Albion students may participate in a wide variety of off-campus study or study/internship programs in the United States and throughout the world. These opportunities are designed to enhance a liberal arts education through developing interpersonal or cross-cultural skills, awareness of other cultures or an appreciation of the work environment.
Students in any major may choose to study off-campus. Some students study away for one semester; others select two different semester-long programs or spend an academic year abroad on one program. Finally, some students participate in summer programs. Please contact the Center for International Education (CIE) Vulgamore Hall, for more information.
Policies and Procedures
The requirements for study off-campus are as follows:
- Junior or senior standing. (Sophomores in the Modern Languages and Cultures for the Professions track are also eligible.)
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Some programs require a level of preparation and a demonstrated proficiency well above a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. A student interested in a particular off-campus program should confirm that he or she has the necessary qualifications either with the program adviser or the director of the CIE.
- Demonstrated maturity commensurate with the demands of the off-campus program.
- Successful completion of the Writing Competence Examination before attending an off-campus program.
- Good social standing (as determined by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs).
Meeting these minimum qualifications does not necessarily entitle a student to participate in the program. A complete list of policies and procedures is found in the Off-Campus Programs Handbook. A printed version is available in the CIE office.
Transfer students must spend at least two semesters on the Albion campus and meet all other requirements before undertaking any off-campus study.
The Application Process
Application deadlines are in early September for spring semester and early February for fall and summer programs. Long before the application deadline, students can obtain information and consultation about off-campus programs from the Center for International Education (CIE) and from the faculty advisers to the individual programs. Students need to consider carefully how an off-campus program fits into their studies at Albion. All prospective off-campus study students must meet with the director of CIE. After selecting the appropriate off-campus program, a student then begins the application process.
There are two applications, one for Albion College and one for the specific off-campus program. The Off-Campus Programs Advisory Committee, composed of administration and faculty representatives from each of the four divisions of the College, approves or denies permission for off-campus study. The CIE then forwards program applications to the appropriate programs. A program may accept or deny a student's application. However, in almost every case, a student who is approved by Albion will be accepted by the off-campus program.
Once a student is accepted for off-campus study, he or she needs to:
- Attend a mandatory general orientation meeting. Parents are also invited to this meeting.
- Pay a $250 deposit, due the day of the orientation meeting. This deposit is credited to the student's account.
- Attend a required international program orientation meeting (for students studying overseas). Parents are also invited to this orientation.
- Complete a post-program evaluation form.
Tuition and maintenance costs for semester and year-long off-campus programs usually do not exceed what a student pays for regular tuition, room and board on campus. However, when costs exceed those of Albion College's regular fees, students will be required to pay the difference. (Note: Fees for most summer programs are higher than Albion's, and students will be charged the higher amount.) Students are billed through Albion College and must have paid the amount in full prior to beginning the off-campus program. Other important items to note about costs for off-campus study include:
- There is a one-time per program off-campus administrative fee that is added to the regular Albion fees. (Please go to the "Tuition and Fees" section for details.)
- Costs for transportation to and from an off-campus study program are the responsibility of the student.
- Financial aid applies to all semester and academic-year off-campus programs on the list of programs approved for Albion credit as if the student were on campus. This aid includes merit-based academic scholarships and need-based financial aid. (Note: Albion financial aid is not available for summer programs.)
- Check the Off-Campus Programs Web site for information about additional aid for off-campus study, i.e., Albion College off-campus program grants, federal grants, and links to a study abroad scholarship search engine.
- Deferred payment plans such as Academic Management Services are not available for off-campus programs.
Credit and Grades
- Academic and internship credit for Albion College-approved off-campus programs will transfer back to the campus as if the student were on campus. Usually, the equivalent of 4.0 units of credit per semester and 8.0 units of credit per academic year will apply. However, some programs may have more or less credit.
- Students may count up to two semesters and one summer session of off-campus study toward graduation. Off-campus units may not exceed 10.0 Albion units.
