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Extended Study

A number of courses each semester allow you to extend your learning beyond the classroom and beyond the semester with short-term off-campus study experiences with your professor and classmates.

How Extended Study Works

Extended Study courses take place off campus at the end of each semester (May-June or December-January) and are offered as either a one-credit extended course with a reduced schedule during the semester, or as a half-credit course off campus linked to a common pre-requisite taken on campus during the semester.

Applications to an Extended Study are submitted online at offcampusstudy.colgate.edu. Upon acceptance, you will enroll in and attend class for the full semester, just as you would for any other class. At the conclusion of the semester, you, your classmates, and the faculty member teaching the course will travel together to continue your studies on location for 3-5 weeks.



Students should consult with the faculty director regarding course registration and approval to participate in an extended study course.


An additional fee is charged for the travel component of an extended study course. Cost estimates for each extended study are available one semester prior to the program departure.

Financial Aid

Colgate grant recipients can receive additional assistance for one semester of study off-campus, whether through a Colgate Study Group or Approved Program,  and one Colgate-directed extended study program.

Seniors are eligible for financial aid when participating on a spring extended study, but seniors electing to participate in a spring extended study will graduate at the next degree conferral date. Seniors will still be eligible to apply for participation in the May commencement ceremony. Please refer to the student handbook for details on commencement


Extended Study Group Courses

Fall 2018
The deadline to apply for a fall 2018 extended study has passed.
  • Cuba: CORE 198: Cuba: History, Culture, and Life
  • Florida: BIOL 341: Cognition, Behavior & Conservation of Marine Mammals
Spring 2019
The deadline to apply for a spring 2019 extended study has passed.
Fall 2019

The deadline to apply for a fall 2019 extended study has passed.
  • Siberia: GEOG 250: Environmental and Social Change in the Siberian Arctic
Spring 2020
The deadline to apply for a spring 2020 extended study is November 1st, 2019 .

Recurring Study Group Courses

The following extended study courses have been offered in the past and may be offered again in the future.
  • Ireland - The Invention of Ireland, Medieval and Modern
  • Israel - The Land of Israel 
  • Japan - Advent of the Atomic Bomb
  • Mexico - Archaeoastronomy (SOAN)
  • Mexico - Michoacan (CORE)
  • New Mexico - Pueblo Communities
  • New York City - National Security
  • Norway - Alternative Energy and Mitigation of Global Warming
  • Rome - Material Culture of Rome and Pompeii
  • South Africa - Deep Time: Representing the Human Past in Contemporary South Africa
  • Turkey - The Islamic Heritage of Turkey
  • Uganda - Environment, Health and Community: A Case Study in Rural Uganda
  • Western Australia - Australia's Stolen Generations: The Legacies of Carrolup