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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.

The Institute for Modern Spanish in Merida, Mexico graciously offers one scholarship each summer for a Simpson student to come to IMS for a four-week Spanish language intensive learning opportunity as a way to thank the college for the education the institute's founder received at Simpson in the 1990s.  The scholarship covers tuition plus room and board costs to live with a host family for the four weeks of the program.  Any IMS-offered excursions that a student chooses to participate in would be at their own expense in addition to the costs of traveling from the U.S. to and from Merida.  Students can begin their four weeks at IMS on any Monday from May through August, and students generally can earn up to 8 credits during the intensive four weeks of study in Merida.

Students interested in applying for the Summer IMS scholarship must create an account and apply on Simpson’s study abroad application system (http://simpson.abroadoffice.net/index.html) by Dec. 1 prior to the summer in which they hope to study abroad in order to be considered for the scholarship.  If students have questions about the program or the application process, they should contact International Education Director Jay Wilkinson.

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).  Note: The deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’21 semester.   If interested, contact Jay Wilkinson in the OIE for more details.  Apply using the online application system.

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, September 25, 2020 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’21 semester. Please contact Jay Wilkinson if you have specific questions or for 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, September 25, 2020 to submit application materials to the Office of International Education for the Spring ’21 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, 2021-2022 academic year or for just one of the semesters of the ’21-’22 academic year are due to Simpson’s OIE by Wed. Jan. 27, 2021.  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 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 SC Connect 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.

For more information about any of 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