions to go “off-list” are considered only when a student’s academic goals cannot be achieved through a Colgate Study Group or currently approved program. Students who wish to petition should begin by speaking with an adviser in Off-Campus Study. Petitions are vetted and determined by the Off-Campus Study Committee. Petitions must be submitted by December 15 for the following Fall, and by May 15 for the Spring.
Students who attend an off-campus study program that has not been approved by Colgate are not eligible for Colgate financial aid or grant assistance, and cannot receive academic transfer credit toward the degree.
What are the deadlines for the applications?
Colgate’s Application to Participate on an Approved Program is due the first Friday in February (February 3, 2017). You may submit the application earlier, if you have met with an OCS adviser to discuss your plans.
Applications for admission to approved programs are generally due in January-April for Fall programs, and September-October for spring programs, but you must check your program’s information to be sure. Apply EARLY—at least six weeks before the deadline, more for limited enrollment programs.