School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

International study opportunities

SPNHA students are encouraged to take advantage of cross-cultural studies offered through international programs at GVSU. To participate in these programs, students must submit an application through GVSU's Padnos International Center located in Room 105 Student Services Building. Phone (616) 331-3898 or E-mail The deadline for application to summer programs is in early January.


2011 Urbanization/British Culture and Society in London

This summer marked the third offering over the last decade of London Urbanization/British Culture and Society at Kingston University in London led by Professor Rich Jelier.  Samuel Johnson, one of England’s great literary figures once said, “The man who tires of London, tires of life.  For there is in London all that life can afford.” The 23 GVSU students who participated in this summer’s program made the most of their five-week experience.

London served as a living laboratory for direct field study, engagement, and research in urbanization.  The students studied a city of more than seven million with growing multiethnic communities, vibrant neighborhoods and strong planning systems.  This summer’s program emphasized London’s preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the regeneration of an area near Kings Cross Rail Station!

There were also visits to Wimbledon tennis, performances at the National Theatre, trips to Brighton, a seaside town, and a ten mile walk along the Pilgrim’s Way in the heart of the English Greenbelt. The three MPA graduate students studied the emergent localism movement in London, the regeneration of the Docklands and Kings Cross as place-making strategies in the knowledge economy and museum management. The study of urbanization in London was complemented by a study of British Culture and Society taught by faculty at Kingston University with studies on the monarchy, political systems, cultural legacy, media, art and multiculturalism, including guided visits to Oxford, Bath, Greenwich, Stonehenge, Hampton Court Palace and the Globe Theatre. 

One of the highlights of the program was a three day weekend in Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh where students visited the Scottish Parliament, climbed Arthur’s Seat, explored Edinburgh Castle and included a literary walking tour of important Scottish authors. For information about the Summer 2014 program visit


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