Study Away

The Charles Center has a longstanding mission to support student research and project-based learning. The new Study Away initiative is designed to support research/project-based learning in courses that have significant domestic or international off-campus components.

In many cases, Study Away will provide students with options for fulfilling COLL 300. Study Away may also be designed to meet COLL 400, or simply to enrich the curriculum by offering significant off-campus research opportunities. In addition, Study Away courses will play a significant role in the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which will increase the number and quality of high-impact practices available to William & Mary students.

 The Charles Center is able to offer a subsidy to help defer costs to students and faculty for a limited number of Study Away programs each year. The next call for proposals will go out in fall 2016 for courses that will be offered in summer and fall 2017, or spring 2018.  

What is a Study Away program?

A Study Away program is a course that is primarily taught on campus but has a significant off-campus component, either domestic or international. Study Away courses must meet the following guidelines:

  • Time off-campus must be dedicated to research or project-based learning
  • The minimum week off-campus could be before the semester begins, during a semester break, at the end of a course, or an accumulation of at least 40 hours throughout the semester
  • Each course must include a reflective component that covers the time spent away
What is a Study Away COLL 300?

COLL 300 Study Away programs must include a cross-cultural component. Cross-cultural learning can occur in many environments and is therefore not limited to international experiences. Study Away COLL 300 courses must meet the following guidelines:

  • Time off-campus must be dedicated to research or project-based learning
  • The minimum week off-campus could be before the semester begins, during a semester break, at the end of a course, or an accumulation of at least 40 hours throughout the semester
  • Each course must include a reflective component to include the time spent away from campus that exemplifies cross-cultural learning
COLL 300 Post-Travel Approvals

Students may submit a post-travel approval form to request COLL 300 credit for an off-campus experience that was directly related to an on-campus course. The form must be approved by the instructor of the on-campus course and the director or chair of the program or department in which the course was offered. Forms must then be submitted to the Charles Center for final approval.

Post-Travel Approval Form (.docx)