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Westmont College England Semester Program (Fall only, every other year)

During fall semester of even-numbered years, Westmont students explore the terrain where British and Irish literature was written. Led by English Department faculty, England Semester actually begins in Scotland amid the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where students scurry from venue to venue witnessing theatre, comedy, dance, music and street performers from all over the world. From Edinburgh, students trek to the Lake District of the Romantic poets, the howling moors of the Brontë sisters, and the walled medieval city of York, before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon where the Royal Shakespeare Company offers stunningly professional productions on their new thrust stage. The program iincludes substantial periods of residential study at one or more Christian conference centers. Students spend several weeks in London and travel to Canterbury, to Northern Ireland, to Dublin (during the Dublin Theatre Festival), and to Galway in the west of Ireland where poet W. B. Yeats lived in a 15th-century tower. The program often visits Oxford, Cambridge, and sites associated with Thomas Hardy (in southern England) or with the poet T. S. Eliot (in London and East Anglia). England Semester is open to any students (regardless of major) interested in studying British literature and theatre. Upper-division English and interdisciplinary studies credit is offered. England Semester Homepage

Westmont College Europe Semester Program (select Fallsl only)

The Europe Semester program takes place in select fall semesters. This program offers a wide geographical scope as students and faculty travel and study together in multiple European countries. This program requires a minimum 2.3 GPA. Europe Semester Homepage

Westmont in Northern Europe Fall 2015 &, Fall 2016

Living in three extended-stay locations of Berlin (Germany), Birmingham (England) and Rostrevor (Northern Ireland) you will experience learning like you've never known exploring issues of conflict and peacemaking through three courses: Studies in World Literature (4 units, Cheri Larsen Hoeckley), Philosophical Reflections on Conflict and Peacemaking in Modern Europe (4 units, Chris Hoeckley), and Encountering the Cultures of England, Ireland and Germany (2 units, team taught). Students will deepen their encounters with the places and cultures we visit with a course in German language (4 units) and a PE course in urban and rural fitness walking (1 unit). All participants are required to take these five courses. Together these courses will fulfill six General Education requirements: Thinking Globally; Reading Imaginative Literature; Philosophical Reflections on Reality, Knowledge and Value; Foreign Language; Communicating Cross-Culturally; Physical Education (one semester). Westmont in Northern Europe Homepage

Westmont in Mexico (Fall only)

Are you the kind of person who loves a challenge and an adventure? Does becoming more fluent in another language and building relationships with people of other cultures excite you? Would you like to explore Christianity in a new context and grow in ways you never thought possible? Well, Westmont in Mexico may be just for you! Westmont in Mexico (WIM) is a fall semester program led by Westmont faculty and located in the beautiful, colonial city of Querétaro. On this program, students gain skills for effective cross-cultural living, experience incarnational ministry, and improve their Spanish language abilities. WIM offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican culture through home stays, coursework, and field trips within the context of a supportive Christian community. Another distinctive feature is its integrated pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry training.WIM is designed to be a part of the general education curriculum, and fulfills several GE requirements.Westmont in Mexico Homepage

Westmont in San Francisco Program

Students may attend the Urban Program in either the fall or spring semester. The program combines living and working in a unique urban setting, offering an opportunity for the study of cultural, ethnic, political, and business-oriented aspects of modern society. While enjoying the relative security and intimacy of a self-determined community, students reside in the heart of the city. The core of the program is a pre-professional internship that involves a minimum of 24 hours each week. Tutorials and independent study in a variety of areas are available in addition to the core curriculum. Participants must take the following courses: IS 190 Urban Practicum (8) and IS 195 Seminar in Urban Studies (4). Electives include: IS 194 Tutorial (1-4), ENG 104 Modern Grammar and Advanced Composition (4) - Spring only, and ENG 134 Ethnicity, Race, and the City in American Literature (4) - Fall only. This program requires a minimum 2.3 GPA. Westmont in SF Homepage

