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What makes Carleton's Off-Campus Studies options different?

Carleton allows participation in a wide variety of programs sponsored by the College itself, by groups such as the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), and by other organizations or universities whose programs Carleton approves.

Carleton's three-term academic calendar and its educational policies encourage participation in off-campus study for any student whose academic program will be enhanced by such study -- and that has included about 74 percent of recent graduating classes.

Students who are approved for off-campus programs may apply their financial aid to any Carleton program(s) they may go on, and/or one non-Carleton program, wherever it may be. Loans are available to students who do not have immediate funds to replace their on-campus work contract or to cover the cost of travel.

Add to this the compatible size of Carleton-sponsored seminars, the breadth of subjects covered -- from linguistics in Japan, to biology in Australia -- and the fact that all modern languages taught at Carleton offer study-abroad components, and you'll see why so many Carleton students pursue off-campus study.

Is off-campus study an important part of a liberal arts education?

Ask any Carleton student who has studied off campus whether it is worthwhile. The answer will be a predictable and emphatic "Yes!"

You may never go back to that particular place again, but, if you are like most Carleton students who have added this special dimension to their education, you will travel on to other lands and other challenges with an important new sense of enthusiasm, awareness, and appreciation. That is when you will discover one of the most important results of off-campus study, a lifetime capacity for growth and learning.

How many Carleton students pursue off-campus study?

Participation is exceptionally high at Carleton. For example, 78 percent of the members of the Class of 2014 participated on an off-campus study program at least once during their college years.

How many programs are available?

In the 2013-14 academic year, Carleton students studied on 130 different programs in 53 countries.

Carleton sponsors as many as eighteen faculty-led programs each year, because it believes that faculty, as well as students, benefit from the opportunity to study off-campus and to enjoy the exceptional bonds that develop between people working and traveling together.

What subjects are available?

Numerous options exist for off-campus study in a wide variety of subjects. Science programs offered by Carleton include those in geology, biology, biogeoscience, marine ecology, and environmental science. Non-Carleton programs provide study both in the United States and abroad in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, art, music, languages, and more.

In addition, the universities of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, or for students with language background, the universities of other countries, are open for science courses -- or for other fields within the curriculum.

Do you have to know a foreign language to study overseas?

All modern languages taught at Carleton offer at least one study-abroad option, but it is not necessary to know another language in order to participate in off-campus study.