Off-Campus Study Opportunities at Colgate

The University features a robust and flexible off-campus study program, opening up most of the world to Colgate students wishing to immerse themselves in different languages and cultures.

Semester Study Groups

Colgate offers a range of semester-long study groups. Each is led by a Colgate faculty member, with programs designed to ensure that all course credits earned while studying abroad earn credit on Colgate students’ transcripts.

Approved Programs

While Colgate’s study groups offer students a robust choice among experiences, they cannot cover all global opportunities. Colgate has, therefore, evaluated and approved additional non-Colgate study-abroad programs in which students may participate.

Extended Studies

In addition to full-semester off-campus programs, Colgate offers an array of extended studies. These are full-semester, on-campus courses that feature an additional partial-credit, off-campus experience of several weeks following the end of the term.

Departmental Study Groups

The following Colgate semester-long study groups are led by faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and are favorites among majors in the department.

Scenic French cobblestone courtyard

Dijon, France, Study Group

The Dijon Study Group grants students the opportunity to develop proficiency in the French language while acquiring a thorough knowledge of French culture through immersion, residence, and study in France. Students on the program are embedded with a host family while studying at the University of Burgundy and participating in a series of field trips and class excursions throughout the semester.

My semester in Dijon was one of the most formative semesters in my Colgate career. I learned to be independent and confident as I constantly challenged myself and explored the world. Dijon has given me global perspective and has heightened my future aspirations in ways that I could not have imagined before going on this journey.

Alex Goldych Class of 2019
Dijon Study Group
Students on the Madrid Study Group enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.

Madrid, Spain, Study Group

Students with significant Spanish language ability live and study for a semester in the dynamic and culturally rich Spanish capital. Through immersion and coursework at Universidad San Pablo CEU, these students perfect their Spanish language skills, acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish life and culture, and undertake a diverse and challenging academic experience in Madrid.

My experience with the Madrid Study Group was absolutely unforgettable. Between speaking Spanish 24/7, attending classes at CEU San Pablo, and wandering the city with my Spanish and international friends, I felt completely immersed and integrated in the culture.

Renee Congdon Class of 2020
Madrid Study Group
Group of students stops for a photo along a canal in Venice.

Venice, Italy, Study Group

This study group is for students with a strong interest in Italy’s cultural heritage and its position in modern culture. With an interdisciplinary program of study, students have compelling opportunities to learn firsthand at archaeological sites, museums, archives, and even simply observing the architecture of Venice from the street. Participating students acquire a deeper sense of the temporal developments of western civilization, and a better understanding of contemporary Italy.

Venice Study Group