By Martine Coly – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College will be offering students interested in traveling abroad as part of their studies, with opportunities to visit Costa Rica, Germany, France, Belgium and Italy during the summer of 2015.
The study away trips offer students a chance to experience a new culture while traveling with their GRCC classmates.
“There are cultural advantages, so its gets you out of your norms of your day to day world and own culture,” said Michael Schavey, Director in the Department of Experiential Learning. “And it exposes, you first hand, to other cultures in terms of… the cuisine, the language and how other people live and survive.”
To go on a trip, students must submit an application and have it approved. They must be in good academic standing (have a 2.0 GPA or higher), have a good school financial record, a criminal background check and have a clean student code of conduct history.
“The costs of the Study Away programs range from approximately $2,500 to about $4,000 depending on the destination, with many financing their trip through financial aid,” Schavey said. “Faculty members might create fundraising activities to help lower the cost for all the students participating in the trip. The price of the Study Away might be expensive, but it’s worth paying for.”
There will be a series of informational sessions in October for students seeking more information. All meetings will be held in Cook Hall. Meeting times are Thursday, Oct. 9 and 10 at 11 a.m. in room 108 and 1 to 2 p.m. in room 220. Additional meetings are scheduled for Oct 23 and 30.
For additional information visit the study away website at www.grcc.edu/studyaway.