Semester or Year Away: Getting Started

A semester or a full academic year away is an amazing opportunity to delve deeply into another culture, to experience a very different educational model, to immerse yourself in new ways of learning.  All Colorado College students are eligible for a combination of blocks away and full semesters, so it is possible for any CC student to participate in the type of long-term, immersive learning that a semester or year away can provide.  This page will give you all the basics and all the links to start on that journey.

While Colorado College's innovative Block Plan provides opportunities for students to enroll in a single course that travels to other parts of the world, sometimes a more immersive, longer-duration, multi-subject semester or year abroad is more aligned with student interests and academic goals.  This is why CC, in addition to its Block Away offerings, also maintains a pre-approved pool of over 150 different half-semester (2-block), full semester, and full academic year opportunities around the world.  This pool includes CC faculty-led half-semester & semester programs as well as university exchanges and direct enrollment programs which allow students to spend a semester immersed in the life of a renowned global university; single-subject immersive semesters in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, or language immersion; and multi-subject semester programs designed specifically for students at U.S. colleges and universities. 

Students who opt to join a semester or year away program will pay standard CC tuition for their time away (and can transfer all their credits earned back towards their CC degree progress, with proper approvals) and all billing for other semester away charges (lodging, for example) will be billed through CC. This allows the college to provide financial aid just as it would for an on-campus semester, ensuring that a semester away is offered at a cost comparable to a semester on campus, reducing the financial barrier for students to participate in semester and year away opportunities.  

For any CC-led program, courses are part of the Colorado College curriculum and are enrolled directly through CC, while for partner-sponsored programs, credit is treated as transfer credit and the Global Education Office maintains an approved course transfer database, making it easy for students to select courses and know the CC equivalencies before they depart.  Students can sign up for courses on our partner programs and know in advance that the credit is transferable and applicable to their CC degree.  

The process of selecting a semester or year off-campus program is different for every student, depending on academic goals, major and minor, language ability, and other considerations. Here are some good starting steps to think about early on in the process to help you decide which program(s) might be a good fit.

  • Usually the best place to start is to meet first with your academic advisor (in your major or potential major, or your pre-major faculty advisor or staff Hub advisor) to determine what your specific academic goals will be for your semester or year off-campus. Some students are looking to fulfill a certain major or all-College requirement, perfect their language proficiency, challenge themselves to think differently about social justice, do an internship or research project ...the list goes on and on. Once you know more about what you specifically are looking for academically, the easier it will be to find a program that fits.
  • Look at the specific narrowed-down list of recommended programs to consider in the Advising Guides available for many academic majors and areas of interest.
  • Check with your department/major handbook online to see if there is a section about study abroad or other recommended programs that they really like. Please also see our departmental listing of credit transfer policies from study abroad to get a sense of how your classes taken abroad will count towards your specific major or minor.
  • Discuss also with your advisor when it might make the most sense to go. Students typically study away any time from Spring semester of sophomore year through Fall semester of senior year, depending on courses they should be here on campus to take, and when those are offered. Your academic advisors can help you think specifically and creatively about what your path might look like.
  • On most second Fridays of each block there is a "Planning Your Study Away" lunchtime workshop in Tutt Library 238 at 12:15pm, in conjunction with the Sophomore Jump program, but open to all. This is a great opportunity to start the process and get all your questions answered.

After you've completed these foundational framework-setting steps above to help you focus in on what you are looking for in your study away semester or year, now you're ready to dive into the exciting step of exploring all the specific programs available to you! This page lists all the CC Semesters as well as all our approved partner programs.

Once you have talked with your academic advisor and have a sense of your academic goals, and have also spent some time looking through which specific programs are available that are of interest to you, you are welcome to reach out to the Assistant Director of Global Education, Heather Powell Browne. Heather is our staff member who works with all semester and year study away students and will be happy to answer advising questions, whether over email, Zoom, or to schedule an in-person advising appointment to help you along the path towards a successful study away experience!

Colorado College regularly offers seven different CC Semester and CC Half-Semester (2-block) programs, each with its own academic focus. Several of the 4-block CC Semesters also allow for an option in which students enroll in half of the semester for a 2-block experience. See below!

Fall Semester CC Programs

  • TREE Semester (Teaching & Research in Environmental Education):  A 4-block program in the mountains of Colorado offered each fall.  No 2-block option exists for this program. 

  • CC in Latin AmericaA Spanish & Portuguese language & culture program with 2 blocks in Brazil and 2 in Mexico, offered each fall.  Students may opt for the full semester (Blocks 1-4), or the 2-block sequence in Blocks 1&2 (Mexico) or 3&4 (Brazil) only.  Destination countries can change year to year so it is important to research by academic year.

  • CC in BerlinA German language & culture program in partnership with the Humboldt-Institut in Berlin, offered each fall.  Students may opt for Blocks 1-4, or the 2-block sequence in Blocks 1&2 only.

Spring Semester CC Programs

  • CC in FranceA French language & culture program in partnership with the Alliance Française in Nice, France, offered each Spring.  Students may opt for the full semester (Blocks 5-8), or the 2-block sequence in Blocks 5&6 or 7&8.

