May, June, July

Off-Campus Courses




Term & Dates





Course Fee - not including tuition

May Term

May 6-31


BIOL 380

Field Studies in Biology:  Galapagos and Amazon Ecology






+ airfare

May Term

May 7-June 1


BIOL 380 or GEMS 195

Field Studies in Michigan:  The Biology and Diversity of Birds


Holland, Michigan, Northern Michigan, and Pt. Pelee, ONT




June Term June 1 - 23


EDUC 282/283

Literacy II: Reading and the Language Arts for Grades 4 -8


Liverpool, England




June Term June 1 - 23


EDUC 360/61

Secondary Principles

Liverpool, England



May Term May 6-June 1


EDUC 488

Hope Comes to Watts


Los Angeles, CA



May Term, May 6 - 24


EDUC 488

Rosebud Indian Reservation: Cross Cultural Education


Missions, SD



May Term

May 6 - 30

IDS 174 or 495

Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective

Querétaro, Mexico



May & June Term

May 14 -June 10




Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Japan



4 - 8


May Term

May 6-31

IDS 495

Thriving in Transitions - Alaska

Sutton, Alaska



May Term

May 6-31

LDRS 201

Intro to Leadership - Alaska

Sutton, Alaska



May Term May 7 - 29


IDS 495

From Facebook to Faces: Ways of Belonging


Liverpool Hope University, U.K.




May Term May 7 - 29 COMM 395 Media, Culture, and Community in Liverpool

Liverpool Hope University, U.K.




May Term May 6 - 27


MGMT 358, ECON 358 or IDS 495

Management in the British Economy


London, England




June Term June 4 - 20


MUS 295 or IDS 495

The Sacred and Profane:  A Musical Tour of Great Britain





May Term May 6 - 31


REL 295

Learning and Serving Among the Oglala Lakota:  Conversations about Faith, Culture, and Worldview


Pine Ridge Reservation, SD



May Term

May 6 - 24


REL 365

Ecological Theology and Ethics


Hope and the Adirondacks



May Term May 6 - June 3


REL 480

Indian Worldview





May Term

May 6 - 30


SOC 295

Celtic May Term:  Peace & Reconciliation in a Celtic Context:  Memory, Narrative, and Identity in Northern Ireland and Scotland


Scotland and Northern Ireland




May & June Term May 4-June 23


SPAN 321/ 322 & 495

Advanced Grammar & Conversation I or II,  and El Camino de Santiago


Santiago de Compostela, Spain





June Term

June 1 - 23


SPAN 495

El Camino de Santiago


Santiago de Compostela, Spain




May Term

May 4- June 1


SPAN 342 or 495

 Spanish and Andalusian Culture


Universidad de Malaga, Spain




May 8-May 30

Session I

Vienna Summer School

Vienna, Austria




May 30-June 21

Session II

Vienna Summer School

Vienna, Austria





* Already included in SPAN 321/322 fee.  This is for students who want to join the June Term class.


**A student enrolled for both sessions of Vienna Summer School pays $6800.  A $500 savings.








Ø      Off-Campus Courses   - Register online starting January 8

Must have permission of instructor and attend spring on-campus orientations




§         If you need this course to graduate in July 2013, all work must be completed, graded and on your record by August 31.


§         If you are planning to graduate in May 2013, you must apply to take a summer class.  Forms are available in the Registrar’s office.


Senior Seminars - Students may register only if they have completed their junior year. 


Fulfilling a General Education or Major/Minor Requirement with a non-designated course


§          Permission Required.  Substitution forms available online or at Registrar’s Office


Course Cancellations:  An eight-student minimum is required for each course.  Should a course be cancelled, students will be informed immediately so they may enroll in a different course.


Costs:  Listed course fees DO NOT include tuition except for Vienna Summer School and IDS 280 in Japan.  Tuition rates will be announced in late January, 2013.  Costs shown are estimates based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.  Contact the course instructor for final course fees.


Deposits and Payments:  The following schedule applies to all off-campus courses.  All funds are paid in the Office of Business Services.


January 8, 2013   Deposit Due (Non-Refundable)

$300 International Off-Campus Courses

$100 Domestic Off-Campus Courses

March 29, 2013     Payment of airfare

March 29, 2013     50% of balance due

April 29, 2013        Remaining balance due



Statement of Responsibility, Release from Liability:

All off-campus students must sign a statement of Responsibility, Release from Liability (available from the professor) prior to taking the course.


Information:  Contact the appropriate professor for details or stop by the Office of the Registrar, DeWitt first floor, 395-7760.



Vienna Summer School Application Information


Applications, scholarship forms, and a special four-page color brochure are available from Ms. Kendra Williams (Room 116 in the Fried International Center, Martha Miller Center (; Dr. Stephen Hemenway (Lubbers 310 or; Dr. Janis Gibbs (Lubbers 330 or; or the English Department Office (Lubbers 338).


Pre-Thanksgiving applications are encouraged; some classes fill quickly.  Early acceptance letters will be mailed on December 2 to those whose applications (with recommendations, transcript) are complete by November 30.  Rolling admissions will take place after that date.  Those applying for scholarships should have complete program and scholarship applications (with recommendations, transcript, essay, financial statement) submitted by December 21.  Scholarship winners will be notified by January 15.   Deposits for all those accepted by then are due on January 22.  Final deadline for applications (if openings are still available) is February 5. 




