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Message About ACM Off-Campus Study Programs

ACM has discontinued management of its three off-campus study programs (learn more). Students can still apply directly to affiliated programs.

Go where only the liberal arts can take you.

The ACM partners with cultural, nonprofit, and research institutions to provide distinctive Off-Campus Study opportunities that strengthen the connection between inquiry and practice. These immersive, place-based programs combine coursework, research, and professional experience in disciplines across the liberal arts. Collaborate with students and faculty from ACM colleges and beyond as you delve into the humanities, sciences, or natural history.

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ACM Programs (ACM has discontinued management of the following three programs.)

Field Museum

Field Museum Semester: Research in Natural History

ACM has discontinued management of this program.

Newberry aerial photo

Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

ACM has discontinued management of this program.

oak ridge aerial photo

Oak Ridge Science Semester

ACM has discontinued management of this program.

Affiliated Programs (ACM will continue these partnerships through the 2023-2024 academic year.)

students jumping in Japan

Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Become an international citizen as you explore Japanese culture, build your language skills, and experience daily life in the traditional yet dynamic city of Tokyo.

  • Schedule: Fall/spring semesters or full academic year
  • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
  • Host institution: Waseda University
  • Living arrangements: Homestay with a Japanese host family
  • Language requirement: One semester/term, or the equivalent, of Japanese language study prior to departure. Except for the required Japanese language course, all classes are conducted in English.
  • Application deadline: The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is January 2, 2024.

River Semester: 100 Days on the Mississippi

Mississippi River

Travel from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico as part of this distinctive educational expedition. Advance your undergraduate studies with a customized curriculum built around environmental justice and social change in the Mississippi watershed.

  • Schedule: Fall Semester (late August to mid-December), odd years only
  • Who can apply: Undergraduate students
  • Host institution: Augsburg University Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), Minneapolis, MN
  • Living arrangements: Varies throughout semester, but primarily camping in tents.
  • Language requirement: None
  • Application deadline: Applications are due March 1, 2025 for the Fall 2025 River Semester.
Michael Vertovec


Michael Vertovec, Assistant Program Manager
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 / mvertovec@acm.edu

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