Off-Campus Study

Studying off-campus, whether internationally or domestically in the U.S., is an experience bound to change your view of the world.

Ripon College is affiliated with a number of ACM off-campus programs and also hosts its own unique three-week Liberal Arts In Focus courses each spring. Each program varies based on focus, costs and duration to meet the unique needs of the student body. View our program finder.

In general, full-time students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to Ripon-affiliated off-campus programs. Students who wish to study abroad and receive Ripon credit may do so by applying to any of the programs on the approved list. Students who elect to study on one of these programs should discuss their program and course selection with their academic advisors, the respective program’s on-campus advisor(s) and the Office of the Registrar. To study off-campus, students must complete the appropriate forms by the specified deadlines.

Costs do vary by program — both direct charges as well as indirect expenses. Off-campus programs will be charged the current Ripon College tuition or the program tuition, whichever is higher, as well as any associated fees. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Office of Financial Aid early on in the process to determine individual program charges and available financial assistance. State and federal aid will follow you on your off-campus study program. In addition, you may apply for a one-time institutional off-campus study grant.

Students who receive tuition remission should contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine whether their benefits support off-campus study and whether they may be eligible for a one-time off-campus study financial aid award.

Outside scholarships such as the Gilman International Scholarship are available for students who qualify. In some cases, the deadlines for outside scholarships may be earlier than application deadlines for the programs.

Off-Campus Study Program Finder

Off-campus study programs vary in length from three-week Liberal Arts In Focus courses to a semester and a year. Use the table below to sort by duration, location and subject matter.

South AmericaArgentina CórdobaCórdoba has six universities and thousands of students. As a student at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, you have an opportunity to interact with students from all over South America. Excursions to other areas, museums, and cultural sites allow the student immersion into the life of an Argentine student. View program page
Eligibility: Prerequisite for Spanish Studies Program: successful completion of one semester of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent, or native/near native speakers of Spanish 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required. Prerequisite for Integrated Studies Program: the completion of two semesters of advanced college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or native/near-native speakers of Spanish 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required.
Credit: 17-22 credits
Application Deadline: See advisor for deadlines.
Geoff W. Guevara-GeerFall, Spring, Year, Summer
AfricaBotswanaBotswana: Development in Southern AfricaCentered at the University of Botswana campus in Gaborne, this interdisciplinary program addresses the challenges of educating a nation and preparing it to confront the demands of 21st century globalization. There are four components to the academic program. Students take a course in Setswana (the national language) plus an elective course at the university related to the political, cultural, or socioeconomic life of Botswana. The program director (an ACM faculty member) offers a course in his or her area of expertise. Each student plans and carries out an independent study project. The academic program is enriched by field trips to observe the country’s mixed economy, historical sites, and varied ecological zones. Students live in university dormitories. Visit program page.
Eligibility: Second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Credit: 16 credits
Application deadline: March 1 – Early decision for following spring; October 1 – final round, if openings exist
Emily J. (Molly) MargarettenSpring
South AmericaBrazilSemester Exchange ProgramThe ACM Brazil Exchange program gives students an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural educational experience at either the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) or the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB). Both universities offer rich resources in Environmental Studies and access to savannah and tropical rain forest ecosystems, as well as a broad array of courses in Brazilian history, culture, and society.  The exchange program has two study tracks: Environmental Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The Liberal Arts and Sciences option is especially recommended for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Studies or the broader humanities and social sciences. The Environmental Studies Exchange Program is for students who wish to explore some aspect related to environmental studies while in Brazil.  At the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora students focus on an interdisciplinary approach to the biological connections driven by chemical and physical forces.  At the Universidade de Brasilia, the focus is on studies of the ecological richness and disturbances of the Brazilian Cerrado.  In this option, students chosen are named “ACM-Brazil FIPSE Environmental Fellows” and may receive a scholarship. View program page.
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.
Application Deadline: March 15 for fall semester; October 15 for spring semester.
George “Skip” WittlerFall, Spring
AsiaChina Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary ChinaThe ACM Shanghai program is designed for students with interests in anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, international relations, politics, sociology, and urban studies in the context of China’s rapid urbanization and economic rise. The program is offered each Fall semester, and is based at East China Normal University (ECNU), a highly-regarded university with a total enrollment of 28,000 students (including approximately 5,000 international students). Classes include Chinese language, an independent study project, and elective courses taught in English that are offered through the Global Curriculum at ECNU (including a course taught by the ACM visiting faculty director). During the semester-long program, students are housed in one of four international student residence halls at ECNU. The International Students Office organizes extracurricular activities, cultural events, and day trips that ACM students are encouraged to join. The office also organizes a three-day trip every term to another province, such as Nanjing in nearby Jiangsu Province. View program page.