- Students attending an Albion-approved program or a program approved on a one-time-only basis must attend the program as an Albion student to receive credit.
- All off-campus courses will be taken for numerical grades, unless the student specifically requests, in writing, grades of credit/no credit.
- All internships are graded credit/no credit.
- Successful completion of an off-campus program abroad (or the Border Studies program) for at least one semester, along with submission of a journal, fulfills the global studies category requirement.
- Off-campus semesters are not considered when determining eligibility for the Dean's List and/or Albion Fellows recognition.
- Students may complete core requirements while attending an off-campus program only if they obtain written authorization in advance from the registrar.
- For category requirements, the chair of the appropriate category committee must approve an off-campus program's course for that category requirement. Students must petition the category committee for approval before attending the program.
- Courses taken for a major or for teacher certification must be taken for a numerical grade unless written permission for a credit/no credit grade is obtained in advance from the department chair.
- Participating in an off-campus program during the last semester of the senior year may delay graduation.
Students who fail to follow College procedures regarding off-campus study, or who withdraw or take a leave of absence from Albion and thus circumvent existing College regulations regarding off-campus study, will not receive credit for course work done off-campus.
There is a reentry orientation session for students returning to Albion from off-campus programs. The CIE and faculty work with returning students to help them integrate the knowledge and skills gained during their experience into their campus academic program.
Once the returning student has finished all the necessary course work on the off-campus program and completed the post-program evaluation/assessment forms, credit from the program is transferred to the student's Albion College record. With proper planning, a student should not lose any time toward graduation.
Albion College maintains language-learning housing, known as "International Space" or "I-Space," for students interested in foreign language study and international affairs. Modern Languages and Cultures majors and minors in French, German and Spanish are required to live in this housing for one semester. Therefore, residents are mostly language students who are planning to go off-campus or who are returning from language programs abroad. Students of Japanese also may live in the I-Space.
Center for International Education (CIE)
The mission of the Center for International Education is to promote intercultural communication and exchange, cross-cultural understanding, and transnational competence between the people of Albion College and the global community. The CIE coordinates more than 100 off-campus study, research and academic internship programs for Albion students. To see information about off-campus programs approved for Albion credit, please visit the Off-Campus Programs Web site.
Botswana—Students spend a semester at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, where they take an intensive course in Setswana, the language spoken by 75 percent of the people in the region. Additional courses include an elective in the social sciences or humanities, a course relative to the student's major, and an independent study project. Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) coordinates this program. There is no language prerequisite.
Cameroon—"Social Pluralism and Development," a School for International Training (SIT) program, offers intensive language study, field study, and courses in history, geography and politics. The semester-long program is offered in fall and spring and requires three semesters of college French and the ability to follow course work in French. Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon's political capital, the program also spends extensive time in other regions of Cameroon, including a two-week stay in the northern town of Ngaoundéré. Students live primarily in home stays.
Kenya—Students who wish to spend a fall or spring semester in Kenya may choose either a health and community development program based in Nairobi or an Islamic and Swahili cultural identity experience based in Mombasa. With both programs, students study Swahili, take courses, and do independent research projects. Home stays and educational excursions are integral to the experiences. SIT administers these programs.
In the Comparative Wildlife Management Studies program students visit multiple national parks and group ranches and contrast conservation issues in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem just north of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya with those of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania. Participants in this semester-long School for Field Studies (SFS) program take three courses and complete an independent study project. A summer option is available.
A full-year study opportunity in Nairobi is offered by Kalamazoo College. Students study Swahili, enroll in the University of Nairobi, and undertake an independent research project. All participants also take a special course in development models and theories. Housing is with Kenyan families.
Sénégal—The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers a semester program in which students study French and Wolof and may also take courses in English at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Sénégal. Students live with Sénégalese families. Opportunities for community service and internships are available.
A year-long program at UCAD, offered through Kalamazoo College, provides European course work in French, a course in Wolof, and an independent research project. A feature of this program is a special course in sustainable development, including the design and implementation of a community development project. Housing is with Senegalese families.