BIOL 380, Field Studies in Biology:  Galapagos and Amazon Ecology

Location:  Ecuador/Galapagos

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - 31

Instructor(s): Kathy Winnett-Murray, K. Greg Murray and David Travis Williams (Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway)

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $5,500

Expenses Not Covered: $900 estimated airfare, $90 for those who elect on-campus housing during the one week at Hope College


Course Description: 

This course specifically addresses the first-hand, inquiry-based, active learning of biology in a global context.  Students will gain new knowledge about living things, their environments, and the history of biological thought, through active exploration of some of the most unique and important biological ecosystems on the planet – the Galapagos Islands, the rainforests and rivers of the upper Amazon tributaries, and the forests and paramo of the Ecuadorian Andes.   There will be 17 instructional days in Ecuador/Galapagos and 5 days on Hope's campus.


The Galapagos Islands figure prominently in the birth of evolutionary thought, and maintain a very prominent place in current biological research focusing on speciation, and on plant and animal adaptations to past and current climate change.  They also serve as a case study in how developing nations may seek to balance conservation goals with economic and social pressures.


In mainland Ecuador, students will spend several days at Sani Lodge, situated upstream from the Napo River (an Amazon tributary) in a region that is one of the most biodiverse places on the entire planet.  Students will spend the bulk of their time in the rainforest engaging in observations of tropical flora and fauna while living at a lodge operated by members of the indigenous Quechua community.  They will be guided and taught by these local hosts, with ample opportunity to learn about a unique culture and how the Quechua have adapted to conservation and economic pressures in their own community.  Additional days will be spent on visits to sites of cultural importance in and around the capital city of Quito, using local guides, and we will also have an opportunity to make a short trip to Cotopaxi National Park, which includes Andean paramo, an ecosystem type unique to high elevation zones in the tropics.


This course will be a true “immersion” experience in terms of direct, constant, and immediate impact on students.  While experiencing both the excitement and challenges of new environments and new people, students will simultaneously be learning more about themselves and the role and limitations of biology in some of the major problems facing humankind (e.g. habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, climate change, human impacts on the environment, cultural assimilation and adaptation).  Biology 380, May Term 2013, is designed to represent the epitome of our departmental catch-phrase:  “Learning biology by doing biology!”


Credits will be applied to Biology 380:  Field Studies in Biology.  This course number is an advanced elective that satisfies requirements toward the Biology major or minor and also satisfies the “Biodiversity Flag” requirement for all Biology majors and minors.  



BIOL 380, Field Studies in Michigan:  The Biology and Diversity of Birds

Location:  Holland, Michigan, camping in northern Michigan, and camping at Pt. Pelee, Ontario

Credits: 4

May Term, May 7 - June 1

Instructor(s): Eldon Greij

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $785

Expenses Not Covered: Everything covered.


Course Description: 

(cross-listed as GEMS 195).  This course focuses on the biology and diversity of birds.  It includes lectures, laboratories, and field trips, two of which will be extended camping trips to Pt. Pelee, Ontario, and northern Michigan.  Laboratories involve primarily working with skeletal material and bird skins, and field rips feature bird identification by sight and sound.



EDUC 282/83, Literacy II: Reading and the Language Arts for Grades 4 -8

Location:  Liverpool England

Credits: 4

June Term, June 1 - 23

Instructor(s): Tony Donk

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $4,350

Expenses Not Covered:


Course Description: 

EDUC 282/83 Literacy II: Reading and the Language Arts for Grades 4 - 8


The focus of this course is on the transitional reader.  It is during grades 4 through 8 that the child will become an independent reader in the elementary or middle school classroom.  Building on the foundation provided in Literacy I (EDUC 280), topics covered will include content area reading, comprehension instruction, assessment, and instructional models.  Additional attention will be paid to designing and conceptualizing instruction that meets the needs of all students. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education program.



EDUC 360/61, Secondary Principles

Location:  Liverpool England

Credits: 4

June Term, June 1 - 23

Instructor(s): Laura Pardo

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $4,350

Expenses Not Covered:


Course Description: 

EDUC 360/61: A study of secondary schools, with particular emphasis on principles and practices. The course topics include current issues, lesson and unit design, instructional strategies, assessment, technology, professionalism, moral education, and working with adolescents.  Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education program.



EDUC 488, Hope Comes to Watts

Location:  Los Angeles, California

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - June 1

Instructor(s): Nancy Cook, Madeline Kukla, John Yelding

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3,500

Expenses Not Covered: Daily Lunches, Weekend Meals


Course Description: 

Cross-Cultural Education-Hope Comes to Watts is designed to provide a May Term experience in Los Angeles, California.  Students will study the cultural, historical and geographical setting as well as complete pertinent readings to prepare for full-day placements in a school setting (Watts Learning Center).  Students will also participate in a variety of cultural and service opportunities during this experience.  This course will meet the College’s requirement for the Cultural Diversity or Domestic Global Learning flag.



