Albion students may participate in a wide variety of off-campus study, study/internship, or study/research programs throughout the world and in the United States. 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.
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 mid-September for spring semester and mid-February for fall, academic year, 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), the Career and Internship Center (CIC) for domestic internship programs, 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 (for international programs) or the staff of CIC (for domestic programs). 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 or CIC 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 for semester and year-long off-campus programs usually does not exceed what a student pays for regular tuition on campus. However, when costs exceed those of Albion College's regular fees, students will be required to pay the difference. Off-campus program room and/or board charges will be passed directly on to the student and assessed on his/her student account. (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. This aid includes merit-based academic scholarships (75% of regular award amount) and need-based financial aid (100%). Please contact the Student Financial Services Office about your specific award package. (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.
Albion College will not endorse a program or offer credit for courses or programs that are located in areas under a travel warning by the United States Department of State. Exceptions to this may be granted by the College president on the recommendation of the provost and director of the Center for International Education.
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.
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 120 off-campus study, research and academic internship programs in about 40 countries plus the U.S. To see information about off-campus programs approved for Albion credit, please visit the Off-Campus Programs website.
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 primarily live with local host families.
Egypt—The American University in Cairo (AUC) offers a liberal arts education taught in English. Students take four to five classes each semester (fall or spring) and have the opportunity to learn Arabic and experience cultural immersion and classroom learning. Students live in university housing.
Ghana—This 15-week program sponsored by the School for International Training (SIT) focuses on “Social Transformation and Cultural Expression.” Offered in fall and spring semesters, it is based in the capital of Accra, where students attend lectures at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. Students can explore Ghana’s rich artistic heritage and learn about historical factors affecting the country’s present-day political, economic, social and artistic processes. Students live with local host families.
Kenya—Students who wish to spend a fall or spring semester in Kenya may apply for the Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights program based in Nairobi and Kisumu. Students study Swahili, take courses, and do independent research projects. Homestays and educational excursions are integral to the experiences in this SIT program.
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.
Sénégal—Two different programs are available in Dakar, Sénégal. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers a semester program at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in which students study French and Wolof and may also take courses in English. Students live with Sénégalese families. Opportunities for community service and internships are available. An SIT program, “National Identity and the Arts,” immerses students in Sénégalese life and culture and engages them in creating and performing West African art forms. Course work is taught in English and French; students learn Wolof and conduct an independent study project. Housing is with local families. These programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters.
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. Students in this semester-long program complete four homestays 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. Another SIT program, “Social and Political Transformation,” is based in Durban and provides opportunities for course work, independent research, educational excursions and learning of the Zulu language. Students experience both urban and rural homestays. These programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Tanzania—This fall semester field study program, “Ecology and Human Origins,” is taught at the University of Dar es Salaam by Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). It features the ecology of the Maasai ecosystem and immersion in Tanzanian culture through study of the Kiswahili language, field trips, homestays with local families and living with Tanzanian students in university dormitories.
China—By arrangement with the Council on 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.
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. A summer session is also available.
“Buddhist Studies in India,” a fall program provided by Antioch University, allows students to explore Buddhism in Bodh Gaya, the center of the Buddhist world. Participants live with fellow students in a Buddhist community, engage in rigorous academic classes, receive meditation instruction from masters in three Buddhist traditions—Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—and complete an independent study project.
The University of Hyderabad is the location for the CIEE program, “Arts and Sciences in Hyderabad,” offered in either fall or spring semesters. Students can choose from a wide range of academic subject areas plus Hindi language, Indian dance and music, and other cultural topics. Housing options include homestays and residence halls. Excursions are an integral part of the program as are many opportunities for volunteering in the community.
Japan—Albion offers programs in four Japanese cities: Tokyo, Hikone, Kyoto, 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 spring. 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 homestays or dormitories. Nagoya is one of Japan's major cities and an important industrial and cultural center.
Japan and its Buddhist traditions are the focus of the Antioch University program in Kyoto. Participants can study Buddhism in theory while engaging in Buddhist practices, learning Japanese and pursuing academic interests. Classes are taught at Ryukoku University in the fall semester, and students experience Buddhist culture by living as “lay pilgrims” in a nearby temple hostel.
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.
Thailand—Situated in Khon Kaen, CIEE’s “Development and Globalization” program helps students gain an understanding of the complexities of these issues at both an academic and a grassroots community level and their roles as global citizens. Cultural immersion occurs through community stays, translated exchanges, Thai student roommates and peer tutors. Students may choose from a variety of courses that focus on personal development, group peer learning and consensus decision making. This program is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Province of Queensland—International Studies Abroad (ISA) 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 ISA 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 ISA program is available in both the spring and fall semesters.
