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*2023 PROGRAM* SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - ¡Pura Vida! Join us on an adventure in the tourism capital of Central America ý experience not only rainforest hikes, white-water rafting, and zip lining; but also the Tico Pura Vida culture through experiences like chocolate making and Latin American dance classes. Explore national parks and natural areas, stay in eco-lodges, Costa Rican University dorms, and even spend a night with a Costa Rican family.
Netherlands: Geography & Planning
*2023 PROGRAM* MEPPEL, THE NETHERLANDS - This trip will examine many different cultural landscapes and how they overlap with the physical landscapes in which they are located. Students will participate field trip observations of many different locations throughout the trip
Austria & Czech Republic: Music
*2023 PROGRAM* Explore two countries with strong musical traditions, studying music in the homeland of Mozart, Beethoven and Johann Strauss. Attend concerts, music theatre and a backstage symphony tour of Rudolfinum in Prague. Field trips to castles, cathedrals, museums and more.
Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching
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.
Dominican Republic: Spanish
*2024 PROGRAM* SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - This program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world while living in the oldest European settlement in the Americas. Santo Domingo is at once a bustling urban center and a relic of the Spanish Caribbean colonial past.
Ecuador: Ecology and Conservation Biology
*2024 PROGRAM* QUITO, ECUADOR - ¡Bienvenidos a Ecuador! Students will explore and experience the ecology and biodiversity of the cloud forest ecosystem of the equatorial Andes Mountains as well as canoe and explore the Amazon River headwaters - all the while being immersed in the South American, Incan and Amazonian indigenous cultures in and around the Quito region.
Ecuador: Occupational Therapy
*2023 PROGRAM* IBARRA, ECUADOR - This program allows second year occupational therapy students the opportunity to replace their traditional fieldwork course with a cultural immersion experience in Ecuador.
El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work
*2024 PROGRAM* San Salvador, El Salvador & Lake Atitlán, Guatemala - This program will expose students to the rich cultures of El Salvador & Guatemala, expanding their awareness of issues of social justice, peace and human rights as they relate to social work in Central America.