Off-Campus Study

Hope’s array of U.S. study centers gives you opportunities for study off-campus with an exciting focus.
Border Studies program 
The Border Studies Program explores the many ways in which nations, cultures and languages interact to create what is known as border culture. Situated in a bilingual, multicultural region composed of the three states of Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua, the Ciudad Juárez, with nearly 2 million inhabitants, and El Paso, with approximately 800,000 inhabitants, together form the largest bi-national metropolitan area in the world.
The Chicago SemesterStudents from Hope and nine other Christian colleges enjoy this experience of living, learning and working in America’s third largest city, while studying issues of urban life in a fully accredited program. The staff of the Chicago Semester combines advanced academic training and professional experience with years of living and working in the city. They support and guide students as they explore the possibilities and issues within an urban working world. 
 
Up to 16 hours of academic credit can be earned through the program, which includes a four day/week supervised internship and two seminars. Students representing nearly all college majors choose internships that fit their vocational or career goals. They select an internship from several options developed by the staff, interviewing at each before making a decision. Areas for internships include, but are not limited to, graphic design, theater, accounting, finance, business, human resources, advertising, public relations, marketing, event planning, health sciences, communications, social work, social services, student teaching, law, sports management and media. 
 
The Chicago Semester has been honored with the Program of the Year award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). 
The Newberry Seminar in the Humanities (Chicago)
In this program students tap the extraordinarily rich resources of the Newberry Library in a semester-length fall seminar, several month-long seminars in winter, spring independent study at any time after December and occasional internships. 
 
The Newberry Library, founded in 1887, is a privately endowed research library in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Over 1 million volumes and 6 million manuscripts comprise its strong general collection of Western history and the humanities from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Special collections concentrate on linguistics, the American Indian, Chicago history and culture, the Renaissance, the history of cartography and printing and the history and theory of music. 
 
Recent seminar topics have included Herman Melville, American Dissent from 1870 to Present, The Concept of Revolution, Cultural Ideals and Realities in History and Literature and Play and Society in Literature and History. The Humanities program is jointly sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. (GLCA) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).
The New York Arts Program
Students seriously interested in the performing, visual and communication arts may experience a unique opportunity to be a part of the world of established professional artists in New York City. Students spend a semester as an apprentice to a producing artist or with an arts organization, supplemented with academic study. Resident staff members assist students in finding both apprenticeships and housing.
New York Center for Arts and Media Studies
The city will be your classroom as NYCAMS is located within walking distance from some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world. These extraordinary cultural resources will be an integral aspect of your learning experience. In addition, internships with internationally renowned artists, galleries, and institutions will provide you with unique opportunities to experience and engage professionally with the arts.

The Oak Ridge Science Semester
Qualified majors in natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics or computer science spend one semester at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, one of the world’s major research centers. The students spend 40 hours per week in research as assistants to Oak Ridge scientists, take one senior-level course and participate in an interdisciplinary seminar. 
 
Each student receives 16 credits under Interdisciplinary Studies for participation in this program which provides an opportunity to work with outstanding scientists and sophisticated equipment on important energy-related research. The Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. (GLCA) sponsors this program.
The Oregon Extension
Students in this semester-long program live in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. While studying one cluster of themes at a time in an intensive discussion format, students learn how to pursue important questions reflectively and in depth. They live in community with other students and faculty members who act as mentors, seeking common goals: scholarly excellence, maturity in their Christian faith and a direct encounter with nature.
The Philadelphia Center
Experience professional exploration, intellectual development and personal growth in the heart of America's fifth-largest city. Our accredited program features field placements, seminars and independent living. Students select an internship from more than 800 placement opportunities and then design a Learning Plan that provides the structure for integrating work experience with educational, social and professional development objectives. Students earn 16 credits: Class topics currently offered include finance, social justice, architecture, psychotherapy, religion, Africanist perspective and senior seminar. Each fall and spring semester, 75-100 students with any major from liberal arts schools across the country participate in the program.
Washington Honors Semester Program
Superior students from all disciplines study in Washington, D.C. and apply knowledge of their area as it relates to government and politics. Select junior and senior students will take a seminar on American government and politics, participate in group interviews with congressmen and legislative staff, executives, lobbyists, political party officials and journalists, intern for two six-week periods in Congress, the executive branch or with political interest groups and prepare extensive research papers upon their semester's work.