South Africa—Albion is privileged to have a special relationship with the University of Cape Town in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Students may spend either the fall or spring semester studying in a wide variety of academic areas. Some community service-based internships are also possible. Students live in apartments or on campus in a dormitory.
Multiculturalism and human rights are the focus of a School for International Training (SIT) program based in Cape Town, South Africa. Students in this semester-long program complete four home stays with families of different geographical and cultural backgrounds. Experiential learning is combined with study of the Xhosa language, courses, field-based assignments, and educational excursions to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the country.
China—By arrangement with the Center for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Albion offers students semester or full-year programs at three locations in mainland China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing. Mandarin language studies are integral to each program. Studies in Beijing and Nanjing require at least one year of Chinese. There is no language prerequisite for the Shanghai program, which focuses on business and culture. Housing may be with host families or in residence halls with either CIEE or international roommates. In addition, IES Abroad offers two programs in Beijing for a semester or academic year: one is a language-intensive program and the other addresses contemporary issues in China. Students live in residence halls. Some summer options are possible.
Hong Kong—The International Asian Studies Program includes year-long or semester options at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Students take introductory Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese language classes and choose two or three courses (taught in English) on China or regional and international studies. Housing is in a residence hall with Chinese roommates.
India—Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) offers a fall semester junior year experience in Pune, India, that focuses on developing a broad understanding of Indian society and culture and gaining knowledge about India's environmental, cultural, and development issues. The program begins with a three-week orientation and includes instruction in the Marathi language. Housing is with host families.
Japan—Albion offers programs in three Japanese cities: Tokyo, Hikone, and Nagoya.
The Japan Studies Program, managed through Earlham College, is located in the international division of Waseda University in Tokyo. Instruction is in English, but students study Japanese as part of the program. The full-year program includes a one-month cultural practicum with an internship in a local community. Participants live with Japanese families. A one-semester option is also available in the fall; however, the semester continues into February. CIEE offers one- or two-semester programs at Sophia University, a well-known university in Tokyo. Students may live with a host family or in a Japanese student residence hall. The Summer Session of Asian Studies at Sophia University offers intensive Japanese language study as well as opportunities for international and Japanese students to study together in seminar classes taught in English. Home stays are integral to the program.
In Hikone, the Japan Center for Michigan Universities provides intensive Japanese language instruction at four levels, from beginning to advanced, in year-long, semester and summer programs. Students are able to experience many aspects of Japanese culture and life through cultural presentations and interaction in the community.
The IES Abroad Nagoya Program, with full-year and semester options, is offered at a distinguished private institution, Nanzan University, which is located on a wooded campus on a hill above Nagoya. Students may live in home stays or dormitories. Nagoya is one of Japan's major cities and an important industrial and cultural center.
South Korea—Albion students may study at the International Undergraduate Division of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, for a full year, semester or summer. Courses are taught in English, but students may take Korean language classes. Students live in residence halls on campus.
Province of Queensland—AustraLearn sponsors two programs in Brisbane available in both the fall and spring semesters. The University of Queensland offers courses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Australian studies, botany, business/management, marine science, psychology, religion and zoology. At Griffith University fields of study include tourism, communication, music, information technology, environmental science, film and television studies, commerce and multimedia. Students in both programs live in university residences.
James Cook University, another AustraLearn program, is located in Townsville near the Great Barrier Reef. A world leader in environmental and biological research, it also has strong programs in education, psychology, business, creative arts, health and social sciences. Students may enroll during fall or spring semester. Housing is in residence halls.
The School of Field Studies Center for Rainforest Studies focuses on the ecology of Australia's rainforest and looks at issues of rainforest management and restoration. Participants apply their knowledge to the surrounding area by working on projects with community members. Students take three courses and complete an independent study project. Housing is provided in the Center. A summer option is available.
Province of New South Wales—The University of Newcastle is located two hours north of Sydney. Subjects offered include: Aboriginal studies, environmental studies, management and business, geography and geology, Australian history, film and literature, psychology and sociology, music, visual arts and graphic design, communication studies, and education. Housing is in university residences. This AustraLearn program is available in both the spring and fall semesters.
