Off-Campus Programs

GENERAL POLICY
1.  Participation in all Off-Campus special programs requires the approval of the Academic Dean prior to application and enrollment in the outside program.  Students who enroll in such programs without this approval jeopardize any credits earned.

2.  Students participating in off-campus programs are required to have completed at least two semesters at Asbury University and to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 (some programs have higher GPA requirements) and may not be on chapel or academic probation.

3.  Additional fees and tuition rates may apply. 

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

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

 

PROGRAMS

AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 320)

(Washington, DC)  This BestSemester 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.   http://www.bestsemester.com/asp/  (Dr. D. Cecil)

 

AuSABLE INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (OFC 390)

(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.   http://ausable.org/  (Dr. B. Baldridge)

 

AUSTRALIA STUDIES CENTRE (OFC 325)
(Brisbane, Australia)  In 2013, Australia Studies Centre, a BestSemester 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.  http://www.bestsemester.com/asc/   (Dr. B. Banker)

 

BOLIVIAN EVANGELICAL UNIVERSITY (OFC 305)

(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.  http://www.wgm.org/page.aspx?pid=2507 (Dr. S. Thacker)

 

CHEZ VOUS SUMMER STUDY IN FRANCE (OFC 302)

(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.  http://www.chezvoussummer.com/  (Dr. S. Thacker)

 

CHINA STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 321)

(Xiamen University, China)  Students in this BestSemester 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. http://www.bestsemester.com/csp/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY (OFC 310)

(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.   http://www.daystar.ac.ke/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

FOCUS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (OFC 394)

(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.   http://www.focusleadership.org/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

FRANKFORT SEMESTER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (OFC 317)

(Frankfort, Kentucky)  An initiative of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), the program seeks to enhance students' academic, civic, and professional skills through internship experiences, public policy symposia, academic seminars and exposure to the ideas and perspectives of a variety of notable citizens.  The interns work directly with state legislators, government officials, and government liaisons in the crafting and passing of legislation.  The program is intended for upper-division students, regardless of major.  Students must be motivated learners, have a deep curiosity about current events and the policy-making process, and be committed to fulfilling the requirements of the internships and seminars.  http://www.aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (OFC 319)

(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.  http://buwww.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/main/index.jsp  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

INDIA STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 331)
(Coimbatore, India)  Located at Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences in the state of Tamil Nadu, this BestSemester 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.  http://www.bestsemester.com/isp/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

IRELAND – AN TOBAR NUA (OFC 308)

(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.  Students may enroll in this program through a consortium agreement with Taylor University.   http://foundationinchrist.org/ and http://www.antobarnua.com/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

JACQUES LEFEVRE INSTITUTE SEMESTER PROGRAM (OFC 316)
(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.   http://www.jacqueslefevreinstitute.com/  (Dr. S. Thacker)

 

JERUSALEM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (OFC 396)

(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.  http://juc.edu/  (Dr. O. Dickens)

 

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 322)

(San Jose, Costa Rica)  This BestSemester 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.  http://www.bestsemester.com/lasp/  (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.  Students may enroll through a consortium agreement with Azusa Pacific University.   http://www.apu.edu/laterm/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 326)

(Cairo, Egypt)  This BestSemester 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.   http://www.bestsemester.com/mesp/  (Dr. O. Dickens)

 

NEW YORK CENTER FOR ART AND MEDIA STUDIES (OFC 338)

(New York City, New York)  NYCAMS offers faith-based art and writing education in the heart of New York City.  The art program strikes a balance between theory and practice and is designed to nurture a student’s ability and to engage the student with the contemporary art scene.  Writing students immerse themselves in the unique opportunities that New York City affords as they live, study, and intern in the publishing and news capital of the world.  Both programs place emphasis on engaging the culture through faith and creativity.  Students may enroll in this program through a consortium agreement with Bethel University.   http://nycams.bethel.edu/  (Prof. K. Barker)

 

OXFORD SUMMER PROGRAMME (OFC 328)

(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 BestSemester 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.   http://www.bestsemester.com/osp/  (Dr. D. Strait)

 

SCHOLARS’ SEMESTER IN OXFORD (OFC 327)

(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 BestSemester 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.   http://www.bestsemester.com/sso/  (Dr. D. Strait)

 

SEMESTER IN SPAIN (OFC 334)

(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.  http://www.semesterinspain.org/  (Dr. S. Thacker)

 

UGANDA STUDIES PROGRAM (OFC 329)

(Near Kampala, Uganda)  Offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University (45 minutes east of the capital city of Kampala), this BestSemester 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.  http://www.bestsemester.com/usp/  (Dr. B. Banker)

 

WASHINGTON JOURNALISM CENTER (OFC 332)

(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 BestSemester experience includes classes, an internship at a top news publication, and service learning opportunities.  http://www.bestsemester.com/wjc/  (Prof. D. Wheeler)

 

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL COURSES

Various departments sponsor 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.

 

2013-14 BULLETIN   08/16/2013