Eligibility: Any currently enrolled student (priority given to juniors and seniors).
Credit: 16 credits.
Application deadline: March 15.
Peng “Roc” HuangFall
Central AmericaCosta RicaCommunity Engagement in Public Health, Education & the EnvironmentSince 1974, the fall ACM Costa Rica program has prepared students to explore Central America and beyond through an intensive and extremely effective Spanish language program, as well as coursework and experiences that further develop language skills, while deepening understanding in particular fields of student interest such as Public Health, Education, and the Environment. Field trips within Costa Rica give students an appreciation for the country’s astounding biodiversity, and for the cultural and historical elements that contribute to the nation’s distinct path within Central America. A highlight of the program is a month-long rural community practicum, where students experience rural life in Costa Rica by living with campesino families, while participating in a community engagement project and making great strides in Spanish proficiency. View program page.
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors, with at least two years of college-level Spanish or equivalent.
Credit: 16 credit hours
Application deadline: October 15 (early); March 15 (regular)
Soren Hauge, Geoff W. Guevara-GeerFall
Central AmericaCosta RicaField Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & HumanitiesThe Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities program (spring semester only) is designed for advanced work in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Costa Rica supports an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life and provides rich research opportunities for students of tropical biology and ecology. An equally broad range of research topics is available for students of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, geology, history, politics and government, literature, fine arts, and sociology. Students prepare for their research work during a month-long orientation which includes intensive language training and a review of field work methodology. Their field study may be integrated with an ongoing project or undertaken independently under the supervision of a faculty advisor. View program page.
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with prior course work in the proposed research discipline, plus at least one year of college-level Spanish.
Credit: 16 credit hours
Application deadline: March 15 – Early decision; October 1 – Regular decision
Soren HaugeSpring
EuropeEngland/ItalyLondon and Florence: Arts in ContextThe London and Florence: Arts in Context Program compares the artistic achievements of two historically prominent cities. Participants study the historical and political context of art, architecture, literature and theatre as well as Italian language. Visits to museums, galleries, theatres, short trips to other areas of England and Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Students spend seven weeks in each city and enjoy a week-long mid-semester break. An optional intensive course in Italian language is offered every January in Florence (3 semester credits). View program page.
Length of program: Spring semester only: 18 weeks (January – May) or 15 weeks (February – May).
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors.
Credit: 16 credits (15 weeks option) or 19 credits (18 weeks option).
Application deadline: March 15 (Regular decision), October 15 (Final-space-available basis only).
Diane L. MockridgeSpring
EuropeFranceMontpellierThis program offers students the opportunity to live and study in one of France’s fastest growing cities.  While studying at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, students experience life in a blossoming cultural and educational milieu.  Excursions introduce students into the unique character of southern France. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, or full year.
Eligibility: Two years of college French
Credit: A maximum of 16 credits may be counted toward the French major, or 10 credits toward the minor.
Application Deadline: March 15 (fall semester or full year); October 15 (winter/spring semester).
Linda Clemente, Dominique PonceletFall, Spring, Year
EuropeFranceParisThis program offers students the opportunity to study at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne as well as the Institut Catholique.  Classes are offered at all levels of study, and all courses are taught in French. Paris is the ideal city in which to learn and perfect French. Besides classes, students take part in cultural and historical excursions. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, or full year.
Eligibility: Two years of college French, three or more years of the language in high school
Credit: A maximum of 16 credits may be counted toward the French major, or 10 credits toward the minor.
Application Deadline: March 15 (fall semester or full year); Oct. 15 (winter/spring semester).
Linda Clemente, Dominique PonceletFall, Spring, Year
EuropeGermanyBonn ProgramRipon College’s Bonn Program assists students, regardless of their academic majors, in understanding Germany and its culture. Students with sufficient language skills can take courses in almost any field, while those who need more training receive intensive instruction in German. Students may enroll for either the fall or spring semesters or they may opt for a full-year program. In either case, Bonn University’s Akademisches Auslandsamt ensures that they are fully integrated into German university life. Bonn also supplements academic work with mini-internship opportunities and through its formal “Germany Hands-On” internship program for advanced language students. The internships and work experience provide insight into the everyday functioning of German society. Each fall semester, Bonn offers a program for students interested in international politics titled “International Organizations in Bonn.” The program combines a wide range of classes, lectures and hands-on experience from the field of politics with the German language and culture courses. The program is open to beginners as well as advanced German learners from various academic backgrounds; classes are available both in German and English. Depending on their home university’s schedule, students can choose to stay in the program until Christmas or the end of the German semester in February. Bonn Program brochure.
