Off-Campus Study

Colgate’s religion department encourages students to study off campus and abroad to gain perspective on differences in global cultures and perspectives on religion.

Students in the Scottish Highlands hold up a Colgate at 200 Years banner

St. Andrews Study Group

All Colgate study groups are led by a Colgate faculty member, and the study group to St. Andrews Scotland is frequently headed by a member of the religion department's faculty. Scotland and the United Kingdom are an ideal place for students to enrich their study of religion, as they have an extremely rich religious history. Students almost can't help but encounter this history in impactful ways in the course of their study abroad.

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It is almost impossible to overstate the value of being surrounded by the markers of this history as my students and I read and talked about religious conflict, human rights, and modern secular political projects.

Professor Jenna Reinbold St. Andrews, Scotland Study Group
Students on the Jerusalem Extended Study take a group shot in front of a pillar
RELG/ JWST 228 Jerusalem: City of Gods is an introduction to the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—that uses Jerusalem as its centering theme. As an extended study, the course explores the city’s sacred geography in person, seeing how religion has been lived there.

Extended Studies

Studying off campus doesn’t have to be a full-semester affair. Some courses at Colgate are designated as extended studies. For two to three weeks following the conclusion of the regular semester, students and faculty in these courses travel to apply their classroom learning in the field.

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We approached Rome as a place where centuries, religions, and lives are layered. With each flight of stairs we descended, the farther back in time we journeyed.

Professor Georgia Frank Core 151: Legacies of the Ancient World

Approved Programs

The possibilities for off-campus study are nearly endless through Colgate’s approved programs. The University has vetted many non-Colgate off-campus study programs in locations all over the globe. Their affiliation makes the coordination of transfer credit seamless, and opens up a world of possibilities to Colgate students.

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