Educating for the Global World


To thrive in today’s rapidly changing global age, you need to be ready to engage meaningfully with today’s world of unprecedented diversity. Colby’s commitment to providing students with quality off-campus academic opportunities has been a longstanding part of its educational philosophy.

You will be given the chance to wade or dive into another culture and experience a wealth of knowledge and self-awareness, enriching your undergraduate experience.

How to Apply: Steps for Success

Understand your options: Explore your motivation, consider different locations, and verify eligibility. Start by registering with the OCS EdGE Course through Omprakash!

Explore programs: Search for approved programs in the Colby Portal, attend the Study Abroad Fair and sophomore information session (every fall), or visit the OCS office for inspiration!

Take your first steps: Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your ideas, or make an advising appointment with OCS at the link below. You will need to submit your Statement of Intent in the Colby Portal by Nov. 15. You will not need to know your program but will need to choose a semester and give academic justification for your choice.

Start Applying! There are two application processes- an internal Colby Application for Approval and then the external application to your program(s). Each have different steps! Learn about the Colby Application here and external applications here.

Get Going! Confirm your plans by committing to your program in the Colby Portal. Enjoy your program and don’t forget to submit an evaluation once your program ends!

Book an advising appointment
Book An Advising Appointment
Jan-Plan Off Campus
JanPlan Off-Campus
Online Portal
Online Portal
Student Evaluations
Student Evaluations
OCS EdGE for Sophomores

Update for Sophomores planning to study away as Juniors in 22/23:

Colby students studying away in Fall/22 Spring /23 are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are seeking an exemption, you will need to contact the Colby Health Center for paperwork on that. We strongly recommend applying to your  program(s) well in advance of their posted deadlines so that you secure your spot and have your plans set.

Upcoming Events and Announcements


Gilman International Scholarship Program accepting applications from Pell Grant recipients who are studying abroad. Click “more details” to learn more


Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 6:30pm in Lovejoy 303

Please follow OCS on Instagram and Facebook for all event announcements


The opportunity to study in another country is an integral part of Colby’s educational philosophy.
More than two thirds of Colby students study off-campus. 


We feature a wide portfolio of rigorous and engaging programs worldwide, providing access to rich intercultural experiences

Financial Aid

Colby’s Financial Aid is portable to off-campus study programs 


We believe that foreign languages are increasingly valuable in our globalized world and are key for understanding other cultures


Colby guarantees access to global experiences to all students preparing them to thrive and engage meaningfully in the rapidly changing world  


Explore Global Images from years past

DavisConnects prepares Colby students for lifelong success by integrating our leading liberal arts education with unique internship, research, or global experiences for every student, regardless of personal and financial networks.

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