Partnership Academics

This guide is for students participating in a GVSU Partnership Program. 

Step 1: Research Courses Offered at the Host University

Research courses offered at the host university you've selected. Some courses are only available to local students. Therefore, it is important to review courses that are open to study abroad students. 

To access each university's course hand book: Program Search > Type in the name of the partnership university you will be attending > Click on the "Additional Information" link under the university name > Scroll down to "Academic Program and Courses"

Partnership

Step 2: Review Existing Course Equivalencies

Some courses have already been approved to transfer back to GVSU a certain way. To view these courses, see Pre-approved Course Equivalencies.

If there is an existing course equivalency for the course you wish to take abroad, simply indicate the course you plan to take abroad on the Departmental Course Approval Form and turn it in to the Padnos International Center. No signature required.

Step 3: Request a Course Equivalency

If the course you would like to take abroad has not already been approved, you will need to request a course equivalency from a relevant GVSU department to determine how the course would transfer back to GVSU.

To request  a course equivalency, you must contact the appropriate department contact (see below) by sending them an email (see Sample Email) or meeting with them in-person to fill out the Departmental Course Approval Form together. For more information, review the Course Approval Step-by-Step Instructions

Departmental Course Equivalency Advisors

Department

Department Contact

Preferred Method of Contact

E-mail Address

Campus Address

Anthropology

Deana Weibel

Email or submit in-person

weibeld@gvsu.edu

1138 Au Sable Hall

Area Studies

       
 

Alternate Contact for All Area Studies:
Steeve Buckridge

Email

buckrids@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

African/African American Studies - 
Louis Moore

Email

moorelou@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

Chinese Studies - 
Jeremy Robinson

Email

robinjer@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

East Asian Studies - 
Jeremy Robinson

Email

robinjer@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

Latin-American Studies - 
David Stark

Email

starkd@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

Middle-East Studies - 
Coeli Fitzpatrick

Email

fitzpaco@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

 

Russian Studies - 
Steeve Buckridge

Email

buckrids@gvsu.edu

105 Lake Ontario Hall

Art & Design

Art & Design Department

Email

artdept@gvsu.edu

1105 Calder Art Center

Biology

Neil MacDonald

Submit in-person

macdonan@gvsu.edu

212 Henry Hall

Biomedical Sciences

Debra Burg

Email

burgd@gvsu.edu

221 Henry Hall

Business: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, International Business, and Marketing

 

Claire Rose

 

Email

 

rosecl@gvsu.edu

 

1041 L William Seidman Center

Cell & Molecular Biology

Mark Staves

Email or submit in-person

stavesm@gvsu.edu

211 Henry Hall

Chemistry

Deborah Herrington

Email

herringd@gvsu.edu

 

Classics

Classics Department

Submit in-person

cladept@gvsu.edu

260 Lake Huron Hall 

Communications

       
 

Alternate Contact for all Communication majors - Melba Velez Ortiz 

 

Email

 

velortme@gvsu.edu 

 

107 Lake Michigan Hall 

 

Photography- Anthony Thompson

Submit in-person

thompsoa@gvsu.edu

287 Lake Superior Hall

 

Multimedia Journalism- Len O'Kelly 

Submit in-person

okellyle@gvsu.edu 

283 Lake Superior Hall 

 

Communication Studies- Melba Velez Ortiz 

Submit in-person

velortme@gvsu.edu 

107 Lake Michigan Hall 

 

Film & Video - Kim Roberts

Submit in-person

robertsk@gvsu.edu

218 Lake Superior Hall

 

Health Communications - Haiying Kong

Submit in-person

kongh@gvsu.edu

124 Lake Michigan Hall

 

Advertising and PR - Robin Spring

Submit in-person

springro@gvsu.edu

124 Lake Superior Hall

 

Theatre - James Bell

Submit in-person

bellja@gvsu.edu

216 Lake Superior Hall

Criminal Justice

CCPS Advising Center

Email or submit in-person

ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu

321C DeVos Center

Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services

Teresa Beck

Email or submit in-person

beckt@gvsu.edu 

410 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

Education

Sherie Williams

Email or submit in-person

willishe@gvsu.edu

465 C DeVos

Engineering & Computing

Computing & Information Systems - Paul Leidig

Email or submit in-person

leidig@gvsu.edu 

C-2-118 Mackinac Hall 

 

School of Engineering - Michelle Lindale

Email or submit in-person

lindalem@gvsu.edu

332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering

English

Ashley Shannon

Make appointment to submit in-person via English departments phone number 616-331-3400

shannoas@gvsu.edu

230 Lake Huron Hall 

 

English Education - Amy Masko

Make appointment to submit in-person via English departments phone number 616-331-3400

maskoa@gvsu.edu

230 Lake Huron Hall 

 

Linguistics - Laura Vanderbroek

Make appointment to submit in-person via English departments phone number 616-331-3400

vanderbl@gvsu.edu

230 Lake Huron Hall 

Environmental Studies

Kelly Parker

Email or submit in-person

parkerk@gvsu.edu 

B-3-200 Mackinac Hall

Geography & Planning

Jeroen Wagendorp

Email or submit in-person

wagendoj@gvsu.edu

B-4-105 Mackinac Hall

Geology

Virginia Peterson

Email or submit in-person

petersvi@gvsu.edu

Padnos Hall of Science # 118

Health Professions

Allied Health Sciences- Chad Sutliffe

Email or submit in-person

sutlifch@gvsu.edu

200 515 Michigan NE 

 

Physical Therapy- Dan Vaughn

Email or submit in-person

vaughnd@gvsu.edu

260 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

 