EDUC 488, Rosebud Indian Reservation: Cross Cultural Education

Location:  Missions, SD

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - 24

Instructor(s): Professor Susan Cherup and Professor James Piers

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $1,150

Expenses Not Covered: 4 meals during the entire period


Course Description: 

Practice experiences are essential for anyone planning a career in education, social work or nursing.  Immersion into the world, lives, and culture of the Lakota Sioux provides great learning opportunities, increased cultural awareness and is good for the spirit.  When the two are mixed, they define the Hope College May Term on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, located in south-central South Dakota. Begun in 1991, this experience allows student to live and learn in a culture different from their own and to participate full time in the classroom, school social work or counseling office or school nurse environment of their choice.  Information learned in college classes is applied to real life settings as students plan culturally appropriate lessons, cooperative learning activities, address a variety of learning styles, and help students deal with life events, traumas or health concerns. 


Credits from this experience may be applied to a Religion 4 credit class, a Senior Seminar, an elective course for a Language Arts Composite major, Social Studies Composite major, Fine Arts Composite major, an Encounter with Cultures class, or an elective for the Social Work major.  Orientation to the culture includes meeting with tribal, school, dormitory, and business representatives, hospital administrators, spiritual leaders, and Indian students.  Trips to Wounded Knee, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the Akta Lakota and St. Francis museums provide further information about the Sioux Nation.



IDS 174 or IDS 495, Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective

Location:  Querétaro, Mexico

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - 30

Instructor(s): Jonathan Hagood, Mary Scheerhorn

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $2,500

Expenses Not Covered: Meals while on Hope Campus (May 7, May 30-31)


Course Description: 

This course compares the development of the healing professions, the economics of the modern health sector, and practices of health and healing in the U.S. and Mexico. Students spend three weeks in Querétaro, Mexico in health clinics and hospitals under the supervision of either the Nursing Department (for nursing students), the Physical Therapy Department (for pre-PT), or the School of Medicine (for pre-med, pre-PA, and other pre-health majors) of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ) and a member of Hope’s Nursing Faculty. During this time, students live with a host family and travel on guided excursions outside of Querétaro.


Students taking the course as IDS 174, Cultural Heritage II, will deepen their understanding of the rich traditions supporting contemporary perspectives on health and healing and learn how to incorporate history, literature, creative writing, and spirituality into a reflective healing practice. Students taking the course for credit as IDS 495, Senior Seminar, will write a life view paper that develops their perspective on health, healing, faith, and calling. For all students, time spent in Mexico will challenge pre-existing beliefs and opinions concerning the human body, its wellbeing, and the role that society and individuals play in health and healing.



IDS 280, Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Japan

Location:  Japan

Credits: 4 to 8

May Term and June Term, May 14 - June 10, 2013

Instructor(s): Robert Hodson and Andy Nakajima

Approximate Course Fee: $4,800 which includes tuition for four credit hours, lodging, meals, field trips, and airfare (up to $1,200)

Expenses Not Covered:


Course Description: 

Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Japan—May Term, IDS 280 (4 credits)


This seminar serves as an introduction to the rich cultural traditions of Japan.  A series of lectures and field trips as well as personal contact with Japanese students will give a unique perspective on various aspects of contemporary Japanese society.


Classes are held on the campuses of Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and Yokohama.  The university setting allows Hope students to observe and participate in student activities on the campus and interact informally with university students, especially those who have visited Hope College or who plan to come to Hope’s campus the following September.  The class lectures focus on the study of culture and religion, social and economic issues in Japan, Japanese education, as well as some “survival” Japanese lessons.  Class content is reinforced with field trips to an elementary school and relevant business, social service, religious and historical sites.  Students are housed in the central area of Tokyo with easy access by train or subway to museums, commercial and shopping areas and cultural centers.


An important aspect of the program is an optional weekend home stay with a Japanese family.  Usually Japanese families entertain guests outside of their homes, so this is a special opportunity to learn about Japanese home life first hand.


Since one cannot fully understand contemporary Japan without understanding its historical and cultural traditions, the participants will travel to the historic and cultural centers of Japan.  Near Tokyo these centers include Nikko, with its famous ornate architecture, and Kamakura, site of the great outside Buddha and many temples and shrines.  The last week of the program we will travel to such places as Kyoto, which offers 2,000 years of history; Hiroshima, site of the Peace Memorial Park, a tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb; and Mt. Fuji, the most beautiful, highest mountain in Japan.  Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required.


*All participants will earn 4 credits for IDS 280.  Students who are interested in earning extra course credits can register for an additional 2- 4 credits.  Credits may be substituted for some general education requirements (RL2, FA2, S2A, CD, CH2).  Please check with the Registrar’s office.



IDS 495 or COMM 395, From Faces to Facebook: Ways of Belonging

Location:  Liverpool Hope University, U.K.

Credits: 4

May Term, May 7 - May 29

Instructor(s): Isolde Anderson

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3,400

Expenses Not Covered: Airfare to and from Manchester, U.K.


Course Description: 

IDS 495:

This course will examine the many ways we connect with one another and create community – face to face and online.  During spring semester, we will critique our consumer society, consider ways to reweave the social fabric when it has worn thin, and reflect on the possibilities of virtual community.  In May, we will travel to and throughout the northern U.K. to learn about different types of communities there.  Liverpool Hope University will be our home base, as we meet in seminar with international students, and create our own websites to record and reflect on our learning about community. Readings, discussion, website development and a world-and-life-view paper will provide a framework for reflecting on where you live (geographically and virtually) and what you live for.