Inoculum (Westmont College Summer Program for 1st year and transfer students)

This 12-day backpack trip to the northeastern wilderness area of Yosemite National Park is a special extension of the orientation program. Readings, discussions, and papers focus the course content on the uniqueness of Westmont liberal arts education. It takes place before orientation and is for first-year and transfer students. Participants must take the following course: APP 90 The Inoculum: Wilderness/Orientation (2); this course will meet one of the four PEA requirements. Inoculum Homepage

African Ecology (South Africa): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Fynbos Biome, South Africa

OTS students will travel through the stunning landscapes of South Africa, gaining exposure to its many diverse habitats. A large amount of time will be spent in Kruger National Park, (South Africa's largest park) where students will participate in research, field walks, and game drives. Kruger is home to an incredibly diverse population of birds, animals, and insects, making it an ecologist's paradise. Students will be housed at the Skukuza camp (has banks, shops, post office, swimming pool etc.), and will also spend time in a tented research village in Kruger. Everyone is required to take the following classes: South African Ecosystems and Diversity (4), Field Research Skills (4), Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa (4), History Through Culture of South Africa (4). Duke OTS Homepage

Other places traveled include the Fynbos (the world's smallest and most diverse floral kingdom), the Namaqualand (semi-desert with interesting succulent flora), Robben Island, De Hoop (a coastal reserve), and some of South Africa's cosmopolitan cities.

American Studies Program, Washington, D.C. (CCCU bestsemester.com)

Since 1976, the American Studies Program has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. More than 2500 students have come to Washington and nearly 500 alumni currently work in the D.C. metro area in a variety of professional fields-private and public, for-profit and non-profit. Each students enrolls in the program's two practicum courses: Internship and Topics in Leadership & Vocation. Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit Professional Mentorship course. In addition, students apply to either the Public Policy track or the Global Development track. The Public Policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national, and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, D.C. The Global Development track focuses on partnership initiatives taken by leaders in commercial, governmental, and non-governmental organizations as they explore the impact they can achieve by collaborating to address issues of sustainable development worldwide. CCCU ASP Homepage

American University Washington Semester, Washington, D.C. (American University)

Washington Semester is a program of American University in Washington, DC, in which students live and study at the Tenley Campus. Students have the opportunity to serve in internships in thirteen different tracks including national politics, foreign policy, economic policy and justice, journalism, and a number of other fields. Participants come from over 200 affiliated colleges and universities in the U.S. and from 28 international institutions. A limited number of Westmont students will be nominated for consideration for the program each semester. This program requires a minimum 2.75 GPA. AU Washington Homepage

Australia Studies Centre, Brisbane, Australia (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

As of January 1, 2014, the Australia Studies Centre will move from Sydney, where it has been located since 2004, to Brisbane, Australia and partner with Christian Heritage College (CHC). While this means a change in location, we believe that CHC has unique advantages for students studying in Australia especially in the range of classes it offers for ASC students. CHC offers majors in:

BUSINESS: Accounting, Marketing, Management, HR Management.

EDUCATION: Early, Primary, Middle and Secondary. CHC also offers content-area units in the areas of English, History, Drama, Business, Accounting and Biblical Studies.

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Counselling, Youth Work, Human Services, Chaplaincy, Community Development, Human Behaviour.

MINISTRIES: Ministry Foundation, Ministry Formation, Ministry Practice, Ministry Leadership, Social Justice.

