Program Types

Study abroad is an opportunity for GVSU students to take courses towards their degree in another country. There are program options for every major and minor at GVSU in every region of the world! Below is a description of the different types of programs you can participate in as a GVSU student. 



Faculty-led programs typically range from 2-8 weeks and take place during the spring/summer semester. Students will travel and take courses with a GVSU faculty member and a group of students. Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view the page for more information.  

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Grand Valley has partnerships with institutions around the world. Students have the opportunity to take courses at these institutions during a semester, summer, or year abroad.

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Students may choose to participate in an external program sponsored by another institution or study abroad organization. While participating in an provider program, you will maintain your GVSU student status, earn credits toward your GVSU degree and have access to your GVSU financial aid package. 

Learn more about Provider Programs and discounts for GVSU students. 

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There are multiple avenues for pursuing an internship abroad. Students can complete an internship through GVSU (EUSA Internships), credit-bearing, non credit-bearing, or do a study abroad and internship combination. 

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Independent Study


The options and opportunities for independent study projects are virtually limitless and may include: service-learning, research, volunteer, practicum, student teaching, or independently arranged internship. The Padnos International Center (PIC) has established a set of guidelines to follow in planning your independent study abroad experience.

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