COMM 395:

Britain has a rich tradition of national, regional, and alternative/activist print and broadcast media. These various mass media have historically forwarded the interests of the country’s diverse political, social, racial, ethnic, and religious communities. The North of England, especially, is a fascinating place to study media, culture, and community. Liverpool is a culturally heterogeneous city with a historically active local media. A critical cultural studies perspective will allow students to examine how various communities in Liverpool, and the surrounding Northern region, has used the mass media today and in the past to both communicate and resist dominant ideologies of music, race and ethnicity, homelessness, religion, and workers’ rights. Through readings, discussions, and visits to local media outlets, each student will create a website that is a case study of a local Liverpool media outlet’s role in shaping and reflecting community against sometimes seemingly impossible odds.


IDS 495, Thriving in Transitions – Alaska
Location: Hope College and Sutton, Alaska
Credits: 4
May Term, May 6- May 31
Instructor(s): Steve VanderVeen, Tim Schoonveld
Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition): $2,500
Expenses Not Covered:

Life is full of change: entering and leaving college, joining a fraternity or sorority, leaving one job and starting another, getting married or divorced, losing a loved one, having children, visiting or living in a new culture, being the member of a new group of people, etc. While change is external, transitions are internal. Every change requires a transition. What are the characteristics of transition and how do we thrive in them? To explore this question we will not only read, watch, and talk about change and transition, but also experience both as we adapt to a new environment and become a team. During the first two weeks of the May Term we will meet at Hope; during the last two weeks we will travel to a rustic youth camp, exploring the culture and serving the people of the Chickaloon tribe near Sutton, Alaska.


LDRS 201, Intro to Leadership – Alaska
Location: Hope College and Sutton, Alaska
Credits: 2
May Term, May 6- May 31
Instructor(s): Tim Schoonveld
Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition): $2,500
Expenses Not Covered:

Course Description:

Students learn what it means to be a “Level 5” and “Stage 5” and “Fundamental” leader; in the process they learn about team-building and servant leadership in the context of the historic Christian faith, and they learn by doing. This course will be an extension of the present LDRS 201 class. The academic portion will be taught at Hope the first two weeks of the term. The service project will be performed in Alaska. Specific attention will be paid to servant leadership, spiritual development, and service in the context of the Alaskan culture.



MGMT 358, Management in the British Economy

Location:  London, England

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6- May 27

Instructor(s): Brian Porter, Tom Smith

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3,500

Expenses Not Covered: airfare


Course Description: 

Offered as MGMT 358, ECON 358, IDS 495


This interdisciplinary course explores the economy, politics and culture in Britain as they influence values and attitudes toward business and business practices. Seminars with leaders of business, labor and government are conducted in London and various other locations in England. Organizations visited in recent years have included  United Biscuits, Goldman Sachs, Herman Miller, The All England Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon), The Bank of England, Trades Union Congress, the BBC, and Parliament. Special attention is paid to unique forms of management and business organizations as well as the role of the UK in the European Union. The program also places emphasis on cultural experiences including theatre, concerts, art galleries, and museums. 


If taken as a senior seminar, the course will also include a heavy emphasis on worldview understanding and analysis.


An optional trip to Paris for four days is a regular feature of the program.


The course, intended for Economics, Management, and Accounting majors and minors, may be used to fulfill requirements for the Management and Economics majors, the Senior Seminar (when taken as IDS), and general electives.



MUS 295 and IDS 495, MUS 295/IDS 495:  The Sacred and Profane:  A Musical Tour of Great Britain

Location:  England

Credits: 4

June Term, June 4 - June 20

Instructor(s): Brian Coyle and Brad Richmond

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3,460

Expenses Not Covered:


Course Description: 

This course will explore two of the vibrant musical traditions Great Britain (Sacred and Folk).  Our travels will take us to splendid English Cathedrals and Chapels in London, Canterbury, Cambridge and York where we will experience the uniquely English service known as Evensong.  We will learn about the Anglican choral tradition and enjoy lectures and tours explaining the history and tradition associated with each site we visit.  We will also be treated to special performances of English folk music and dance on our travels.  In each of the cities we will  take part in lecture presentations and demonstrations on the history of English folk culture.  These performances, lectures and demonstrations will be offered by professional folk musicians, dancers, historians and scholars.



REL 295, Learning and Serving Among the Oglala Lakota:  Conversations about Faith, Culture, and Worldview

Location:  Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - May 31

Instructor(s): Steven D. Hoogerwerf, TA, and Re-Member Staff

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $1,450

Expenses Not Covered: Food in transit


Course Description: 

Other course numbers/ courses for which this class has been approved:


IDS 200 (Encounter with Cultures)

IDS 495 (Senior Seminar)


The Pine Ridge May Term is a service-learning course on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  The reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux.  After a one week on-campus orientation course, participants will spend two weeks on the reservation, engaged in ongoing service projects,  a variety of encounters with members of the reservation, travel to important sites on the reservation, the study of Lakota history and religion, and guided conversation to bring our own culture, faith and experience into conversation with life on the reservation.  During a final writing week, students will complete a major paper or project.



REL 365, Ecological Theology and Ethics

Location:  Hope and the Adirondacks

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - 24

Instructor(s): Steve Bouma-Prediger

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $980

Expenses Not Covered: Food either going to or coming from Camp Fowler.


Course Description: 

In this off-campus course, students will study the nature and causes of current ecological degradation, the witness of Christian scripture and tradition concerning matters ecological, the duties and responsibilities of humans as earthkeepers, and the practical implications of living in a more earth-friendly way.

