What is Study Abroad?
Study abroad is a life changing opportunity for students to take college courses in another country. There are program options for every major and minor at GVSU in almost every country around the world!
The Padnos International Center is your partner in planning your international experience and will be here to help before, during and after your time abroad. If you’re just getting started, begin by creating a profile in OASIS and attending a First Step Meeting.
WHEN should I study abroad?
When to study abroad varies based on what academic program you are pursuing. However, the time to start planning is NOW! Even if you are studying abroad your junior or senior year, planning ahead allows you to schedule your courses appropriately and leaves time for applying for scholarships and grants.
WHAT type of program is the best for me?
While our advising team is always there to help, picking the right program is a personal decision that should be based on what will help you fulfill your academic, personal and professional goals.
GVSU offers 3 types of study abroad programs:
2 – 8 week programs typically during the summer. Your group will consist of at least 12 GVSU students and a GVSU professor will teach courses.
Semester/Year long programs during the fall, winter or summer semesters. You will go to a university that GVSU has a partnership with as an international student, studying with local students and other internationals from around the world. This option allows for flexible course options and student lifestyle and offers significant opportunities for scholarships and grants. There are 15 partnerships that are less expensive that spending a semester at GVSU, including airfare.
Non GVSU Programs:
Short term, semester and year log programs during the fall, winter orsummer semesters. If GVSU does not offer a faculty-led or Partnership program that fits your needs, we are happy to use non-GVSU Programs through other universities or 3rd Party study abroad providers to offer you a customized study abroad program.
PIC also facilitates International Internships, Independent Studies, Work Abroad and Volunteer Abroad opportunities.
HOW can I fund my study abroad?
Any financial aid or scholarships you receive at GVSU can be applied to your study abroad program. There are 15 Partnership Programs that are LESS EXPENSIVE,including airfare, than spending a semester at GVSU. Attending a Study Abroad Funding 101 meeting and filling out a Funding 101 Packet are great ways to help you make a financial plan for yourself. The Padnos International Center believes study abroad should be accessible to everyone and offers several Scholarship and Grant opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships and grants as well.
WHERE can I go?
ANYWHERE! GVSU offers programs in every country around the world, except those that have been listed under the U.S.Travel Warnings.
WHO is a good candidate to go abroad?
ANYONE! There are programs for every major and minor at GVSU.
I'M READY TO GET STARTED!
Page last modified February 28, 2013