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Study Away Student Information and Procedures

Why Study Away

  • Help meet academic goals
  • Explore new culture
  • Expand horizons of cultural and international understanding
  • Increase/grow understanding of own culture and beliefs
  • Make yourself more marketable to employers 

2014-2015 Approved Study Away Experiences

  • HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel, Aleta Anderson, 13 days traveling Germany
  • HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel, Audrey Heckwolf, 10 days traveling Italy (Preference will be given to those students who are in the Culinary Program but this is not required.)
  • HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel, Hillery Haney and Kimberly Overdevest, 10 days traveling France and Belgium
  • AD 248/258 Transcultural Nursing, Sherry Knoppers and Laurie Moody, 9 days traveling Costa Rica (Learn more)

Application Process

1. Students must complete the Study Away Student Intake Form.  This form is submitted electronically to via OrgSync.

  • We encourage you to create an OrgSync account
  • We encourage you to add Study Away as a group within OrgSync
  • The Intake Form will include Criminal Background Check, Academic Standing Check, Student Code of Conduct Check and Financial Standing with the College
  • If during our criminal history check we are made aware of federal or state drug convictions, we are obligated to share that information with the GRCC Financial Aid Office to assure we are in compliance with federal student eligibility requirements.  A student may be ineligible for financial aid due to a drug conviction.

2. The Department of Experiential Learning will process the Student Intake Form.  Students meeting the below criteria will be moved forward in the process:

  • Be a GRCC student (degree-seeking preferred)
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be in good academic standing (above a 2.0)
  • Have a clear Student Code of Conduct record check
  • Have a clear Criminal Background Check
  • Must have proof of current Health Insurance (more information)
  • Have no outstanding fees owed to the College
  • Have adequate financial means to participate in the experience

Students are to have essential abilities (skills, physical functions, communication, emotional coping and behavioral attributes) to be successful in study away experiences.  If a student has a disability and feels they can achieve the course objectives with reasonable accommodations, the student should contact Disability Support Services at (616-23-4140 or 

Cost of the trip can be covered by Financial Aid.  Before making a decision to move forward, please contact Paul Doane, (616) 234-4030, in the Financial Aid Office to help determine your options of paying for this experience.

Students should meet with an Academic Advisor to determine how a study away experience best fits into your academic goals.  We strongly encourage you to meet with Katie Hughes in the Counseling and Career Center, (616) 234-3900.

3. Complete any additional faculty application requirements. This may include providing reference letters and/or an interview.

4. Once approved, students will be billed for the Study Away experience he or she has applied to.  Know that there are set deadlines for making on-time payments (see frequently asked questions about using financial aid).  Students will also be enrolled into the appropriate course(s) designated for the Study Away experience.

  • We may require you to pay an initial deposit.
  • Email Chris Remley ( every time you make a payment detailing when and how much.

5. Students are required to complete and submit the following forms to the Department of Experiential Learning:

  • Risk and Release Form
  • Emergency Contact Information Form
  • Health Information Form
  • Health Insurance Coverage Certification Form

6. Students are required to attend all orientations facilitated by your Faculty Leader.

7. Students are required to have Health Insurance. Coverage must include:

  • expenses relating to sickness, injury, medical evacuation, accidental death and repatriation.
  • coverage that extends to your location(s)
  • you are within the age limit for the entire duration of your travel time
  • coverage extends for the entire period of the program