This course combines traditional academic study with a wilderness backpacking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting trip. Students learn wilderness camping skills and develop their leadership abilities in addition to examining issues in ecological theology and ethics.

The first couple days of the course are at Hope, followed by two weeks in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, with the remaining 3-4 days back at Hope.



REL 480, Indian Worldview

Location:  INDIA

Credits: 4 hours

May Term, May 6 - June 3

Instructor(s): Boyd H. Wilson

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3,950

Expenses Not Covered:


Course Description:  

The purpose of this travel-seminar, A View of the Indian World: The Indian Worldview, is to  introduce the student to the world of India as well as the world of meaning that is assumed in India. Although there will be extensive travel and sight-seeing during the three and a half weeks in India,  the emphasis will not be on tourism exclusively.  The goal of the travel-seminar is to experience India with understanding:  this involves learning about India and experiencing India, not just seeing India.  A necessary part of the travel-seminar is an on-campus seminar that will meet for one hour a week during the Spring semester.  If a student is planning to make the journey to India during the May Term, the pre-travel seminar, Rel. 480:  The Indian Worldview, must be taken.  This seminar is offered for one hour of credit and is a necessary part of the travel-seminar in India. The time and place for this seminar will be arranged once all interested participants have enrolled (Wednesday night from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. has often been the time for this seminar).  The itinerary includes the following cities:  Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirucchirappali, Madurai, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kolkata, Varanasi, Agra.



SOC 290, Celtic May Term:  Peace & Reconciliation in a Celtic Context:  Memory, Narrative, and Identity in Northern Ireland and Scotland

Location:  Scotland and Northern Ireland

Credits: 4

May Term, May 6 - 30, 2013

Instructor(s): Roger Nemeth (Soc)  Virginia Beard (Poli Sci)  Deirdre Johnston (Comm)

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3000

Expenses Not Covered: International flight to/from Glasgow, Scotland


Course Description: 

Scotland and Ireland have both shared and divergent geographic, cultural, racial/ethnic, religious, and colonial histories. Journeying through both countries, students will engage a complex array of questions central to the study, policy and understanding of the pursuit of peace during and after active conflicts and the possible attainment of real and lasting reconciliation. Students will be asked to analytically, theoretically and experientially engage with such questions as whose narrative is driving policy responses to peace-building? What role(s) do identities play in reconciliation? What creates unity in the context of contested identities and narratives? What meaning and memory do memorials – from parades to sacred holidays to murals – play in re-membering a society to future reconciliation after active violence subsides? What roles does religion – as faith, as civil society, as ethnic marker –  play in conflict, identity, memory and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Scotland?


Students will begin their experience staying with the community at the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Center in Northern Ireland, this location serving as part of their educational engagement as well as a staging post for trips.  Students will travel to Belfast to tour the Peace Walls and into Londonderry to experience the locations and space of Bloody Sunday and into the rural areas of Northern Ireland which reflect a different memory in their physical space and social interactions of the “troubles” than do the major urban centers. Students will then engage the above themes spending time in Dublin – where the arts are vibrant and part of the remembering of what it means to be Irish, where the Catholic St. Patrick’s church is central to areas of Protestant marches and protests against home rule – and County Wicklow – a seat of the weaving industry that is central to Ireland’s economic history and current identity and tourist industry – in the Republic of Ireland – seeing and hearing different and related narratives, memories and physical spaces in relation to the Island of Ireland’s history and current reconciliation stage. After a 10 day to two week experience in Northern Ireland and Ireland, the students will travel Scotland, where a comparative and contrasting case study on the same themes will be pursued.


In Scotland, we will begin our study of peace and reconciliation in the city of Glasgow, a vibrant arts and university city.  We are particularly interested in Glasgow’s history around the time of the Industrial Revolution, when Highlanders forced off their land and Irish fleeing famine flowed together, into the city, seeking jobs in the textile, iron and shipbuilding industries.  We will explore the principles of equality, labor, equity and justice that define Glaswegian identity and that have been key to the ‘reinvention’ of Glasgow as a ‘city of the people’ in the wake of its tenement history, economic disparity, and religious sectarianism.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in family home-stays and meet with Glasgow University professors to interview Glaswegians on themes of sectarianism and reconciliation, and faith and identity.  An understanding of Scotland would be incomplete without exposure to the geography, history and culture of the Highlands. Through the Highland experience students will be exposed to contrasting historical narratives and witness how history is socially constructed within cultural identity groups.  This area will enrich students’ understanding of 12th-18th century history, the nature of clan and kinship in Scottish heritage and community, the violence and vengeance that defined these communities, and in particular, the role of violence in the spread of Protestantism. 


Returning to the West Coast of Scotland, students will engage in a monastic experience with the Iona Christian Community, living in the abbey on the Isle of Iona.  The Iona Christian Community is a “dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship”. The Community hosts individuals who will commit to a week-long experience of community living, worship, and study. Students will be challenged physically (pilgrimage hikes), relationally (living in community), educationally (reading and engaging in workshop discussions), and spiritually (living the Iona Christian Community common rule). The Iona Community attracts many international visitors so students will likely be engaged in learning with others committed to the community’s commitment to social activism, reconciliation and justice.  St. Columba came to Iona from Ireland in 563 A.D. to establish a monastery which facilitated the spread of Christianity in Scotland and Northern England. Iona housed a Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages, and relics from these early centuries of the Celtic Christian faith are evident in Iona today.

