GVSU Affiliate & External Programs

In addition to GVSU programs, Grand Valley students can choose from 4,000+ Affiliate & External programs!

STEP 1: Find a GVSU Affiliate or an External Program

GVSU Affiliate providers offer scholarships and discounts to GVSU students. 

GVSU students also benefit from our familiarity with, and confidence in these affiliate programs.

For help finding an Affiliate or an external program, contact a Study Abroad Adviser 

GVSU Affiliate Programs:

Programs, or Institution


American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

AIFS provides study abroad programs in 20 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, Central America and Africa. GVSU students can participate in an AIFS program, while earning academic credit. Semester, summer, January term and academic year programs are available. 

Academic Programs International (API)

API provides a full portfolio of experiential learning options to study abroad students. The program accomodates thousands of students annually to send them to 50 cities in 22 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. GVSU students can participate in API programs during the academic year, semester and summer  terms.

Council of International Education Exchange (CIEE)

CIEE provides study abroad programs in 28 countries in Africa, Asian-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East. CIEE offers programs in the Fall, January-term, Spring, summer and academic year.

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)

CEA offers all-inclusive programs (Housing, Tuition, etc.) in over 10 countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America. CEA provides students the opportunity to choose from Study, Virtual Study, and internship options. GVSU students can decide to study for an academic year, short-term, semester or summer term.

Edge Hill University (United Kingdom) 

Edge Hill University (EHU) is a GVSU Affiliate institution that provides several academic programs in Arts and Science, Education, Health, Social Care, and Medicine. Students can participate in EHU programs whiles earning academic credits. Fall and Winter semesters are available.

Global Semesters

Global Semester (GS) provides study abroad programs in semester and summer terms for GVSU students. GS combines academic work with travel experiences and hands-on internship opportunities. GVSU student can transfer their academic credits to GVSU after the program to fulfill internship requirements.

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts (HISA) - Greece

HISA  offers study abroad opportunities for students studying Arts, creative writing, painting and interrelated media studio backgrounds. The study abroad program is offered in fall, winter, and summer terms in Greece. GVSU students can participate in this programs while earning academic credits that can be tranfered back to GVSU.

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

ISA provides one of the most diverse variety of programs in about 28 countries in Africa, Asian, Europe, Latin America and Pacific. ISA also offers different types of prgorams including Study, internship, Service-Learning, Study + Intern combo, Mission Work and Virtual study programs. Students can transfer their academic credits to GVSU.

John Cabot University - Italy

John Cobot University is a liberal arts American University in Rome, Italy that offers a variety of Arts, Business, Medical, and more classes. JCU offers semester programs in the Fall and Winter as well as two month-long terms in the Summer. Courses completed at JCU can be transferred back to GVSU for academic credit.

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) is a full-service international education provider specializing in immersive study and internship programs throughout Asia Pacific that provide unforgettable experiences and unbeatable value. Students can transfer their academic credits to GVSU.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

USAC offers students with a life changing experience across the globe. There are more than 50 affordable programs in 26 countries in Africa, Asian, Europe, Latin America and Pacific. USAC programs are available in fall, spring, summer and academic year term. Academic credits can be transfered back to GVSU.

University of Roehampton - United Kingdom

University of Roehampton offers study abroad programs in London. Students participating in a study abroad program at University of Roehampton can explore London while earning academic credit. The program is available for academic year, semester, summer or short-term programs.

PLEASE NOTE: The programs listed above are the ONLY organizations GVSU has a formal affiliation with. Many organizations may list GVSU as a partner, but this may not be the case. In some instances, if just one GVSU students participates in a program, GVSU’s name is added to a list of sponsoring institutions. A GVSU student’s past participation in a program does not constitute as a GVSU sponsored or recommended program. GVSU is unable to monitor outside organizations promotional material since there are thousands of organizations promoting international programs. Students should always refer to this page for a complete list of international partnerships. 

STEP 2: Apply through GVSU

PLEASE NOTE: Students must apply to Affiliate & External programs through the GVSU OASIS system.

This is a VERY IMPORTANT step that will allow students to access their financial aid and receive credit for courses. 

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Affiliate & External Application Deadlines

External Programs

Winter 2022: October 1

Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter '22 - Fall '22): September 1

Spring/Summer 2022: March 1

Fall 2022: June 1

Academic Year (Fall '22 - Winter '23): June 1 

External Program Search Engines

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



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


All students receive a $200 discount

Additional TEAN 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

No discount.

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


1000 EURO

Additional Babilonia Semester in Sicily


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

Additional SIT Scholarships


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

$1,250 for Academic Year programs

Additional ASA Scholarships

About Affiliate & External 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

Direct Enrollment Option

Direct enrollment reflects an external 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 https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/education-credits-aotc-llc

Page last modified April 14, 2023