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ACM’s Off-Campus Study Programs are currently paused and are not accepting applications for 2023 (learn more). Students can still apply directly to our 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.

Explore ACM off-campus study program details, including policies, costs, resources, & application details

ACM Programs (On Pause through 2023-2024)

Field Museum

Field Museum Semester: Research in Natural History

Chicago, Illinois

Immerse yourself in an intensive research and course-based experience at a world-renowned natural history museum.

  • Schedule: Fall semester (late August–mid-December)
  • Who can apply: Undergraduates from ACM colleges are eligible to apply.
  • Living arrangements: Furnished apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Application deadline: This program is paused through 2023-2024 and is not currently accepting applications.
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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois

Take an in-depth seminar with other student scholars at a premier humanities library. Gain access to rare primary resources as you complete a substantial independent research project.

  • Schedule: Fall semester (late August–mid December)
  • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university are eligible to apply. 
  • Living arrangements: Furnished apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood
  • Language requirement: No prerequisites
  • Application deadline: This program is paused through 2023-2024 and is not currently accepting applications.
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Oak Ridge Science Semester

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Conduct scientific research in your area of academic interest while learning from career scientists at the nation’s largest multiprogram research laboratory.

  • Schedule: Fall semester (late August–mid December)
  • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university are eligible to apply.
  • Language requirement: No prerequisites
  • Application deadline: This program is paused through 2023-2024 and is not currently accepting applications.

Affiliated Programs

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 Japan Study 2022-2023 application closed on January 3, 2022. The Full Year 2023-24, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 application will open in Fall 2022.

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, 2023 for the Fall 2023 River Semester. Please click here to apply.

Carleton Global Engagement: Ecology and Anthropology in Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania

Venture to eastern Africa, where you’ll explore some of the world’s most famous ecological and paleoanthropological sites and complete a special project in your area of interest.

  • Schedule: Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
  • Who can apply: Undergraduate students from accredited U.S. institutions
  • Host institution: MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC) and Nyayo Discovery
  • Living arrangements: Homestay with a Tanzanian host family
  • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for Swahili language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
  • Applications: ACM is no longer accepting applications for this program. Please contact Carleton Global Engagement Programs to apply for the Fall 2022 program. The last date to submit applications is May 1, 2022.
Michael Vertovec

Questions?

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

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