Professors:Dr. Virginia Beard (PoliSci), Dr. Deirdre Johnston (Comm), Dr. Roger Nemeth (Soc)


Course Fee:  (includes lodging, entrance fees, train, ferry and bus travel, tours, special events and field trips, and all but a few meals.  International airfare and tuition are NOT included in the course fee.  Students will have the option of making their own international travel arrangements or using travel arrangements made by professors.



SPAN 321 or 322, ADVANCED GRAMMAR & CONVERSATION I or II/ and SPAN 495, El Camino de Santiago

Location:  Santiago de Compostela

Credits: 8

May Term and June Term, MAY 4-JUNE 25

Instructor(s): Renata Fernandez/Liliana Dorado

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition): $4200

Expenses Not Covered: Airfare, Hope College tuition


Course Description: 

This will be an intensive 7-week Spanish immersion experience.


SPAN 321 or 322 classes will be taught at the University of Santiago de Compostela during the first 4 weeks. 


SPAN 495 will be taught June 1 – 25.  Academic experts on El Camino (artists, writers, religious figures) will teach the History of the Apostle St. James Way from a rich cultural, historical, artistic and religious angle. There will also be discussion panels, tours of the city, visits to museums and churches, and a week of walking in pilgrimage towards St. James shrine. 


These courses are designed for the student who intend to earn a major or minor in Spanish.  Students will earn 4 credits in either Spanish V or VI, as well as 4 credits for SPAN 495.



SPAN 495, El Camino de Santiago

Location:  Santiago de Compostela

Credits: 4

June Term, June 1-25

Instructor(s): Renata Fernandez/Liliana Dorado

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  Already included in SPAN 321/322 fee or $2010 for students joining the group for June Term)


Expenses Not Covered: Airfare


Course Description: 

This is a continuation of the Santiago May Term and will be taught the last 3 weeks of the trip.  Academic experts on El Camino (artists, writers, religious figures) will teach the History of the Apostle St. James from a rich cultural, historical, artistic and religious angle. There will also be discussion panels, tours of the city, visits to museums and churches, and a week of walking in pilgrimage towards St. James shrine.



SPAN 342/495, Spanish and Andalusian culture

Location:  Universidad de Malaga, Spain

Credits: 4

May Term, May 4 – June 1

Instructor(s): Liliana Dorado/Renata Fernandez

Approximate Course Fee (excluding tuition):  $3045

Expenses Not Covered: Airfare


Course Description: 

The course is a survey of Andalusian history and culture through art and literary texts. It is an interdisciplinary class in which students learn about the significant contributions of the Muslim to Andalusia in many different areas, including art, architecture, city planning, food, literature, economics, science, philosophy, and politics. The historical portion covers the study of the different populations and cultures that crossed paths in Andalusia, eventually determining the makeup of the region as we see it today.

Coursework involves the student in readings from renowned authors, as well as informational texts, plus field trips to historical sites and art museums. Credits: Spanish 342 or 495.


During June Term (June 1-25), students may join the June Term in Santiago.  The additional fee is $2010.




Hope College


Vienna Summer School


57th Annual  Program





Program Objectives


In 2013, the Hope College Vienna Summer School celebrates its 57th year! This summer’s two sessions offer college credits in numerous academic fields: German Language 1 and 2, Vienna’s Musical Traditions, Austrian Art and Architecture, Modern Austrian History, Empires of the World and Mind, Theology and Ethics (An Illustrated Guide), Intercultural Communication, Economic and Business Issues in the European Union, a Senior Seminar on “Vienna: Values in Transit,” and Independent Studies. Field trips within Austria and excursions to neighboring countries add a significant dimension to the learning experience. The program, open to qualified applicants of any age who have completed at least one year of college before summer 2013, has a maximum of 55 students per session. Minimum grade point average for acceptance is usually around 2.80. A student on disciplinary probation will need clearance for eligibility. 


Since the pioneer days of 1956 when the late Dr. Paul G. Fried (history professor and director of international education at Hope College) founded the Vienna Summer School, more than 3,000 students from at least 200 colleges and universities have discovered how summer study in Vienna can provide them with a meaningful introduction to the rich heritage of European civilization. Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, current director of the Vienna Summer School and professor of English at Hope, will lead the group in Vienna for his 38th consecutive year. 




Living in Vienna


Vienna Summer School combines serious academic study with the benefits of living in a culturally rich city. Students reside with Austrian families, usually in double rooms, where breakfast is provided and clothes are laundered; they receive monetary refunds for daily dinners and are urged to explore local restaurants. Students from previous summers have contributed 350 restaurant reviews to "Inexpensive Eating in Vienna," a guide provided to all participants. Some use kitchen facilities at their residences to prepare light meals. Students receive weekly transportation passes valid on all trams, buses, subways, and trains in metropolitan Vienna.



