Academics

Choosing a Program

Alma College has an Off-Campus Study Program to suit every major.

Finding all the information that you need to choose the program that is right for you can be a challenge. Advice and support are available to assist you.

  • Start by reviewing the program listings under “Browse Programs” and visit the pages of our partner programs and institutions to learn more details about programs of interest
  • Talk to your academic advisor and to the Off Campus Study Faculty Advisors in your areas of interest (see the list below) to determine which program offers the best fit for your academic goals
  • Come to a Study Abroad 101 Information Session, offered monthly in the Center for Student Opportunity and participate in drop-in advising hour following each session
  • Email questions to offcampusstudies@alma.edu

Conduct a Personal Assessment

Ask yourself the following questions when considering whether a program is the right fit for you.

Determine your Goals and Priorities

  • What is your primary objective in pursuing off-campus study and what aspects of the program are most important to you? Location? Academic offerings? Culture? Internship or volunteer opportunities? Family heritage? Language immersion?

Academic Considerations

  • Do you want to earn credit toward your major or minor? Are there certain academic requirements that you need to fulfill during off-campus study? What programs offer these courses?
  • How long do you want to study off-campus? A few weeks during Spring Term? A couple months during the summer? A full semester?
  • Are you looking for internship or volunteer opportunities?
  • Do you want to take courses in English or a foreign language?
  • Do you meet the GPA requirement for the program(s) of interest?

Personal Considerations

  • Would you rather study with Americans, or students of the host country, or a combination of both?
  • Do you prefer to study in a big city, or a small town?
  • What type of living arrangements will work for you? Do you want to live in a home stay with a local family? In a residence hall?
  • Are you looking for an independent experience or a highly structured program?

Financial Considerations

  • How much can you afford to spend on off-campus study? Are you planning to apply for financial aid? Loans? Scholarships?

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors will work with you to approve the courses that you will take during off-campus study. They are also an invaluable source of insight and advice when you are selecting a program.