Watch for additional updates. CCCU ASC Homepage

China Studies Program, Xiamen, China (CCCU bestsemester.com)

The China Studies Program enables students to engage China's ancient history and intrigue from an insider's perspective. While immersed in Chinese culture, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographic and economic realities of this strategic, populous, and extremely influential nation. Students choose between completing a broad Chinese Studies Concentration or a Business Concentration, which includes an internship at a Chinese-owned and operatedl business in China. Students also study standard Chinese language with a goal of attaining the ability to handle everyday transactions in Mandarin. The program begins the semester in Hong Kong and introduces students to the diversity of China, including the capital city of Beijing, legendary Shanghai,ancient Xi'an and beautiful seaside Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to communicate and understand the unique culture and people of China with an informed, Christ-centered perspective.CCCU CSP Homepage

Creation Care Studies Program, Belize

This semester-long program explores biblical Stewardship, first hand, as students study environmental issues in Belize. Designed for non-science majors, the program includes opportunities for study, reflection, research, and travel. During the program you will experience community in motion as you travel with a group of students for four months throughout the country of Belize. Rigorous classes will give you direct field experiences and confront you with current world issues. CCSP readily awaits adventure seeking, biblically minded students, who want to take on the challenge of learning how to care for God’s earth and all its creatures—both human and non-human. This program is open to students with a minimum 2.75 GPA. CCSP Belize Homepage

Creation Care Studies Program, New Zealand

This semester-long program explores biblical Stewardship, first hand, as students study environmental issues in New Zealand. Designed for non-science majors, the program includes opportunities for study, reflection, research, and travel. During the program you will experience community in motion as you travel with a group of students for four months to the South Pacific nation of New Zealand. Rigorous classes will give you direct field experiences and confront you with current world issues. CCSP readily awaits adventure seeking, biblically minded students, who want to take on the challenge of learning how to care for God’s earth and all its creatures—both human and non-human. This program is open to students with a minimum 2.75 GPA. CCSP New Zealand Homepage

Global Health (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

Students who go on this program will study scientific and social issues of tropical medicine, public health, and ethnobiology. Courses are taught by full-time physicians and scientists, with guest lecturers specializing in a variety of fields such as anthropology/sociology, tropical medicine, and biology. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and Panama to study and compare the health systems and cultures of neighboring countries. COURSES: Tropical Medicine and Public Health (4), Ethnobiology (4), Culture and Language in Costa Rica (4), Research Practicum (4). Duke OTS Homepage

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Gordon in Orvieto, Orvieto, Italy (Gordon College)

The Gordon College semester in Italy exists to provide contemporary American students — whose lives are lived largely after or without “tradition” — with a vivid experience of tradition in art, spirituality, worship, and civic life. While living and studying in the convent of San Lodovico students will experience the slower and simpler rhythms of life in a way that provides time for serious conversation, an experience of traditional liturgies and civic celebrations, and a closer relationship to the land. Living in the midst of vineyards and olive groves and trading the automobile for the foot, young artists of Christian faith will be encouraged to to experiment with methods of learning different from the conventions of modern university education by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art, art history, history and theology. This program is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Gordon in Orvieto Homepage

Houghton in Tanzania, Iringa, Tanzania (Houghton College)(Spring Only)

Houghton-in-Tanzania is a program of Houghton College set in East Africa offering junior and senior students an opportunity to experience life as most Africans themselves experience it and to be exposed to Africa on a broad front including history, anthropology, environment, languages, politics, and religion. Extended trips away from the campus site include visits to nearby game reserves and Wahehe and Maasai tribal villages. Elective course options vary from year to year but the following three core courses are required: East African Culture (3), East African History (3), Wildlife Behavior (3/4). A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Due to the program’s popularity, please apply a year in advance. Houghton in Tanzania Homepage

IAU College (France), Aix-en-Provence, France (Open to all majors)

IAU College offers a wide array of disciplines taught in both English and French at various levels of profiency; students can enroll in liberal arts courses at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, the French Honors Program, and the Business Administration Program. Whether in the classroom or while living in homestays, students can expect first-hand interaction with French customs, traditional and culture. Some internships may be available. IAU Homepage

Irish Studies Program, County Wicklow, Ireland- (Taylor University)(Spring Only)

