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Off-Campus Programs

Study off-campus

Check out these semester-long programs offered by Calvin to fulfill your study abroad requirement for international development studies.

100% of your financial aid applies to the following, Calvin-sponsored programs:

Honduras (justice studies)
Fall semester

Honduras developmentThis semester program offers students an excellent opportunity to gain an up-close look at the developing world and hands-on experience with justice and development issues. STHO 212 fulfills the Community Development requirement of the IDS major, and the other two development classes, STHO 210 and 211, count as IDS electives.

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Honduras (Spanish studies)
Spring semester

Honduras Spanish semesterThough this semester is focused primarily on language rather than development, it still offers an excellent experience for students who desire to increase their Spanish fluency while gaining a close look at a developing country. SPHO 205 counts as the Introduction to Development and substitutes for IDS 201. Courses in Latin American literature and culture are generally counted as IDS electives.

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Fall semester

Ghana semesterThe Ghana program provides students with courses in African culture, history and recent political economic development. Excursions to important geographic and cultural regions bring students into contact with many of Ghana’s distinct ethnic groups, their ways of life and their modern day challenges. Students also gain experience in the development field through internships with local non-governmental organizations. Courses taken in Ghana usually qualify as IDS electives.

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Fall semester

ChinaThis semester offers students the chance to take an in-depth look at one of the fastest-developing countries in the world. The courses offered on this semester focus on Chinese history and culture and usually count as IDS electives.

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Calvin-endorsed programs

The following development-focused programs offered by other colleges and organizations also fulfill your study abroad requirement for IDS. Varying levels of financial aid apply to these programs.

Interim abroad

Calvin offers many off-campus interim courses each January and May.

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World Renew internships

Students who have already completed their semester educational program may consider doing a semester long internship with World Renew. These internships offer students the opportunity to work with World Renew or one of its local partners. Here is where students can put development theory into practice and evaluate their own professional calling. Such internships carry 12 credits and count for two of the IDS electives.

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