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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: ACM Program Affiliates receive these benefits:
  • 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.
  • 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).

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.

Click here to 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

Who we are

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.