AustraLearn coordinates three semester programs in the Sydney area: Macquarie University, the University of Wollongong, and the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS). Academic highlights at Macquarie are Aboriginal studies, business, communications, history, biology, psychology, sociology, languages and education. The University of Wollongong is widely recognized for its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research strengths in these major areas: materials and manufacturing, policy and social impact, and communications and information. ICMS specializes in business, tourism, event management, retail services management, property services management, hospitality management, and sports management. Internship opportunities are available in hospitality management. Each of these programs offers on-campus housing.
The Boston University (BU) Sydney Internship offers a work experience combined with course work on Australia's dynamic history and its contemporary culture and place in the modern world. Internship areas include advertising and public relations, arts and arts administration, business and economics, film, radio and television, health and human services, hospitality administration, journalism and politics. Fall, spring, and summer programs are available. Housing is furnished at the BU Sydney Center.
Dunedin—The University of Otago in Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious university. The main activity of the host city is education. Academic highlights are earth and ocean sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and New Zealand studies. Sponsored by AustraLearn, the program is offered both fall and spring semesters. Students live in residence halls or in shared flats with New Zealander students.
Auckland—Studying for a semester or a year at the University of Auckland is an academic and cultural experience you will never forget. It is the only New Zealand university to be ranked in the top 65 universities in the world and is the country's leading research university. The University of Auckland offers courses in anthropology, archaeology, art history, Asian studies, history, Maori studies, business and management, psychology, physical sciences and more. An AustraLearn program, students have a variety of housing options: catered dormitories, apartments or shared flats.
British West Indies—At the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands, students confront the challenges of fisheries management. They study how to develop and manage the fisheries, park and reserves for the benefit of residents and visitors without degrading valuable marine resources. Students take three courses and complete an independent study project during the semester-long program. They also are involved in the local community. Housing is provided in the Center. A summer option is available.
Dominican Republic—The Center for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers a program at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic, for Spanish language and Caribbean area studies. Students may participate in the program in either the fall or spring semesters. Housing is with families.
Belgium—Students interested in European studies or international relations may choose to do a semester-long political internship with an English-speaking member of the European Union (EU) in Brussels. Knowledge of French is not required although a French class is offered. Students may opt between home stays or sharing an apartment with other international students or Belgian students. This program is administered by Educational Programmes Abroad (EPA).
France—Albion provides two study abroad opportunities in Grenoble, France, located in the heart of the French Alps. A semester or full-year French language program is offered at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF), Université de Grenoble III. Both language and non-language majors may participate, although students are expected to take two courses each semester in French language with three other courses in related areas. An international business and management program is available at the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM). Classes are taught in English, although an intensive French class is required. Upon completion of one semester, a student receives an International Business Certificate. A bachelor's in international business may be awarded for one full year of study. Albion provides an on-site resident director for the Grenoble programs. Students live with families in or near Grenoble, and efforts are made to place students with little or no knowledge of French with families who speak some English.
The Boston University Paris Internship Program combines intensive French language study and liberal arts courses in French with an eight-week internship during the course of a semester. Participants may choose to live either in a dormitory or with a family.
Studio art students may spend a semester at the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence where they enroll in the Studio Seminar, the Art Criticism Seminar and one art history class. Students also study French. Housing is with a French family. A summer session is available. The Institute for American Universities administers this program.
French language students may study for a year or a semester at a Center for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program in Rennes, which is the capital of Brittany and is located just two hours west of Paris by train. The university is divided into two campuses, Rennes I (science) and Rennes II (humanities). Rennes II is the center for CIEE.
Germany—The American Junior Year at Heidelberg University provides a semester, summer, or full year in Heidelberg through the auspices of Heidelberg College (Ohio). Students choose from a variety of classes, live in apartments with German students and participate in community activities. Antioch College offers a spring semester or full-year program with language study at the Goethe Institute and course work at Eberhard-Karls Universitat in Tubingen. This program can include independent research, internships or part-time work. Students are housed in residence halls.
