Geography, sustainability and urban planning

Geography is the "spatial" science - concerned with place, space, and pattern - and changes in pattern over time. At the same time, geographers study processes of change at different scales from global to local. First-hand geographical learning through experiences in diverse parts of the world is a valuable ingredient in the formation of an educated person in our globalizing world. Whether your area of emphasis is on culture, environment, GIS, planning or some combination, studying abroad can enrich your educational experiences.

Geography

Peru

Many study abroad programs are open to you. Imagine learning about the geography of Africa at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, studying regional planning in Brazil, or collecting field data for your GIS project in Thailand. Study abroad will help you understand the discipline of geography more thoroughly; because like many other disciplines, it originated outside of the United States and is continually influenced by ideas and methodologies from all over the world.

For students interested in development problems, global interaction, or regional geography, study abroad is becoming a necessary component in establishing your credibility in the job market. For those planning on graduate school, it will help you focus your studies and plan your career path more effectively. Learning abroad makes anyone a better geographer. It nurtures enthusiasm, perseverance, and insight for tackling all that life offers.

Academic Advice

  • The Geography department is especially partial to programs that get students into regular classes at a host university and programs where students can be out of the classroom and into the community. On the other hand, courses that are essentially guided tours may not be recommended in the major.
  • Study abroad can provide an opportunity for students to pursue unique fieldwork experiences. With the consultation of their capstone project adviser and/or Department Chair, students can use this research as the basis for their senior project.
  • Students may be able to pursue independent research, research through an internship or volunteer opportunity, or research through their study program that could be used for their senior project.
  • Look for programs that offer significant cultural integration. Deep involvement in the host culture leads to personal growth and instills the cross-cultural skills that are so important to success in the workplace and community.
  • Encountering a very different culture will provide new insights into your own culture. The department encourages students to consider study in countries outside of Western Europe.
  • Learn about other traditions and perspectives in geography.
  • See how geographers in another country view their discipline; students should choose a program where their professors are from the host country. Look for opportunities to study how the geography of an area has affected its culture, environment, economy, and politics.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • No restrictions have been specified by the Geography department. 
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the programs options listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

Netherlands

Cultural Geographies and Landscape Planning

Summer

Faculty-Led

New Zealand

Ecovillages

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University

Term Available

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

 

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Australia

CIS: University of Newcastle

Semester

Non-GVSU

Chile

Syracuse University of Santiago

Semester

Non-GVSU

Scotland

ISA: University of Glasglow

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

South Africa

IES: University of the Western Cape

Semester

Non-GVSU

Spain

IES: Liberal Arts & Business in Barcelona

Semester

Non-GVSU

Turkey

Syracuse University in Istanbul

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Fiji

ISA: University of the South Pacific

Semester, Academic Year

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA: Prague

Summer

GVSU

England

EUSA: London

Summer

GVSU

France

EUSA: Paris

Summer

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA: Dublin

Summer

GVSU

Spain

EUSA: Madrid

Summer

Non-GVSU

China

CRCC Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Summer, Semester

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Virginia Peterson

(616) 331-2811

petersvi@gvsu.edu



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