Length of programs: Fall semester (September-January), spring semester (March-July), or full year. Fees and Dates for 2015-2016
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors.
Credit: 16-18 credit hours per semester.
Apply to the University of Bonn Program
To apply for the Ripon College University of Bonn program, you may download the Bonn Program Application (PDF) and mail it to:
Lorna Sopcak
Ripon College
PO Box 248
Ripon WI 54971
Application Deadline: Mid-November for spring semester, mid-April for fall semester or entire year.
Lorna J. SopcakFall, Spring, Year
EuropeHungaryBudapestHungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. However, because of the language barrier, students have not been able to take advantage of the skill and dedication of the mathematics faculties of Hungarian universities. The Budapest Semester is a program in English for North American undergraduates. Mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years may spend one or two semesters in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers. The instructors are members of Eotvos University and the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the two institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary’s highly acclaimed mathematicians. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural differences. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester.
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.
Application deadline: April 30 for fall semester; Nov. 1 for spring semester.
David ScottFall, Spring
AsiaIndiaPune: Culture, Traditions, & GlobalizationThe fall ACM India program, located in Pune, is designed to provide students with an overview of many aspects of Indian culture and society today.  The program begins in mid-August, with a three-week orientation, in which students begin an “Introduction to India” core course, study Marathi language intensively, and draw up a plan of research for their independent study projects.  The regular term begins in early September, where students continue the core course and Marathi language, choose one of three electives (in political science, sociology, or environmental studies), and begin to carry out their independent study projects.  In each of the courses, classroom learning is augmented by weekly activities outside of the classroom, and students are also encouraged to volunteer with local organizations.  The program organizes several program-sponsored overnight excursions to sites in and around Pune, while a one-week break in October provides opportunities to travel further afield in India. In Pune, students live with Indian host families, providing a window into Indian society that students might no otherwise have, and for many it is the highlight of their experience in India. Pune itself reflects the contrasts of India as a whole. A city of 3.5 million, it is an important center for the automobile and software industries of India, and is also known as “the Oxford of India,” a reference to the presence of the prestigious University of Pune. Its climate is far more pleasant than that of muggy Mumbai, and it has attracted many foreigners over the years who have come to the ashram of Bhagwan Rajneesh. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: early August to late November.
Eligibility: Any currently enrolled student (priority given to juniors and seniors).
Credit: Equivalent to one extended semester of work on the home campus (18 credits).
Application Deadline: March 15.
Mary L. UngerFall
AsiaIndiaPune & Jaipur: Development Studies & Hindi LanguageThe winter/spring ACM India program, located in Pune and Jaipur, is designed to provide students with insight into Indian culture and society through a wide-ranging exploration of issues related to development. The program begins in January, and students will spend the first 11 weeks in Pune, taking classes focused on Indian culture, development issues in India, and Hindi language. Students then spend an additional month in the city of Jaipur, continuing with intensive Hindi language studies and participating in a development studies practicum with a non-governmental organization (NGO). This month in Jaipur gives students the opportunity to experience a different region of India, looking at issues related to Indian society and development from a new perspective, and gaining practical experience with a local NGO. Throughout the program, classroom learning is augmented by weekly activities outside of the classroom, and students may also get involved with local organizations in Pune. The program organizes several program-sponsored overnight excursions, and a one-week break in March provides opportunities to travel further afield in India. In both Pune and Jaipur, students live with Indian host families, providing a window into Indian society that students might not otherwise have, and for many it is the highlight of their experience in India. Both Pune and Jaipur are medium-sized cities, offering students excellent resources for experience, exploration, and study. Pune is located in the western state of Maharashtra, and is home to more universities and colleges than any other city in the world, earning it the nickname of “The Oxford of the East.” Jaipur is located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, and is one of the first planned cities in modern Asia, known as the “Pink City,” for the color of the buildings in the walled city. View program page.
Length of program: Spring semester only: early January to late April.
Eligibility: Any currently enrolled student (priority given to juniors and seniors).
