Nanjing, China This program is intended for Chinese language students who have completed at least 2 semesters of Chinese, and wish to gain a stronger command of their language skills and also wish to gain a fuller understanding of the Chinese culture. The cultural component of the program will be taught by GVSU faculty, and the language classes by staff of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University, along with Grand Valley faculty.
SHANGHAI, CHINA: With more than 1.3 billion inhabitants and the world's second largest economy, China demands attention. This dynamic country boasts an ancient civilization spanning millennia, yet leads the world in cutting-edge developments. China's most populous city, Shanghai, radiates ineffable elegance, cosmopolitan sophistication, and obsession with the new.
SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA ¡Pura Vida! Join us on an adventure through Costa Rica, the geo and adventure tourism capital of Central America. During this program, we will participate in a variety of tourism experiences including rainforest hikes, white water rafting, and zip lining. We will explore tourism sites including Costa Rican National Parks, farm areas, cocoa plantations, museums and natural areas along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Santiago, Dominican Republic This program is designed to give graduate students in the College of Education (COE) an opportunity to learn about social and cultural differences and apply their learning to systems of education in the U.S. while visiting the Dominican Republic.
This program takes place in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with almost 1 million people. The program is designed to prepare Movement Science, BMS and Pre-Professional Health majors to work with diverse populations by introducing students to the culture and education of one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic This program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world while living in the oldest European settlement in the Americas. Santo Domingo is at once a bustling urban center and a relic of the Spanish Caribbean colonial past.
Quito & the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador ¡Bienvenidos a Ecuador! Students will explore and experience the ecology and biodiversity of the cloud forest ecosystem of the equatorial Andes Mountains as well as spend 5 days on a research boat traversing the Galapagos archipelago, surveying, snorkeling, and hiking the islands, all the while being immersed in the South American, Incan and Amazonian indigenous cultures.
IBARRA, ECUADOR This program allows second year occupational therapy students the opportunity to replace their traditional fieldwork course with a cultural immersion experience in Ecuador.
SAN SALVADOR & SANTA MARTA, EL SALVADOR & Santiago, Guatemala - This program will expose students to the rich cultures of El Salvador and Guatemala, expanding their awareness of issues of social justice, peace and human rights as they relate to social work in Central America.
Paris & Bordeaux, France The program starts in Paris, one of the worlds greatest cities and the ideal point of departure for your study of French culture. The first three days are spent visiting La Ville des Lumières and adjusting to the time zone and language.
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany The Summer German language program offers six weeks of intensive language instruction and a seminar on the culture and history of Germany. Students spend five weeks in the medieval town of Schwäbisch Gmünd and participate in a week-long excursion to Berlin. Schwäbisch Gmünd is a medium sized town in eastern Baden-Württemberg near the Bavarian border with a history that dates back to a Roman settlement in the second century.
WINNEBA, GHANA - This program gives students the opportunity to learn about a new culture not only through a classroom but as well as being immersed into the local community during service-learning internships. Students will also have the opportunity to experience other historical aspects and other attractions of Ghana during weekend excursions.
Cape Coast, Ghana This exciting program to Cape Coast, Ghana is an excellent opportunity for future teachers and students interested in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. From the tomb of "Osagyefo" Kwame Nkrumah to the art markets at the city center, students will find themselves surrounded by diverse culture as Ghana is divided into some 75 ethnic groups.
Cape Coast, Ghana This program offers an intercultural nursing experience and a unique way to compare different community-based health care systems. Community health center nursing experiences will include windshield surveys, individual and family health assessments, culturally appropriate health education, and analysis of the health system in Ghana, including the role of nurses, traditional health practitioners, and, how as a country, they address WHO millennial goals.
Cape Coast, Ghana - This two week program offers an intercultural nursing experience and insight into community-based health care systems. Community health center nursing experiences will include individual and family health assessments and analysis of the health system in Ghana.
Accra, Ghana - This program aims to enhance your preparation as competent social work practitioners in both domestic and international arenas of social welfare by engaging Ghanian counterparts in local villages, five days of volunteer experiences in a variety of settings, and offering numerous cultural excursions.
Zacappa, Guatemala This program gives graduate occupational therapy students the opportunity to have an international and inter-professional fieldwork experience in Guatemala.
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.
Dublin and Galway, Ireland - The journey begins in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. You will experience a brief taste of the city and visit sites like St. Stephens Green, Grafton Street, Dublin Castle, Christ Church, and Trinity College. The second part of the trip will take you to the west coast port community of Galway, home of the University of Ireland, Galway (UIG).
On this program, students will gain hands-on archaeological experience at the site Tell es-Safi/Gath. Located approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, Tell es-Safi/Gath is one of the largest biblical sites in Israel and has been settled continuously from the 5th millennium BCE until modern times.
