The World Is Our Classroom
Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education supports a diverse range of academic offerings and events at COD.
Field Studies offers credit courses that combine classroom work with empirical field experiences. Classes are experience based and faculty led. Courses include Arts and Culture, Interdisciplinary Learning Communities, Outdoor Adventure, and Science and Nature. The courses vary from local to international destinations. Study Abroad courses immerse you in culture and language. Short term, summer and semester-long opportunities abound. Global Education transcends borders and expands horizons through on-campus cultural events.
Some students enroll in courses to earn credit toward a degree or certificate; others are interested in learning wilderness skills or visiting a particular destination. Still others desire to explore new cultures and countries. You are welcome to join us, whatever your interest.
"It was because of Field Studies that I fell in love with outdoor recreation and decided that I wanted to find a way to make a career out of it." - Nathan HambelNathan's COD Story
"Getting to stay with a French family and being fully immersed in French culture and meeting people from all over the world gave me a new perspective on our country and my place in the world." - Bella KellyBella's COD Story
"Make the most out of your time at COD because I promise you're going to miss it after leaving." - Emily Quesada-GlanzEmily's COD Story
"College of DuPage was a great start to my college career and I got a great education. I was so focused on going away that I didn’t realize the resources I had right in front of me." - Grace BrannenGrace's COD Story
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Field Studies/Study Abroad
In compliance with the Illinois Governor's Executive Order, vaccination or weekly testing is required for COD employees and students who are enrolled in in-person courses, including field studies and study abroad. Proof of vaccination is required. Destination-specific vaccination and testing requirements may apply for field studies and study abroad. Read more on how to upload your vaccination information, or to comply with weekly testing.