Study Abroad and Off-Campus Programs

Semester in Paris

Semester in China

Dr. Timothy Campbell, Academic Dean 

Participation in all Off-Campus/External programs requires two applications.  Successfully completing the application process through Asbury gives the student approval to participate in an approved Off-Campus Program.  Students who participate in outside programs without this approval will not be enrolled as a student for the period of the off-campus program and will jeopardize any credits earned.  The student must also be formally accepted through the specific program.  Registration will take place only upon final approval by the Academic Dean and confirmation from the host agency of acceptance into their program.

Asbury Students:

1.  Students participating in off-campus programs are required to have completed at least two semesters of college coursework at Asbury. Transfer students must have at least one of the semesters completed at Asbury.

2.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (some programs have higher GPA requirements).

3.  Students must maintain good standing in all areas up to and during participation in the program.  Any probation, including chapel probation, will make the student ineligible for participation.

4.  Additional fees apply ($200 for summer; $500 for fall or spring).  Additional tuition rates may apply. 

5.  Tuition waiver cannot be applied to off-campus program charges.

6.  Students will pay all charges (except program deposits) to Asbury University.  All charges must be paid in full by the first day of the semester.

7.  Students may not be enrolled in independent/directed studies or online courses through Asbury while participating in an off-campus program.

8.  Students may not participate in the same program more than once and may not participate in more than two fall/spring semester programs.

9.  Academy students are not eligible to participate in the Off-Campus Program.

10.  Students are responsible to make necessary arrangements to have transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office so that transfer credit can be received for the off-campus coursework.  Any applicable fees are also the responsibility of the student.  If transcripts are not requested and received by 60 days after the close of the term, all grades will revert to WD.

11.  For further information regarding any of these programs contact the Academic Dean’s Office.

Visiting Students:

1.  Students visiting for the purpose of participating in off-campus programs are required to have completed at least two semesters of college coursework and to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (some programs have higher GPA requirements).

2.  Students will be required to submit the appropriate paperwork including the Home Institution Permission Form, letter of good standing from their home institution, and signed Principles and Expectations of Community Life.  Contact the Office of the Academic Dean for complete details and instructions.

3.  Students will submit the appropriate deposits to Asbury University.

4.  Because the visiting student technically remains a student at the home institution, except for the initial deposit required by the program, payment for participation is handled through the Business Office of the home campus.  All charges must be paid in full by the first day of the semester.

5.  For further information, or for application materials, contact the Office of the Academic Dean.




(Washington, DC)  This Best Semester program, based on the principle of integrating faith, learning and living, is designed for juniors and seniors in a wide range of academic majors and vocational interests.  Students spend a semester in Washington, D.C. earning academic credit by serving as interns and participating in a contemporary, issue-oriented seminar program.  Internships are available in congressional offices, social service agencies, think tanks, cultural institutions and many other organizations.  (Dr. D. Cecil)



(Mancelona, Michigan)  The Institute has locations in the Great Lakes Forest of northern Michigan and also on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.  Its mission is to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of Creation through academic programs for college and university students, research projects, environmental education for local school children, and information services for churches, denominations, and the wider world community.  Students take courses, engage in scholarship, gain field experience, confer, and develop practical tools for environmental stewardship in programs that take seriously both science and theology.  See Biology major for further information.  (Dr. B. Baldridge)


(Brisbane, Australia) In 2013, Australia Studies Centre, a Best Semester program, moved from Sydney to Brisbane to begin a partnership with Christian Heritage College.  While the Centre’s intent is still to transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth, the move results in expanded academic options. Courses are offered in the following areas.  Business: Accounting, Marketing, Management, HR Management.  Education: Early, Primary, Middle and Secondary. Content-area units are also offered in the areas of English, History, Drama, Business, Accounting and Biblical Studies.  Social Sciences: Counseling, Youth Work, Human Services, Chaplaincy, Community Development, Human Behavior.  Ministries: Ministry Foundation, Ministry Formation, Ministry Practice, Ministry Leadership, Social Justice.   (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)  Universidad Evangelica Boliviana was founded in 1980 as the first private university in Bolivia and the first evangelical university in Spanish-speaking South America.  It is an affiliate of World Gospel Mission and is fully accredited by the Bolivian government.  It has approximately 2,000 students in a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. (Dr. S. Thacker)



