Liberal Studies

“I look at it as enriching my writing, communication skills, and my cultural experiences, which I will bring back and share with my kids and instill a love for travel in them”.                              

-Katy Bertodatto, Liberal Studies Major

Liberal Studies

Norway

Learn more about social justice, business, leadership, race, culture, religion, or your area of focus in Liberal Studies while studying abroad. Study abroad can adapt to your specific or broader interdisciplinary interest. Develop your own study abroad experience, by choosing the country, program, university, and classes you want to be in. 

Whether you want to take courses on the African Diaspora at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), immerse yourself with local students at the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia), or volunteer for the community at John Cabot University (Italy). Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or just looking to do an internship have some options as well. Customized internships are available through GVSU Internships, and other programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors.

Academic Advice

  • Use other relevant Major/Minor Advice pages for study abroad programs more closely related to your Liberal Studies emphasis area.  
  • Be sure to meet with your adviser at least 3 months before departing for your program.
  • Prioritize your goals. Consider your long-term academic and professional goals, as well as your on-campus degree requirements.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • No restrictions have been identified by the Liberal Studies department. 
  • Courses will be evaluated on a case to 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

El Salvador & Guatemala

Social Work

Summer

Partnership

Chile

University of Bio Bio

Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Haiti

Water, Environmental Issues, and Service Learning

Summer

Faculty-Led

New Zealand

Ecovillages

Summer

Faculty-Led

South Africa

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Argentina

SIT: Social Movements and Human Rights

Semester

Non-GVSU

Argentina

Mente Argentina: Civil Rights & the Role of Afr.Am. Women

Semester

Non-GVSU

Argentina

CIEE: Body, Gender & Sexuality in Argentina

Semester

Non-GVSU

Balkans

SIT: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

Semester

Non-GVSU

Bosnia and Herzegovina

AUBiH: Peace and Conflict

Summer

Non-GVSU

Brazil

SIT: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights

Semester

Non-GVSU

Chile

SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

Semester

Non-GVSU

Chile, Jordan, Nepal

IHP: Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy

Summer

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

Charles University: Nationalism, Religion & Violence

Summer

Non-GVSU

India

India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community

Semester

Non-GVSU

Indonesia, Singapore

Northeastern University: Climate Change Science & Policy

Summer

Non-GVSU

Peru

SIT: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Semester

Non-GVSU

Panama

Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean

Summer

Non-GVSU

Rwanda

SIT: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Summer

Non-GVSU

South Africa

CIEE Community development and social justice

Summer

Non-GVSU

Switzerland

SIT: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility

Semester

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CRCC Asia Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Service Learning

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC 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

Kate VanderKolk

135 Lake Michigan Hall

(616) 331-8200

vandkat@gvsu.edu



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