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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's 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

Off-Campus Study will return in full-force soon, and when it does we want to be ready to support the demand and financial need of every student who wishes to experience these transformative opportunities.

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.


Departments and Programs Leaderboard
Which areas at Hope College do you love the most? The area with the most gifts takes the lead!
Rank Departments And Programs Gifts
1 Hope Fund - Immediate Use 214
2 Hope Forward, Endowment 194
3 Orange and Blue Fund 137
4 Center for Diversity and Inclusion 69
5 Natural and Applied Sciences Summer Research Fund, endowed 48
6 The Future of Work Renovation 34
7 Hope-Western Prison Education Program 28
8 Counseling and Psychological Services 21
9 Phelps Scholars 21
10 Campus Sustainability Project 15
11 Kinesiology 15
12 Psychology 14
13 ExploreHope 14
14 Engineering 14
15 Economics and Business 13
16 Geological and Environmental Science 13
17 Political Science 13
18 Communication 13
19 Campus Ministries 12
20 Boerigter Center for Calling and Career 11
21 Awakening 11
22 Music 11
23 Office of Possibilities 11
24 Disability & Accessibility Resources 11
25 Study Abroad /Off-campus 10
26 Biology 9
27 World Languages and Cultures 9
28 Education 9
29 Nursing 9
30 Dance 9
31 Art and Art History 8
32 History 8
33 Chemistry 8
34 David O. Otai '12 International Student Resource and Activity Fund 8
35 Student Emergency Fund 7
36 Women's and Gender Studies 7
37 Select Other Below 6
38 Theatre 5
39 Vienna Summer School 5
40 Religion 5
41 Van Wylen Library 5
42 Social Work 5
43 Sociology 4
44 Hope Summer Repertory Theatre 4
45 Keeping Hope Student Food Pantry 4
46 Spring Break Immersion Trips 3
47 Global Studies 3
48 Mathematics and Statistics 3
49 Disablity and Accessibility Resources 3
50 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
51 Kruizenga Art Museum 2
52 Philosophy 2
53 Physics 2
54 Children's After School Achievement (CASA) 2
55 Neuroscience 2
56 English 1
57 Computer Science 1
58 CMS (Center for Ministry Studies) 1
59 COVID 19 Relief Fund 1
60 American Ethnic Studies 0
61 Student Development Program Fund 0
62 Peace and Justice 0
63 Hope Software Institute 0
Sororities Leaderboard
Which sorority will make the most gifts? Keep checking to see who will win!
Please select your sorority.
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Sigma Sigma – Sigmas 27
2 Sigma Iota Beta – Sibs 26
3 Delta Phi – Delphi 22
4 Kappa Beta Phi – Dorians 13
5 Alpha Gamma Phi - Alpha Gams 10
6 Kappa Delta Chi - Kappa Chis 3
7 Alpha Phi Zeta – Aletheans 2
Early Bird Challenge by Brightformat
Rise and shine, early birds! Why not start your day with gifts to your favorite areas of Hope? If 25 gifts are made from 2 am to 7 am EST, Brightformat, an alumni-owned business, will give $2,500 will be added to the Hope Fund to help support our area of greatest need - student scholarships.
25 / 25 Gifts
Fraternities Leaderboard
Which fraternity will make the most gifts? Keep checking to see who will win!
Please select your fraternity.
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Phi Kappa Alpha – Cosmo 22
2 Chi Phi Sigma – Arcadian 17
3 Omicron Kappa Epsilon Frater 13
4 Phi Tau Nu – Emersonian 9
5 Kappa Eta Nu Knickerbocker 4
6 Alpha Theta Chi – Centurian 2
Young Alumni and Student Scholarship Challenge
We are so proud. Thanks to our young alumni and students for stepping up to the challenge. A generous 2019 grad gave an additional $2,500 to student scholarships.
50 / 50 Gifts
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