Affiliated Study Abroad Programs
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, an association of 118 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, offers the following programs to students of its member institutions. The programs offer a unique opportunity for students to make the world their classroom, going beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. For further information, consult the CCCU web site at www.bestsemester.com.
Travel Disclaimer: All travel plans are subject to change if the situation for any of the destinations is thought to compromise the students' safety.
Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students from member institutions as a "Washington, D.C. campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the students' talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of fields. They also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars which are issue oriented and interdisciplinary. The seminars are led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis, and real-world experience. Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their futures and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ's lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help council schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) immerses students in a dynamic Christian community through which they will come into contact with the cultural diversity of Sydney and the surrounding region. Students will interact with others who share a commitment to personal development through study and fellowship. ASC provides a variety of course offerings including theology, theatre, dance, and ethnomusicology. The courses are taught by some of Australia's leading teachers, musicians, and theologians. Travel opportunities include trips into the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Canberra. Students will experience such activities as a bush walk, touring the Australian National Museum, and the Parliament House. At the end of the semester, ASC participants will come away well equipped to undertake ministry opportunities in all walks of life and across cultural boundaries. Students earn 15-18 semester hours of credit.
The China Studies Program enables students to engage this large and intriguing country from the inside. While living in, and experiencing Chinese civilization firsthand, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographical and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation. In addition to the study of standard Chinese, students are given opportunities such as assisting Chinese students learning English or working in an orphanage, allowing for one-on-one interaction. The program introduces students to the diversity of China, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ-centered way. Students earn 15-17 semester hours of credit.
The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) provides students the opportunity to live and work in community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith, and business. Both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, the CMC offers two tracks: the Artist Track and the Executive Track. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers, producers, and recording engineers. The Executive Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications, and other majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters, and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. Both Artist and Executive track students receive instruction, experience, and a uniquely Christian perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Both tracks include course work, labs, directed study, and a practicum. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
The India Studies program (ISP) offers a unique opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures. This diversity, as well as the call to be an obedient witness for Christ throughout the world, provides a rich and engaging setting to equip students to be servant-leaders in a pluralistic world of beliefs, cultures, and needs. The ISP is structured to provide students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places, and customs in India, including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students a close up look at India's diversity. Students will participate in two core courses designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical, and economic landscape of India. Rounding out the 16 hour semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors. At its heart, the India Studies Program strives to encourage and equip students to effectively relate to India and its people in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner.
Students of CCCU colleges have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through the Latin American Studies Program, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region. Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American Studies (offered both fall and spring terms); Advanced Language and Literature (limited to Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); International Business and Management (offered only in fall terms); and Tropical Sciences (offered only during spring terms). Students in all concentrations earn 16 semester credits.
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students of council member institutions to serve in various aspects of the film industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Students live, learn, and work in the LA area near major studios. The curriculum consists of two required seminars focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose two elective courses from a variety of offerings in film studies. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allow students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students earn 16-18 semester hours of credit.
Based in Israel, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) allows council member students to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. The interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to explore the diverse religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of Middle Eastern people. In addition to seminars, students study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations. Through travel in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey, students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner at a time of tension and change. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
This program allows students to spend a summer term studying at the Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England. The program includes multi-disciplinary study of the Renaissance and Reformation through examination of philosophy, art, literature, science, music, politics, and religion of early modern Europe in a choice of lectures, seminars, and field trips. Students earn six to nine semester credits, which are administered directly to member institutions.
Oxford Honours Programme
Honors and other highly qualified students have the exciting opportunity to study in England through this interdisciplinary semester in Oxford. The rigorous academic program, aimed at increasing critical thinking skills and scholarship from an integrated Christian perspective, allows participants to choose from a wide variety of tutorial study programs in numerous disciplines, including the arts, religion, history, literature, and philosophy. In addition to two tutorials, students participate in a seminar and an integrative course through which they produce a scholarly project or term paper. Field trips provide opportunities for experiential learning in England's rich historical setting. Students earn 17 semester hours of honors credit.
The Uganda Studies Program (USP) exposes students to the uniqueness of Ugandan culture. During their stay in Uganda, they will be able to view the beauty of nature, experience Christianity in the Ugandan culture, and learn about Ugandan history. Students participate in service projects which include teaching English, tutoring at an orphanage, constructing housing, and visiting with AIDS patients. Courses of study include African Politics, Conversational Luganda, Contemporary African Literature, and Religions of Africa. Travel throughout Uganda will allow the participants to see parks, historical sites, and population centers. USP equips students with an expanded worldview and an appreciation for diversity. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
Washington Journalism Center (WJC) is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless. The center blends classroom experience with hands-on work and provides excellent opportunity to learn through lectures and panels with leading journalists who share a strong Christian commitment. Students also participate in seminars taught by communications professors from council member institutions, take part in field trips and complete workshop projects for hometown newspapers. The center develops students as Christian journalists exhibiting both professionalism and legal/ethical integrity. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.