study abroad

A World of Opportunities

Study abroad is open to all Colby-Sawyer students who have at least sophomore status and are in good academic and social standing with the college. Students are encouraged to adopt a perspective on learning that reaches beyond their own regional and cultural vision. Studying abroad allows students to travel internationally and experience other countries and cultures. Colby-Sawyer has affiliations with seven organizations that provide programs for students who want to study abroad in many countries around the world. Our program affiliates offer study opportunities that will complement a student's degree program. International internships are also available and often count towards a student's internship requirement in their major.

The study abroad program at Colby-Sawyer College works with students to find affordable options. Most federal financial aid (Pell Grants, Subsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans) will transfer to your semester abroad. If you choose a program that Colby-Sawyer is affiliated with, you will pay the cost of your chosen program minus your Pell Grants and/or Stafford Loans to Colby-Sawyer. Colby-Sawyer will then pay your study abroad program fee directly. If the affiliated program you choose costs more than what you would normally pay to attend Colby-Sawyer, the net difference will be added to your tuition bill. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for all travel expenses and additional deposits required by the provider. If your program is NOT one of our affiliated programs you will not be eligible and will need to pay all provider costs directly.

Colby-Sawyer College recognizes the value that students with international experience bring to the classroom and their other academic endeavors. Students who study abroad also satisfy these learning outcomes: enrich and deepen their self-knowledge, communicate and interact effectively, and understand and employ multiple perspectives. A liberal arts curriculum combined with an education abroad strengthens students' ability to pursue vocations in the global community.

Students interested in study abroad programs should visit the MyStudyAbroad page on the MyColbySawyer portal (login required) for more information on deadlines, how to apply, scholarship possibilities, and the transfer of financial aid to study abroad programs.