The Irish Studies Program through Taylor University offers students the chance to live in the quiet seaside town of Greystones in Ireland, 20 miles south of Dublin. Students expand their knowledge through classes focusing upon the history, culture, literature, and art of Ireland. Students earn 16-17 hours of credit in a variety of classes including Hill climbing, Contemporary Ireland, The War of Independence and the Irish Civil War, Irish Literature, and Participation in the Arts. Students are also encouraged to form relationships with locals and explore the Irish mainland. The location of the program offers students many outdoor activities as well with the harbor, beach, and cliffs nearby. This program requires a minimum 2.75 GPA. ISP Homepage

LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

In a country where people, once isolated behind the Soviet Iron Curtain, are striving to repair and recreate society-a country bursting with the energy of independence, freedom and possibility-Study Abroad Lithuania gives you the chance to forge new relationships, explore different ways of doing things, and experience a shift of perspective while earning college credit, traveling, and gaining that elusive thing people call “life experience.” While studying at LCC International University you will meet people who have survived the struggle for freedom and live life differently as a result. Study Abroad Lithuania is about preparing you for a future that’s bigger than your town, bigger than your country. Both in class and out, you get real-life, real-time training that will equip you to take an active role in a diverse global community. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA can apply. LCC Homepage

Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Los Angeles, CA (CCCU bestsemester.com)

Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center trains students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. Each semester, students live, learn and work in L. A. The curriculum consists of two required seminars: Hollywood Production Workshop and Theology in Hollywood, focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose one elective course from a variety of offerings in film studies. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. CCCU LAFSC Homepage

Oregon Extension, Ashland, Oregon (Messiah College) (Fall Only)

Oregon Extension is located in the southern reaches of the Cascade Mountains. Students study, in sequence, four interdisciplinary themes: Contemporary Issues, Social Thought, Human Stories, and Living Faith. Special emphasis is given to individual professor-student interaction and attention to small group discussion and dialogue. Within each of these units, students can choose one academic discipline from among the following in which to receive 3-4 semester hours of credit: literature, psychology, sociology, philosophy, biology, theology, biblical studies, history, education, or science. Students earn an additional two hours of credit in Rhetoric and Composition. A GPA of 3.0 is recommended, but not required. Oregon Extension Homepage

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, Oxford, England (CCCU bestsemester.com)

The Scholars' Semester in Oxford is designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As Visiting Students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar, and the British landscape course. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their programme work together. SSO is designed for students interested in art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), musicology, philosophy, and theology, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. CCCU SSO Homepage

Tropical Biology (Costa Rica): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)

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The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has three field sites (La Selva, Las Cruces, and Palo Verde) in Costa Rica where students can immerse themselves in the country's rich biodiversity. Each site is located in a unique habitat, and specializes in a different kind of ecology research. Students will take four courses during the semester: Fundamentals of Tropical Biology (4), Environmental Science and Policy of the Tropics (4), Field Reseach in Tropical Biology (4), and Spanish Language and Latin American Culture (4). Duke OTS Homepage

Uganda Studies Program, Kampala, Uganda (CCCU bestsemester.com)

The Uganda Studies Program provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda. Students in the Uganda Studies Emphasis (USE) live on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU), an international affiliate member of the CCCU, sharing their lives with university students from Uganda and other parts of AFrica. Students in the intercultural Ministry & Missions Emphasis (IMME) live with host families within walking distance of the university. All USP students take classes from UCU professors and share meals with UCU students. These relationships give students a first hand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. Students also spend time in Rwanda and rural Uganda. In addition to the core experiential course, students will choose from an approved selection of courses from the UCU curriculum to earn up to 16 hours of credit. CCCU USP Homepage

Washington Journalism Center, Washington, D.C. (CCCU bestsemester.com)

The Washington Journalism Center is a semester-long study program in Washington, D.C., created for students interested in the field of journalism. While in Washington students take classes focusing on their personal writing skills and on the history and future of the media. These classes--Foundations for Media Involvement; Reporting in Washington; and Washington, News and Public Discourse--combined with an internship at a top news publication help students learn to integrate their faith in a journalism career. Students also participate in service learning opportunities as part of the WJC experience. CCCU WJC Homepage