To participate in a Non-Calvin 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 obtain and submit a program application for the program to which you are applying.

Any potential off-campus study program could fit into this category. Students are encouraged to explore the wide variety of potential programs. The Off-Campus Programs Office can serve as a resource for students as they search.

You must also be up-to-date with all your vaccinations, including the COVID vaccine.


For students planning to do a non-Calvin program in the following year (fall or spring) the deadline to receive consideration for a slot to take 50% of your Calvin-issued financial aid is April 1. To receive full consideration, slot applications must be submitted by April 1. (The slot application is part of the online Calvin application process). Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed until all slots are filled. Students not applying to take 50% of their financial aid to non-Calvin programs can still complete an application to attend non-Calvin programs but no financial aid will be awarded for non-Calvin programs after June 1 for the following year.

Deadlines vary by program, so be sure to leave 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.

Financial aid deadlines

For non-Calvin programs you will receive 100% of your “outside” (federal and state) aid, but none of your Calvin issued aid will be automatically awarded. If you would like to apply to keep 50% of your Calvin-issued aid, you will need to apply for a “slot” which is part of the online Calvin application process.

Slot applications will be reviewed starting in mid March and the review process will continue until all slots are awarded or until June 1. AFTER JUNE 1, NO ADDITONAL FINANCIAL AID WILL BE AWARDED TO PARTICIPATE IN A NON-CALVIN OFF-CAMPUS SEMESTER PROGRAM.

Complete the Calvin application process

The Calvin application determines your academic and social eligibility for an off-campus program. Apply for a non-Calvin semester program at the Calvin University Horizons site.

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Complete the program application

  • Once the Calvin part of the application is approved, you will need to obtain an application from your desired program of study and return it to the program directly.
  • Once you are accepted to a program, make sure you communicate with Calvin’s Off-Campus Programs office concerning your status for off-campus study. Communicate with the off-campus programs office and with the program so that the program can bill Calvin directly.  Calvin will then bill you, and your financial aid will apply directly to the cost of the program.