Two semester-long academic internship programs are available in Germany. The Educational Programmes Abroad (EPA) Bonn/Berlin program combines academic course work with an internship opportunity in fields such as politics and law, business, health science, arts, education and nature conservancy. Students either reside in home stays or apartments. The Boston University Dresden Internship combines an intensive language immersion program and course work with an internship placement in areas including health and human services, international organizations/NGOs, politics and international relations, and pre-law.
Greece—The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) has both semester and summer programs. Classes are taught in English, and students are able to take elementary Greek as well as many other courses. ACT also offers internships in local businesses. Students in education can go for the summer program and also get credit for working at a children's camp. While the campus sits up in the hills above Thessaloniki, students live in shared apartments in the downtown area.
College Year in Athens is an independent study program that offers full-year, semester and summer programs in ancient Greek civilization and East Mediterranean area studies. These two multidisciplinary tracks encourage the selection of related courses. Areas of study include art and archaeology, classical languages, ethnography, history, modern Greek language, philosophy, political science and religion. Students live in apartments provided by the program.
Hungary—The Budapest Semester in Mathematics is specifically designed for mathematics majors. Classes are taught in English by Hungarian professors. An optional two-week intensive language class is available at the beginning of the semester. The imprint of the Hungarian tradition is particularly prominent in some of the courses. Students live in shared houses/apartments in Budapest.
Ireland—Students may study for a semester or a full year at University College Cork (UCC), one of four constituent universities of the federal National University of Ireland, located in Cork, Ireland. UCC offers a wide variety of course work in arts, Celtic studies, social sciences, law, business, science, engineering, food science, and medicine and health. There are also limited internship options at UCC and a summer session. UCC arranges housing for Albion students.
Studio art students may spend a semester or summer at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, County Clare, Ireland. Burren provides students with personal studio space, one-to-one tutorials with faculty, and housing on site. Courses are available in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.
The Boston University Dublin Internship program provides students with opportunities to work and study in Ireland's capital city in fields such as advertising, marketing, public relations, art and architecture, business and economics, health and human services, hospitality administration, politics, and more.
Italy—Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence offers classes in studio art, art history, art conservation, archaeology, and Italian language and culture. Fall, spring and summer sessions are offered. SACI is located in the Palazzo dei Cartelloni in downtown Florence. This location boasts a beautiful gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices and studios surrounding a traditional Italian garden. Students are housed in shared apartments throughout Florence.
John Cabot University, an American university in Rome, offers courses in art history, business administration, communications, economics, English literature, humanistic studies, international affairs, Italian studies, psychology and political science. Semester, academic year and summer sessions are available.
Students have the opportunity to study for a year or a semester in a tourist-free Renaissance city through the CIEE program in Ferrara, Italy. It is designed for students at the beginning or intermediate levels of Italian language proficiency. Courses are taught in English.
Russia—CIEE offers a semester-long Russian area studies program at St. Petersburg University. Students live in local homes or university residence halls. Classes are taught in English and Russian.
Spain—Albion students have study abroad options in Seville through the Center for Cross-Cultural Study (CC-CS) and CIEE. The CC-CS program offers a series of courses in Spanish language, Spanish and Spanish-American literature and civilization, contemporary Spain, business in Spain, and teaching English as a second language. The CIEE Spanish language program gives students the opportunity to enroll directly in the Universidad de Sevilla and take classes such as advanced Spanish, anthropology, political science, business, humanities and many others. Students in both programs live with host families. Semester, academic year and summer options are available.
Another program is located in Segovia under the auspices of the Midwest Consortia for Study Abroad. Classes are offered in Spanish language, literature, civilization and culture. Semester, summer or full-year options are available and students live with local families.
