Affiliated Programs

In addition to “Simpson Experience Abroad” offerings, students also have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs operated by other institutions and organizations and have those credits transferred back to Simpson  Please note: your state and federal financial aid will very likely be able to be used on these programs, but your institutional aid from Simpson may not.  Check with Simpson’s Office of Financial Assistance for details about the transferability of aid on a non-Simpson study abroad program.  To apply for one of these programs, students should create an account and apply for the program using the online application system.

Through a bilateral exchange agreement between Simpson and another institution:

The State Higher Vocational School (PWSZ) in Krosno, Poland has an exchange agreement with Simpson such that two students from Krosno come to study at Simpson in the fall semester and then two students from Simpson go to Krosno to study for the spring semester. Courses offered in Krosno include beginning Polish language as well as a courses taught in English such as “Introduction to Poland,” “The Holocaust,” “European Identity,” “American Popular Culture”among others.  Students can also serve as an English language teaching assistant and they can join fellow international students at PWSZ on excursions led in the surrounding region. Because this is a direct exchange program between the two institutions, students pay their home institution’s tuition and fee charges, their home school’s standard room and board rate, a $500 study abroad fee, and their transportation and visa costs and they can use their full Simpson financial aid on this program.  Students will live in a university apartment with cooking facilities located a short walk from campus with other international students. Note:  The deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’15 semester.  Please click here for more details on the application process, and contact Jay Wilkinson if you have specific questions or need more information about the exchange.

The University of Murcia in Spain has an agreement with Simpson which allows up to four students per year from each institution to study for a semester at the other institution.  Students interested in studying in Murcia must have a good command of written and spoken Spanish so that they will be well-prepared for success in their coursework abroad.  Simpson students can take courses at the university with Spanish students in a wide-range of topics, and support is given to Simpson students through the university’s Office of International Relations.  Exchange students typically live in apartments in town with other international students or with host families, depending upon their preference, and they pay their actual living expenses directly in Murcia.  Because this is a direct exchange program between the two institutions, students pay their home institution’s tuition and fee charges, a $500 study abroad fee, and their transportation and visa costs and they can use their full Simpson financial aid on this program. Note:  The deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’15 semester.  Please contact Jay Wilkinson if you have specific questions or for more information about the exchange.

The University of French PolynesiaSimpson’s partner institution in Tahiti, has an agreement with Simpson which allows students from each institution to study for a semester at the other institution. Students interested in studying at UPF must have a good command of written and spoken French so that they will be well-prepared for success in their coursework abroad. Simpson students can take courses at the university with local students in a wide-range of topics, and support is given to Simpson students through the university’s Office of International Relations. Exchange students typically live with host families who provide them with breakfast and dinner each weekday as well as all weekend meals or in other local accommodations.  These arrangements are facilitated through UPF’s IR office, and students pay their hosts directly for their accommodations.  Because this is a direct exchange program between the two institutions, students pay their home institution’s tuition and fee charges along with the $500 study abroad fee, while they pay their accommodation, meals, transportation, and visa costs themselves.  Students can use their full Simpson financial aid on this program. Note: The deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’15 semester. Please contact Jay Wilkinson if you have specific questions or for more information about the exchange.

Universidad del Centro Educativo Latino Americano (UCEL)Simpson’s partner institution in Argentina, has an agreement with Simpson which allows students from each institution to study for a semester at the other institution. Students interested in studying at UCEL must have a good command of written and spoken Spanish so that they will be well-prepared for success in their coursework abroad. Simpson students can take courses at the university with local students in a wide-range of topics, and support is given to Simpson students through the university’s Office of International Relations. Exchange students typically live with host families who provide them with all of their meals. These arrangements are made through UCEL’s IR office. Because this is a direct exchange program between the two institutions, students pay their home institution’s tuition and fee charges, standard room and board charges, along with the $500 study abroad fee.  Students are also responsible for the cost of their travel to and from UCEL, for their books and academic materials, as well as their travel documents and visa costs. Students can use their full Simpson financial aid on this program. Note: The deadline is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’15 semester. Please contact Jay Wilkinson if you have specific questions or for more information about the exchange.

Irish American Scholars Program

Through the support of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, Simpson College is able to offer one or two students annually the opportunity to study in Northern Ireland as part of the Irish American Scholars Program.

Simpson students may apply to study at Belfast Metropolitan College, Queens University, St. Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College, or the University of Ulster, all of which are located in Northern Ireland for either a semester or an academic year. If accepted, students register and pay tuition and fees as they normally would at Simpson, however, housing, food, travel, books, and other living expenses while studying in Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the student. The only additional expenses charged by Simpson will be the $500 study abroad fee. Financial aid and any Simpson scholarships a student has can usually be used to help cover the cost of participating in the program.  Here is a program information sheet you should download if you’re interested in applying.

Applicants must currently be a sophomore or junior and have a minimum GPA of 3.20, and have begun taking courses in their major field of study at their home institution. Preference is given to students who wish to study for an academic year, but the Irish universities will consider applications for one semester as well.  Applications to study in Northern Ireland either for the full, 2015-2016 academic year or for just one of the semesters of the ’15-’16 academic year are due to Simpson’s OIE by Wed. Jan. 21, 2015.  Please note that Irish American Scholars application materials indicate a deadline of Feb. 1, but this is the deadline Simpson must submit its nominees’ application materials, not the deadline for students to submit their applications. 

A complete application must include:

  • completing Simpson’s online study abroad application materials (click here to go to the online application)
  • a completed Irish American Scholars’ program application form,
  • a 500-word essay describing your educational objectives while studying in Northern Ireland,
  • two letters of reference printed on Simpson letterhead: one from your academic advisor and one from another faculty member or administrator at Simpson who knows you and your work well, and
  • an official Simpson College transcript which includes your grades through the Fall 2014 semester (Must be requested in person in the Registrar’s Office, and it can take up to 5 business days for the transcript to be issued.).

You will also be asked to upload the following to your Simpson Storm Front account:

  • a copy of your Simpson College degree audit
  • a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out).  There is a link to the passport application form on the study abroad website.
  • proof of payment of the $200 non-refundable deposit from the Simpson College Business Office.

Through another institution or provider:

Catholic University of the West (UCO) in Angers, France offers Simpson students interested in studying French in a European setting to study at their institution for any fall or spring semester or during one of their month-long summer terms.  Students with any level of French skills are welcome to participant in classes geared specifically for their language levels.  Accommodations can be either with local host families or in university-affiliated foyers (dorms).  If interested, contact Jay Wilkinson in the OIE for more details.  Apply using the online application system.

Harlaxton College (the British campus of the University of Evansville) hosts students from all over the United States to study for a semester in a unique academic and cultural learning environment.  The college is housed in an impressive, nineteenth-century manor house, and is situated within 117 acres of gardens, park and woodland.  Simpson can send a very limited number of students on this program each year, so let Jay Wilkinson know if you’re interested in applying for the program as early as one full year in advance of studying abroad.

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) is an organization of 17 liberal arts colleges, universities and associations dedicated to education for social justice. Together it shapes academically rigorous, study-abroad and off-campus study programs that address the most pressing issues in our neighborhoods, nations and world..

For more information about these opportunities, contact:

Jay Wilkinson
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288