Recreational Therapy

Help care for children, teach basic English, arts and crafts, music, sports and other life skills, while receiving credit abroad. Imagine working with Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town South Africa helping develop effective coping and management of stressful medical events in children and families through art, music, and recreation through Connect- 123’s program.

Recreational Therapy Study Abroad Programs

Ecuador

Ecuador

Work with people with disabilities and special needs adapting leisure and recreation, participating in therapy sessions, doing exercises and sports, and practice life skills while receiving credit. Imagine working at a camp for children with disabilities in Ireland supporting the children to engage in activities and an empowering camp experience, or assisting with exercises or wheelchair mobility in a hospital therapy clinic in South Africa.

Make a global impact on others while completing your fieldwork placement and studying abroad. Expand your horizons to new types of leisure, recreation, adaptive equipment and cultural interventions to expand your recreational therapy techniques and ideas.

Academic Advice

  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!
  • RTX 390 Fieldwork in Recreational Therapy can be fulfilled through international experience for students admitted to the recreational therapy program. This fieldwork experience takes place between during the summer between year 1 and year 2 in the program. 
  • In the fall of your first year in the program make sure to indicate to the Recreational Therapy Placement Coordinator that you are interested in completing your fieldwork abroad. The Coordinator may be able to assist with identifying possible sites, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure their placement location.
     

Restrictions

  • Department input required for approval of RTX 390 abroad.
  • Fieldwork placements must be completed during the summer between your first and second year of the program and must meet the requirements for such placements including a minimum of 300 hours of involvement over a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • The Recreational Therapy program may provide information about opportunities abroad, it is ultimately up to the student to secure their own international placement
  • Study abroad fieldwork placement proposals will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the program faculty.

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 external 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 program options listed below. 
Explore other external options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Australia 

University of Sunshine Coast

 

Partnership

Ghana

University of the Cape Coast

 

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

 

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

External

Ireland

Serious Fun Camps

   

 

External

Argentina

Mente Argentina: Universidad de Salvador

   

External

Australia

CIS: Bond University

   

External

Australia

CIS: James Cook University

   

External

Scotland

Athena: Aberdeen, Scotland

   

External

Italy

John Cabot University

   

External

Germany

Athena: Heidelberg

   

 

Internship

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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. 

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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

Dawn DeVries

devridaw@gvsu.edu

106 Finkelstein Hall