Writing

"Writers constantly search for something new to write about, and we’re often given the advice of that old cliché: write what you know. Through study abroad, students can observe the cultures and landscapes of unfamiliar places, experiences that will never fail to give dynamic new material and endless inspiration for writing."

  -Ariana Hendrix, GVSU Graduate 2010, Writing Major

Writing Study Abroad Programs

Turkey

Turkey

Extend your learning beyond the classroom by studying abroad, and gain course credit while traveling to the country of your choice. Study abroad can help you gain confidence in yourself personally and professionally, expanding your cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills. Meet students from all over the world and take the opportunity to build relationships that may last a lifetime.

Understand the fields of writing from an international perspective as you immerse yourself in the Indian Culture while studying at KEI: Symbiosis International University (India). Prepare to work in an increasingly diverse and international workplace by studying at Kingston University (U.K.). Make a trip out to Sydney for a weekend after a long week at Macquarie University (Australia).

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or just looking to do an internship have some options as well. Customized internships are available through GVSU Internships, and other programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors.

Academic Advice

  • The easiest way to fulfill Writing major requirements via study abroad is by applying credits earned abroad to either the “Interdisciplinary Electives” module or the “Writing Electives” module. In the new (beginning Fall ’12) Writing curriculum, the major requires the completion of at least one of these six-credit modules. Upon review from the writing department, students can use 6 study abroad credits to fulfill one of these modules.
  • Writing classes can be applied towards Writing Electives, and all other classes can be applied towards “Interdisciplinary Electives.”
  • An internship (WRT 490) is required for all Writing majors in the new curriculum. Internships can be arranged and completed overseas.
  • Courses should have significant writing content, but don’t have to be listed under writing.
  • Writing majors pursuing a B.A. need a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Consider choosing a study abroad program that will help you gain language ability.
  • If your writing major is geared towards professional writing, consider researching courses in journalism, and multimedia communications at the host institution.
  • Studying Abroad for at least six weeks and keeping a travel log can help you work towards completing the Writing Across Cultures component of the “Distinction in Writing” portfolio. Click here for more information on the Distinction in Writing program or talk to your WRT faculty advisor.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • All courses will be considered and reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

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

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Literature of the Slave Trade

   

 

Faculty-Led

South Africa

Writing In Action

   

 

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

   

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

   

Partnership

Romania

Babe-Bolyai University

   

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

 Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

 

Affiliate

Greece

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts

External 

Czech Republic

WMU: Prague Summer Program

   

External

India

KEI: Symbiosis International University

External

Ireland

API: University of Limerick

   

External

Ireland

IES: Dublin Writer's Program

 

External

Italy

John Cabot University

External

South Africa

AIFS: Stellenbosch University

 

External

United Kingdom

Arcadia University: Lancaster University

 

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

GVSU Internships

Varies

GVSU's Internships Abroad

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 Nagelkirk

nagelkid@gvsu.edu

326A Lake Ontario Hall