Off-Campus Opportunities

Why Study Abroad?
Each year students expand their worldviews, globalize their resume, and gain intercultural competencies essential for the twenty-first century through participation in off-campus study programs. At Grand View you can make the world your classroom through participating in a short-term, summer, semester, or year-long study abroad program. In addition to earning academic credit, you will add an impressive experience to your resume and gain new perspectives of yourself and the world around you. Participation in an off-campus program will connect you to people, places, and new learning opportunities around the world.  

Employers look for students who are open to new challenges, motivated, and eager to learn – all of which are common characteristics of students who have participated in off-campus study programs. Off-campus programs engage students in learning experiences that build cross-cultural and workplace skills which enhance career preparation or graduate school applications. Additionally, living in another culture deepens intellectual and personal maturity, fosters independent thinking, builds self-confidence, and increases awareness of the interconnected nature of the world. Have a learning adventure of a lifetime through a Grand View off-campus program.

Where Can You Go With GV?
Studying off-campus through a study away or study abroad program can be one of the most exhilarating learning experiences of your life. Grand View offers a variety of academic opportunities for students to engage and explore throughout the United States and the world.

Grand View Study Tour Programs: Grand View study tours are spring semester courses that include a faculty-led short-term travel tour. Students take Grand View courses for Grand View credit, while experiencing new and exciting places with other Grand View students. Enroll in courses in the spring semester, attend class on-campus, and complete your course by travelling domestically or internationally either during Spring Break or in early-May. The program locations and courses offered vary yearly. Study tours provide great opportunities to travel and learn with Grand View faculty as well as gain real world experience in the field of your academic interests.

Informational sessions are held for all Grand View Study Tours during the spring and fall semesters. These sessions provide students with detailed information including payment deadlines, program specific logistics, and the required documentation for participating in the program.

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Semester Exchange for Education Majors

Study in Denmark for a semester through Grand View’s exchange program designed specifically for Education Majors. Gain direct experience participating in a teaching practicum placement within a Danish school as you learn about the educational systems in Denmark and throughout Europe. Experience Copenhagen, Denmark while you diversify your degree and work towards your professional goals.

Summer, Semester, and Year-Long Programs

Spending a summer, semester, or entire academic year abroad enables tudents to gain skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. It is important for students to work with the Office of International Studies and their Academic Advisor to find a program which aligns with their academic and personal goals as well as offers courses transferable to Grand View as credit towards graduation.

Program Descriptions: The following are a few examples of program options for Grand View students. If one of these programs does not align with your major or interests, the Office of International Studies works with a variety of program providers in almost any region of the world in order to place students in high-quality study abroad programs.

Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute
Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is an Italian Institute with campuses in Florence, Rome, Tuscania, and Venice. The educational opportunities at each of LdM’s campuses are deeply rooted in their surrounding environments. Students may concentrate their entire semester at any one of the four LdM campuses or experience local and regional differences within Italy through the “One Semester – Three Cities” Program. Students enrolled in the “One Semester – Three Cities” program study Italian language and the roots of Western culture in three of LdM’s four sites: Tuscania, Rome, and either Florence in the fall or Venice in the spring.

At LdM experienced professors from Italy and around the world teach over 400 courses in four main academic divisions: Arts and Sciences, Creative Arts, Design, and Italian Language and Culture. The LdM academic calendar follows a semester structure and includes a three-week January Intersession and three, month-long summer sessions. While most LdM classes are conducted in English, all Italian Language and Culture courses are taught in Italian.

LdM hosts students from over 80 countries worldwide. Housing options include student apartments, family stay, and independently-arranged housing. Cultural coordinators organize clubs and excursions which provide students with opportunities to experience Italy while meeting and interacting with other students and people of Florence, Rome, Tuscany, and Venice.

Visit the LdM website and contact Dr. Mark Daly, mdaly@grandview.edu, for more information and application requirements.