(Franceville, France)  This program is available through an arrangement with the Jacques LeFevre Institute.  Located in a small town on the Normandy coast, the program offers French studies in a Christian atmosphere, opportunities for developing relationships with inhabitants of the area, an extended stay in Paris, and excursions to churches and attractions.  Participants enroll for 6 hours of French credit at one of three levels beginning with second-year French.  Recommendation by the Asbury Ancient & Modern Languages Department is required.  (Dr. S. Thacker)



(Xiamen University, China)  Students in this Best Semester program 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 helping in an orphanage, allowing for one-on-one interaction.  Students choose between completing a broad Chinese Studies concentration or a Business Concentration that includes a three-week, full-time internship.  The program seeks to introduce students to the diversity of China, including Beijing, Shanghai and X-i'an.  The program enables students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ-centered way.  (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Nairobi, Kenya)   The University provides courses in accounting, biblical studies, business and management, Christian ministries, communications, community development, education, English, and music disciplines.  Courses are also available that introduce students to the history, culture, literature, politics, art, music, and religions of Africa.  All instruction is in English, offered by a faculty composed primarily of African nationals.   Approximately 1,700 students are enrolled from a number of African nations.  (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Colorado Springs, Colorado)  The institute offers an eight-week summer course of study hosted by Focus on the Family on its campus in Colorado Springs.  The term is composed of a lecture series presented by notable Christian culture leaders, comprehensive internships and international travel.  Student leaders from both Christian and non-religious universities hone their leadership abilities through academic study, life in community, spiritual transformation, individual mentoring and hands-on internship experience.  (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Kowloon, Hong Kong)  Students spend a semester receiving instruction in English at Hong Kong Baptist University.  The four-year institution founded in 1956 is committed to a distinctive mission of higher education which incorporates teaching, research and service, and which inculcates in all who participate, a sense of value that extends beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge.  These commitments have developed from the University's heritage of Christian higher education within a Chinese cultural setting.  (Dr. T. Campbell)


(Coimbatore, India)  Located at Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences in the state of Tamil Nadu, this Best Semester program offers a unique opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures.  This diversity provides a rich and engaging setting to equip students to be servant-leaders in a pluralistic world of beliefs, cultures and needs.  Students are challenged to discover for themselves a variety of ways to address the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, acting as agents of salt and light in broken world.  The program not only provides students with immersion in a local community, but also broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places and customs through an extensive two-week travel portion.  Students participate in two core courses designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India.  (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Galway, Ireland)  Foundation in Christ Ministries offers ministry experience through An Tobar Nua. The internship program provides a practical, personal, and biblically-based opportunity for evangelical outreach training in a foreign culture.  This area of Ireland has a very secular worldview and a high drug and alcohol abuse culture with the attendant problems of unwanted pregnancy, addictions, life-controlling depression, and lifestyle challenges.  The participant will also encounter multiple alternative spiritual belief systems. and  (Dr. T. Campbell)


(Merville-Franceville, France) This program combines enrollment at the University of Caen (U-Caen) along with a ministry internship at the Institute itself.   This program and internship provide a full semester of language credit (15-16 hours), while also giving each student a fuller experience of French life and ministry – serving others and helping to strengthen God’s work in France.  (Dr. S. Thacker)



(Jerusalem, Israel)  At Jerusalem University College (also known as the American Institute of Holy Land Studies), students have opportunity to study the Christian Scriptures in the context of the land where the events occurred.  The campus is located in Jerusalem on Mount Zion.  Its buildings rest atop portions of the Herodian Wall with the site of the Essene Gate at one corner.  The location provides all the necessities for school life and combines them with unique surroundings, architecture, and a solid foundation for education.  Students participate in academic learning from biblical backgrounds, to Middle Eastern cultures, languages, and religions.  (Dr. O. Dickens)