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) also offers Spanish programs in Barcelona, Madrid, and Alcalá de Henares. Barcelona classes are taught at the intermediate Spanish level. The Madrid and Alcalá programs require advanced Spanish abilities. Students in the latter program may take classes at the Universidad de Alcalá. Sessions are offered fall and spring semesters. Alcalá also has a summer program. Housing is with host families.
The semester-long Boston University Madrid Internship program provides work experiences in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: business and economics, advertising and public relations, the arts, film and television, health and human services, hospitality administration, politics, journalism, and international organizations. Courses may be taken in Spanish language and culture and liberal arts.
The Deusto-Bilbao/CIDE semester-long program in Bilbao is an excellent program for students with double majors in Spanish and elementary or secondary education. Classes are offered for all international students at the intermediate to advanced levels. Their teacher practicum allows education majors to get some experience in a local classroom. Students live with a host family or in shared apartments.
United Kingdom—Albion offers several programs in England and Scotland. Students attending the academic year program at the London School of Economics can study a variety of subjects, e.g., anthropology, economics, mathematics, operational research, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Participants live in university-owned residences. There is also a summer school option.
A full curriculum of studies is available at four partner universities in the U.K.: the University of Sussex in Brighton, England; and the University of Stirling, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Glasgow, all in Scotland. Semester, summer, and full-year study opportunities are available at Sussex and Stirling, while semester or full-year options are available at Aberdeen and Glasgow. Albion participates in the Principia Consortium, a special academic honors program offered at Glasgow. All four universities place students in university residence halls.
The Educational Programmes Abroad (EPA) internship/study program in London offers semester and summer opportunities. Students intern four days per week and take one (summer) or two courses (semester). Housing is in program apartments. The Boston University London Internship program is designed for students to take classes during the first part of their experience and then fully engage in an internship during the last eight weeks. Students in this program live in provided housing. EPA also offers an internship program in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University in England provides one-to-one teaching through semester-long tutorials, an integral course of lectures, field trips, and a colloquium. Seminars are offered in art history, history, languages, literature, philosophy, political thought, women's studies, and religious studies.
Central European Studies—The artistic, cultural, historical and political heritage of Central Europe provides the focus of this ACM fall-semester program in the Czech Republic. Based at Palacky University in Olomouc, the program involves case studies of transformation on local, national and regional levels. Instruction is in English, but participants live in dormitories with Czech students and study the Czech language.
Women's Studies in Europe—In the Comparative Women's Studies in Europe program sponsored by Antioch College, students observe firsthand the European women's movement during fall semester. Participants meet with women from varied professions in four different European countries: Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Britain. The program includes three courses and an independent research project.
Argentina—The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program in Buenos Aires offers semester or academic year language programs for Spanish students, beginners through advanced. Other areas of study are also offered. Students attend classes with other international students at FLACSO and at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Pontificia Universidad Católica. During the summer a community public health program, designed to accommodate students with intermediate to advanced language skills, focuses on health care issues from a social science perspective. Students reside with host families during their experience abroad.
CC-CS offers a semester or full-year Spanish language program in Córdoba in the northern part of Argentina. The program partners with the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), and courses are available in a variety of subjects. Students have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities such as tango and equestrian lessons, internships, or volunteer community service. Students are placed in home stays.
Chile—CIEE offers a semester or full-year program in Valparaiso/Vina del Mar, where students take classes with other international students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica and are encouraged to enroll in regular university courses. Offerings include Spanish and Chilean culture, plus a wide variety of courses in disciplines such as business administration, environmental sciences, fine arts, journalism, music, physics and psychology. Students live with host families and have opportunities for volunteering and service.
Costa Rica—The ACM sponsors a Latin American Culture and Society program in San José in the fall and a Tropical Field Research program in the spring. The fall semester has three major components: Spanish language study, introduction to Costa Rica, and a core course taught by a local expert. Students live with families and complete an independent study project. The spring semester is a program for advanced independent work in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It includes language study (including a home stay), field research, a research seminar and paper.
The School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies, located at Atenas, works on sustainable development opportunities for Costa Rica. In this semester-long program, students study the seven Protected Areas and then apply that knowledge to the local canton of Atenas. They also are involved in the local community. Housing is provided in the Center. A summer option is available.