PLEASE NOTE: The program will not run in 2018. Check back for 2019 program information. THE ALPS, PIEDMONT, ITALIAN RIVIERA, AND TUSCANY, ITALY Italy is a country that stretches from Alpine Peaks to within 100 miles of Northern Africa. A long-standing and popular destination for tourists, Italy is a vital and energizing laboratory for the study of geotourism and the complex interactions between food and culture.
Tokyo, and Osaka , Japan This unique program provides students at multiple language levels the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. The trip begins with three weeks in Tokyo, the nation's capital and cosmopolitan center, continuing with three weeks in Osaka, Japan's second largest city and center of the historically and culturally important Kansai region.
Windhoek, Namibia The country of Namibia boasts a well maintained infrastructure serving a large tourism industry catering to predominantly European and German markets. But what makes Namibia attractive is its wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems, ranging from woodlands and African savanna to true deserts with the worlds tallest sand dunes.
This trip will examine many different cultural landscapes and how they overlap with the physical landscapes in which they are located. Students will participate field trip observations of many different locations throughout the trip.
Maastricht, Netherlands - This program is located in Maastricht, a vibrant university town in southern Netherlands near the borders of Belgium and Germany.
Auckland and Wilderland, New Zealand Ecovillages and co-housing communities are planned intentional communities with a sustainability focus. These communities are found in both urban and rural locations and share an emphasis on both social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
Ibri, Oman & Dubai, United Arab Emirates This program will introduce students to the language, culture and business practices of Oman and the UAE (Dubai). Oman and the UAE are Middle Eastern countries known for their peacefulness, modernity, hospitality and openness. As members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, they share many features of global economic development, but have also retained their traditional heritage and character. Students will be immersed in Arabic culture and language, contra
This three-week program provides students with field-based international experiences in natural resource and sustainability issues including an appreciation of the relationships between South African ecology, culture, and physical environment. The program is designed to teach students about the functioning of the Greater Kruger National Park Ecosystem including the natural history and management of wildlife and vegetation.
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA: The College of Education at GVSU collaborates with professors at the University of Stellenbosch School of Education to offer education students a six week teacher assisting experience in area elementary or secondary schools, all of which are English medium schools.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The Women and Gender Studies program in Cape Town, South Africa combines a strong academic program with service to the community. The program, provided in partnership with the Womens Center, focuses on women and gender issues in the region and explores global feminist perspectives.
Ourense, Spain - The program will take place in Ourense, which is in the Region of Galicia, in Northwest Spain, 1.5 hours away from Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, and 2 hours from Porto Portugal. Schools in this region are becoming more and more multicultural, and in response, education has become trilingual: the subjects are taught in Galego (Galician), Spanish and English. By working in local classrooms, students will be able to compare the current education systems in the U.S
Ourense, Spain: This program offers an opportunity for students in the College of Education to explore the educational system and cultures of the Galicia region in Northern Spain. Students will also be teaching in the local schools, either in English or Spanish based on student needs.
Zurich, Switzerland This program is a two-way exchange of a cohort group of students from both GVSU and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). A group of 10-12 students from GVSU travel for an intense two-week course in Data Warehouse. In that course GVSU students are joined by 10-12 students from ZHAW.
Arusha, Tanzania - Tanzania is located in eastern sub-Saharan Africa and is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. Our group will plan lessons and teach 15-20 hours per week in a local school while studying issues in mathematics and general education. We will interact with teachers and students in a culture much different from our own.
BORSHCHIV, UKRAINE The study abroad program in Ukraine is designed to educate students about the relationship between the environment and human beings. The courses will focus on how human activity has been shaped by the environment, as well as how humans have re-shaped the environment.
Derry & Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) - While sharing much with its neighbor, the Republic of Ireland, the political, social and historical features of Northern Ireland make it a strikingly different place. These important features are the basis for exploration and analysis in the Peace, Conflict, and Reconciliation study abroad program.
2019 PROGRAM - LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - This program will offer you the opportunity to collect data from historic period skeletal remains housed at the Museum of London. You will learn how to take skeletal measurements, conduct statistical analysis of data, and to write for learned journals in the field of physical anthropology.
Explore London museums and galleries and learn how to use travel as a resource for making art. You will visit and view the galleries in London as well as many other cultural sites. The Art in London course provides an opportunity for students to enrich their studio practice, expand their knowledge of Art History and make intelligent connections between resource materials and creative works.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - This program explores the U.K. culture, history, corporate governance and ethics of the Western European environment.
London, United Kingdom This program will offer you the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of global communication practices through the development of research skills in the heart of London.
LANCASTER, UNITED KINGDOM This program will focus on family business, entrepreneurship, and international business and culture in the U.K.
Ormskirk, United Kingdom This program will take place at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, situated near Liverpool and Manchester in a 12th Century market town. Students will visit the physical settings of some of the most important authors in the English literary tradition, including Shakespeare, the British Romantic poets and Charles Dickens. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work on their own writing as they experience and explore the United Kingdom.