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Student-athletes can study abroad. “In Division I, approximately 27% of student-athletes have either studied abroad or plan to do so”. In Division II and III, roughly 30 and 40 percent of student-athletes have studied abroad or plan to study abroad” (NCAA, 2015). If that many student-athletes have studied abroad or are planning on doing it, why can’t you be one of those?

NCAA Success stories

Athletes Abroad

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

NCAA compliance & eligibility

The NCAA has a lot of rules for student-athletes regarding classes, credits, and semesters of eligibility. To make sure you do not break any of those rules, please contact to the Grand Valley State University Associate Athletic Director-Compliance, Walter Moore

Timing

If you are a student-athlete and planning on studying abroad, the first step is to meet with your coach and figure out when will be the best time for you to have the experience to study abroad. Student-athletes have the choice to go abroad during fall semester, winter semester, and for spring/summer programs. Below is an attached table that showcases the best times for student-athletes to go abroad, depending on your sport.

Student Athlete Time-Chart

Sport

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Women's Sports

       

Basketball

No

No

Yes

Yes

Cross Country

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Golf

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lacrosse

No

No

Yes

Yes

Soccer

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Softball

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Swimming & Diving

No

No

Yes

Yes

Tennis

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Track & Field

Maybe

No

Yes

Yes

Volley Ball 

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Men's Sports

       

Basketball

No 

No

Yes

Yes

Baseball

Yes

No

No

Yes

Cross Country

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Football

No

Yes

Yes

No

Golf

No

No

Yes

Yes

Swimming & Diving

No

No

Yes

Yes

Tennis

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Track & Field

Maybe

No

Yes

Yes

Keep in Mind

  • While abroad, you need to keep up with your training
  • As a student-athlete we know you want to be in shape before your season or even after your season, it is for that reason we have some universities that are the perfect fit for student-athletes. Below is list of universities that have the facilities you need to do your workouts and maintain your fitness.

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 Types

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Partnership

Australia

University of Sunshine Coast

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Partnership

Poland

Cracow University of Economics

Partnership

Spain

University of Deusto

Partnership

Spain

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Partnership

Switzerland

ZHAW

Partnership

Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Partnership

United Kingdom

University of Brighton

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Types

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Non-GVSU

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

Non-GVSU

Australia

University of Wollongong

Non-GVSU

Australia

James Cook University-Townsville

Non-GVSU

Australia

University of Sydney

Non-GVSU

Australia

Griffith University

Non-GVSU

Australia

The University of Western Australia

Non-GVSU

Australia

University of Notre Dame Australia

Non-GVSU

Australia

Victoria University

Non-GVSU

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Summer- Sports and Society

Non-GVSU

France

Universite Montpellier: Sport et pratiques physiques

Non-GVSU

France

University of Minnesota-Sports and Culture in France-La vie Sportive

Non-GVSU

Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

Non-GVSU

Norway

University of Bergen

Non-GVSU

Norway

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Non-GVSU

South Korea

Yonsei University

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

Northumbria University

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

Lancaster University

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

Durham University

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

King’s College, London

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. 



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