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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Program Types

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.  


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

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/