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Off-Campus Programs

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As part of the GDS program, students will participate in an off-campus program in a developing nation.

Calvin Programs

Calvin offers several semester-long programs that focus on studying development and fulfill the study abroad requirement for global development studies. 100% of your financial aid applies to the following, Calvin-sponsored programs:

Course equivalencies

Honduras: Justice Studies

STHO 212 fulfills the Community Development requirement of the GDS major, and the other two development classes, STHO 210 and STHO 211, count as IDS electives.


Courses taken in Ghana usually qualify as GDS electives.

Honduras: Spanish Studies

SPHO 205 counts as the Introduction to Development and substitutes for IDS 201. Courses in Latin American literature and culture are generally counted as GDS electives.

Semester programs

Summer programs

Non-Calvin Programs

There are other development-focused study abroad programs offered by different colleges and organizations which can fulfill your study abroad requirement. Varying levels of financial aid apply to these programs. These programs are already approved as credit towards the GDS major. If you are interested in pursuing one of these programs as part of your major requirements for GDS, please contact us.

Transylvania Semester Program:

Northwestern College offers a semester in Romania through New Horizons Foundation. Students in this program will study Romanian culture, history, and language, while also focusing on experiential education, service learning, and sustainable development theory.

Thailand Semester:

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute offers a semester in Thailand. This program looks at the links between culture and ecology through the lens of sustainability and development.

Programs in Developing Nations:

Both Calvin and other institutions offer other programs in the developing world. While these programs do not exclusively focus on studying development, they provide other options to study abroad in developing nations. If you are interested in pursuing one of these programs as part of your major requirements for IDS, please contact us.

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