Carleton College has a long and rich history of sending students abroad. The earliest Carleton programs in 1969-70 explored Japan, the Ivory Coast, and Puerto Rico. In 2020-21 we will offer 19 faculty-led programs to locations all over the world. Carleton also allows participation in a wide variety of programs sponsored by other organizations or universities. In 2017-18, students went on 90 different programs in 52 countries and territories.

Carleton makes off-campus study accessible to all students by:

  • Offering or approving programs that fulfill major, distribution, and quantity credit requirements toward graduation.
  • Applying full financial aid to multiple Carleton programs and one non-Carleton program. Additional financial aid is available upon request. Limited scholarships are available.
  • Promoting a culture and academic calendar that encourage off-campus study. Students have nine potential terms to study off-campus during their 12 terms at Carleton.
  • Providing extensive individual and group advising to help students find a good program fit.

Off-Campus Studies is an integral part of the College's curriculum. The Off-Campus Studies Office is considered an academic department, reporting to the Associate Dean of the College and guided by the Off-Campus Studies Committee, comprised of faculty and staff from across the campus.

In 2016, Carleton announced the acquisition of four programs previously run by Antioch Education Abroad: Buddhist Studies in India, Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe, Arts and Culture in West Africa, and Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon. Carleton has been operating these programs, open to students from other institutions, since the fall of 2016. Currently, Carleton Global Engagement consists of three programs: Buddhist Studies in India, Women and Gender Studies in Europe, and Ecology and Cultural Anthropology in Tanzania.