Field Study and Research Opportunities

GVSU Netherlands: Cultural Geographies and Landscape Planning

Netherlands

Open to: All Majors

Meppel, Netherlands — This program will select 10 locations exemplifying distinct cultural landscapes unique to the Netherlands. Students will participate in daily field trips, during which they will conduct on-site visits and investigations and meet with local planning officials. Locations include the Province of Overijssel Land Use Management Department, the Dutch Barrier Islands, Amsterdam, the Northeast Polder, Rotterdam Harbors, Zeeland Delta Hydrologic Protective Works and many more. Students will have an authentic cultural experience by living outside of the tourist areas at a local guest house.

Students will apply geographic concepts that they learned in their Regional and Urban Planning courses in a real world international setting. The Netherlands is a very rich destination that can serve both the geographic aspects of cultural landscapes but also has a robust regional and urban planning history.

Netherlands Cultural Information

WHEN CAN I GO?

June 21 - July 06, 2018 (2 weeks)

 

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Students will be staying in a 14 person guest house for the majority of the trip.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

This program is open to all majors. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

WHAT CREDITS WILL I RECEIVE?

Students will register for a total of 3 credits:

 

GPY 381: Cultural Geographies and Sustainable Landscape Planning in the Netherlands (3 credits)

This course is an elective within the geography and sustainable planning major and sustainable regional and urban planning minor and is a “380” cross listing with Public Administration, Sociology and Environmental Studies.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Program Fee: $3,496

Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition ($1,575)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport ($140)
  • Additional meals ($50)
  • ISIC card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $5,489

FINANCIAL AID

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: Up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required. 

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships. 

 

WHO CAN TELL ME MORE?

Faculty Director:

Jeroen Wagendorp
Geography and Sustainable Planning Department

B-4-201 Mackinac Hall

616-331-8672
wagendoj@gvsu.edu

 

Learn more about the faculty director >>> MEET THE DIRECTOR

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.


GVSU Haiti: Water, Environmental Issues, and Service Learning

Haiti

Open to: All Majors

Deschapelles, Haiti - This unique program will allow students from all disciplines to contribute their energy and ideas to solve real world problems in Haiti. It will create a collaborative environment so that different majors can contribute their unique perspectives and skills. Service learning placements will be tailored to the interests of the participants. 

Students will get to experience Haitian culture and gain an understanding of daily life in rural Haiti. Though Haiti is known for its complex social, environmental, economic, and cultural issues, the Haitian people show great resilience and optimism in the face of these challenges. On this program, students will participate in service learning, field trips, group activities and discussions surrounding the topics of water, Haitian culture, the environment, and other complex issues.

WHEN CAN I GO?

May 20—June 19, 2018 (4 weeks)

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Students will stay in a guest house and lodge.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a minimum 2.0 GPA.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information. 

WHAT CREDITS WILL I RECEIVE?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

GEO 360: Earth Resources in Transition – Conventional to Sustainable (3 credits) OR 

HNR 280: World Water Issues (3 credits) AND 

HNR 311: Junior Seminar (3 credits)

Independent study credit available for non-Honors students

XXX 399: Independent Study (3 credits) 

Language of instruction: English

Honors Guide to Study Abroad

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Program Fee: $4,425

Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • Tuition ($3,150)
  • Passport/visa ($150)
  • Personal expenses ($150)
  • Vaccinations ($100)
  • Anti-malaria medication ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28)

Total Estimated Cost: $8,103

FINANCIAL AID

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.

WHO CAN TELL ME MORE?

Faculty Director: 

 

Peter Wampler

Geology Department

218A Padnos Hall of Science

616-331-2834

wamplerp@gvsu.edu

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.


Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem

AMAZING WINTER-BREAK, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSE with Ecosystem Field Studies 

Full Details:  www.ecofs.org

An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning  

while immersed in a spectacular & transformative marine educational setting!

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies

* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico *

    December 27, 2017 - January 16, 2018

  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over winter-break
  • Join a diverse & exciting group of college students for a marine and coastal
    learning experience of a lifetime!


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