ISA 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 ISA, 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. In this ISA 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 Management 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 Council on 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. CIEE offers an eight-week summer program in Santiago that focuses on community public health.
Austria—Students can choose from three programs offered by IES Abroad with options to spend a summer, semester or academic year in Vienna. The “European Society and Culture” program is designed for students with an interest in culture, history and politics. A music program provides firsthand experience in the rich musical traditions of Vienna. Courses in the programs are offered in both English and German. Field trips are organized to ski resorts and to neighboring countries depending upon the season. A summer music program for music majors is also available.
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).
Czech Republic—The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) hosts Central European Studies at Charles University and the Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague. A background in European studies is recommended, i.e., history, sociology, economics, political science, language or literature. Most courses are taught in English. Students are required to take one Czech language course including two weeks of intensive language training during orientation. Housing options include homestays, residence halls, or apartments. This program is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
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.
The Institute for American Universities (IAU) College in Aix-en-Provence offers a variety of courses through its School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration Program, French Honors Program and Marchutz School of Fine Art. Students must enroll in one French language class. Regular classes are taught in English or French. Semester, summer and year-long sessions are available. Housing is with a French family.
French language students may study for a year or a semester at a Council on 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.
Albion maintains a student exchange program in the fall and spring semesters with the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), located near Paris. Most courses of study and orientation programs are taught in French and require several semesters of French language classes. Some courses are taught in English in the following departments: international studies, international relations, European and Atlantic studies, economics (business), American literature and cinema, media studies, medieval literature, and English literature. Housing is in university apartments.
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.
IES Abroad’s Language and Area Studies Program in Freiburg has options for semester or academic year study. A minimum of four semesters of college-level German is required. Students live with both German and other international students. Cultural immersion is encouraged through field trips and excursions. Freiburg is also the home to the IES European Union Program, a multi-country program on politics, economics, business and international relations offered in the fall or spring semesters. Taught in English, the program features an integrative seminar that incorporates about 21 days of field study to travel to numerous countries inside and outside the European Union. Cities visited may include Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and others.
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 with local host families or in 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 can 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 Semesters in Mathematics program 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. Additional space is situated a few blocks away in Palazzo Jules Maidoff. 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. Internships for academic credit may be arranged. 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.
The ACM Florence Program introduces students to the city’s extraordinary legacy of Renaissance art and culture. Courses include Renaissance art history, Italian culture and studio art. This fall program has a four-week intensive Italian language course and weekend excursions to Venice and Rome. Students live with host families. In spring semester “London and Florence: Arts in Context” is offered. Participants spend two months in each city. The focus in London is on art and architecture, while in Florence it is medieval and Renaissance art, history, and literature, plus conversational Italian.
Russia—The Council on International Educational Exchange (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 Spanish Studies Abroad (SSA) and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The SSA 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, available for semester or academic year study. The CIEE summer 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. SSA offers homestays or housing in residence halls; CIEE students live with host families. SSA also provides an academic experience in Alicante, Spain, through a program at the University of Alicante. Following a four-week intensive language preparation, students participate in semester or academic year programs in Spanish studies or integrated studies with Spanish students. Housing is with local host families.
CIEE also offers Spanish programs in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares. Both programs require advanced Spanish abilities. Sessions are offered fall and spring semesters in Madrid. Alcalá 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. Another Madrid internship program is offered by Educational Programmes Abroad (EPA). Fall and spring semester positions are available in a variety of fields. Students take courses at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija.
The CIDE/Deusto-Bilbao 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.
International Studies Abroad (ISA) gives students an opportunity to study for a semester or an academic year at the University of Granada. Course work focuses on Spanish language and culture or Hispanic studies. The origins of the university can be traced back to the Arabic University of Madraza and is one of Spain’s major intellectual centers.
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 five partner universities in the U.K.: the University of Sussex in Brighton, England; and the University of Stirling, the University of Aberdeen, the University of St Andrews, 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, St Andrews and Glasgow. Albion participates in the Principia Consortium, a special academic honors program offered at Glasgow. All five institutions 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. The program is facilitated by Middlebury College in partnership with Keble College in Oxford.
Multiple Countries in Europe—In the Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe program sponsored by Antioch College, students observe firsthand the European women's movement. Participants meet with women from varied professions in five different countries: Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and Turkey. This fall semester program includes three courses and an independent research project. Students stay in hostels, hotels, and with local hosts throughout Europe.
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. For Spanish majors, International Studies Abroad (ISA) hosts a summer intensive Spanish language program at the University of Belgrano, where students can study in sessions of one, two or three months.
