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Non-Calvin Programs

Beyond offering a wide variety of its own off-campus programs, Calvin also supports students who find other programs that they think better meet their needs.  This support includes both administrative and financial support (e.g. Calvin financial aid).  The amount of Calvin financial aid support (e.g. department scholarships, Knollcrest grant, etc) varies depending on the program you choose (explained in detail below).  Your financial aid funded by sources outside Calvin will not change if you attend a non-Calvin program.

If you are interested in studying on a non-Calvin Program, you are encouraged to stop by the Off-Campus Programs Office for additional information. You will need to apply to the non-Calvin Program as well as completing the steps necessary for Calvin through Horizons, our online application system. Please go to the Application Process Page and complete the steps in the checklist for the type of Non-Calvin Program to which you are applying.

Categories of Non-Calvin Programs:

Calvin Partnered Programs

These programs are offered through organizations that partner with Calvin to deliver the actual program.  These programs have been identified for students to fulfill specific requirements in certain majors.  100% of Calvin funded financial aid will be applied, meaning your full financial aid package that you are receiving on campus would move with you to these off-campus programs for the semester.  It is important to note that the cost of some semester program may exceed the cost of attending Calvin.  You would need to pay for the cost differential   Calvin-Partnered Programs include: 

The Chicago Semester:  An internship and two seminars in the Windy City, open to all majors.  The program will challenge you to integrate your personal, professional, and academic life through city living, academic seminars and a wide range of internships related to your field of interest. Learn more about the Chicago Semester!

Japan Center for Michigan Colleges and Universities (JCMU):  Japanese language and culture study in Hikone, near Kyoto, Japan.  Language courses are taught at all levels.  Cultural engagement includes field trips, home stays in the community and participation in local cultural events.  Learn more about the JCMU program!

Central College in Vienna:  German language study in Austria.  Experience two countries, Germany and Austria, in one program.  First an intensive German-language program at the Goethe Institute in German followed by continued language and culture study in Vienna.  Learn more about the Central College in Vienna Program

Calvin Exchange Programs

Calvin has also established a number of exchange programs with other institutions.  These programs have been developed to allow equal number of students to be exchanged between two institutions.  As one Calvin student goes to an overseas institution, a student from this institution attends Calvin. Exchanges have often been set up for students in specific majors.  Students pay Calvin tuition (to Calvin) and are also responsible for other costs such as room and board, transportation, and immunizations).  If interested please contact the Off-Campus Programs Office for more information.  Current exchange programs exist with the following institutions: 

Hogeschool Zeeland:  Study at Hogeschool Zeeland in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, open to business or economics majors interested in gaining experience in international business.  Contact the Off-Campus Office or the Business/Economics Office.  Learn more about Hogeschool Zeeland

Handong University:  Study at Handong University, a Christian college in Pohang, Korea (open to all majors).  Classes in English are offered in a variety of subjects including business, economics, political science, religion, computer science, or communications.  Learn more about Handong University

Calvin Supported Programs

Calvin recognizes the wide variety of quality programs that are offered by other organizations throughout the world that might fit better with a student’s interests and major/minor.  While Calvin cannot support an unlimited number of students studying in these programs, it has created a process by which students can apply for and receive a “slot” that allows them to take 50% of their Calvin financial aid along with 100% of financial aid funded by sources outside Calvin to help finance their participation in these programs. 

Although the number of slots may vary from year to year, typically there are between 10 to 20 slots offered each year. An application for one of these slots is part of the online application you will complete for Calvin. (Instructions can be found here.) Applications for a slot for either fall or spring of the following academic year will start to be reviewed April 1 and will continue until all slots are filled or until June 1, the final deadline for slots for the following academic year. (Note: this deadline is the same for both fall or spring applications in the upcoming academic year.)

Students are encouraged to explore the wide variety of potential programs.  A sample list of programs that students have attended in the past can be found by clicking here

Independent Studies

If your application for a Calvin supported slot is not supported, you are still welcome to participate in that program although Calvin funded financial aid will not be available, although 100% of your financial aid funded by sources outside Calvin would apply to the program.  In this scenario, the host institution would bill Calvin and the student would be responsible for paying Calvin tuition as well as any additional program costs.   

Summary of Financial Aid for non-Calvin Programs:





Type of Program

Percent of Federal, State, and other Non-Calvin aid that applies to the program cost


Percent of Calvin aid that applies to the program cost

Calvin partnered semester programs (Chicago Semester, JCMU, & Central College Vienna)





Calvin Supported programs
Student has applied for and been awarded one of the pre-determined number of slots to receive 50% of Calvin issued financial aid





Independent Studies:  Student has not been awarded a slot for 50% of Calvin aid (could also go on hiatus from Calvin)



None, must submit cost figures for program along with preliminary application



More financial info

Get more information about billing and financial aid eligibility

Note the following: If the cost of an off-campus semester program is less than the tuition cost of the same semester at Calvin, you will pay Calvin's tuition and a $300 administrative fee.