Off-Campus Programs

  • Participating in an off-campus program, whether to study, intern, research or volunteer, can be a life-changing experience. You might spend a semester studying entrepreneurship in China, interning at the National Assembly in Paris, networking with government officials and policymakers in Washington, DC, doing hands-on research on dengue fever in Costa Rica – or your can choose an entirely different way to customize your academic career at Lake Forest College.

    We believe deeply in the value of off-campus learning, and many students pursue these experiences, especially during their junior or senior years. Such study may be on a different continent, or through one of our approved domestic programs in Chicago or Washington, DC. Programs are offered in each semester and during the summer. Lake Forest College offers all of these opportunities and many more for students wishing to enhance the knowledge gained on-campus through an off-campus program.

    The College is mindful of the benefits gained not only by students who study off campus but also by the larger campus community upon their return. Sharing their experiences with others, in and out of the classroom, these returning students contribute to our community’s understanding of global issues and enrich our campus life.

    Students may participate for credit in a total of two semester-long programs. These programs may be sponsored by Lake Forest College, by the ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest), or by another approved program provider. The only exceptions to this two-semester limitation are the following:

    • The Lake Forest In the Loop Program is not included in this limitation. Students may go on two semester-long off-campus programs and still remain eligible to participate in Lake Forest In the Loop.
    • If a student has a truly compelling reason to study off campus for a third semester in a program other than Lake Forest College In the Loop, the student may petition the Academic Appeals Board (AAB) for permission. The College does not favor such petitions, however, and the AAB will very rarely approve one. More information is available from the Director of Off-Campus Programs.

    Please review the “Financial Aid” section for information about transferability of financial aid.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Wednesday, September 3

  • Sep
    Boren Awards for International Study INFO SESSION
    Come learn more about the Boren Awards, which support students on international programs during their undergraduate career, or to help support international study after you graduate.

    Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This is a prestigious national-level award that will help to open doors to students that want to work for the government, international relations, or trade.

Friday, September 5

  • Sep
    Off-Campus Returnee Event: Debriefing
    If you have just returned from an off-campus program from spring 2014 or summer 2014, come chat with us. We’ll discuss more about your program, how you feel you have changed, and what your thoughts are on the future.

 Charlie Goldman ’12 talks about studying on the AsiaLearn program