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Study Away Handbook

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Check Out These Diverse Study Away Opportunities!

Kalamazoo College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a consortium of 12 private liberal arts colleges in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. These colleges share facilities and resources in order to provide students like you with the opportunity to spend a quarter studying 'away' and interning with professionals in educational programs throughout the United States.

During your time away, you are able to earn up to 3 units that apply towards Kalamazoo College graduation requirements, and gain valuable hands-on experience in fields of interest. If you meet the  appropriate qualifications, you can apply for participation in the following 5 programs:

  • New York Arts offers a semester of intense field-based experiential education specific to media arts, performing arts, and visual arts. The two program goals are 1) to provide advanced experience in the arts, and 2) to increase the knowledge of all arts as practiced in New York. App cycle opens May 11, 2017 and closes Sept 14, 2017.  
  • Oak Ridge Science Semester in Tennessee is intended to broaden students' perspectives and expose them to the wide range of research carried out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by staff scientists from many fields. ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) multi-program laboratory focusing on national and global energy and environmental issues. App cycle opens Jan 18, 2018 and closes Feb 13, 2018.
  • Borders Studies is based in the southern Arizona borderlands in Tucson, Arizona, this unique program is situated in a way that students are able to fully embrace and understand the complexities of this dynamic region. App cycle opens Jan 18, 2018 and closes Feb 13, 2018.
  • Newberry Seminar in the Humanities in Chicago is a graduate-level course designed for undergraduates in the liberal arts. Students and faculty become fellows of the Newberry Library community, working alongside leading researchers from around the world. App cycle opens Jan 18, 2018 and closes Feb 13, 2018.
  • The Chicago Program students will have the unique opportunity to engage in three key components while on the program; an internship, seminars, and an independent study project. App cycle opens Jan 18, 2018 and closes Feb 13, 2018.
  • The Washington Center offers two types of programs: Internships, a summer-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporate and nonprofit organizations. Academics, an intensive learning experiences focus on specific topics, such as National Security, the Presidency, and the Middle East Peace Process. App cycle opens March 1, 2018 and closes April 5, 2018. 

The CIP can assist you with the online application process. Our staff members collect and compile all the application materials that will be reviewed by the campus selection committee for each respective program.


Eligibility requirements are established by each program individually. There are limits on how many students from Kalamazoo College will be able to participate in each program; usually one to six students are selected. For this reason, participation is competitive. Typically, you must present a proposal for how this unique opportunity will complement your Kalamazoo College studies. Both sophomores and juniors can participate in study away programs.

College Credit and Financial Aid

Kalamazoo students are eligible to participate in only one study away experience for credit during their time at the College. Students may participate in a study away program and a Short-Term or Long-Term study abroad program. No more than ten units of credit from off-campus programs (including study abroad and domestic off-campus programs such as New York Arts, Philadelphia Urban Studies, or Border Studies Program) can be used to meet a student's graduation requirements.