Philosophy

"It is good to know something of the customs of various peoples, so as to judge our own more soundly and so as not to think that everything that is contrary to our ways is ridiculous and against reason, as those who have seen nothing have a habit of doing."

- Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method

Thailand

Thailand

Imagine arguing about whether or not reality consists fundamentally of ideas while eating heavy German Bratwürste on a misty day near the Rhine; reflecting on Confucius’ views about social order and responsibility while gazing at the modern skyline of Shanghai; or contemplating existential anxiety and the inevitability of death in a French café. Imagine being immersed in foreign ways of speaking, thinking and living, learning to make them your own, and being transformed by the experience. Imagine feeling confident and at home, not just in the place where you come from, but in the world. These are the kinds of opportunities for experience, learning and the achievement of personal growth that study abroad has to offer for you.

Academic Advice

  • The Philosophy department at GVSU has a distinctly international character, with faculty members who come from around the world.  We encourage students to pursue the study abroad option and will work closely with them to be sure that study abroad courses count for appropriate credit here at GVSU.
  • Be sure to meet with your philosophy adviser at least three months prior to departing.
  • The Philosophy B.A. requires third semester proficiency in a foreign language. Consider working on this requirement while studying abroad.
  • It is strongly recommended that the student make an effort to become fluent in the traditions and intellectual history of the country or region where they are staying and to learn about some of the major philosophers and public intellectuals of the place; the student keep a journal of philosophical reflections (this can be included as part of the student’s narrative plan) during her or his stay abroad; and that the student consider giving a presentation to the Philosophical Society or other student group upon returning, in which they discuss how their experiences abroad have contributed to and enhanced their thinking about philosophy.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

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.

Restrictions

  • PHI 495 must be taken at Grand Valley

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

    Term Available

Faculty-led

China

Summer School

Summer

Faculty-led

India

Global Communication, Service &Spirituality

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester or non-traditional academic year

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester or academic year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year or summer

Partnership

Norway

Oslo

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

Turkey

METU

Semester or academic year

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

 Term Available

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot

Semester, academic year or summer

Affiliate

Greece

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

France

CIS: Aix en Provence

Semester

Non-GVSU

Greece

AIFS: American College of Greece

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

Charles University: Nationalism, Religion & Violence in Europe

Summer

Non-GVSU

Greece

CYA: Philosophy Summer Seminar in Athens

Summer

Explore Other Program Suggestions

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.

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take PHI 495 Capstone abroad; it must be taken at GVSU. 
  • Courses taken abroad will be evaluated on a case to case basis through the course equivalency process.

Department Contact

David Vessey

B-3-201 Mackinac Hall

(616) 331-3158

vesseyd@gvsu.edu 



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