SSA 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 homestays.
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. A summer study option is available through ISA—students can engage in Spanish language and Latin American Studies for one to two months.
Costa Rica—The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) sponsors programs in Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, and the Environment in San José in the fall and Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities 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 homestay), 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—Beginning through advanced Spanish students may spend a semester, full year, or summer at the CIEE program at the University of Guanajuato. There are homestays and opportunities for volunteering.
Peru—In the CIEE Liberal Arts Program, students with five or more semesters of college-level Spanish have the opportunity to take courses with Peruvian students, thus learning about contemporary culture in Lima. Participants engage in a two-week intensive Spanish language course before the start of the program. Homestays and excursions to Cuzco and Machu Picchu are program highlights.
A month-long summer study option in Lima is available through ISA. Students can engage in Spanish language, literature and Peruvian culture at the Universidad del Pacifico. Various housing options are available.
Turkey—The Council on International Educational Exchange (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: Canada and U.S.A.
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.
Albion offers a number of academic internship/apprenticeships, research, and study programs in the U.S.
Beaufort, N.C.—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, Ill.—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.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.—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.
Woods Hole, Mass.—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.
Six U.S. internship programs are overseen by the Career and Internship Center:
Chicago, Ill.—Two programs are available. 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. The ACM Chicago Program has emphases in arts, entrepreneurship, and urban studies. Students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. The program offers a mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice. Fall and spring sessions are available. Housing is in program apartments.
New York, N.Y.—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.
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.
Contact the Career and Internship Center for more information and to apply for these internship opportunities.
Academic Honors and Activities
Albion encourages students to expand their experience both inside and outside of the classroom. A wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities provide recreational and educational opportunities for all students. These include honor societies, honorary organizations, departmental clubs, off-campus study, interdisciplinary courses, performing arts, and more. In addition, Albion provides a complete intramural and varsity athletic program which is described in the Student Life section of this catalog.
Dean's Honor List—Those full-time students whose grade point average is 3.5 or above at the completion of a semester are named to the Dean's List issued at the close of each semester. To qualify, students must take at least three units in graded courses and successfully complete four units. All course work must be completed on the Albion College campus.
Graduation Recognition—Three grades of recognition are conferred at graduation. For students graduating in 2006 and after, cum laude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74; magna cum laude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89; and summa cum laude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.90 or above. Grade point averages are not rounded. A student must complete at least three semesters of study at Albion College to be considered for graduation recognition.
Albion College Honors—To graduate “with Albion College honors,” a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, have completed all four Great Issues honors seminars, and have completed an acceptable honors thesis and submitted it to the Honors Committee by the required deadline.
Thesis Honors—Qualified students not graduating with Albion College honors may also present papers to be submitted for thesis honors. Normally, such students will have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student whose thesis is accepted will graduate “with honors.” Each thesis must be approved by a committee comprising at least three faculty members, and the committee as a whole must be approved by the director of the Brown Honors Program. Details on the types of theses that may qualify for honors appear in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest of the national honorary societies, founded in 1776. The Beta chapter of Michigan was established at Albion in 1940. Members are usually seniors in the top 10 percent of their graduating class who meet the chapter's liberal studies and residency requirements.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research. Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program and who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members.
Albion College Fellows have attained a 3.7 average for three successive semesters on campus. They must also take at least three units in graded courses and successfully complete four units each semester. Participation in an approved off-campus program does not prevent students from qualifying at the end of the semester after they return.
Mortar Board, a national honorary, was established at Albion in 1941 to honor women who have been outstanding in scholarship, leadership and service. In 1976 the Albion chapter voted to make its membership coeducational.
Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honorary, was established at Albion in 1942 to honor juniors and seniors who have actively contributed to campus life and scholarship.
Alpha Lambda Delta, national freshman scholastic honorary, recognizes students who have received a 3.5 average at the end of their first semester and are in the top 20 percent of their class, based on at least three units of graded courses per semester. Alpha Lambda Delta was established at Albion in 1940.
Departmental Honoraries and Clubs
Many academic departments of the College sponsor honoraries in recognition of high scholarship. Minimum requirements for membership in these honoraries usually include: a departmental grade average of 3.0; an all-College grade average of 2.5; a major or minor in the respective department; and sophomore standing, although second semester freshmen are eligible in very unusual cases. The departments and their respective organizations include:
Biology—Beta Beta Beta (national)
Chemistry—Fall Chemistry Club
Economics—Omicron Delta Epsilon (national)
English—Joseph J. Irwin Honorary Society
Geology—Sigma Gamma Epsilon (national)
History—Phi Alpha Theta (national)
Mathematics—Kappa Mu Epsilon (national)
Music—Pi Kappa Lambda (national)
Physics—Sigma Pi Sigma (national)
Political Science—Pi Sigma Alpha (national)
Psychology—Psi Chi (national)
Public Policy—Pi Sigma Sigma (national)
Sociology—Alpha Kappa Delta (national)
Many departments also have their own clubs designed to encourage interest and to supplement the work in the classroom.
