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Established in 1972, COST is a collaboration of 15 colleges and universities in the United States that provides opportunities for its students to have quality student teaching experiences in overseas settings. Grand Valley State University currently serves as headquarters and coordinates international placements.

HOEDSPRUIT (Kruger National Park), SOUTH AFRICA - This three-week program provides students with field-based international experiences in natural resource and sustainability issues including an appreciation of the relationships between South African ecology, culture, and physical environment. The program is designed to teach students about the functioning of the Greater Kruger National Park Ecosystem including the natural history and management of wildlife and vegetation.

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - The College of Education at GVSU collaborates with the University of Stellenbosch School of Education to offer education students a six week teacher assisting experience in area elementary or secondary schools.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - The Women and Gender Studies program in Cape Town, South Africa combines a strong academic program with service to the community. The program, provided in partnership with the Women's Center, focuses on women and gender issues in the region and explores global feminist perspectives.

Gain professional researching and writing experience with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) while taking action to help them address social problems in Cape Town, South Africa.

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GVSU students may choose to participate in a Non-GVSU program sponsored by another academic institution or apply for an independent study through GVSU.

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