Valparaiso University’s semester-away programs offer intensive study experiences — often encompassing supervised internships and independent study — in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

  • The Lutheran College Washington Consortium focuses on the ethical dimensions of public service.
  • The Chicago Arts Program introduces students to the art world in a city rich in cultural resources.
  • The Chicago Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society Program explores creativity, innovation, and problem solving in Chicago businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Chicago Urban Semester offers the opportunity to experience and analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural forces shaping a city.
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Learning Through Service

In service-learning courses, students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs. They reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.