Preparing for an Off-Campus Semester
Planning is ESSENTIAL. Sometimes
courses taken on off-campus programs may complete requirements
for general education and/or majors and minors. Approval forms (which
signatures of department chair and advisor) are available in the
Students may be ready to meet the
academic demands of an off-campus program in their junior year
if theay have declared their major and taken three or four classes in
their major area.
More than 200 programs
in over 60 countries are official Hope College programs. Students
should check with the Office of International Education if they have questions.
- Off-campus study requires
TWO applications. The first is a general "Off
Campus Study" application,
required of all Hope students who want to study off-campus.
Hope College uses this
application to assure that students have the background,
GPA, personal characteristics and maturity needed for successful
The Office of International Education publishes the
date these applications are due.
The second is an application
for the specific program the student wishes to enroll in. Again,
representative can tell students the exact date this application
- When students enroll in official
Hope College programs, they remain Hope students. Grades earned
on these programs will be posted to their academic transcript. Their
and federal awards (excluding Federal Work-Study) apply to the
cost of their program.
- Students should check with the
Office of Financial Aid (100 East 8th Street, first floor) to see
if institutional financial aid (Hope scholarships, awards, grants)
transportable to their off-campus study program. The College will
review this policy annually, so it's important that students follow
- Tuition is set at the full-time
Hope College tuition rate, unless the official off-campus program's
tution is greater than Hope's--in which case the program's tuition
will be charged.
- Airfare to and from the program
site is an additional cost. Most programs have a $500 deposit due
after acceptance to the program.
- Try to help students plan their
off-campus semester during a FALL semester; enrollment in spring
semester off-campus programs is very limited.