Off-Campus Programs/International Studies

Semester Programs

There are three types of off-campus semester programs available to Bethel students: Bethel programs, affiliated programs, and programs through program providers and other colleges/universities.

Programs are listed by provider below. 

Please note:  Pricing structure will vary for each type of program.  Please contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies for more information.

Bethel Programs

Pricing information:  For Bethel programs, you will pay a comprehensive fee detailed on the program's webpage below.  Financial aid, including Bethel institutional aid and state/federal aid, will apply to these programs.

Daystar Term (Fall, Spring)
Attend the only Christian liberal arts college in Africa, situated just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Study a variety of subjects with 1300 students from over 20 African countries.

England Term (Fall, odd years)
Explore literature and drama in the British Isles. Open to all majors.

Europe Term-Communication  (Fall, odd years)
Study communication in a European setting. Open to all majors.

Guatemala Term (Spring)
Live in Antigua, Guatemala, and participate in this program that emphasizes an integration of academic study, Christian service, and cross-cultural interaction. Open to all majors.

Spain Term (Fall)
Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture through study at the Center for Hispanic Studies in Segovia. Live with a Spanish host family in this wonderful town, listed as one of the United Nation's Heritage of Humanity sites. Open to students who have completed two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

Affiliated Programs

Many of our affiliated programs are sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. These programs will have the label "CCCU" next to them.

Please note:  Pricing for all affiliated programs will be based on Bethel's home campus tuition/housing figures and will vary from what is listed on the program's website.  Financial aid, including Bethel institutional aid and state/federal aid, will apply to these programs.


American Studies Program (CCCU)
Explore current national and international issues in the capitol city of Washington, DC. Attend seminar classes which focus on domestic and international topics and are taught by Washington professionals. A large component of this program is an internship, which may be in any number of fields. Examples of internships include: the office of a member of Congress; the Sierra Club; the United Nations; and the Department of Education.

Contemporary Music Center (CCCU)
The CMC offers you the opportunity to spend a semester studying, living in Nashville with faculty, music industry experts and other students who share your interest in making and marketing contemporary music. It is a chance to devote some serious time to discovering how God would have you integrate your faith and your love of music in the marketplace. The program isn't just for music majors; it's for any student considering a career as a musician, vocalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, artist manager, booking agent, A&R director, marketing executive, music publisher, concert promoter or entertainment industry entrepreneur.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center (CCCU)
Gain experience in the film industry through internships in Hollywood, CA. Attend seminar classes on film industry operations and discuss the ethical challenges in the entertainment profession and film culture.

NYC Semester (The King's College)

Spend a semester in New York City learning from top-notch journalism faculty and engaging with other writers.  You'll learn in and about the city through coursework and a practicum!

The Oregon Extension
Live a simple life, with a rustic cabin as your living quarters and wood you chopped providing heat in your own wood stove. Work to become a serious thinker and learner. Take time to read, converse and write in the woods of Ashland, Oregon.

Washington Journalism Center (CCCU)
Take part in this experiential semester on Capitol Hill that cultivates professional news skills while processing the implications of being a Christian working in the news media.


Australia Studies Centre (CCCU)
At Heritage Christian College in Brisbane, you will participate in an Australian Culture course and take advantage of the course offerings in business, music, theatre, and graphic design.  Christianity and the Arts is a major theme of the highly acclaimed program and school. 

Latin American Studies Program (CCCU)
Study Spanish, community development and the role of the church in Latin America while attending classes, working on service projects and living with a family in Costa Rica. There are opportunities to specialize in international business (Fall), tropical science (Spring) and literature (Fall or Spring), and for travel to other Central American countries.

LCC International University
Spend a semester or summer experiencing Lithuania, a unique country where a walk along cobblestone streets reveals not only the history of a people once conquered and now liberated but also the spirit of a nation that is determined to maintain its identity.  Learn from your peers as you live and study immersed in an Eastern European student body, and become more culturally competent through hands on experience.  Discover the best of Eastern Europe as the program takes you to cities in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia, and take advantage of opportunities for independent travel.  Select from a wide range of courses (taught in English) that could meet general education requirement of requirements for your major.  Email for more info or visit the website.  Explore beyond the typical study abroad locations to a truly rare destination!

Middle East Studies Program (CCCU)
Spend a semester in Amman, Jordan, and three weeks of study and travel in other regional countries. Develop an awareness of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. The program explores Islamic faith and the complex issues surrounding Christian, Jewis and Muslim relations in the region. Modern Standard Arabic is also taught.

The Scholars' Semester in Oxford (CCCU)
Participate in the tutorial system of learning in a partnership program with the CCCU as a visiting student of Wycliffe Hall, part of Oxford University. This program is open to students with a 3.5 minimum GPA.

Uganda Studies Program (CCCU)
Uganda Christian University in Mukono provides the home for this partnership program.  Students choose from the honors classes at UCU and most complete a service project during the semester.

Third-Party Program Providers**

Bethel does allow students to participate in certain pre-approved non-Bethel and non-affiliated programs.  These program providers offer a variety of locations that serve students of many majors.  For students to remain enrolled at Bethel and use financial aid, these programs are billed differently.

Please note:  Pricing for all program providers will vary greatly from the cost listed on the program's website.  Typically students will be billed Bethel's tuition rate in addition to the room/board rates of the program.  A few programs include airfare, but most do not.  You will need to carefully review your program's website to know what is included in their billing.  Financial aid, including Bethel institutional aid and state/federal aid, will apply to these approved programs.


Academic Programs International (API)*
Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, United Arab Emirates

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)*
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Multi-Country

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS)*
An intensive academic program of seminars and tutorials at the University of Oxford, England.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)*
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates  

Global Semesters*
Argentina, China, Cyprus, England, France, Greece, India, Italy, Spain, multi-country options

This consortium program offers a variety of thematic programs (sustainability, inequality in America, social justice and change, etc.) in both US-based and international programs. USA, Norway, Northern Ireland, New Zealand

International Studies Abroad (ISA)*
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand

Oman Semester - Northwestern College *
Offers students the opportunity to learn Arabic, explore Omani history and culture as well as Christian-Muslim relations in an experiential learning setting.

School for International Training (SIT)*
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Cuba, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam

Semester at Sea*
Round the world voyages offered each semester and summer.


Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey

Veritas Christian Study Abroad*
Academic programs combined with missions/service-learning!  Country options include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain


* Regarding billing and financial aid:  Students receiving Bethel gift aid and utilizing state/federal aid will stay enrolled at Bethel and pay a program fee based on Bethel's tuition rate plus the program's room/board rate.  

** Students wishing to pursue a program other than one on the approved list must do the stop-out process away from Bethel and pay their program directly without using Bethel aid or loans.