Credit: 16 credits
Application Deadline: March 15
Mary L. UngerSpring
InternationalN/AInternational Education – Indiana University Global Gateway ProgramThe Indiana University Global Gateway Program offers a unique alternative to conventional student teaching, placing student teachers for six to nine-week assignments in national schools of Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, and Wales, following the successful completion of nine to twelve weeks of student teaching in Wisconsin. Students intending to student teach abroad must enroll in the Seminar on Intercultural Teaching (EDU 350) in a semester prior to their student teaching semester to prepare in the study of educational systems, approaches, and expectations in other cultures. View program page.
Touorouzou Hervé Somé6-9 weeks
EuropeItaly Coldigioco: Earth and EnvironmentThis program is particularly suited for students interested in environmental studies and gaining field experience with the rich geology of Italy. Students will live at the Osservatoria Geologico Coldigioco, a medieval village restored into a vibrant scientific center. No prior language is required as students will take an intensive introductory Italian language course for the first three weeks of the program. Students will learn about the different earth systems: biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. They will learn how humans influence and are influenced by these systems. Finally, they will learn how to interpret the changes in these systems over time by examining the geology of rocks. A liberal arts perspective on the sciences will be introduced as students explore the connections between art, science, and our sense of the aesthetic in order to develop their own skills in the visual communication to scientific information. In the final two weeks of the course, students will work in small groups (2-5 individuals), and in consultation with program faculty to design and implement a field-based research project. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: 12 weeks, early August to late October.
Eligibility: One science course with lab.
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadline: See program website for deadlines.
Memuna Z. KhanFall
EuropeItaly Florence: Arts, Humanities & CultureThe Florence Program provides an excellent opportunity to study Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, history, and culture, including literature and music. Students enroll in Italian language classes taught by native speakers, and choose as electives three other courses from offerings in studio art, Renaissance Art History, and Italian culture. Courses are taught by visiting scholars and provide a broad perspective on Italian contributions to world civilization. Vis­its to museums, churches, and galleries, short field trips to Siena, Rome and Venice, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Staying with Italian host families enriches participants’ awareness of and appreciation for modern Italian life and provides a “home away from home” experience. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: late August-December.
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Credit: 16 credits
Application Deadline: March 15.
Sarah Mahler KraazFall
AsiaJapanTokyoStudents study at Waseda University’s International Division in Tokyo after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. Students enroll in Japanese-language courses. In addition, they take academic courses taught in English with Japanese and other international students. Most students choose courses on Japan and Asia, but courses in the sciences, math and other disciplines are also available. Although Japan Study encourages students to enroll in the full-year program, semester options are available for students who cannot spend a year away from their home campus. A family living experience in Tokyo provides an informal education in Japanese culture and is in many ways the dominant feature of the program, offering total immersion in the Japanese way of life. View program page.
Length of program: Academic year: Mid-September to late July.
Fall semester: Mid-September to early February.
Intensive language + Spring Semester: Mid-February to late July.
Fall semester with Cultural Practicum: Mid-September to mid-March.
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Acceptance in the program is contingent on completion of at least one semester or term of Japanese language study prior to departure and on approval of the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University.
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadline: Interested students should meet with Professor Martin Farrell before December 1. Deadline for all options is January 15.
Martin FarrellFall, Spring
Middle EastJordanAmman: Middle East & Arabic Language StudiesThe fall ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan’s experience during the Arab Spring, and much more. The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member. All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required). ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the visiting ACM faculty member. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: 17 weeks.
Eligibility: Juniors, first-term seniors
Credit: 17 credits.
Application deadline: March 15.
Michael R. MahoneyFall
AsiaRussiaSt. PetersburgThe enormous political, social and economic changes taking place in Russia provide a fascinating context for this program, and the St. Petersburg program site provides a particularly rich environment for understanding the changing nature of Russian life. This American Institute for Foreign Study program is affiliated with St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. No previous Russian language study is required, and the program offers a full range of language courses, seminars in English for foreign students, and seminars in Russian for advanced students. Students have the choice of living in a residence hall or with a Russian family and receive a meal allowance. Other features include cultural activities such as visits to museums, palaces and concert halls, day field trips, a three-day London visit before the program, the services of a pre-departure Student Advisor Center and an on-site Resident Director, a three-day visit to Moscow, a four-day visit to Helsinki and Tallin, a public transportation pass and a phone card for calling the United States. View program page.
Length of program:
Full year (Late August – mid May)
Fall Semester (Late August – mid December)
Spring Semester (Late January – mid May)
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadline: May 15 (Fall Semester or full year); October 1 (Spring Semester)
Martin FarrellFall, Spring, Year
EuropeScotland University of St. AndrewsThis quality academic program is especially attractive for students with interest in the sciences, biotechnology, economics, and anthropology who wish to study abroad while keeping pace with the requirements for their major.  Many other academic programs at St. Andrews are also highly ranked, making the program attractive for a variety of students.  The affiliation with the Butler University IFSA program offers personalized pre-departure advising as well as full-time on-site staff.  Students have an on-site orientation in Scotland.  There is also emergency assistance to students from the on-site staff in case of an emergency. View program page.
Length of program: One semester
Eligibility: Fall or spring semester.
Credit: Maximum of 16 credits each semester
Application Deadline: October 15 for spring semester; April 15 for fall semester
Colleen ByronFall, Spring
EuropeSpainAlicanteStudents in this program will find themselves immersed in a cross-cultural environment with students from Spain and around the world. The fastest-growing university in Spain, Universidad de Alicante is dedicated to the cultivation of students’ academic and professional skills while developing critical thinking and social awareness. After completing an intensive language and cultural period, students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of courses. This program may be of particular interest to majors in Spanish, Business, Marketing, Politics and Government, or Education. Program offered through The Center for Cross-Cultural Study. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, full year, or short-term programs.
Eligibility: Varies based on program level.
Credit: Variable
Application Deadline: See advisor for deadlines
Timothy P. ReedFall, Spring, Year
EuropeSpainMadridThis program offers students direct-enrollment at three universities in Madrid: the Universidad Carlos III, the Universidad Complutense and the Universidad Autónoma.  Access to the campuses provides a diverse selection of course work. Providing all levels of study, students experience cultural and historical excursions to complete the immersion experience. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply for study with AYA in Madrid, a student applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (3.5 for asignaturas ordinarias or for Complutense or Autónoma study as an alumno visitante) and sufficient training in Spanish and subject-matter courses to take courses at the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos at Carlos III. AYA will give careful consideration to the student’s application, statement of purpose, official transcript, and language evaluation form. Applicants are chosen on a rolling basis on merit.
Credit: A maximum of 16 credits may be counted towards the Spanish major, or a maximum of 10 credits towards a Spanish minor.
Application Deadline: March 15 – (fall semester or full year); October 15 – (winter/spring semester)
Timothy ReedFall, Spring
EuropeSpainSevilleStudents enrich their education by attending classes at The Center for Cross-Cultural Study Center or at the Universidad de Sevilla following an initial intensive language period. This culturally-rich program provides a combination of studies, cultural visits, and excursions. Students wishing to study in Seville need not be language majors, so this program may be of particular interest to majors in Business, Marketing, Politics and Government, or Education. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, full year, or short-term programs.
Eligibility: Varies based on program level.
Credit: Variable
Application Deadline: See advisor for deadlines.
Timothy ReedFall, Spring, Year
EuropeSpainToledoThis program offers students the opportunity to live in the walled city of Toledo.  Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, is a living museum where Spanish history is preserved. The program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega-Marañon Foundation for students who choose native-speaking faculty considered experts in their fields. Students live in a residence with other program attendees or in host family homes. This, along with excursions, immerses students in the cultural and historic perspectives of Spain. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, full year, or short-term programs.
Eligibility: Open to those who have completed four semesters of college Spanish with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the subject.
Credit: Variable.
Application Deadline: See advisor for deadlines.
Timothy ReedFall, Spring, Year
AfricaTanzaniaACM Tanzania: Ecology & Human OriginsThis program offers a unique opportunity to conduct field work in some of the world’s greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites. Students divide their time between the University of Dar es Salaam and the northern region of Tanzania. At the University, students live in campus housing and take courses in intensive Kiswahili, human evolution and the ecology of the Maasai ecosystem, while developing a field project in conjunction with a research methods class. Students then live for six weeks in a field camp and pursue individual projects. In the field, students live in tents at established campsites. After the field camp, students experience home stays with Tanzanian families and return to the University for final work on their projects. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: 17 weeks, mid-August to mid-December.
Eligibility: Juniors or seniors.
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadline: Applications due to campus advisor: March 1.
Emily J. (Molly) MargarettenFall
EuropeWalesBangor UniversityTwo types of study-abroad programs are available at the Bangor University. 1. The first study-abroad program at the Bangor University is for students of biology, chemistry, psychology, and related fields and is open for study first or second semester. Students must have at least sophomore standing, but junior standing is preferred. A GPA of 3.0 is required for study of psychology; a GPA of 2.5 is required for study in other areas. 2. The second is tailored specifically to the needs of students of education intending to be licensed at the elementary level. This is a first-semester program only. Students will take selected courses in the School of Education—including courses in geography, design technology, science, Welsh studies, and professional studies to gain background in areas in which the School of Education is particularly strong—as well as spend time each week in local schools. Course work and in-school observations are chosen with the assistance of an advisor at the School of Education to assure an appropriate program and take maximum advantage of opportunities to learn about the British educational system and international issues in elementary education. Ripon College students interested in this program should discuss it with their Educational Studies Department advisor as far in advance as possible and plan their course of study at Ripon to complement the courses and in-school experiences they will have in Bangor.
View the Bangor brochure.
Download general information.
Length of program:
Program 1: One semester, either Fall or Spring semester.
Program 2: One semester, Fall semester only.
Program 1: Second semester sophomores, juniors, or seniors (at least junior standing preferred).
Program 2: Juniors or seniors.
Application Deadline: Applications for Semester 1 study (either program), including two letters of recommendation and a transcript, are due to the program advisor by June 1.
Applications for Semester 2 study, including transcript and two letters of recommendation, are due by September 30.
Visa information.

Kristine Kovack-LeshFall, Spring
EuropeWalesSwansea University ProgramStudy at Swansea University is particularly appropriate for science students who wish to continue progress in certain areas of scientific studies with an overseas experience. Swansea has programs open for American students in physics and mathematics, as well as programs in engineering. Students in other disciplines also may wish to investigate courses of study available there in sport science, humanities and social sciences. Students can choose from several housing and meal-plan options.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester. (Typically spring for physics, mathematics, and engineering unless students are willing to stay through January for final examinations.)
Eligibility: Second semester sophomores, juniors, seniors.
Credit: Maximum of 16 credits each semester.
Application Deadline: Sept. 30 (spring semester), May 15 (fall semester)
Visa information.
David ScottFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesIntensive Field Studies: Field OrnithologyField ornithology is the study of birds (anatomy, physiology, behavior and populations), including the techniques of studying birds (censusing, capturing, marking, specimen preparation, behavioral observation). The course will include one week on the Ripon College campus followed by two weeks at Coe College Wilderness Field Station near Ely, Minnesota. The week at Ripon will include monitoring the Ripon Bluebird Trail, day trips, specimen preparation and practice of bird identification by sight and sound. At the field station, various habitats will be visited by foot and canoe and their avian communities analyzed. We will examine the issues surrounding Neotropical migratory birds and their conservation. A group research project, two field exams, an anatomy practical and a written final exam will be the basis of grading for the course. Class size is limited to 16. Listed as Biology 450.01. View Liberal Arts In Focus page.Memuna KhanIn Focus-3 weeks
EuropeItaly Old Italy, New Italy (three credits)This May Liberal Arts In Focus course provides an intensive overview of Italian history, politics, culture and language. Students will spend the first week of the course on Ripon’s campus where they will have lectures, discussions, film screenings, basic language instruction and a special Wisconsin-Italian field trip. Students will then spend two weeks in a villa just outside of Rome, Italy in Due Santi, a historic district south of the city. The class will be team-taught with Prof. Mockridge focusing on “old Italy” (ancient Rome, medieval Italy and the Renaissance) and Pres. Messitte concentrating on “new” Italy (from the Risorgimento through the present). In addition to two tests and two papers, students will be expected to keep a daily journal while in Italy. Listed as Classical Studies 200.01/History 200.01/Politics and Government 200.01. View Liberal Arts In Focus page.Zach Messitte, Diane MockridgeIn Focus-3 weeks
EuropeSpainIn Focus Spain: Seville (three credits)An 18-day intensive study abroad experience at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain. Students are offered an excellent opportunity to improve their language skills and experience the culture and beauty of this charming and historic city. Students live with host families, take cultural excursions, and attend classes Monday through Friday for a total of 45 contact hours. Listed as Spanish 300.01. View Liberal Arts In Focus page.Timothy ReedIn Focus-3 weeks
EuropeGermanyBonn-Berlin: Memory, Memorials, Museums (two credits)On walking tours, students explore and examine the monuments, museums, and memorial sites studied during the spring semester course. Students will: experience firsthand the artistic, political, and historical climates of two distinctly different cultural centers of Europe; practice critical and comparative thinking skills; integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines; continue and expand research on a chosen topic; keep a detailed journal and collect documentation through photographs, drawings or other visual materials; compile a portfolio including a 5-6 page reflective essay integrating course readings and sites visited; demonstrate their ability to perceive, interpret, contrast, and evaluate the “new” and “different”. The study trip offers students of German an intense immersion experience in contemporary German and Austrian culture and language. In addition to the content learning goals, the course is designed to improve German students’ spoken fluency, comprehension, and communicative strategies, as they assist classmates with no knowledge of German. Listed as German 310.01. View Liberal Arts In Focus page.Lorna J. SopcakIn Focus-3 weeks
CaribbeanJamaicaPeace Studies in Jamaica (two credits)This class consists of twelve days spent in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the town of Hagley Gap and Penlyne. We will apply the concepts learned in the one-credit class directly as we work with children in the schools of the area and provide support for community improvement. We will live with families and experience life in the Blue Mountain area under the auspices of the Blue Mountain Project. Listed as Interdisciplinary Studies 300.01. View Liberal Arts In Focus page.Joe HatcherIn Focus-3 weeks
North AmericaUnited StatesChicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship and Urban StudiesThe ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with this dynamic city. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies – students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice. Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them, while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester: early September to mid-December, or early February to mid-May.
