Independent Study Programs

There are many options for pursuing an independent study abroad. On this page you will find information about the process and planning for an independent study program.

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Getting Started

An independent study is when you participate in a program abroad where you are receiving credit for a GVSU course and you do not receive an official transcript from the host organization abroad. 

Independent study abroad programs may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Service learning programs 
  2. Independent study courses
  3. Research projects
  4. Internship and work abroad
  5. Volunteer abroad
  6. Student Teaching (COST Program)
  7. Practicum placements

PLEASE NOTE: If you are receiving credit from another university for your program, you will apply for an external or partner program. Students participating in an independent study will pay GVSU tuition in addition to the independent study program provider.

 

To gain credit for an independent study abroad, you will follow these steps:

  1. Identify a faculty supervisor within the department you wish to earn credit. The faculty member should agree to supervise your work during the time you are overseas, as well as formulate a method of assessment for the work you complete abroad. Either your current academic adviser and/or department head is a good place to start making inquiries. The GVSU supervisor will usually ask to see your independent study description and information on your placement site. Arrange to meet early so that you can discuss your plans, arrange for coursework and credits, or find another supervisor if necessary.
  2. Schedule an appointment with Ehren Kuzekov [email protected] Make sure that you bring all information about your independent study to this meeting. Also remember to bring faculty form(s) signed by your advisor(s), as well as a course syllabus. This meeting is required for all students pursuing Independent Study abroad. It serves to ensure the validity of your chosen program as well as verify proper documentation for GVSU approval of your course of study. 
  3. Complete an OASIS independent study application. Your application will be reviewed but acceptance is not guaranteed.

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Application Tips:

  • If there is not a host university involved with your independent study, list the title of your specific project or program
  • If the provider you are using doesn’t not appear on the dropdown list, please contact Rebecca Morrissey at [email protected]
  • Review the Independent Study Checklist for a timeline of when to complete materials

Pre-Departure Timeline

Next Steps

Fall Deadlines

Winter Deadlines

Summer Deadlines

Apply for a passport if you have not already done so. Passport applications are available at the Padnos International Center, major post offices, and online at: https://travel.state.gov/.  Passports take many weeks to process, so apply now. If you already have a passport, make sure that it is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return to the U.S. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please apply for a passport through the embassy of your country of citizenship.

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

Begin making arrangements for a GVSU professor to supervise your independent study and issue credits. Either your current academic adviser and/or department head is a good place to start making inquiries. After arrangements have been made, you may register for the appropriate independent study course. The GVSU supervisor will usually ask to see our independent study description and information on your placement site. Arrange to meet earlier so that you can discuss your plans, arrange for coursework and credits, or find another supervisor if necessary.

May

October

By March 15

Schedule an appointment with Ehren Kuzekov [email protected]. Make sure that you bring all information about your independent study to this meeting. Also remember to bring faculty form(s) signed by your advisor(s), as well as a course syllabus. This meeting is required and serves to ensure the validity of your chosen program, as well as verify proper documentation for GVSU approval of your course of study.

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

Login to OASIS to complete the application.

By June 1

By October 1

By March 1

Complete application through host university/organization, if applicable. Most students will first apply to GVSU and will then be invited to apply to their host university for final approval.

     

File a FAFSA: You MUST file a FAFSA and complete the summer application for financial aid if you wish to be considered for aid during the spring/summer. This is available through the Financial Aid Office’s website. Alternative loans may be available to you. For further inquiries regarding your Financial Aid, email [email protected].

By March 15

October

Early February

Apply for your visa (if you need one), to be allowed entry into your host country. Check with the embassy of your host country to verify the timeline for visa applications.

June/July

October/November

March

Complete the Expense form and Financial Aid Agreement: All students using financial aid for a program abroad must complete the Expense Form in your OASIS application and the Financial Aid Agreement.

By June 1

By November 1

By April 1

Attend pre-departure meetings organized by the Padnos International Center.

*This meeting is required and will be scheduled by working with Ehren Kuzekov.

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing


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Practical Information


Finances

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Deadlines

Find out the deadlines for all paperwork and documents required by PIC to participate in a study abroad program


Health

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Safety


Culture

Italy

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Additional Resources


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Page last modified March 2, 2022