Eastern Europe



LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania (Open to all majors)

Imagine studying 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 “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. LCC Lithuania Homepage

Mathematics Semester in Budapest, Hungary (St. Olaf College) (Math majors only)

The Mathematics Semester is a program of St. Olaf College in which students live and study in Budapest, Hungary. This program is operated by the Mathematical Institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of Eotvos University, Budapest. Classes are held on the College International Campus of the Technical University Budapest. Students have the opportunity to take three mathematics courses and one intercultural course. In addition to studying at the university, students will be able to take excursions to other cities in Europe. Students who are eligible for the program must have at least sophomore status, be in good academic standing, and have completed one semester of advanced calculus (a first course in the theory of analysis) or abstract algebra by the start of the program. St. Olaf Budapest Homepage

WESTMONT in ISTANBUL: Spring Semester 2016


You can debate with your roommate whether Islam poses a global threat, or you can go to the heart of the Islamic world and find out. You can wonder whether people in the Middle East want to live in a democracy, or you can ask them. You can pray for peace in Israel and Palestine, or you can find out how to work for peace. You can walk to chapel, or you can walk the Via Dolorosa. 

Hagia sophiaDuring this semester you will live in Istanbul, aka Constantinople, a city that is of the past and of the future, of grace and grit, of culture and politics, of faith and skepticism. It is Eastern and Western, a modern megalopolis of 15 million people and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It is both cultural capital of a developing Asian country and Europe’s “city of culture” in 2010.  Istanbul’s skyline is punctuated by medieval mosques and minarets while swish modern cafes and bars dominate its street life. 

You will be encouraged to experience another culture from the inside, learning enough Turkish to navigate your way around the city and interact with Turks on a daily basis. You will develop relationships with your neighbors and Turkish university students. You will for a season become an urban person, and learn to be comfortable negotiating a foreign metropolitan landscape. 

You will also experience what it means to live in community in a new way. Removed from familiar social, relational and religious support systems, all the while being confronted with some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, you will need to rely on each other.

You will travel extensively inside Turkey and take trips to Israel/Palestine and Cairo, Egypt. Westmont in Istanbul Homepage