Australia Studies Centre
Since Spring 2004, the CCCU has partnered with the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia to offer the Australia Studies Centre. Throughout the semester, students study theology, global justice issues affecting Australia, Indigenous cultures and the arts. Every student is required to take the courses “The View from Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics, Economics & Cultural Values” and “Indigenous History, Cultures Identity.” Additionally, students choose electives in theology/ministry, music, drawing/graphic design, dance and/or drama. Homestays, service learning and travel around Australia are important components of the ASC. Students observe Australia’s beautiful landscape, live in the cosmopolitan melting pot of Sydney, connect with the poor of Sydney’s multi-cultural ghettos, and engage the political capital Canberra and its power players. Students also come to know the traditions of Aboriginal people during an Outback excursion and spend the last week of each semester traveling to New Zealand to meet with Maori people.
China Studies Program
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 and populous nation. Students choose between completing a broad Chinese Studies Concentration or a Business Concentration, which includes an internship at an international business in China. Students also study standard Chinese language and apply their skills by serving in an orphanage or tutoring Chinese students in English. The program begins and finishes the semester in Hong Kong and introduces students to the diversity of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and 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.
Institute for Global Education
- Location: Vienna, Austria
Program Length: Semester
IGE understands that you aren’t just studying in Vienna; you are living there. Students in the program take classes from University of Vienna professors focusing on the historical and cultural development of Central Europe, as well as other elective topics; credits from these courses can be adapted to nearly any major. Students live in “studentenheim,” or “student’s home,” where the ratio of Europeans to Americans is 40:1. This program also includes a week long travel/study program; recent semesters have traveled to Sarajevo and Istanbul. Individual travel is possible (and encouraged) as Austria is a within four hours of Munich, Prague, Budapest, and many other European destinations.
Latin American Studies Program
The Latin American Studies 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. Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both fall and spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); international business (offered only in fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama.
Middle East Studies Program
Based in Cairo, Egypt, this program offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. They also study the Arabic language and may work as volunteers with various organizations in Cairo. Through travel in the region (typically 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, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim, Eastern Christian and Jewish worlds in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner. *Note: Due to safety concerns related to Egyptian political issues, MESP staff will continually evaluate the safety of housing students in Cairo. As of March 2011, the Fall 2011 semester will begin in Jerusalem, and may move to Cairo if conditions permit. If conditions in Cairo are not deemed to be safe enough for BestSemester students, then stay likely in Jerusalem, besides the program's usual travel component (generally to Turkey and Syria).
The Morningstar Institute places students as interns in various economic development contexts. The internship includes academic, analytical, and practical applications that begin with a required semester course at Southern Nazarene University, entitled “International Economic Development.” Locations are to be determined.
Nazarene International Language Institute
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Length: Semester or Summer
NILI is a ministry of the North Andean Field of the Church of the Nazarene and is located on the campus of the Nazarene Theological Seminary of South America (SNTS) in Quito, Ecuador. Students live in student dormitories on campus with a Latin American roommate and eat meals in the seminary cafeteria. Students study language and culture and take part in ministry activities and mission projects. Language classes are offered at 7 different levels ranging from Basic to Superior. The program includes travel throughout Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.
Oxford Summer Programme
The Oxford Summer Programme allows students, as affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, to do intensive scholarship in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. During the five-week programme, students hone their research and writing skills and delve into the areas that interest them most while exploring the relationship between Christianity and the development of the British Isles. Seminars and tutorials are given on specialized topics under expert Oxford academics in the areas of English language and literature, history, including the history of art and history of science, philosophy, and theology and the study of religion. The programme is structured for rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors, graduate and seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers, and those enrolled in continuing education programs.
Quetzal Education Research Center
Location: San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Program Length: Spring Semester
QERC seeks to promote biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability in global and local communities. To this end, we involve students and researchers from around the world, including the host country, to engage in dialogue and research focused on the tropical cloud forest and its floral and faunal community for the purpose of enhancing its sustainability. QERC works to integrate local farmers with research scientists, educators, and students from around the world in the effort to merge good conservation practice and economic viability in the local community. Students live at the center, located in the cloud forest in Costa Rica.
Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
Location: Oxford, England
Program Length: Semester (Possible 2 semester option)
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 (or thesis in the case of second term students), and the British landscape course. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their program work together. SSO is designed for students interested in classics, English language and literature, theology and the study of religion, philosophy, and history, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.5 GPA to be considered for the program.
Uganda Studies Program
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, aid 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 Honours College to earn up to 16 hours of credit.
American Studies Program
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 2000 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 student 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 Initiatives track or the Global Humanitarian Enterprise track. The Public Policy Initiatives track equips and supports students in their analysis of a 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 Humanitarian Enterprise 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.
Contemporary Music Center
The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith and business. The CMC offers three tracks: Artist, Executive and Technical. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers and producers. The Executive Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. The Technical Track prepares students for careers in live sound, concert lighting and studio recording. Students within each of the tracks receive instruction, experience and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Each track includes coursework, labs, directed study, and a practicum.
Focus Leadership Institute
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Program Length: Semester or Summer
Under the supervision of Focus on the Family, the Focus Leadership Institute is a one-semester journey of study through the hows and whys of the Christian faith. Student leaders from both Christian and non-religious universities come to explore a unique academic approach to leadership in the areas of marriage, family, church, society and comparative worldviews.
Los Angeles Film Studies Center
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.
Washington Journalism Center
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.