Westmont in Northern Europe 2017
Join us to explore Christ's call to be peacemakers
First-year students are ecouraged to apply.
“I enjoyed going sophomore year because it gave me a new sense of perspective to help me reassure myself of who I am, as well as preparing me for the rest of my college career.” Sunny
Applications are available here. The deadline to apply has been extended into February 2017. Please contact OCP office immediately.
Why choose Westmont in Northern Europe?
You'll learn like you never have before
Our learning will be active, integrated and experiential. Every activity and every encounter--from museum visits to shopping for groceries--will be an opportunity for learning. And expect your learning to touch all areas of your lives: your friendships, your spiritual growth, your recreation, as well as your intellectual lives.
“The classroom extends into the streets, churches, homes, museums, cafes and beyond." Amanda
"Things I've heard and learned most of my life became living and breathing places and people, with a power I never expected.” Olivia
We will explore issues of conflict and peacemaking and deepen our encounters with the places and cultures we visit through these courses:
- Constructing War and Peace (4 units,Caryn Reeder)
- Philosophical Reflections on Conflict and Peacemaking in Modern Europe (4 units, Chris Hoeckley)
- Encountering the Cultures of England, Ireland and Germany (3 units, team taught)
- German Language (4 units, instruction provided by German Language School Berlin)
- Exploring Wellness (1 unit PE, team taught)
These courses fulfill six General Education requirements: Thinking Historically; Philosophical Reflections on Reality, Knowledge and Value; Foreign Language; Communicating Cross-Culturally; Writing Intensive; Physical Education (one semester).
“You can learn the art of peacemaking in countless textbooks but you won't learn how to be a peacemaker until you encounter people who are working towards reconciliation in difficult situations with long histories of hurt.” Kyndal
You'll love our three fantastic extended-stay locations
London, England. We'll spend out first several weeks in England--most of that in London. In addition to being a vibrant world capital, London has much to teach us about conflict and peacemaking from ancient times right up to the present.
“Westmont in Northern Europe has taught to be a deep thinker and equipped me work towards my goals in a thoughtful manner.“ Nathan
Berlin, Germany. From its complete destruction at the close of WWII, through its rebuilding as a divided city symbolizing the cold-war conflict, Berlin has become one of Europe's most vibrant and beautiful cities and is unmatched addressing our themes of conflict and peacemaking.
“West mont in Northern Europe has more than tripled my life experiences in only a couple of months. So many moments on the program have made me stop and think ‘I can't believe I get to do this!’” Sammy
“I've held an owl and ridden mountain bikes through Narnia. It's not just school abroad, it's an adventure.” Matthew
“The learning is never confined to just the classroom; the places I least expected to learn is where I learned the most.” Jacob
Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. We will close the program with a several-week stays in the beautiful Northern Ireland countryside. Ireland--and especially Northern Ireland--has a long history of conflict, but peace has come in the last two decades, and reconciliation, though slow, is underway. We'll discover the beauty, the painful history and the emerging hope of this fascinating place.
In the midst of these extended stays, we will also travel to other locations that will broaden our learning: Hadrian's Wall on the England/Scotland border; Dresden and Bratislava in Central Europe; Dublin, Belfast and the Irish coast in Ireland. You'll also have the chance for independent travel.
“The most memorable moments, were the ones I never expected! Slovakia? Best. Week. EVER.” Danille
You'll discover how rich a Christian learning community can be.
We will eat, sleep, travel, learn, play and pray together for 16 weeks. We are bound to get close. That closeness can have its challenges. We're all very imperfect people and living and traveling cross-culturally can make those imperfections very obvious. But that closeness will also be an opportunity for new and deepened friendship, support, fun and spiritual growth.
“I have learned so much about myself as a Christian and as an active part of peace and reconciliation.” Sarah
You can expect to be stretched.
Travel can be challenging, cross-cultural encounters can be challenging, language learning can be challenging, community can be challenging, academics can be challenging. But all of these will be opportunities to deepen your character. Most challenging of all, but also most exciting, might be the ways in which your faith is stretched as you encounter evangelical Christians from other cultures, Christians from outside the evangelical tradition, and people of other faiths. These encounters can be hard, as they raise questions about one's own faith. But time and again we have seen students come away with a wider vision of God's work in the world and of the breadth of God's love.
“I encounter opinions and outlooks here everyday that I would never see on Westmont's campus. This program has broadened my own perspectives and has helped me begin to shape my core beliefs.” Julianna
"I was nervous about my home stay... What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" Christian
Between them, Dr. Caryn Reeder and Dr. Christian Hoeckley are veterans of 11 study-abroad programs in Europe and the UK.
Dr. Reeder teaches Religious Studies. She specializes in how the Hebrew scriptures are used by New Testament authors, and in scriptural texts about domestic and inter-group violence.
Dr. Hoeckley directs the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont and teaches philosophy. He has interests in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion, but more recently has turned his attention to exploring the possibility of just warfare in both secular and Christian thought.
We look forward to exploring with you Christ's call to be peacemakers.
The program is aimed at sophomore-level students, so students who are in their first semester of college in fall 2016 are encouraged to apply. The program is also open to students who will be juniors and seniors in fall 2016, but priority in the selection process will not be determined by class standing.