The Study Away programs at Grand Rapids Community College for this summer have been announced. This year, they are offered in Costa Rica, France, Germany, Morocco and New York.
The program is offered through the Department of Experiential Learning and focuses on hands-on experiences while traveling regionally, nationally and glob- ally.
Michael Schavey, Director of Experiential Learning believes that students also will learn “how” to travel.
“They often don’t realize the physical nature of traveling,” Schavey said.
For example, aside from the trip itself, students experience going through customs, eating and drinking safely or even packing for the occasion.
Studying away can also provide the opportunity to debunk stereotypes and experience culture firsthand.
“It’s one thing to see something in a picture or video and think, ‘I wanna do that.’ It provides a real life context to culture,” Schavey said.
Rolling applications are due during the fall semester and payments are made during the winter semester. The study away trips take place during the summer semester.
The Europe trip begins on May 15, the New York trip leaves May 16 and the Morocco trip leaves May 17. The Costa Rica trip leaves on August 10. Each trip lasts around 10 days.
Students will be notified by the Department of Experiential Learning if they have been accepted, and will receive an email from Christopher Remley about their status in the program and what to do next.
Students not selected will also be notified via email. Financial aid can cover the cost of the trip if needed and students can contact Paul Doane or Kristine Welling in the Financial Aid office for assistance.
Katie Hughes works in the Counseling and Career Center, and can help deter- mine how studying away will affect different students. Visit the GRCC Experiential Learning website for the application and requirements.