To participate in a Calvin Exchange off-campus semester program, you must have sophomore status and a minimum GPA of 2.5. You must first complete an online application for Calvin and then talk with the director of off-campus programs.

Calvin exchange programs include Hoogeschool Zeeland (Netherlands) and Handong University (Korea).


For students planning to do an exchange program in the fall semester, the application deadline is mid-March.

For students planning to do an exchange program in the spring semester, the application deadline is June 1.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the application process for the program you are choosing. Remember that although the Calvin Application is online, it can take several days to complete, as you have to wait for various approvals across campus.

Complete the Calvin Application Process

The Calvin application determines your academic and social eligibility for an off-campus program. You will apply for a Calvin Exchange semester program at the Calvin University Horizons site. Please read the following before you proceed.

How do I get started?

After you click on the Calvin University Horizons link, use your Calvin username and password to log in when prompted. You should scroll down and find the program to which you are applying. The software will guide you through the application process.

What should I be aware of in completing the application process?

The application process includes the following components:

  • Demographic information: (this will fill in automatically) Name, email, phone, major, year in school, etc.
  • Academic GPA check: (this will fill in automatically) For semester programs, you will need to have at least a 2.5 GPA to be automatically approved to study off-campus. If your GPA is below 2.5, you will be asked if you want to appeal directly to the Off-Campus Programs Office.
  • Student Life Approval This portion of the application asks if you have been disciplined by a member of the Student Life Division (a Dean or Resident Director) for an infraction of campus regulations and if yes to explain the circumstances). If a student is not approved by student life, you can appeal directly to the Off-Campus Programs Office.
  • Program waiver: The program waiver is an important document that outlines both the risk and responsibilities of both the student and the university. Please read this document carefully.

Complete the application

  • Once the online application is approved, you will need to schedule an interview time with the Director of Off-Campus Programs. During this interview, you will be asked to talk about your motivation for studying at one of our exchange programs, as well as your goals for this experience.
  • After this interview, the Off-Campus Programs Office will work with you to complete the necessary paperwork for the host institution.
  • Once you are accepted for a program, make sure you communicate with Calvin’s Off-Campus Programs office concerning your status for off-campus study.
  • For exchange programs, students are billed Calvin tuition (plus a $150 administrative fee). In terms of room and board, students work with the host institution and pay these expenses directly to the host institution.