Cross-Cultural Engagement – Asbury University
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Asbury University believes that our students should be enriched by their encounters with other cultures through full immersion experiences. It is our hope to equip our students to engage other cultures and communities and advance the cause of Christ around the world. We desire to train our students to embrace global responsibility since we are not isolated people but part of a global community that is ever-changing and ever-growing.

CCE Alternate Plan:  The Alternate Completion Plan for the Cross-Cultural Engagement requirement is offered to current seniors who have not been able to complete their travel experience due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This Alternate Plan is available for students graduating by August 2022.  These options have been devised with keeping students’ health and safety as the highest priority during this current health crisis. If circumstances change regarding COVID and travel restrictions, students are encouraged to complete the traditional CCE073 experience.  Details for eligible students:  CCE Alternate Plan

What is Cross-Cultural Engagement?

We define a cross-cultural engagement as immersion into another culture, which involves engaging students in a variety of life-spheres, including being in community with the local people.  We desire students to be immersed in the elements by which cultures are articulated: architecture, fine arts, music, artifacts, language, foods, crafts, leisure activities, institutions, churches and eco-diversity. This engagement experience must be culturally diverse.

Students should be in a culture that is significantly different from their own. Dimensions of time and intensity should be relative; for a shorter experience, the cultural differences should be great for intensity of reflection and deep learning; for a longer experience, a smaller cultural difference should accomplish the same degree of cultural exposure.

Most experiences will expose the student to cultures outside of their own nationality, but stateside experiences are permitted and can be equally as transformative.

Where Our Students Have Been

Examples of our Students’ Activities


  • Chicago, Ill. – AU Social Work Travel Course
  • Peoria, Ariz. – WGM Native American Reservation Ministries
  • Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky Refugee Mission


  • Tokyo, Japan – 2021 (2020 Summer Olympics – Media Communication & Journalism)
  • Columbia – Sports Team Ministry
  • Spain – Personal Cultural Exploration of El Camino de Santiago
  • Paris, France – AU Paris Semester
  • Germany & Poland – AU Psychology Travel Course
  • Amman, Jordan – Middle East Studies Program with Best Semesters
  • Cape Town, South Africa – Asbury Initiative Grant
  • India – Friends of the Good Samaritan Schools Volunteer
  • Xi’an-Beijing-Hong Kong, China – AU China Study Abroad
  • Hong Kong, China – ELIC Summer Engage (Teaching English)
  • South Korea – 2018 Winter Olympics


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