Central College Abroad
Central College Abroad offers semester, year, and summer programs in several locations worldwide. All Central College Abroad programs are based on the hybrid program model. This program model allows students to enroll in courses at a local affiliate university as well as enroll in courses taught by Central College Abroad faculty.

Every Central College Abroad program has an on-site resident director who teaches hands-on seminars and cross-cultural coursework, leads cultural excursions, serves as an academic adviser, and provides onsite support and assistance. Cultural excursions and activities led by the resident director are intentionally linked to the required cross-cultural coursework allowing students to engage in learning beyond the classroom. Additional cultural integration opportunities include internships, service-learning placements, language partners, and housing options.

Central College Abroad programs are open to students of all language levels. Students can choose a site where classes are taught in English or a language immersion program. All programs offer opportunities to learn the native language.
Students will receive a transcript from Central College, a U.S. institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Visit the Central College Abroad website and contact Dr. Mark Daly, mdaly@grandview.edu, for more information and application requirements.

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) - Butler
The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) provides study abroad opportunities, as well as academic and personal support services. IFSA-Butler offers more than 90 semester, full year, and summer study abroad programs in 15 countries. With IFSA-Butler, students fully enroll in a university abroad and enroll in classes alongside host country students. Students can enroll in Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, and Sciences & Engineering courses. All programs feature high academic quality, cultural immersion, and student support. Internship, volunteer, and community-based options are available.

IFSA-Butler has program offices and full-time staff in their host countries which provide everything from detailed on-site orientations to academic guidance and emergency assistance. Additionally, on-site staff organizes academically and culturally enriching events and excursions exclusively for IFSA-Butler students.

Students live in housing owned and operated by the university abroad, with a host family, or in IFSA-Butler housing. These housing options provide the opportunity for students to become immersed into the academic and culture of their host country. A U.S. accredited university transcript from Butler University is issued to each student after their experience abroad.

Visit the IFSA-Butler website and contact Dr. Mark Daly, mdaly@grandview.edu, for more information and application requirements.

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Study and live in Denmark with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). DIS is a Danish non-profit study abroad institution in Copenhagen offering semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English. DIS offers rigorous coursework enriched by field studies, hands-on learning opportunities, and a variety of academic and extra-curricular engagement opportunities. DIS programs feature academic quality, course-integrated study tours all over Europe, and cultural immersion opportunities.

At DIS students build their own curriculum from a choice of 21 academic programs and over 160 academically rigorous elective courses taught in English. DIS faculty are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience and often work as professionals in the areas they teach.

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is considered one of the world’s most livable cities. DIS is located in the center of old Copenhagen. A metropolis of 1.9 million people, Copenhagen is easy to explore with an excellent transport system, compact city center, and abundance of bicycle paths. Universities and research libraries, government buildings, European Union agencies, and the Royal Ballet and Opera are all within walking distance from campus. DIS offers six housing options including host family, apartment, and residence hall living. While Copenhagen will be your home, Europe will be your DIS classroom through optional study tours and opportunities for individual travel in Europe.

Visit the DIS website and contact Dr. Mark Daly, mdaly@grandview.edu, for more information and application requirements.

How to Select a Program

It is a good ideas to plan ahead in order to integrate an off-campus experience into your academic plan, goals, and interests. Here are a few questions to consider as you think about participating in off-campus program:

•    What are my goals for participating in an off-campus program?
•    Which aspects of study abroad are the most important to me?
•    Do I need to fulfill any academic requirements abroad?
•    What country or region of the world appeals to me?
•    How long would my ideal program be? A semester? Year? Over summer or winter break?
•    What year do I want to study abroad?
•    What is my budget?

One of the best ways to begin the planning process is to meet with the Director of International Studies for advice and guidance in finding a study abroad program which aligns with your academic, personal, and financial interests. Contact Dr. Mark Daly, mdaly@grandview.edu, if you are interested in participating in an off-campus study program.


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