Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs
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Through the Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs, Asbury University provides students with opportunities to increase their knowledge, understanding, and perspectives beyond this campus and this country. There is no better way to learn and understand another culture than by studying in another country or city for an entire semester or summer term. We offer two unique full-semester study abroad opportunities with our very own professors— Semester in Paris and China Study Abroad. There are also travel courses where our students will spend a semester studying and preparing for a 1-3 week travel course with an Asbury professor. We also have agreements with several third-party providers.
We welcome students from other institutions to join our unique Asbury programs.
AU Study Abroad programs are led by Asbury faculty and staff members. Students take Asbury courses that are listed in the Bulletin and need not worry about the transferability of credits. Some of the courses can even help fulfill the Foundational requirements. It is also affordable. Students pay the same per-credit-hour rate as on-campus students. Financial aid and scholarships can also be applied. The only additional cost paid by the student is travel expenses to and from the country of study along with personal expenses.
Asbury University Study Abroad Programs
The China Study Abroad program offers a unique opportunity for students in the CCCU family to study and experience China in several destinations over the course of a semester. This term of total immersion begins with 5 weeks in Xi’an, then a week in Northwest China, followed with 5 weeks in Beijing, and finally culminating with a week in South China. When not in class session, the group engages in weekend excursions, outreach opportunities, and visiting iconic historical sites. Students live in community, and earn a full semester of credit in language studies, China history/culture, and topics related to cross-cultural ministry and Christianity in China. Prior Mandarin language is not required for the China semester. The program will be led and taught by an Asbury faculty member, who will travel alongside the students and will also disciple them for the semester. Living, learning, and interacting amongst the locals will allow students a unique perspective on this rising global superpower. asbury.edu/china
Paris Semester provides an international experience in a major cosmopolitan center; a full semester of general foundational credits in addition to courses focusing particularly on France; language study; and the opportunity for an English- or French-speaking internship in one’s field. The program places students in the heart of Paris for the fall semester. Students benefit from on-site supervision by Asbury faculty while living either 1) in a French homestay environment with a French host or 2) in the program’s dormitory with English- and French-speaking staff. Applicants do not need to come to Paris with prior French language training but are required to take French language within the program while in Paris. Courses 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 are a regular part of the educational experience within Paris Semester. asbury.edu/paris
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 http://www.ccconsortium.org/. (Dr. T. Campbell)
The Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC) promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th-century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology and social theology.
The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centers provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.
Approved (Non-Asbury) Study Abroad Off-Campus Programs
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. http://www.bestsemester.com/asc/ (Academic Affairs)
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/ (Ancient & Modern Languages Department)
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/ (Academic Affairs)
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. http://foundationinchrist.org/ and http://www.antobarnua.com/ (Academic Affairs)
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/ (Ancient & Modern Languages Department)
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/ (Christian Studies & Philosophy Department)
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. http://www.bestsemester.com/lasp/ (Ancient & Modern Languages Department)
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 Amman. 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/ (Christian Studies & Philosophy Department)
This Best Semester program provides the opportunity to study and experience Irish culture and history while living on the beautiful emerald isle. Northern Ireland is a land that is rich in natural beauty, culture, and Christian heritage. But it also has a tragic history of religious and political conflict. Students will be guided through recent history with a mandatory Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland course along with selected courses and service learning opportunities developed to immerse the student in the culture, people, and history of Ireland. Through travel, study, community, and conversation, students will experience the history of Ireland in a modern context that will equip you to think deeply about peace, reconciliation, and diversity within community. http://bestsemester.com/locations-and-programs/northern-ireland (Academic Affairs)
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. http://www.bestsemester.com/osp/ (English Department)
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. http://www.bestsemester.com/sso/ (English Department)
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/ (Ancient & Modern Languages Department)
A premier evangelical university set in a “green zone” city near downtown Tokyo, TCU offers a semester-long fall studies program in their East Asia Institute. The institute offers four primary courses along with electives that are taken along with other international students. The EAI gives students the opportunity to gain a deeper academic knowledge of this region of the world, immersing students in the life, culture, language and history of Japan. Students live in university dormitories and have the opportunity to explore the city, join in on field trips, and participate in campus activities. As part of the articulation agreement, airfare to and from Japan is included in the tuition. http://www.tci.ac.jp/english/eai (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
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. http://www.bestsemester.com/usp/ (Academic Affairs)
Approved (Non-Asbury) State-side Off-Campus Programs
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. Whether in public policy or strategic communication, students will engage what it means to be in community and to be a leader. http://www.bestsemester.com/asp/ (Department of Social Science and History)