Cultural Activities


Vienna features everything from famous choirboys to fabled coffeehouses, from Sachertortes to the Spanish Riding School, from baroque churches to a modern United Nations complex. While in Vienna, German-language students improve fluency; art/architecture and theology students explore museums and churches; students in history and “Empires” courses visit Habsburg residences and World War sites; music students attend operas and concerts; communication and business students meet experts from international agencies; “Values in Transit” students question distinguished Austrian speakers daily. Many of these opportunities are available to all participants. Students get reimbursements for cultural events connected with courses. Non-credit German-conversation classes meet a few afternoons each week. Beginners find these survival sessions beneficial, while those with German abilities gain more confidence.





For students participating in the full program or first session only, Dr. Hemenway has reserved group flights on Tuesday, May 7, from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago with arrival in Vienna on Wednesday, May 8. Students with other flight arrangements must arrive in Vienna no later than noon on May 8 for bus rides to Mörbisch (a village near the Austro-Hungarian border) for orientation. For second session students, group flights from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago depart on Thursday, May 30, and arrive on Friday, May 31. All students must arrive in Vienna by noon on May 31 for orientation. Return dates from Vienna (or other cities) are open, but flights from Vienna to Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago have been reserved on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 22, for students leaving at the end of each session. Participants will receive complete flight information and options in December.



Weekend Excursions


On weekends, Dr. Hemenway arranges and leads excursions to places outside of Vienna. Plans for the first session include two-day weekends in Salzburg (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic). The second session features a two-day weekend in Budapest (Hungary), an overnight hiking trip in the Austrian Alps, and a weekday in Bratislava (Slovakia). Since weekend trips are considered part of the academic program, costs of transportation, hotels, guides, admissions, breakfasts, and dinners are included in the overall price.



Courses and Faculty


Students may enroll for either or both of the consecutive sessions. Each student selects one course per session for four hours of credit. Classes may be audited, but full tuition must be paid. Transcripts for non-Hope students are sent to home colleges for credit transfer. Enrollment for each course is limited to 15; a course with low enrollment may be canceled. German-language courses are taught partly in German, but all other classes are taught in English. Most courses fulfill “general education” requirements for Hope students. Classes convene at the Austro-American Institute of Education across the street from the Opera in central Vienna. 



Independent Study Projects


Independent Study Projects that make specific use of the Vienna locale are possible during either session, but second session is preferable. A project, worth four hours of credit, is an alternative to listed courses. Prior approval (with project goals and outline) must be obtained from the appropriate department and from Dr. Hemenway, who arranges meetings with Austrian resource persons and supervises the project. Former students have pursued independent studies in creative writing, political science, education, sociology, theater, film, music, religion, and German literature.




First Session Orientation and Classes -8 May to 30 May


German I stresses basic skills necessary to communicate in German. Students earn credit for German 101, the first component of the Second Language general education requirement. Prof. Karen Kalser, free-lance teacher and mother of four, has taught in the program since 1996. 


Vienna’s Musical Traditions focuses on Vienna's contributions to classical music and opera (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Strauss, Mahler, Schönberg). Students may get credit for Music 295 or History 295 or fulfill the Arts I (Music 101) or Cultural Heritage II (History 131*) general education requirement. Dr. Wolfgang Reisinger, a Viennese native with Ph.D. degrees in Music from the Universities of Vienna and Kansas, has served as director of the Vienna Church Music Conservatory and organ consultant for the Vienna Archdiocese. He composed music sung during Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 visit to Austria. Student homework includes attendance at the world’s finest operas and concerts.


Modern Austrian History fulfills the Cultural Heritage II (History 131*) general education requirement or is an elective (History 295). The course focuses on Austria from the decline of the Habsburg Empire, through both World Wars, up to Austria’s entry into the European Union. Museum visits, walking tours, and films make Austrian history come alive. Dr. Herberth Czermak--Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, professor-emeritus at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Translators, and teacher for many American programs overseas--has taught in the Vienna Summer School since 1987. 


Austrian Art and Architecture focuses on the rich treasures of the Baroque and Rococo, for which Vienna provides an ideal setting. Austrian artifacts from Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Biedermeier, and Modern periods are also examined. Many classes occur in museums, palaces, monasteries, and churches. Students may earn credit for Art 295 or History 295 or fulfill the Arts I (Art 111) or Cultural Heritage II (History 131*) general education requirement. Dr. Beatrice Ottersböck, noted art historian and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, has taught in numerous American programs here since 1968.


Empires of the World, Empires of the Mind fulfills the Cultural Heritage II general education requirement (IDS 172). Incorporating literature, philosophy, and history from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the course examines cultural/intellectual developments of Central Europe from the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian Empires to the dawn of modern Austria. Readings include fiction (Kafka), history (Morton), philosophy (Kant, Nietzsche), and cultural criticism (Freud). Dr. Janis Gibbs, Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, specializes in the interplay of religious, social, and cultural factors in early modern German cities. 


Theology and Ethics: An Illustrated Guide fulfills the Religion 200-level general education requirement (Religion 295). It examines Christian beliefs about God, creation, evil, salvation, and their implications for Christian ethics. Students read key biblical texts and theological commentaries and take field trips to churches, museums, and performances to learn how the arts exemplify theological themes. Dr. David S. Cunningham, Ph.D. from Duke University, Professor of Religion, and Director of Hope’s CrossRoads Project, focuses on the intersection of theology and the arts as one of his academic specialties. 


*History 131 counts for CH II if a student has taken or will take IDS 171 or IDS 175 for CH I. Consult the Hope College Catalog and your advisor.



