Study Abroad/Away and Honors
Fulfilling Honors Requirements While Abroad/Away
HNR 300: Campus/Community Engagement
- Substitute any course you complete during your study abroad for HNR 300.
HNR 401 and HNR 499: Senior Project Proposal and Honors Senior Project
- Substitute any course you complete during your study abroad for HNR 401/499. Reflection paper required.
Course Approval Process
After completing your program, submit the Study Abroad Proposal to tell us which course(s) you completed that will satisfy your Honors requirements.
HNR 401/499 Reflection Paper
Submit this reflection paper with your Study Abroad Proposal to fulfill HNR 401/499 through a course taken abroad.
Please compose a 1- to 2-page, single-spaced reflection on how your study abroad experience contributed to your Honors education. Reflect on the entirety of your experience abroad, which includes your course work and your experiences outside of the classroom (i.e., sight-seeing, mass transportation, lodging, encounters with other people in the country, buying food, etc.). Be sure to include some attention to what you consider an Honors education to be.
Current Honors Study Abroad/Away Programs
Water in the West Program
Join Professor Wampler for a new high-impact learning experience in Spring 2023. This program will be a deep dive into learning about water issues first-hand through experts and experience. This program will satisfy curriculum requirements for Honors students, natural and environmental science majors, and geology majors. The program will be offered as two hybrid courses (GEO380 and GEO360) that will take place in the first 6-week spring term. Two weeks of online coursework before and after a 4-week trip to the southwestern United States (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico). The trip cost will be posted as soon as an approximate cost is known. The program cost will not include tuition. Learn more here
ISRAEL: HISTORICAL, GEOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS OF THE BIBLE
Join Professor Cataldo for this program in Jerusalem, Israel. Explore geographic and historical contexts of the Jewish and Christian Bibles and how biblical interpretations continue to influence the social-political world today. Field trips include Petra, Masada, the Western Wall, Sea of Galilee, Dor, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and many more. Note: this program will not run in Spring/Summer 2023. Learn more here
Finding a Program
Honors students can participate in Honors faculty-led programs or they can choose to participate in any available program! Visit the Padnos International Center to begin your study abroad journey.
Study Abroad FAQs
Studying abroad allows students to embody the Honors College motto of "live, learn, lead". Imagine walking through a crowded street filled with the aromas of the food vendors and fish dealers in Costa Rica, or studying development and social change in Nepal. Honors students who choose to study abroad will live in a foreign country, immersed in a culture different from their own!
Yes. You must secure the departmental approval for each course you complete abroad before you can complete the Study Abroad Proposal. All courses completed abroad are assigned a GVSU course equivalency by the relevant academic department. The course equivalency is a required field on the Proposal form.
Students will not receive final approval prior to studying abroad. The Study Abroad Proposal form requires a written reflection essay to be attached when you are requesting approval to fulfill the HNR 401/499 requirement. Students may check with an Honors Advisor prior to studying abroad to make sure their requirements will be fulfilled, but this is not required.
The requirements for fulfilling HNR 300 and/or HNR 401/499 are: The course(s) you complete abroad must each be approved as a minimum of a 3-credit course at GVSU. It can be more than 3 credits, but it must be a minimum of 3 GVSU credits.
Yes. If the course you complete abroad meets a major or minor requirement, it can also be used to meet an Honors requirement.
It may take several weeks for your myPath to be updated. You will hear from the Honors College Office staff if there are any concerns.
Yes, Honors requirements can be completed through the Semester in Detroit program.