Off-Campus Study

Summer Opportunities

Can’t fit a semester off campus into your busy schedule? Need to catch up on credits to graduate on time? Simply looking for more hands-on internships or research experiences? Participating in an off-campus program during the summer may be for you!

Many students have taken courses off-campus to fulfill requirements in their major, though others may spend a summer off-campus to free up time during the regular semesters to focus on coursework for their majors or internships. Students will work with their academic advisor and the Off-Campus Programs office to find approved programs, ensuring that time spent off campus will count towards graduation requirements.

Remember that your Lake Forest financial aid does not apply to off-campus programs in the summer. However, other financial aid opportunities may be found here.

Here is a sampling of programs to get you started: 

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

If you want to study at a foreign institution, but focus on issues and topics that interest you, consider the ISEP Direct summer programs.  There are many opportunities to improve your language skills while learning about a new culture.  Learn about the fall of Communism in Estonia, Buddhism in Thailand, or the London Stage. Or, if you want hands-on experiences, check out some of the opportunities to intern in New Zealand, teach English in Spain, or service in China!


Shedd Aquarium Opportunity for Lake Forest Students

The Shedd Aquarium hosts a 1-credit course on subtropical marine and terrestrial species and ecosystems. Discover how oceanography and water chemistry affect marine habitats and island environments. Develop identification techniques for fishes, reptiles, plants and invertebrates while gaining knowledge of field research while on board the R/V Coral Reef II in the Exuma Islands. Required pre-departure courses take place on Saturdays during the latter part of spring semester, with the field experience happening in May. You would be charged for one full LFC summer credit plus an $1450 program fee for summer 2016 program. Application deadline is November 6. For more information, please contact Rebecca Gericke at Shedd Aquarium at


Third Party Providers and Other Accredited US Universities

Many of the program providers on this approved list will have summer opportunities listed, including various internship or research experiences.

What could be cooler than doing the parliamentary internship in Edinburgh while Scotland still seems to be pushing for more independence? Or learn about the transformation of South Africa through its educational policies, complete with a hands-on practicum and observation? There are so many possibilities!

Other US colleges and universities may have summer programs that are open to outside students. In addition, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you have something that has not been approved, work with Ashley Sinclair in Off-Campus Programs to find a good fit.


Tuition-Free and/or Scholarship Programs (many with research and internships!)

US-UK Fulbright Commission for Undergraduates Program offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, and have many costs covered. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. 

DAAD RISE is a non-credit summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

International REU is a summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the STEM fields.  Programs are often sponsored by American colleges and universities, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University in Germany fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from the US and research faculty at our university.  The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide. Research topics are available for students from the biological and physical sciences, business administration, economics, computer science, communication, international relations, psychology, sociology and mathematics.

UAS7 Internship Program (IP) is an option for students interested in  
hands-on research opportunities at a German University of Applied  
Sciences. Lab projects offered by UAS7 member faculty allow IP  
participants to research alongside teams in our campus laboratories  
and institutes.  Applicants are automatically considered for the UAS7 Travel Scholarship of EUR 1000 to cover transatlantic travel expenses.

The Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan.  U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 12 weeks in Japan in summer and Japanese Fellows can apply to spend up to eight weeks in the U.S. from August – September.  While abroad, fellows participate in language, cultural, and communication training and conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering research host laboratory.  

Nanyang Technological Institute in Singapore hosts an English-language Summer Research Internship (SRI) Programme to stimulate a culture of research for the overseas undergraduates in fields ranging from physical sciences to humanities and social sciences. All accepted will receive a grant to cover all tuition and a stipend for living expenses.