Off-Campus Study & International Student Resources
Transforming Students, Transforming the World

At Hope we strive to provide our students with life transforming global experiences.  We aim to welcome and engage international students and scholars in the campus community, provide off-campus study opportunities for all students and stimulate conversation surrounding cross-cultural and global issues in and out of the classroom - all of which prepare our students to engage in our local and global communities.  


During Hope College Day of Giving, you will have the opportunity to support the work of the Fried Center for Global Engagement:


David O. Otai ’12 International Student Resource and Activity Fund

Join us in supporting the international and Third Culture Kid community at Hope! Your gift supports cultural activities such as international student orientation, Explore Michigan, IMAGES: A Reflection of Cultures, and the International Food Fair, as well as other activities that allow the international and TCK community to thrive at Hope - their home away from home! David O. Otai ’12 was an international student from Kenya who died tragically in a plane crash in 2010 prior to his graduation. He was a vibrant part of our global community and was an enthusiastic participant in multiple activities across Hope’s campus. This fund was set up in memory of David for the many lives he touched with his contagious smile and constant joy!


Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study

Hope students are able to choose from more than 300 academic off-campus study programs in over 60 countries across six continents. Participating in off-campus study is a valuable part of a well-rounded liberal arts education and it equips our students to lead and serve in our global society. The benefit of off-campus study is not singular. When a student returns to Hope after an off-campus study experience, they are able to engage their peers in the classrooms and residence halls with an expanded worldview. They are also able to share their new perspectives of learning and growth on a more informal basis with their friend and peer groups on campus, cultivating discussions on critical topics such as migration, environmental sustainability, and global health. Your gift to this fund encourages and enables Hope students to study off-campus and to explore the world!  


Vienna Summer School

Vienna Summer School offers students a choice of coursework in Austrian art and architecture, intercultural communication, Austrian history, Vienna's musical traditions, empires, cultural anthropology and a Senior Seminar.


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Sororities Leaderboard
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Board of Trustees Participation Challenge
Our Day of Giving goal is for the Hope community to make 1,400 gifts over 36 hours that will directly impact Hope students. Make a gift and help unlock an additional $20,000! This challenge was made possible by our Board of Trustees. Help us reach our goal and make your gift today. Every gift matters!
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Beat our Best: Faculty/Staff Challenge
Here on Hope’s campus, we may have different jobs, different priorities and different opinions — but a love of Hope students unites us all. It's what motivates us to invest our time, talent and energy into the campus community. Last year, 334 faculty and staff made gifts to support the areas they loved. Today, please consider making an additional investment in our students by making a gift and if we beat our best record, Bob '80 and Barb '81 Johnson will give $1,250 to Hope’s greatest need — scholarships. Give to what you love and help unlock $1,250 for student scholarships.
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Ready, Set, Go Challenge
Let’s jump start the day. A couple of generous donors would like to give a total of $4,500 to help support our greatest need - student scholarships. Each time 50 gifts are given, $500 will be added to help support student scholarships. Keep up the momentum - make your gift today!
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1866 Go Big - Go Hope Challenge!
In honor of the year Hope was founded, a generous donor will give an additional gift of $20,000 to help support student scholarships when we reach 1,866 gifts. Hurry and give to what you love today!
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Future Flying Dutch Challenge
Have a future Hope student in your family? Use #Give2Hope and post a photo of your child (nieces, nephews, or grandkids are fine, too!) for a chance for your youngster to win Hope gear.
Kikwetu Coffee Challenge
Help unlock a $500 gift to the David O. Otai ’12 International Student Resource and Activity Fund provided through the generosity of Kikwetu Coffee, founded by Leecox Omollo ’02 and his wife, Martha Itulya. We need 25 gifts to this fund to unlock this caffeinated gift.
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Parade Your Pets Challenge
Share a photo of your pet celebrating Giving Day using the hashtag #Give2Hope. We will pick one lucky photo to win a pet prize pack!
Parents and Families Challenge
Families, this one's for you. For every 100 gifts we receive from families, a generous former parent couple will give an extra $10,000 to help support our area of greatest need - student scholarships! Help unlock this challenge today and keep the momentum going to see how much will be added to help current Hope students.
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Totally ’90s Challenge
If you graduated in the ’90s, this challenge is for you! Help unlock $3,000, given by a generous ’90s alumni couple, to help Hope’s greatest need — student scholarships. Hurry — we need 90, ’90s grads to make a gift before 9 am!
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Young Alumni and Student Challenge
Hey, young alumni and current students (Classes of 2015 to 2023)! A 2019 grad will give $1,100 to help support student scholarships if 50 gifts are made to support the area you love. Act now to see the power of your generosity at work today!
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Hope Connection Leaderboard
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