Second Session Orientation and Classes - 30 May to 21 June


German II, a continuation of German I with Prof. Kalser, develops the acquisition of a communication knowledge of German. Students earn credit for German 102, the second component of the Second Language general education requirement. German 101 or its equivalent is a prerequisite.


The Austrian Art and Architecture course is offered during this session by Dr. Ottersböck (see description under First Session).


The Empires of the World, Empires of the Mind course is offered during this session by Dr. Gibbs (see description under First Session).


Intercultural Communication (Communication 295) lets students use their experiences in Vienna as experiments in new ways of understanding their own and other cultures. They explore how cultural “programming” affects different areas of life, business, and communication. They examine the immigrant experience, culture shock, language barriers and biases, and intercultural competence. Each student becomes a “cultural detective” preparing a relevant project. Field trips to the United Nations, Central Bank, etc., supplement lectures and readings. Prof. Elisabeth Cassels-Brown, M.A., teaches International Business at Vienna’s Webster University and has taught various courses for the Hope program since 1992. 


Economic and Business Issues in the European Union fulfills the Social Science I (Block B) general education requirement as Economics 200 or 211 or a major elective requirement as Economics 395 or Management 395. This course provides an understanding of economic principles and policies of the European Union and examines the impact and implications of the EU and its single currency on businesses and people. Readings, discussions, and field trips explore these issues under the guidance of Prof. Brian Gibbs (Hope alumnus), lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at Regensburg University in Germany. With 25 years of experience in strategy and operations consulting to businesses worldwide, Gibbs has served many vital roles in the summer school since 1985. 


Vienna: Values in Transit celebrates its 25th year as a Senior Seminar course (IDS 495). Students in this values-oriented class listen to and question the philosophies and life choices articulated by daily speakers from Austria and other countries. Distinguished artists, business people, clergy, environmentalists, politicians, teachers, and World War II veterans and victims share their life stories. Under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Hemenway (Ph. D. from University of Illinois), students interact with speakers and each other, write journals, and formulate personal views for a "Philosophy of Life" paper. Prerequisite: at least second-semester junior status.







Application and scholarship forms are available from Ms. Kendra Williams at Fried International Center, 116 Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave., Hope College, Holland, MI 49423 (phone: 616/395-7605; email:, or from Dr. Stephen Hemenway, English Department, Lubbers 310, Hope College, Holland, MI 49422-9000 (phone: 616/395-7616; email: Early (pre-Thanksgiving) applications are encouraged; some first session classes generate wait lists. Deadlines are listed in the Calendar.



Program Costs


1) Full Six-Week Session with Weekend Trips* = $6,800. Included are tuition costs for eight semester hours of academic credit, German language instruction, housing, breakfast and dinner every day (including weekends), tram-bus-subway passes in Vienna, cell phones, orientation/farewell festivities, and most field trips/excursions required for courses. Also included are transportation, hotels, guides, admissions, and special events for weekends in Salzburg and Prague during first session and for weekends in Budapest and Austrian Alps and day trip to Bratislava in second session. A student enrolled for both sessions saves $500. 

2) First Session Only with Weekend Trips* = $3,800. Included are tuition costs for four semester hours of academic credit, etc. (see everything listed in first sentence in #1) plus costs for out-of-town orientation and weekend excursions.

3) Second Session Only with Weekend Trips* = $3,500. Included are tuition costs for four semester hours of academic credit, etc. (see everything listed in first sentence in #1) plus costs for weekend excursions.

4) Round Trip Flight Estimates: 7 May departure = $1,290; 30 May departure = $1,695

This flight fee, paid directly to a travel agent, is not part of the Hope College costs. Return dates are negotiable individually.


*The above cost estimates are based on prices and exchange rates as projected in September 2012. They may be revised if economic or political conditions change significantly. 




Calendar for Summer 2013


Nov. 28                   Deadline for early admission (with application form, transcript, reference letters) and/or for      scholarships (also with blue form, essay)

Dec. 6-10                                Acceptance letters mailed; scholarship winners notified

Jan. 9                      Deadline for scholarship winners to accept or reject offers and pay deposits

Jan. 14                    Deadline for deposits for others accepted in December

Jan. 22                    Application deadline (with transcript, reference letters) for those applying for admission without scholarship (if places are still available)

Feb. 4                      Deadline for group flight payment (seats may be reserved from Dec.10)

Mar. 29                   Half of remaining balance is due in Business Office

Apr. 29                    Balance of account must be paid in full at Business Office

May 7                     First session group flights from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago to Vienna

May 8                     Arrival in Vienna for orientation and first session classes

May 30                   Second session group flights from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago to Vienna

May 31                   Arrival in Vienna for orientation and second session classes

                                Return group flight from Vienna for students enrolled in first session only

June 22                                  Return group flight from Vienna for students in both sessions or second session only




Deposit/Refund Policy & Notice of Nondiscrimination


Upon written notification of your acceptance, a deposit of $300 (which will be applied to final balance) must be made by January 9 for scholarship winners, January 14 for all others accepted in December (or later for January applicants); $200 is nonrefundable. Half of balance is due by 29 March 2013; final half is due by 26 April 2013. If you withdraw from the program before classes begin, the unexpended portion of the fee will be returned. After classes begin, refunds cannot be made except for grave reasons. Hope College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, creed, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Hope College. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, creed, or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.