Affiliate & Non-GVSU Programs

In addition to GVSU programs, Grand Valley students can choose from 4,000+ Non-GVSU programs!

STEP 1: Find a Non-GVSU Program

To find a Non-GVSU program, contact a Study Abroad Adviser or use one of the following search engines: 

STEP 2: Apply through OASIS

PLEASE NOTE: Students must apply to a Non-GVSU program through the OASIS system. This is a VERY IMPORTANT step that will allow students to access their financial aid and receive credit for the courses they take on a Non-GVSU program. 

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Did you know? About 50% of GVSU students who Study Abroad go on Non-GVSU programs! Students are able to receive credit towards their degrees and can use their GVSU financial aid award towards the costs of a Non-GVSU program. 

GVSU Affiliate Providers

Below are some Non-GVSU program options which GVSU has formal partnership agreements with. These providers offer scholarships and discounts to GVSU students. GVSU students also benefit from our familiarity with, and confidence in these affiliate programs.

Keep in mind, you are NOT limited to these programs. 

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Academic Programs International (API)

Council of International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

Edge Hill University (United Kingdom) 

Global Semesters

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts (HISA)

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

John Cabot University (Italy) 

Sol Education Abroad

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

Affiliate Discounts for GVSU Students



Additional affiliate scholarships


Semester or AY students will receive a discount of $200.

Summer applicants will receive a discount of $150

Additional API Scholarships


Affiliate grant is $400 for a quarter or semester

$200 for a summer program

Additional AIFS Scholarships


All Summer - $500

All Semester - $1200

All Year - $2400

*Note: students will no longer be eligible for the CEA application based scholarships or vouchers. They can still apply for Sean Dykstra Scholarship

Additional CEA Scholarships


Grants available, but no auto discounts

Additional CIEE Scholarships

Edge Hill University

$400 discount for semester programs

Additional Edge Hill University Scholarships

Global Semesters

$500 program discount for any fall or spring semester participant

Additional Global Semester Scholarships


All students receives $250 Doris S Whitney Grant off attendance fees. Also, students who desire can apply for a work study grant for an additional $250.

Additional HISA Scholarships


All students receive a $200 discount

Additional ISA Scholarships

John Cabot University

Students receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Application fee waived.

Additional John Cabot University Scholarships

University of Deusto’s CIDE program

Students receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Application fee waived.

Additional CIDE Scholarships

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

Students are eligible for the consortium discount

Additional Japan Center Scholarships


Usually scholarships available, but the number and amount changes year to year and is based on the number of participants GVSU has sent in previous semesters.

Additional USAC Scholarships

Sol Education Abroad

Each participant will receive $100 off the cost of their program. In addition, GV will be able to nominate 1 fall participant and 1 spring participant for a $500 grant.

Additional Sol Education Abroad Scholarships



Additional Info


1,000 EURO

Additional Babilonia Semester in Sicily


SIT matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SIT semester programs.

Additional SIT Scholarships

IFSA Butler

$2,000 discount for semester participants

Additional IFSA Scholarships


$1,000 awards Fall, Spring, or Winter Semester or Quarter programs

$1,250 for Academic Year programs



Additional ASA Scholarships


About Non-GVSU Programs

All study abroad programs must be approved by the Padnos International Center prior to student participation in the program. This is to ensure that academic credits earned through another institution will be recognized by GVSU upon completion of the program. 

All academic programs must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. The academic component of the program is delivered by or supervised by GVSU faculty.
  2. It must be sponsored by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  3. It must be sponsored by a non-U.S. college or university that is recognized by the official Ministry of Education or other designated higher education authority in the host country.
  4. It must be sponsored by an organization, or a part of a consortium, that is accredited or recognized by the Ministry of Education as a higher education institution.
  5. The credits taken at the non-U.S. institution, which is not part of the official higher education system in that country, may be accepted for transfer credit at GVSU with Padnos International Center, and faculty or Unit Head approval. The approval process may require submission of any or all of the following documents: (a) course descriptions, (b) instructor credentials/CV, (c) course syllabi, (d) lesson plans, (e) examination materials, (f) other curriculum material as requested, and/or (g) methods for instructional delivery.

If the academic program does not satisfy one of the above criteria it will not be approved. If you are not sure if a program meets the criteria or you cannot find information to confirm its approval status, please contact the Padnos International Center for assistance. 

Criteria for Study Abroad Program Approval


  • About 50% of GVSU students that study abroad go through a Non-GVSU program
  • Students will maintain GVSU student status
  • Students will have access to their GVSU financial aid 
  • Students will have access to advising, support and services through the Padnos International Center
  • Students will earn credits toward their GVSU degree 
  • There is no double-tuition. Students will not be required to pay tuition to GVSU for the credits earned through your host university, provided your host university issues a transcript upon completion of your program. The process for transferring credit is similar to what students would experience after taking courses at a community college.  

Students are welcome to contact a Study Abroad Adviser for questions regarding Non-GVSU program. Advisers are happy to offer advising, support and services for students participating in a Non-GVSU program. 

Direct Enrollment Option

Direct enrollment reflects non-GVSU study abroad opportunities where students work directly with a host institution/University in another country to earn academic credit instead of applying through a study abroad provider. The direct enrollment option gives you access to a wider range of institutions who offer academics that meet your personal and professional interests. Students who are highly organized and willing to complete extra paperwork on their own can save a lot of money. 

See the Direct Enrollment Guide for more information.


1098T Education Tax Credit

If you will be paying tuition to a university in a different country, you may not be eligible for the IRS Education Tax Credit.  Your GVSU 1098T will show the amount of your tuition in Box 1 and an equal amount in the Scholarship/Grants in Box 5.  They will offset each other.  You will need to contact the IRS or the university that is receiving your tuition payment to find out if tuition paid may qualify for the Education Tax Credit.  For more information on the Education Tax Credit go to

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