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Examples of Funded Activities

    Enhance existing international programs:
  • Develop opportunities for faculty to strengthen and expand relationships with organizations and academic institutions (related to research and service) in existing off-campus semester program locations. Priority will be given to faculty with well thought out research projects in existing off-campus locations.  It is hoped that these initiatives will enhance Calvin College faculty’s cross-cultural exposure and strengthen the institution’s reach abroad.
  • Strengthen our on-campus programming to help students with their transition back to campus after an international experience, to help them connect at Calvin and beyond in light of what they have learned throughout the world, and to raise awareness of international opportunities open to students while at Calvin.
    Launch new and creative international programs and initiatives:
  • Start-up costs for new off-campus semester programs (e.g. site visits, visits to Calvin by persons from the partner institution. 
  • Start-up costs for off-campus interims that show promise of bing regularly offered and an important element in the departmental offerings of the sponsoring department.  Please note that this these initiatives must have a strong partner institution in the local context. 
  • Innovative new programs that fit the mission of the college and expand international opportunities for faculty, staff and students during the academic year or summer (e.g. expanding service learning opportunities, developing new summer opportunities, expand opportunities for hard to serve populations like natural science majors, education majors, student athletes, nursing majors, speech pathology majors, etc.
    Partnering with other international, educational institutions (Christian) and with agencies from the Christian Reformed Church
  • Strengthen partnerships with emerging Christian Colleges and Universities around the world through faculty development and opportunities for Calvin faculty to teach internationally.  These partnerships would be facilitated through Calvin’s relationship with the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE) which would work at developing 2 to 3 opportunities  (3 to 6 weeks long) each summer for faculty to provide professional services (teaching, mentoring, or other appropriate roles) to emerging Christian colleges and universities throughout the world.  The foreign university is expected to provide some support to the applicant, such as housing or a food allowance. 
  • Expenses for international visitors from other institutions and organizations, both established partners and those in the exploration phase.


  • Priority is given to active faculty members; requests from emeriti will be considered if funds are available.
  • The above list is meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive.