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Guide to Program Providers at Knox


Tim Foster

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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Interested in studying abroad or off-campus on a U.S. program? Knox warmly supports study abroad/off-campus! Visit this page as often as you like through the months of October and November to explore the many possibilities for off-campus study in the United States as well as study abroad. You'll find videos and links to key program pages here - and you are most welcome to reach out to us at if you have questions about programs or about the application process for off-campus study (and don't forget that you'll find a guide to the process on the Stellyes Center website.

Explore off-campus study opportunities that match your interests. Review your chosen program as you get started on the first step of the application process (the internal Knox application for *approval* for study abroad). The second step is the application for *admission* into the program of your choice on the provider's website.  

Visit the Stellyes Center for Global Studies and Study-Abroad and Off-Campus Study websites for descriptions of each of the approved off-campus study programs and for information about the application process, finding ways to make study-abroad more affordable, and much more.

Don't forget that it is possible to petition to go on an 'off-list' program through the Student Initiated Program option. The deadline for the internal application for *approval to study abroad in the following year* is February 1 (with a few exceptions - December 1 deadlines for the ACM/GLCA Japan Study program and the IES Oxford program). 

Follow the Stellyes Center on Facebook for news about federally-funded, prestigious scholarship opportunities (Gilman, Boren) and more.

Don't forget that Knox faculty offer outstanding opportunities for short-term immersive experiences abroad in December and over Spring Break.

AIT Budapest: Computer Science & Software Engineering

The Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) provides a unique English language study abroad experience for  undergraduates from North American colleges and universities  majoring in computer science, software engineering, and related disciplines. Following in the tradition of innovative education, AIT brings together globally-acclaimed scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes (5 to 15 students in a typical class) that emphasize interactivity and creativity. AIT's curriculum integrates design, entrepreneurship, and foundational courses in computer science with advanced applications in computational biology and computer vision applications for digital cinema as well as humanities courses related to Hungary's rich cultural heritage.

Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their sophomore through senior years, AIT offers semester-long programs to bridge the gap between the worlds of academia and business. Classes are taught in English by Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. 

Akita International University (Japan) 

AIU is the first and only national liberal arts institution in Japan. Courses are taught in English. Japanese language skills not required but recommended. Japanese language courses are available at all levels. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with a hands-on experience in Japanese culture. Housing is provided in dorms or apartments with a Japanese roommate, and a home visit program is available.

AMIDEAST -  Jordan and Morocco

Students on the Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Amman have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and learn first-hand from leading faculty from the Qasid Arabic Institute about the critically important Middle East region. 

Located on the Atlantic Coast, Rabat is one of Morocco's imperial cities as well as its political capital. Rabat exemplifies Morocco's unique cultural blend of Arab, the indigenous Amazigh (Berber), and European influences. The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses and semi-intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at AMIDEAST's facilities in the lively Agdal area of the city. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST's partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University - Agdal, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities.

Associated Colleges of the Midwest 

The ACM partners with cultural, nonprofit, and research institutions to provide distinctive Off-Campus Study opportunities that strengthen the connection between inquiry and practice. These immersive, place-based programs combine coursework, research, and professional experience in disciplines across the liberal arts. Collaborate with students and faculty from ACM colleges and beyond as you delve into the humanities, sciences, or natural history.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) program provides a unique, prestigious opportunity for North American undergraduates, especially for math majors and majors in quant-heavy fields (physics, computer science, bioinformatics, and more). Through BSM, Knox students in their junior year may spend a semester or a year in Budapest in a lovely historic building in central Budapest. BSM may be taken for one semester (either fall or spring) or for an entire year. Students typically take three courses in mathematics and one intercultural course -- all taught in English by Hungarian faculty -- each semester. 

Carleton College Global Engagement Programs 

Carleton champions an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to learning with the highest commitment to academic excellence. 

CET Study Abroad 

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around the world. Note  that CET programs are not yet pre-approved --if you are interested in a CET program, follow the 'petition to go off-list' process outlined in the Guidelines and Application Process for Knox students - the first link in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the Stellyes Center website)

Child Family Health International

CFHI's 40+ programs in 12 countries connect students with local health professionals and community leaders transforming perspectives about self, global health, and healing.


For 70 years, CIEE has set the standard for study abroad programs. CIEE's rigorous academic programs extend outside the classroom walls, offering you the experience and skills you need to succeed in your academic track and beyond.  Cultural Immersion: CIEE offers you the life-changing opportunity to live like a local, rounding out your experience with field work and cultural excursions. Student Support: CIEE's resident directors and staff, highly trained support teams, and health and safety specialists are with you, at every step of your journey. Pre-approved CIEE programs are located in India, South Korea, Senegal, Thailand, and Morocco.

College Year in Athens 

College Year in Athens (CYA) provides both semester and year-long programming taught in English (and a *term* option for Knox students in the fall). Since its establishment in 1962 it has offered visiting university students an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscapes of Greece and the Mediterranean region.

DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia 

DIS offers programs in two locations:  Copenhagen (Denmark) and Stockholm (Sweden).  DIS offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences with each program choice centered upon a discipline or theme entitled the Core Course. Additional courses as well as program excursions and supplemental events and speakers connect to the Core Course.  Housing options include homestays (the preferred housing choice for most DIS students), and apartment-style living with a mix of program students and Danish/Swedish students.

All students choose a 'core' course as the primary concentration for the semester; additional courses, excursions, performances and/or lectures, field research, and even course-related travel outside the country are designed by DIS to complement the core course. 


This program is set in one of the world's most culturally diverse and dynamic cities. Students live and study in London, a vibrant metropolis brimming with museums, theaters, and green spaces. The London program is located at FIE's Foundation House study center, opposite the Gloucester Road Underground Station in Kensington. Note that both semester and term programs are available for Knox students (with a term plus internship option in Fall). Students in pre-med and pre-health fields may be particularly interested in the Spring Term in London: Comparative Perspectives on Health Policy, Ethics & Genetics (late March - early June).


HECUA’s faculty abroad guide immersion in pressing local issues from New Zealand to Norway, indigenous identity to immigration. Internships at organizations making change build skills and provide access to solution-based networks. HECUA also offers US-based programs focused on social justice and community-building that may be of great interest to Knox students (including Race in America, a three-week long traveling summer seminar in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee).


In IES's 70-year history, the organization has become known for academic excellence, student-first philosophy, and unparalleled health and safety policies. Study abroad is more than going from here to there. It’s an exhilarating challenge of academic and cultural immersion. With programs in dozens of locations around the world and in a wide variety of disciplines, you're sure to find a program that best fits your study abroad goals. Pre-approved IES programs for Knox students are located in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. IES offers many possibilities (don't forget about the Student Initiated Program opportunities), including a global-health multi-country program that begins in London and concludes in Jamaica, and the notable IES Oxford program.

Kansai Gaidai University (Japan) 

Kansai Gaidai is a private university in Osaka focusing on foreign language studies. The University's exchange program offers Knox students a means of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. All courses, except for Japanese language courses, are taught in English. Homestay is available. 

Knox-Flensburg German Exchange Program

The University of Flensburg is the northernmost university in Germany, located in Flensburg, a port town on the Flensburg Fjord on the border with Denmark. This Knox Exchange Program provides students the opportunity to join directly in the life of the small German university. The range of subjects of the University includes humanities and theology, art, textile and music, education, math, science, art, social studies, health and nutrition sciences, language, culture and media studies, European studies, sports science, and economics. The University's campus overlooks the quaint town, the farm fields, and the harbor below.

Students are encouraged to participate in a language-intensive 3-week orientation prior to the beginning of the semester, which also includes cultural programming. Language courses continue during the semester to provide students with ongoing support for their other courses at the university. 


ISA offers high-quality education abroad programming in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific, providing a range of study, internship and service-learning opportunities. Since 1987, ISA has facilitated cultural discovery and learning through partnerships with distinguished host institutions and through our knowledgeable team of resident directors. ISA staff members, in the U.S. and abroad, aim to ensure that you feel supported and valued throughout your program so that you can achieve maximum intercultural learning and fulfill your personal goals.

Pre-approved ISA programs for Knox students are located in the Czech Republic, Morocco, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom (at Reading University), and at major research universities across northern Europe in the EuroScholars Program. ISA offers *fall term* options for Knox students on the Morocco and the Prague and Meknes programs.

EuroScholars is a unique research abroad program designed for advanced, academically strong undergraduate students from U.S. and Canadian institutions looking for a substantive international research experience. The EuroScholars Program offers students opportunities to conduct research at one of eight internationally recognized European Research Intensive Universities. In this program, students have the opportunity to undertake one or two courses in the classroom and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific research project chosen by the student and the faculty in collaboration. 

ISDSI: Sustainability Studies in Thailand

    ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities.

    Integrating both the social and natural sciences, in ISDI courses students may work on an organic farm alongside villagers while learning about agroecosystems; backpack on remote forest trails in the mountains with upland people in order to study indigenous forest management; or sea kayak to learn about oceans, reefs and fishing communities.

    GLCA/ACM Japan Study at Waseda

    Established in 1963, the Japan Study program is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs in educational exchange and development linking colleges and universities in the U.S. and Japan. Japan Study enables students to become international citizens as they explore Japan in depth, build language skills, and experience Japanese culture.

    This ACM/GLCA program offers Knox students the opportunity to spend the academic year at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) in Tokyo after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. In addition to required language study, electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies courses taught in English.

    A host-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. In March, a three week rural stay lets students experience another type of Japanese life.

    London School of Economics - General Course 

    The General Course at the London School of Economics is a fully integrated year of undergraduate study (for non-degree, study-abroad students) in one of the most vibrant, diverse, and historical cities in the world. General Course students may study any combination of the 250+ undergraduate courses taught at the School in disciplines as varied as Anthropology, Geography, and Social Policy. The London School of Economics and Political Science is a highly selective public research university specialized in the social sciences. 

    Performing Arts Abroad 

    Performing Arts Abroad offers programs around the world in Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. Summer programs and international arts internships are available for Knox students.

    School for Field Studies (SFS)

    SFS offers STEM-focused, immersive programs with emphasis on environmental studies and field research. Pre-approved SFS programs for Knox students are located in Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Kenya, Panama, Tanzania, and Turks and Caicos.

    When you study abroad with SFS, you participate in and contribute to a legacy of environmental research and stewardship that spans more than 40 years, encompassing countries as diverse as Cambodia, Kenya, and Costa Rica. The SFS team of experienced research scientists will push you to understand the critical environmental issues of our time. Get ready for muddy boots, cold showers, and dirt under your fingernails, because you will be out there doing science, not just talking about it in the classroom. And you won’t be alone – you’ll be joining a group of students who share your passion for creating a more sustainable future. Our planet is home to an incredible diversity of life and depends on the next generation of environmental leaders to protect its future.

    Sea Semester 

    SEA Semester is based at Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Students spend part of their time in academic courses and cultural immersion on shore and part of their time at sea, conducting experiments and learning how to operate a ship. Since 1971, SEA has equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.

    SEA is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. Programs begin at Woods Hole and continue in the Caribbean or South Pacific, at sea on tall ships.

    School for International Training (SIT) 

    SIT programs are developed around a framework of the most critical global issues (CGIs) of the day. SIT programs are interdisciplinary and appropriate for a variety of majors. Most programs address two CGIs within specific cultural and geographical contexts or comparatively across several countries and continents. SIT programs always include an Independent Study Project (ISP) or immersive internship option. Pre-approved SIT programs for Knox students are located in China, Iceland & Greenland, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, and Vietnam. Participation in an SIT program is excellent preparation for compelling future applications to the Student Fulbright (ETA and Research) and Peace Corps programs.

    St. Andrews University 

    The University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is Scotland's oldest university. Located on the sea in a medieval town, the University has a well established reputation as one of the world's leading research and teaching centres. The student body is around 6,000 students, of which approximately 20% is international. Students live in university dormitories and enroll in one of four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, or Science. This program is most likely to appeal to students with interests in English or History, but it is also known for its strong sciences program. 

    Université de Franche-Comté Exchange Program (in Besancon, France)

    Washington Semester Program (American University, Washington DC)

    Established in 1947, the Washington Semester Program pairs academic and experiential learning with an internship at one of Washington D.C.'s many influential institutions. Local, national, and global experts lead immersive seminars in which students explore key issues in a variety of fields. Students witness first-hand new non-profits, businesses, government agencies, and international organizations turn theory into practice.

    This program allows students the opportunity to pursue study and an internship in our nation's capital in the following academic concentrations (note that not all are available every semester): American Politics, Global Economics and Business, Foreign Policy, International Law and Organizations, Journalism and New Media, Justice and Law, and Sustainable Development.

    Peace Corps 

    • Informational Webinar - If you are interested in the Knox Peace Corps Prep program and/or in Peace Corps service after graduation: the Fall 2020 webinar full recording is available HERE
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