Bethel University has long recognized the importance of offering its students a wide range of off-campus educational opportunities in both domestic and international locations. Such experiences are a significant part of the academic program at Bethel, providing an opportunity for expanded understanding of the world. Bethel sponsors a wide variety of programs of its own as well as several in collaboration with host organizations, consortiums, and universities around the globe. Students must attend Bethel at least one semester before participating in an off-campus studies program.
The Office of International Studies and Off-Campus Programs offers information and assistance to all students interested in studying abroad and in other off-campus locations, either short-term or for a semester. For a complete listing of program offerings and application information, visit Bethel's study abroad website.
Several components of the General Education curriculum are intended to prepare graduates for life in the interconnected, mutually dependent global community. The off-campus, cross-cultural experience (Z) course requirement can be met by successfully completing a semester abroad. In addition, off-campus interim courses that incorporate interaction with people from another culture and have been pre-approved by the General Education committee also fulfill this requirement. Cross-cultural experience courses include a Z in the course number.
Enrollment Requirements for Students
All students participating in Bethel University's off-campus programs must register for the course(s) for academic credit. Students on non-Bethel programs will bring in their courses as transfer credits and must receive a grade of C in a course for Bethel to accept the credit. Students participating in Bethel University-run programs can expect their credits and grades to impact their Bethel GPA. Students on non-Bethel programs will typically bring in their courses as transfer credits and must receive a grade of C in a course for Bethel to accept the credit. There are a few exceptions (AuSable Institute will count in the Bethel GPA), so students should verify with the study abroad office in advance.