Our world is a global community, and Hope intends that you be prepared for it. No classroom experience alone can give you the benefit of traveling and living in another culture. Most students say they see with new eyes after participating in such opportunities.
Semester and yearlong opportunities for off-campus study  are available in virtually every part of the globe. May and June terms and summer school programs offer short term options.
A wide range of study abroad programs are made possible by the college's membership in a number of consortiums, including the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc.  (GLCA), a Michigan non-profit corporation, which cooperates with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest  (ACM), the Institute for the International Education of Students  (IES), the Council on International Education Exchange  (CIEE), the School for International Training  (SIT), AustraLearn , and a handful of other approved program providers.
Hope College exercises direct or indirect academic and administrative control over these programs. Once enrolled, students in these official programs continue to receive administrative support and will be regarded as regular Hope College students in all respects. They are entitled to retain financial aid  and to have grades and credit earned recorded on their Hope College transcript.
Once you return from your study abroad experience, special programs at Hope help you re-enter college life and incorporate your experience into your future plans.