Eligibility: Advanced sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadlines: March 15 (fall); Oct. 31 (spring).
John Dalziel (arts focus), Mary Avery (e-ship focus), and Mark Eaton (urban studies focus)Fall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesChicago: Newberry Seminar in the HumanitiesNewberry Seminar students have an extraordinary opportunity to do advanced independent research at one of the world’s great research libraries, the Newberry Library in Chicago. They attend interdisciplinary seminars taught by visiting professors and work with resident scholars and library staff. During the semester-length fall seminar, students write a major research paper based on the Newberry’s collections in the humanities. The Newberry seminar is for students looking for the personal and academic challenge of intensive, self-directed archival research, and it is well-suited to those considering graduate study. Administered by ACM, the Newberry Seminar in the Humanities also is recognized by the GLCA. Separate short-term (month-long) seminars on varied topics are also held in the winter and spring, sponsored by individual colleges. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester: early September to December; Short term seminars are held from January to May.
Eligibility: Exceptionally qualified students who will be juniors and seniors at the time of the seminar.
Credit: 16 credits (fall seminar); equivalent of one course (short-term seminars)
Application Deadline: March 15 (fall seminar); varied (short-term seminars)
Ann Pleiss MorrisFall
North AmericaUnited StatesChicago: Teach Chicago! ProgramOffered by the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, students in this program will teach daily, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher, at a K-12 site selected by the program. All participants also attend a weekly student-teaching seminar.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester: August to December or January to May.
Eligibility: Must meet student teaching requirements as defined by Ripon College.
Credit: 13 credits.
Application Deadline: See advisor.
Jeanne WilliamsFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesChicago: Urban Education Student Teaching in ChicagoOn the ACM Urban Education Program, students engage in an urban student teaching experience with support and guidance — both inside and outside the classroom — to foster their learning and growth as teachers. First established in the early 1960s, the ACM Urban Education Program has had a long tradition of engagement with Chicago schools and the city’s education community. Each fall and spring semester, students develop their professional skills as they work alongside mentor teachers in Chicago schools. In the weekly seminar, they connect educational theory to their experiences teaching in the classroom. The program emphasizes collaborative learning, as students conduct an ongoing and informal discussion with a network of peers who share similar situations in their teaching placements. Program participants also have extensive opportunities to enjoy the city’s tapestry of cultures and people. Program field trips include neighborhood explorations and excursions to cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, the DuSable Museum of African-American history, the Chicago History Museum, and the People’s Music School. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester.
Eligibility: Must meet student teaching requirements as defined by Ripon College.
Credit: 16 credits.
Application Deadline:
Fall: February 15
Spring: February 15 (Early deadline); August 1 (Final deadline)
Jeanne WilliamsFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesTennessee: Oak Ridge Science SemesterThe Oak Ridge Science Semester (ORSS) enables students to join ongoing investigations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in research areas as diverse as astrophysics, cell biology, DNA sequencing, genetic mutagenesis, parallel computing, robotics, toxicology, and much more. In their research, ORSS student participants use the sophisticated resources available at the Laboratory, including supercomputers, state-of-the-art electron microscopes, lasers, and analytical instruments such as a fourier transform mass spectrometer and a scanning tunneling microscope. Participants in this fall semester program join one of the research groups at ORNL, with a scientist from the ORNL staff serving as a mentor. This research experience, using the Laboratory’s sophisticated resources, is the core of the program. Students are expected to contribute significantly to the design and methodological approach of their research activity, and often find this the most demanding and rewarding experience of their college careers. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: August to December.