Mexico—Located in Baja, the SFS Center for Coastal Studies explores alternative management strategies for the fisheries of Bahia Magdalena for a semester. Opportunities also are available to conduct research to determine the effects of human activity on the whale populations. Students take three courses and complete an independent study project. They also are involved in the local community. Housing is provided in the Center. A summer option is available.
Beginning through advanced Spanish students may spend a semester, full-year, or summer at the CIEE program at the University of Guanajuato. There are home stays and opportunities for volunteering..
Turkey—CIEE offers students the opportunity to study for a year or a semester at Koc University in Istanbul, a private, medium-sized university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea. Istanbul is a multicultural city that spans two continents and offers a unique blend of East and West culture. Classes are taught in English; however, Turkish language study is a program requirement. Course work is offered in arts and sciences, engineering, archaeology and history of art, business administration, economics, history, international relations, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Students live on campus in residence halls.
North America: U.S.A. and Canada
Canada—The Ecole de langue française et de culture quebecoise is located in the Université de Quebec in Chicoutimi, Quebec. This is a semester or summer total immersion experience. Classes are taught completely in French. A number of internships are available during the semester programs. Students live with a host family. Chicoutimi is located in northern Quebec near a beautiful lake.
United States – Albion offers a number of academic internship/apprenticeships, research, and study programs in the U.S.
Beaufort, NC—Duke University's Marine Laboratory provides semester and summer courses in marine science, including biochemistry, ecology, developmental biology, geology, oceanography, physiology and systematics. Fall and spring semester options are available. Housing is provided at the laboratory site.
Chicago, IL—The ACM/Newberry Library Program in the Humanities (a GLCA-recognized program) is an opportunity for students to do research at one of America's foremost libraries in the humanities. This fall-semester program includes a thematic seminar and a significant individual research project related to the broad theme of the seminar. Apartment housing is provided on site.
The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture offers a combined academic and internship experience during which students intern four days per week, take a Chicago communities and cultures seminar, and complete an independent study project. Students live in apartments provided by the program. This urban studies program has fall, spring or summer sessions.
New York, NY—The New York Arts Program (a GLCA-recognized program), offered in the fall and spring semesters, provides students in the performing, visual and communication arts opportunities not available on their home campuses. Each participant engages in an apprenticeship and in a seminar on the arts. Students work with professionals in a wide variety of areas and live in the New York Arts Program house. Ohio Wesleyan University manages this program.
Oak Ridge, TN—The Oak Ridge Science Semester (a GLCA-recognized program) is a fall-semester program that enables upperclass students (primarily seniors) to join ongoing research projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Majors in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science or mathematics are eligible. In addition to their research, students participate in an interdisciplinary seminar and take an advanced course from a resident faculty member from a member college of the GLCA or ACM. Housing is in apartments provided by the program.
Philadelphia, PA—The Philadelphia Center (a GLCA-recognized program) provides an integrated internship and academic experience in an urban context. Students choose an internship in a school, institution, agency or community group related to their academic discipline. The course work consists of a city seminar and electives. Students live in apartments. Hope College manages the program. Fall or spring semester options or a summer session are available.
Washington, D.C. —Two programs are available. The Washington Semester program at American University offers students an internship plus studies in a variety of areas. The semester program includes an internship, a thematic seminar and an elective course or research project. Housing is in an American University residence hall. The Washington Center for Learning Alternatives provides semester students with an intensive internship experience four and a half days per week and a seminar program. Students live in apartment complexes. Both Washington programs have a summer option.
Woods Hole, MA—The Sea Education Association (SEA) semester is a fall, spring or summer program that integrates science, the humanities and practical seamanship with deep-water oceanographic studies. Students spend the first half of the program at the SEA campus in Woods Hole, MA. Participants then spend the second half of the program on board one of SEA's sailing research vessels. Cruise tracks include the Caribbean and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.