For more than 50 years, Kalamazoo College has been the gold standard in study abroad.
Kalamazoo College students can choose from 56 study abroad programs in 29 countries including Costa Rica.
Our programs offer not so much an international “experience” as an international “immersion.” Most K students study abroad during their junior year. They integrate into the local culture and language, often as part of the daily lives of a host family or with local students in the dorm. Kalamazoo offers eligible students the opportunity to challenge their assumptions about themselves and other cultures in a rigorous experiential education environment. Seventy percent of Kalamazoo College students participate in programs of varying lengths, academic emphasis and locations. Kalamazoo College sends students to 56 programs in 29 countries on six continents.
When studying abroad, some K students delve deeply into the local culture through Integrative Cultural Research Projects. Students select an activity that is meaningful to them and the local community. At the end of the experience, students write a reflective essay about the significance of their projects.
Kalamazoo College Sponsored Study Abroad Programs
- College personnel meet each group as it arrives abroad and visit frequently.
- A Resident Director appointed by the College mentors students and represents the College.
- Students live in homestays or housing that is arranged by the program, typically in university dormitories.
- Programs are available in Ecuador, France, Germany, Kenya, Sénégal, Spain, Thailand, and Trinidad
Kalamazoo College Partner Programs
- K collaborates with domestic and international program partners in order to offer a wide variety of study abroad experiences.
- Approved for the transfer of academic credit
- No special process is required to apply academic credit earned on these programs to general graduation requirements.
- Partner programs available in Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, UK England
Please visit the Center for International Programs for information about study abroad planning, application, policies, calendars and details about Kalamazoo College-sponsored and -approved programs available to our students. Some of these programs are also open to students from other institutions wishing to study abroad.
Study Abroad News
- Just when it seemed Julia Bienstock ’22 had missed her last chance to study abroad, she was named a selectee for the Fulbright […]
- Each had a distinctive road in finding their way to Kalamazoo College, but all have succeeded in journeys that took them professionally to […]
- A generous leadership gift from Kalamazoo College alumnus Robert Sherbin ’79 will open the door to independent exploration abroad for K graduates. The […]
- Four from K are receiving one of the highest honors the government provides in regard to scholarship and international exchange as Fulbright selectees. […]
- The number of K students with limited financial means taking advantage of a program that provides study abroad scholarships is surging this fall. […]