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, Sustainability and Urban Planning Study Abroad Programs

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 program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Netherlands

Geography and Planning

   

 

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

   

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

   

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

   

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University

Semester

Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Australia

CIS: University of Newcastle

 

Non-GVSU

Chile

Syracuse University: Santiago

 

Non-GVSU

Scotland

ISA: University of Glasglow

Non-GVSU

South Africa

IES: University of the Cape Town

Non-GVSU

Fiji

ISA: University of the South Pacific

 

EXPLORE OTHER PROGRAM OPTIONS

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

Browse More Programs

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Summer

GVSU

England

EUSA: London

GVSU

France

EUSA: Paris

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA: Dublin

GVSU

Spain

EUSA: Madrid

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

Jeroen Wagendorp

wagendoj@gvsu.edu

B-4-201 Mackinac Hall