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ACM Program Affiliates

For half a century, the member colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) have jointly operated off-campus study programs around the world that offer interdisciplinary approaches, personal attention, independent projects, and experience with diverse viewpoints and ways of learning.

Most ACM off-campus study programs are open to students from any college or university. Colleges that are not members of the ACM may wish to pursue affiliation with particular ACM off-campus study programs. Becoming a Program Affiliate can provide a variety of benefits for the affiliated college and its students, as outlined below.

ACM Program Affiliates agree to:

  • Include the affiliated ACM program(s) among the programs recommended for students.
  • Identify a faculty advisor from a relevant department for each affiliated program, to act as an academic liaison for that particular program.
  • Accept credit for academic work by students who enroll in the program based on the ACM grade recommendation form.
  • Allow students participating on the affiliated ACM program(s) to receive a similar amount of financial aid as they would on other approved programs.
  • Let ACM bill the college for program costs, with the college then billing students according to campus policies. If having ACM bill students directly is preferred, the college should work with ACM to ensure that timely student payments are made.
  • Participate in ACM surveys related to off-campus study.

ACM Program Affiliates receive these benefits:

  • A discount of 5% on program educational costs.
  • Priority in application consideration over students from non-affiliated colleges.
  • The opportunity to send faculty advisors as observers to the annual Faculty Advisory Committee meetings – held for each ACM program and focused on program development and academic oversight.
  • Regular updates about the program and student(s) on the program.
  • The opportunity to send faculty or staff to visit ACM program sites and meet with program faculty and support staff.
  • Reports on ACM surveys related to off-campus study.
  • External Program Review reports for the affiliated program(s).

Become a Program Affiliate

All requests for program affliation will be reviewed by the ACM Board of Directors. Formal affiliation between a college and the ACM is not required for students to participate in most ACM off-campus study programs. 

The only programs listed on the ACM website which are not available for affliation are: Brazil Exchange with UFJF, Japan, Jordan, and Oak Ridge. All other ACM programs are open for affiliation.

Download the Program Affiliate Application. Colleges wishing to pursue affiliation for a particular ACM program(s) should contact:

Melissa Niksic
ACM Associate Vice President for Strategic Outreach and Communications
Phone: 312.561.5905

Current ACM Program Affiliates


Affiliated ACM program(s)

Albion College

Botswana, Chicago Program, Costa Rica (fall & spring), Florence, India (fall & spring), London & Florence, Newberry Seminar, Tanzania

Allegheny College

Newberry Seminar

Amherst College

Costa Rica (fall & spring)

Bucknell University

Botswana, Chicago Program, India (fall), Tanzania

Carroll University

FlorenceLondon & Florence

The Catholic University of America

Costa Rica (fall & spring)

Centre College

Chicago Program

The College of Idaho

Botswana, Chicago Program, Costa Rica (fall & spring), Florence, India (fall & spring), London & Florence, Newberry Seminar, Tanzania

The College of Wooster

Botswana, Costa Rica (fall & spring), India (fall), Newberry Seminar, Tanzania

Concordia College (MN)

Chicago Program

Denison University

Newberry Seminar

DePauw University

Newberry Seminar

Earlham College

Newberry Seminar, Shanghai

Emory University

Costa Rica (fall & spring)

Gustavus Adolphus College

Botswana, Newberry Seminar

Hanover College

Chicago Program

Hope College

Botswana, Costa Rica (fall & spring), Florence, India (fall), London & Florence, Newberry Seminar, Tanzania

Illinois Wesleyan University

Chicago Program

Kalamazoo College

Newberry Seminar

Kenyon College

Botswana, Newberry Seminar

McKendree University

Newberry Seminar

Oberlin College

Costa Rica (fall & spring), Newberry Seminar

Ohio Wesleyan University

Botswana, Chicago Program, Costa Rica (fall & spring), Florence, India (fall), London & Florence, Newberry Seminar, Tanzania

Rhodes College

Newberry Seminar

Trinity College

Chicago Program

University of Chicago

Botswana, Tanzania

Valparaiso University

Chicago Program

Wabash College

Newberry Seminar

Washington and Lee University

Costa Rica (fall & spring), Florence, India (fall), London & Florence, Tanzania

Westminster College

Chicago Program