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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.

Application to an Extended Study is made on line. 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.

Seniors may not normally participate in extended study courses extending beyond the end of the spring semester, since all requirements for graduation must be satisfied prior to commencement.



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.

Please note that financial aid is not available to seniors for extended study courses extending beyond the end of the spring semester.


Extended Study Group Courses

Fall 2018
The deadline to apply for a fall 2018 extended study is March 30, 2018
  • Cuba: CORE 198: Cuba: History, Culture, and Life
  • Florida: BIOL 341: Cognition, Behavior & Conservation of Marine Mammals
Spring 2019
The deadline to apply for the spring 2019 extended study is October 26, 2018.
  • China: ASIA/ENST/SOCI 313: Environmental Problems & Activism in China
  • Estonia/Finland/Russia: MUSI 238: University Chorus
  • Italy (Arts): Art and Politics in Milan and Venice
  • Italy (Classics): CLAS 252: Excavating in Southern Italy
  • Lithuania: POSC/JWST 3xxx: The Politics of Nationalism & Memory in Eastern Europe
  • South Africa: ANTH 300: Deep Time: Representing the Human Past in Contemporary South Africa

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 - Movements for Social Justice in 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