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics or social sciences.
Credit: 16 credit hours or the equivalent.
Application Deadline: March 1
Dean KatahiraFall
North AmericaUnited StatesTennessee: Fisk/Ripon Exchange ProgramRipon College has established a student exchange program with Fisk University, a historically Black college in Nashville, Tenn. Students wishing to spend a semester in residence at Fisk University may enroll in the full range of courses at Fisk for which they meet the prerequisites. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that a Fisk semester will complement their academic programs. In addition to semester-long student exchanges, the two colleges conduct short-term exchanges of faculty, administrators, students, performing groups and collections, and the two institutions annually conduct a joint conference on issues of mutual interest.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester: September to December or January to May.
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Credit: Maximum 16 credits.
Application Deadline: Beginning of mid-semester break the semester prior to attendance.
TBDFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesSouthwest USA: American Indian Reservation ProjectOffered in conjunction with Indiana University (Bloomington), students in this program will teach daily at the Navajo Reservation in schools of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. All participants will be required to take a preparatory course. The cost of room and board while on site is usually minimal. The low cost/free housing and meals are given in exchange for the daily work students will do in the dormitory with the Navajo children and teens who reside there during the week. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester: 16-18 weeks.
Eligibility: Must be approved for student teaching by Educational Studies Department.
Credit: 13 credits.
Application Deadline: 1-1.5 years before student teaching.
Jeanne WilliamsFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesWashington, D.C.: Washington SemesterThe Washington Semester program is administered by American University in Washington, D.C. Students may choose programs in American government, economic policy, foreign policy, journalism, justice, peace and conflict resolution, and public law. All programs combine seminars, internships and independent research. The advisor can provide descriptions of the various programs. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester, spring semester, or summer program: August to December, January to May, or June to July.
Eligibility: Juniors and first-term seniors.
Credit: Maximum of 16 credits.
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline. Applications taken at any time.
Henrik SchatzingerFall, Spring, Summer
North AmericaUnited StatesMassachusetts: Laboratory at the Sea Education Association (SEA)Headquartered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the Sea Education Association was founded in 1971. This program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to study the ocean from several perspectives and to do it both onshore and from the platform of a traditional sailing vessel. Combining an engaging academic and research curriculum with a voyage to the deep ocean under sail (with engine backup), this program is unique in the United States. Students of any discipline are encouraged to apply to the 12-week SEA semester program that combines both shore and sea components. Onshore, students live and study alongside professional researchers, scholars and mariners. Students learn about the ocean’s power and mystery by studying a variety of topics such as maritime policy, history and literature, nautical science, and oceanography. At ports of call, students learn about, and experience, the local culture. A component of the academic program requires that students design a research project that will be the focus of their work at sea. The sea component takes students to the open sea and exotic locations in a vessel that is campus, classroom and home. Applying the knowledge that they acquired ashore, students have hands-on experience sailing a traditional sailing schooner. The goal of the SEA Program is to provide intensive course work and practical experience both ashore, in a residential campus, and at sea, aboard a deep-ocean sailing research vessel. View program page.
Length of program: Fall or spring semester: 12 weeks.
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Credit: 17-18 credits.
Bob WallaceFall, Spring
North AmericaUnited StatesMassachusetts: Laboratory at Woods HoleFounded in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts is a world-renowned center for biological research and education with a long tradition of offering excellent hands-on research courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The MBL’s facilities include one of the world’s best library collections of biological and oceanographic literature, a campus-wide computer network, teaching laboratories equipped with running seawater, advanced instrumentation for chemical analysis including two isotope ratio mass-spectrometers, climate-controlled growth chambers, and a Marine Resources center dedicated to the culture and maintenance of marine organisms. The Semester in Environmental Science (SES) is sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center. The Ecosystems Center is the ecological research arm of the MBL. The goal of the Center is to investigate fundamental processes and interactions linking organisms with their environment and to apply the resulting knowledge to the wise management of the world’s natural resources. View program page.
Length of program: Fall semester only: 15 weeks.
Eligibility: Primarily designed for juniors majoring in one of the natural sciences; at a minimum, students should have completed the introductory courses for majors in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.
Credit: A total of 16 credits for the semester.
Application Deadline: Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor and the campus advisor to the program as soon as possible to assure that their application is filed by the previous March.
Bob WallaceFall
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