Departmental awards are given on a broad range of criteria to students in the form of prizes, honors and other distinctions. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the awards by contacting the respective departmental chair.
Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study
The national scholarships and fellowships listed below assist students who wish to study and/or conduct research abroad. Because the selection process for these awards is highly competitive, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the campus advisers for these programs during the application process.
Freeman-ASIA—The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees are expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities. For more information, see http://www.iie.org.
Fulbright Grants—Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Each year, the Fulbright program enables U.S. students, artists and other professionals to study or conduct research in more than 100 nations. The program offers Fulbright full grants, Fulbright travel grants, foreign and private grants and teaching opportunities. Brochures, application forms and information are available from the Center for International Education or the Fulbright campus adviser, Dale Kennedy, director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. The campus application deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, see http://www.iie.org/.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its Regional Branch Offices, its Information Centers and DAAD professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study. Located in New York, San Francisco and Toronto, DAAD North America advises students, faculty and current DAAD fellows in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact Perry Myers, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, or see http://www.daad.org/.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program—The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program reduces barriers to study abroad by providing assistance to those undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for U.S. citizens who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Pell recipients planning to study abroad should also apply for a Gilman Scholarship. This congressionally funded program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. For more information, see http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
British Marshall Scholarships—Established by an act of Parliament in 1953 to commemorate the ideals of the European Recovery Programme (the Marshall Plan), the British Marshall scholarships are intended to enable "intellectually distinguished young Americans to study in the United Kingdom and thereby to gain an understanding and appreciation of the British way of life." Applications must be submitted on prescribed forms available by mid-May from the Office of International Education. The campus application deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, see http://www.marshallscholarship.org/.
NSEP Scholarships—Established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, NSEP scholarships aim to provide U.S. undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire expertise in languages, cultures and countries less commonly taught in the United States. NSEP scholarships can be applied for study in all countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Applications can be obtained from the Office of International Education or the NSEP campus adviser. The campus application deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, see www.borenawards.org.
Rhodes Scholarship—The Rhodes scholarship provides for study at Oxford University and is one of the most competitive awards available. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding intellectual and academic achievement, but they must also be able to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. Forms and information are available from the Office of International Education. The campus application deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, see http://www.rhodesscholar.org.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships—The primary purpose of this program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Scholarship applications need to be made more than a year in advance of the planned study abroad program experience. Rotary awards provide for all expenses of most semester and year-long study-abroad programs. For more information, see http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/EducationalPrograms/AmbassadorialScholarships/Pages/ridefault.aspx .
Information on other study-abroad scholarships may be obtained in the Center for International Education.
Scholarships and Fellowships for Study in the United States
The scholarships and fellowships listed below are awarded nationally to undergraduate students who wish to continue their studies in the areas specified by the respective program. Because the selection process for these awards is highly competitive, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the campus advisers for these programs during the application process.
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship Program—The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides scholarships to college seniors or recent college graduates of high need to enable them to attend graduate or professional schools. Approximately 65 of these scholarships are awarded annually. In order to apply, you must be nominated by our campus representative, the associate provost. For more information, see http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program “was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman.” The purpose of the foundation is to develop highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. For more information, contact the Goldwater campus representative, Vanessa McCaffrey, Department of Chemistry, or see http://www.act.org/goldwater.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships—The program recognizes and supports graduate students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. "NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering." For more information, go to: http://www.nsfgradfellows.org/.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program—Outstanding students who are interested in pursuing a foreign service career with the U.S. Department of State may apply for a Pickering fellowship during their sophomore year. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and round trip travel. The fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation. Only U.S. citizens will be considered for the Pickering fellowships. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. For more information, see http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/index.php.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship—These awards go to college juniors with “exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. . . .” Approximately 80 awards are given annually for support in graduate school. For more information, go to http://www.truman.gov.
Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship—These highly competitive scholarships are awarded to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or who are Native American or Alaska Native and have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care. Interested students should prepare to apply at least a year in advance of the application deadline. Forms and information are available from the Udall campus representative, Timothy Lincoln, Department of Geological Sciences. For more information, see http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx .