Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students as a "Washington, D.C. campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where college students gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field, tailored to fit the students' talents and aspirations. Participants also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The program aims to help students live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ.
The Australia Studies Centre* (ASC) is located at the Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia. Throughout the semester, students can study Christian studies and ministries, business, community development, psychology, history, English, and drama; as well as the modern Australian landscape and indigenous cultures. 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 Brisbane, serve the poor of Australia's multi-cultural ghettos, and engage the political capital of Canberra and its power players. Students also come to know the traditions of Aboriginal people during an Outback excursion and can enroll in a course that includes traveling to New Zealand to meet with Maori people.
The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand to integrate music, faith, and business. Both the Artist and Executive tracks offer students 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. Both tracks include coursework, labs, directed study, and a practicum.
Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, 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 service learning and living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Central American nations. Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, and Panama.
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Each semester, students live, learn, and work in L.A. 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.
Based in Amman, Jordan, the Middle East Studies Program* (MESP) offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. Students also study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations around Jordan. Through travel in the region (typically Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Spain), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner.
The Scholar's Semester in Oxford* (SSO) is designed for students interested in completing intensive scholarship. Working with academic tutors, students advance 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 have the privilege to study and learn in one of the university's historic halls. The SSO is designed for students interested in the fields of classics, English and literature, theology and religious studies, philosophy, and history, 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 program.
The Uganda Studies Program* (USP) offers students a very personal encounter with and people of East Africa. Uganda Christian University (UCU), serves as the base of study for students in the USP. Set on the outskirts of the capital city Kampala, this rapidly growing institution brings USP students together with the UCU Honours College. Courses taught by local faculty in the British tutorial tradition will immerse students in a uniquely African education. Homestays, travel, service learning, and daily interaction with Honours College students form the backbone of the USP experience. Uganda Studies students explore the changing Africa from a variety of perspectives.
The Northern Ireland Semester* (NIS) accommodates students from a variety of majors and academic levels, and includes a Peace and Reconciliation component that is fitting for its cultural context. In addition, the program offers a service learning component, extensive travel throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, and general elective courses in history, literature, religion, art, and cross-cultural communication. This program is offered spring semesters only.