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17 off-campus programs committed to academic excellence and cultural immersion

  • During the Chicago Program, I remember the first time I broke my own stereotype of the south side of Chicago. It was then I was reminded how people are not a color, a history, a reputation, a race, or a news brief. People are just human.

    Sarah Stanciu, Beloit College

  • I ventured out of my comfort zone almost daily in Costa Rica as I talked to many new people, struggled to figure out the bus system, interviewed teachers, tried new foods, and was immersed in a new culture.

    Claire Pitstick, St. Olaf College

  • My semester at the Newberry inspired me with a real love of scholarly research. At the Newberry, I did research on Pre-Shakespearean Morality plays, and am now retired from 30+ years as an English & Theatre teacher.

    Nanette Johnson

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Botswana

  • Botswana: Development in Southern Africa

    Gaborone, Botswana

    • Dates: Spring semester (mid-January–mid-May)
    • Host institution: University of Botswana (UB) in Gaborone
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Setswana language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadlines: Spring 2017 deadline – October 15, 2016

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Brazil

  • Brazil: Semester Exchange Program at UFJF

    Juiz de Fora, Brazil

    • Dates: Fall semester (mid-July–mid-December), spring semester (mid-February–mid-July)
    • Who can apply: Only students from the 14 colleges in the ACM consortium
    • Housing: Students live in rental apartments in Juiz de Fora.
    • Language requirement: Formal study of a foreign language—particularly Portuguese or another Romance language—and strong motivation to develop advanced level proficiency in Portuguese
    • Application deadlines: Spring semester 2017 – March 15, 2016 (early deadline), October 15, 2016 (final deadline); Fall semester 2017 deadline  March 15, 2017

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  • Brazil: Culture, Community, & Language at PUC-Rio

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    • Dates: Fall semester (early August–December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Host institution: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
    • Housing: Homestay with a Brazilian host family
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Portuguese language course, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

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China

  • Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China

    Shanghai, China

    • Dates: Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Housing: Students live in ECNU residence halls for international students.
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Chinese language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

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Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment

    San José, Costa Rica

    • Dates: Fall semester (late August–early December)
    • Host institution: Optional dual enrollment at the University of Costa Rica (UCR)
    • Language requirement: Second-year college-level coursework in Spanish. All courses are taught in Spanish.
    • Application deadline: Fall 2017 deadline  March 15, 2017

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  • Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

    San José & field sites, Costa Rica

    • Dates: Spring semester (late January–late May), spring quarter/trimester (early April–mid-June)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university 
    • Housing: Homestay with Costa Rican host families
    • Language requirement: Second-year level college coursework in Spanish taken in the year prior to the start of the program is recommended.
    • Application deadlines: Spring semester 2017 deadline – October 15, 2016; spring quarter/trimester 2017 deadline – November 15, 2016

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India

  • India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization

    Pune, India

    • Dates: Fall semester (mid-August–mid-December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Housing: Homestay with an Indian host family.
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Marathi language study, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline  March 15, 2017

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  • India: Development Studies & Hindi Language

    Pune & Jaipur, India

    • Dates: Spring semester or winter quarter/trimester
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Hindi language study, all classes are conducted in English.

    • Application deadline: Winter/spring 2017 deadline  October 15, 2016

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Italy

  • Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture

    Florence, Italy

    • Dates: Fall semester (late August-early December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Housing: Homestay with an Italian host family
    • Language requirement: Except for the required Italian Language course, all courses are taught in English.
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

     See also: London & Florence: Arts in Context (spring semester or winter quarter/trimester)

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Japan

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Jordan

  • Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies

    Amman, Jordan

    • Dates: Fall semester (late August–mid-December)
    • Host institution: ACM’s partner AMIDEAST, a leading non-profit international education organization.
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Arabic language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadline: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

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Tanzania

  • Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Venture to eastern Africa, where you'll explore some of the world’s most famous ecological and paleoanthropological sites and complete a special project in your area of interest.

    • Schedule: Fall semester (mid-August–mid-December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Host institution: MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC)
    • Living arrangements: Homestay with a Tanzanian host family
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for Swahili language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadline: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

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United Kingdom

  • London & Florence: Arts in Context

    London, U.K. & Florence, Italy

    • Dates: 15- to 18-week spring semester or 10-week winter quarter/trimester
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for the required Italian language course, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadline: Winter/spring 2017 deadline  October 15, 2016

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United States

  • Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

    Chicago, Illinois

    • Dates: Fall semester, spring semester, spring quarter/trimester
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites
    • Application deadline: Spring semester 2017 deadline  October 31, 2016; spring quarter/trimester 2017 deadline  November 15, 2016

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  • Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

    Chicago, Illinois

    • Dates: Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Housing: Students live in furnished apartments near the Newberry Library in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline – March 15, 2017

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  • Oak Ridge Science Semester

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    • Dates: Fall semester (late August – mid-December)
    • Housing: Students live in an apartment complex in the Oak Ridge area.
    • Application deadlines: Fall 2017 deadline  March 1, 2017

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