Physician Assistant Studies- Andrew Booth

Email or submit in-person

bootha@gvsu.edu 

220 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

 

Radiologic & Imaging Science - Randy Wyble

Email or submit in-person

wybler@gvsu.edu

426 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

History

William Morison (or Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin in William's absence)

Submit in-person preferred, E-mail ok.

morisonw@gvsu.edu

 

shapiroc@gvsu.edu

D-1-154 Mackinac Hall

 

D-1-220 Mackinac Hall

Honors College

Jeff Chamberlain (or Janaan Anderson in Jeff’s absence)

Email

chamberj@gvsu.edu 

117 Frederick Meijer Honors College 

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Mike Sciarini

Email

sciarinm@gvsu.edu

241C DeVos Center

Integrated Science Program

Keith Oliver

Email or submit in-person

oliverke@gvsu.edu

156 Padnos Hall of Science

Intercultural Training Certificate

Regina McClinton

Submit in-person

mcclintr@gvsu.edu

318 Lake Ontario Hall

International Relations

Polly Diven

Email

divenp@gvsu.edu 

1107 Au Sable Hall 

Legal Studies

CCPS Advising Center

Email or submit in-person

ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu

321C DeVos Center

Liberal Studies

Kate VanderKolk

Submit in-person

vandkat@gvsu.edu

135 Lake Michigan Hall

Mathematics

Sandra Snyder

Email

snydersa@gvsu.edu

A-2-178 Mackinac Hall 

Modern Languages & Literature

       
 

Arabic: Majd Al-Mallah

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

almallam@gvsu.edu 

B-2-247 Mackinac Hall 

 

Chinese: Yan Liang

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

liangya@gvsu.edu

D-2-144 Mackinac Hall 

 

French: Anne Caillaud

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

caillaua@gvsu.edu

B-3-243 Mackinac Hall

 

German: Donovan Anderson

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

andersdo@gvsu.edu 

B-2-251 Mackinac Hall 

 

Italian: Gisella Licari

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

licarig@gvsu.edu 

B-2-236 Mackinac Hall

 

Japanese: Jeremy Robinson

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

robinjer@gvsu.edu

D-2-104 Mackinac Hall 

 

Polish: Eva Lewak

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

lewake@gvsu.edu 

D-2-304 Mackinac Hall

 

Spanish majors/minors: Diane Wright

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

wrightd@gvsu.edu

B-2-259 Mackinac Hall

 

Spanish minors in Education: Maria Fidalgo or Michael Vrooman

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

vroomanm@gvsu.edu/fidalgom@gvsu.edu

B-2-230 Mackinac Hall/ B-2-263 Mackinac Hall

 

Lower level Spanish courses: Laura Fox

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

foxl@gvsu.edu

D-2-128 Mackinac Hall

 

Russian: Majd Al-Mallah

Via E-mail by the student to the department contact.

almallam@gvsu.edu 

B-2-247 Mackinac Hall 

Movement Science

Christina Beaudoin

Email or submit in-person

beaudoic@gvsu.edu

B-2-235 Mackinac Hall

Music & Dance

Dr. Beth Gibbs

Submit in-person

gibbsb@gvsu.edu

1601 Performing Arts Center 

Nursing

Patti Townsend

Submit in-person

townsenp@gvsu.edu 

300 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

Occupational Therapy

Cynthia Grapczynski

Email or submit in-person

grapczyc@gvsu.edu 

248 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 

Philosophy

John Uglietta

Email

ugliettj@gvsu.edu 

B-3-209 Mackinac Hall 

Physics

Richard Vallery

Email or submit in-person

 valleryr@gvsu.edu

117 Padnos Hall of Science

Political Science

Mark Richards

Email

richardm@gvsu.edu 

1106 Au Sable Hall 

Psychology

Robert Hendersen

Email or submit in-person

hendersr@gvsu.edu

 2224 AuSable Hall

Public, Non-profit, & Health Administration

CCPS Advising Center

Email or submit in-person

ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu

321C DeVos Center

Religious Studies

Sarah King - On sabbatical Winter 2015

 

Brent Smith - Interim Coordinator

 

Email or submit in-person

kingsar1@gvsu.edu

 

smithbr@gvsu.edu

319 Lake Ontario Hall

 

247 Lake Ontario Hall

Social Work

CCPS Advising Center

Email or submit in-person

ccpsadvisor@gvsu.edu

321C DeVos Center

Sociology

Yan Yu

Email

yuy@gvsu.edu

2152 Au Sable Hall 

Statistics

Paul Stephenson

Email or submit in-person

stephenp@gvsu.edu

A1170 Mackinac Hall

Women & Gender Studies

Danielle Demuth

Email or submit in-person

demuthd@gvsu.edu

218 Lake Ontario Hall

Writing

Writing advisor & cc: Dawn Nagelkirk

Email

nagelkid@gvsu.edu

326A Lake Ontario Hall 

Review the Academic Planning Form with your academic adviser. 

The following information must be provided for each course you're seeking an equivalency for:

  • Detailed overseas course description (a syllabus is preferred)
  • Number of contact hours

If you are having any difficulty finding the above, contact the Padnos International Center for assistance.

Step 4: Send Forms to Padnos International Center

Emails with course equivalencies listed should be forwarded to Rebecca Hambleton at hambletr@gvsu.edu. Completed 'Departmental Course Approval Forms' should also be turned in to Rebecca Hambleton.

Step 5: Fulfill General Education Credits (Optional)

Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill General Education requirements including Issues, Foundations & Cultures and Supplemental Writing Skills.



Page last modified August 16, 2017