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Students have a great variety of off-campus programs to choose from — programs on six continents that range from coursework to internships to service-learning. It is important to understand the differences in program types so that students and their families make the best decisions for their academic, financial and professional goals.
Learn a bit about the types of programs, then explore these options in the left-hand navigation.
Lake Forest College Programs
Lake Forest College programs are either created by or led by our own esteemed faculty. Students pay tuition and a program fee to the College, and financial aid works as though you are still on campus. Credit is College credit, and it will count toward your GPA. Many Lake Forest programs feature internship opportunities which allow students to get a jump on career exploration and build strong resumes.
Associated College of the Midwest (ACM) Programs
Lake Forest College is a member of the ACM, which sponsors a variety of off-campus study programs. Students pay Lake Forest tuition and a program fee for the term spent off-campus. The credit is considered Lake Forest College credit, and the grades factor into your GPA. Institutional scholarships and federal aid will still apply.
Third Party Provider Programs
Third Party Provider (TPP) Programs are conducted either in foreign institutions or a special program center. Students pay one fee to Lake Forest College, who then forwards payment to the program provider. The fee often includes tuition, housing, insurance, and some field trips. Federal aid may apply, and many providers offer scholarship competitions. Students may also apply to bring their College aid, though this is not guaranteed. Please see the Financial Aid section for more details. The credits are transferred in and not factored in to your GPA.
The following organizations have been approved by the College as program providers for transfer credit for summer programs. Approval to participate in a semester program through one of the below options must be granted by the Global Engagement Office. To gain approval to participate in one of the below programs for a semester or academic year, a student must demonstrate a compelling academic reason to participate in a non-affiliated program (that cannot be accommodated by another program on the approved list), prove that there is significant language and cultural immersion, and have written support of the program from their academic advisor. Petitions will only be reviewed in years allowed by the College’s overall budget and the budget of the Global Engagement Office, and they are not guaranteed to be granted. See Ashley Sinclair for more details about petitions for outside programs.
Successful completion of summer programs from those organizations will earn transfer credit (not included in the GPA). Programs for which a transcript is issued by an accredited American college or university are also approved for transfer credit. Programs not on this list must be approved by the Academic Appeals Board in order to earn transfer credit.
- AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study)
- API (Academic Programs International)
- A rcadia University
- Budapest Semesters in Math
- CCIS (College Consortium for International Studies)
- CEA (Global Education)
- CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)
- CIS (Center for International Studies)
- GESI (Global Engagement Studies Institute at Northwestern University)
- IAU (Institute for American Universities)
- IES (The Institute for the International Education of Students)
- IFSA-Butler (Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University)
- ISA (International Studies Abroad)
- John Felice Rome Center at Loyola University of Chicago
- Junior Year in Munich
- OSAP (Oxford Study Abroad Programme)
- SFS (The School for Field Studies)
- SIT (Study Abroad)
- Spanish Studies Abroad
- Syracuse University
- University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
- USAC - as part of University of Nevada at Reno
- Washington Semester (through American University)
Keep in mind that certain individual programs offered by the above providers may be among our affiliated semester off-campus study programs that allow transferability of financial aid and will have a different credit policies. Check out “Programs We Offer” to learn more about those options.
Internships off-campus are a great way to gain experience that you can bring to future employers! Internships may be with a well-respected company or working one-on-one with a researcher. Often, internships may be built into a semester program, though standalone summer options also exist. Some are paid, some are for academic credit – we help you read the fine print.
External programs are those institutions or organizations with whom we have no relationship. We still work with you on determining if the College would accept credit, and if so, we work with you to complete your application. The credits are transferred in but not factored into your GPA. You may apply for aid to be transferred; this is not guaranteed.
Applications can be found here (students must be logged in to view): https://my.lakeforest.edu/ICS/Students/Off_Campus_Programs/