  • CC Chinese in Asia: A half-semester 2-block program in Chinese language & culture.  Locations can vary each year, with study possible in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Singapore.  Offered each spring.  Students enroll for Blocks 7&8.

  • CC Russian in BishkekA half-semester 2-block program in Russian language & Eurasian cultures, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  Offered each spring.  Students enroll for Blocks 7&8.

  • CC Italian in ItalyA half-semester program offering language immersion (IT203-204), with study in Florence, Rome, Arezzo, and Sorrento.  Offered each spring.  Students enroll for Blocks 7&8. 


In addition to the CC Faculty-led semester programs, the Global Education team maintains a pre-approved list of 150+ partner-sponsored semester and year away programs, all approved to align with Colorado College's goals for a high quality liberal arts education in the global context. These come in various forms, to meet many different student goals and needs. 


Students fully immerse themselves into a new campus, such as our exchanges in France, Finland, and Germany, or university programs such as our year abroad at the London School of Economics (LSE) or semester programs facilitated by IFSA at world universities, at Kansai Gaidai (Japan) or Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel).


There are also a range of topic-specific programs tailored to focus primarily on one discipline, for example the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program, the ISDSI International Sustainability & Development Studies Institute in Thailand, or the School for International Training (SIT) whose thematic semesters each focus on a specific Critical Global Issue. 


Finally, there are many programs designed specifically for the enrollment of students from U.S. colleges. These programs often offer courses across many disciplines, opportunities to study with a mix of U.S.-based and local faculty, and customized excursion and field opportunities. Courses may be taught at a program center, at a local partner university, or a hybrid of both. Some examples of this final type of semester away include the programs offered by IES Abroad, College Year in Athens, DIS, or the School for Field Studies. 

Whatever the model, wherever the location, these programs are thoroughly vetted by Colorado College for academic rigor and quality of student care.  Courses are pre-approved via our internal Summit application system for study abroad for transfer back to Colorado College, so that students know that their coursework from studying away will move them towards their degree from CC.  

As with all semester programs, students work with the Global Education staff and their campus academic advisors to ensure that they are prepared for departure, that the courses selected are good choices for their academic goals, and that the timing of their experience does not disrupt their 4-year graduation plan.  We are happy to assist students with their interest in any of the semester and year away programs. 

Finally, if a student feels that a program not in our pre-approved pool is the best option for them, and can demonstrate "a valid academic need not met through any existing approved program," Global Education has a petition process which allows students to request access for them to participate in a different program, and for that program to be treated just as we would one of the programs in our pool, financially, for aid, and for credit transfer.  


You can find the detailed guide to "How to Apply" will answer all common application process questions; a summary of important application deadlines and exciting upcoming event dates can be found below.


  • March 15: Applications for all Fall Semesters and Academic Year programs away due.

Complete the CC Internal Application for Study Away Approval (for partner programs) or the Summit application for TREE Semester, CC in Berlin, or CC in Latin America by this date to receive consideration for approval.  Late applications are not accepted. 

  • May 1: Deadline to Confirm Fall Semester or Academic Year Away Participation

All students who have been approved for a fall semester or full year away program (CC-led or Partner-led) must complete the Summit confirmation process by May 1st. 

  • October 15:  Applications for all Spring Semesters Away are due. 
Complete the CC Internal Application for Study Away Approval (for partner programs) or the Summit application for the CC in France program (full semester or Blocks 5&6) by this date to receive consideration for approval.  Late applications are not accepted. 

  • December 1: Deadline to Confirm Spring Semester Away Participation

All students who have been approved for a spring semester away program (CC-led or Partner-led) must complete the Summit confirmation process by December 1st. 

  • December 1: Applications for Spring 7&8 Half-Semester programs due.

Complete the Summit applications for Block 7-8 programs (CC Chinese in Asia, CC in Bishkek, CC France Blocks 7-8 only, and CC Italian in Italy) by this date to receive consideration for approval.

  • February 1: Deadline to Confirm Spring 7&8 Half-Semester Away Participation

All students who have been approved for a Spring Blocks 7&8 Half-Semester program (CC-led or Partner-led) must complete the Summit confirmation process by December 1st. 



Wednesday, September 4, 2024 from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Worner Center Lobby
Come explore all your options for a semester, half-semester (two-block), or full year away! Meet with faculty representing all of the CC faculty-led semester and half-semester programs, and representatives of 150+ semester an year away partner program options.


Thursday, January 30, 2025 from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Worner Center Lobby
The biggest Study Away Fair of the year, with faculty representing all of the CC 2025-2026 Blocks Away, faculty-led semester and half-semester programs, and representatives of 150+ semester away partner program options.  There is no better event all year to explore options for study away in the next year.  
Possession of a valid passport and any appropriate visas for entry to a program destination country is essential for participation in any study abroad program.  For details on passport requirements, visa processes, and potential concerns for students who seek to engage in multiple study away programs in the same year, please visit our Eligibility & Policies Website and review the information provided.

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