(San Jose, Costa Rica)  This Best Semester 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.  Students live with local families and become part of the day-to-day life.  A practicum/internship is chosen from four areas: Latin American Studies (fall and spring), advanced language and literature (for Spanish majors, fall and spring), international business (fall only), and environmental science (spring only).  Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama.  (Dr. S. Thacker)


LOS Angeles Term (OFC 333)

(Los Angeles, California)  L.A. Term is a residential study and service semester in the heart of Los Angeles.  It aims to equip students to live out their faith and values in postmodern urban culture.  Students live with families in Los Angeles, do an internship at a local community or government organization, and take classes at the L.A. Regional Center in Koreatown.  Students earn 15 semester units through a curriculum blending four components: an interdisciplinary urban culture-learning seminar, a survey and analysis of various faiths, a semester-long internship within a community or government organization combined with a weekly seminar, and a survey of the social dimensions of immigration into Southern California.  (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Cairo, Egypt)  This Best Semester program provides the opportunity to study Middle Eastern cultures, religions and conflicts from within this diverse and strategic region.  Juniors and seniors participate in interdisciplinary seminar classes, receive Arabic language instruction and serve as interns with various organizations in Cairo.  Through travel (typically in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Turkey), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the local culture.  At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, students are encouraged and equipped to relate to the Muslim, Eastern Christian and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner.  (Dr. O. Dickens)



(Oxford, England)  As affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, students hone reading and writing skills and delve into areas that interest them while exploring the relationship between Christianity and the development of the British Isles.  These Best Semester participants do specialized work under expert Oxford academics in the areas of English language and literature, history (including the history of art and history of science), philosophy, political philosophy, theology and the study of religion.  (Dr. D. Strait)



(Oxford, England)  As visiting students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students have the privilege to live, study, and learn in one of the university’s historic halls.  Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice.  This Best Semester program is designed for students interested in the fields of art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), musicology, philosophy, and theology.  Applicants are generally honors and other very high achieving students.  A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.  (Dr. D. Strait)



(Paris, France) The Paris Semester provides an international experience in a major cosmopolitan center; a full semester of liberal arts credit; an internship in one’s field (such as visual art, music, media, ministry, or French language); a dormitory setting with other Asbury students (offering the security and benefits of a dorm setting back home); and supervision by Asbury faculty. Prior French language is not required to spend a semester with Asbury University in Paris, though the option of French language instruction is available. Courses will regularly incorporate site visits. Paris houses the largest art collections in the world, for example, so regular trips to the Louvre, Pompidou Center and other important cultural centers will be a regular part of the educational experience for the Paris Semester. (Dr. L. Stratford)



(Seville, Spain)  Semester in Spain, a program of Trinity Christian College, has offered Spanish courses in Seville, Spain since 1977.  The program combines challenging academic study (beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels) with practical opportunities for students to practice what they learn.  The program provides a rich academic and cultural experience and fosters lasting relationships between students and their hosts.  (Dr. S. Thacker)



(Near Kampala, Uganda)  Offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University (45 minutes east of the capital city of Kampala), this Best Semester program provides both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda.  Students live primarily on campus.  Students in the Intercultural Ministry & Mission Emphasis live with host families within walking distance of the university.  These relationships give students a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. (Dr. T. Campbell)



(Washington, D.C.)  This program offers 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.  This Best Semester experience includes classes, an internship at a top news publication, and service learning opportunities.  (Prof. D. Wheeler)

Founded in 1971, the Christian College Consortium is a group of thirteen Christian colleges and universities located across the United States who–through scholarships, conferences and exchange programs—serve the cause of Christ in higher education by encouraging and assisting one another in the pursuit of their respective missions.  Through semester-long Consortium programs, such as the Student Visitor Program, students from member institutions study at other Consortium colleges or on off-campus and study abroad programs. In addition, the Vechery Scholarship provides annual awards to students from each Consortium member institution. For program information and for application materials, go to  (Dr. T. Campbell)


Various departments sponsor short-term travel courses on an occasional basis.  Information will be available from the sponsoring department. Clearance and registration through the Registrar’s Office is also required.


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