This semester-long academic experience in Belize or New Zealand is designed to offer students from Christian colleges a field-based education that explores Christian responsibility in a fragmented world marked by poverty, hostility, environmental demise, opportunism, and social disintegration. Students will be challenged to explore the interactions between economic development, society, the environment, government, and faith.
Semester in Spain combines serious classroom study with the best way to learn Spanish: by living in a Spanish home and using the language every day in ordinary conversation.The program offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish. The location in Seville adds cultural and historical depth to the student's studies and makes learning Spanish a memorable experience.
For students interested in learning more about the Middle East and about one of the region's main religions, Islam, Northwestern College offers the Oman Semester. Oman is known for its peacefulness, modernity, hospitality, and openness. In addition to studying Arabic, students will also learn about the Islamic religion with a goal of furthering understanding and trust between Christians and Muslims.
In conjunction with the New Horizons Foundation of Romania, Northwestern College offers a unique semester experience in Romania, engaging the culture of a society still emerging from the debilitating impact of a dictatorial Communism. Through this program, students explore various facets of Romanian society while enjoying the beauty of a part of Romania celebrated as one of the top backpacking destinations in Europe. Students engage in experiential learning through New Horizon's pioneering work with Romanian youth while studying Romanian culture, religion, history and language along with a course in sustainable development theory. The program is group oriented, and includes excursions, a mountain backpacking trip, and homestays with Romanian families.
Students participating in this program are fully immersed in Eastern European cultures as they study in an international community and live in the port city of Klaipėda. Students are housed in one of our residence halls with three international roommates. Taking a wide variety of courses with their Eastern European peers exposes students to a variety of different cultures and enables them to learn the subject material while at the same time challenging their worldview through classroom diversity and intercultural engagement. In addition to academic learning, students are enabled and encouraged to immerse themselves in the community through volunteer and service oriented opportunities as well as academic internships / practicums. This program has spring, fall, and summer options.
The Semester in Scotland is designed for students who want to learn more about who God is and who they are through set reading and seminar tutorials. Students will be housed in a fully-equipped and furnished flat/house within close walking distance of the Airdrie RP Church and the Airdrie town centre, and will be expected to become active participants in the church life as a key component of this program. Each week students will visit some of Scotland's famous historical, scenic, and cultural sites. In addition, students will experience a week of trips to Scottish Reformation sites.
This program takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, the nation’s oldest city. Students on this program will take a Cross-Cultural Leadership course and participate in a Missions/Service Learning Practicum through Veritas Christian Study Abroad. Students can then choose from a variety of different courses offered at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa’s oldest university and one of the continent’s leading teaching and research institutions. This program is a great option for STEM majors.
Calvin College Programs
Students will have the opportunity to study both traditional and modern-day China, experience life in its capital Beijing, and explore other areas of this fascinating country. Living and studying at Capital Normal University allows students to interact with Chinese and foreign students, take advantage of the nearby National Library, sports facilities, and parks, and visit important cultural and historical sites of the city. On the weekends and during special trips, students will travel to the outlying areas, walking on the Great Wall or trekking up China's most holy mountain, Taishan.
Students will live and study together as a Christian community in the midst of one of the world's busiest and most multicultural cities, York, England, with its rich history and a society markedly more "post-Christian" than North America. Students will take two courses taught by the Calvin professor in residence and other courses at York St. John University. The Calvin professor will encourage discussion 'both academic and informal' about the main goal of this program, to prepare students to live and think as Christians in God's world.
This program seeks to integrate faith commitment with academic study. The director will lead discussions, both formal and informal, which encourage students to think and to live as Christians in God's world. Students study Spanish, Honduran history, and development theory in class and put that theory to the test by observing life in their own Honduran family and by visiting garment factories, banana plantations, and subsistence farms.
The Hungary program is structured for students to live and study together as a Christian academic community. While doing so, they develop and mature by experiencing a situation different from the familiar, by learning under a variety of teaching styles, by encountering a new set of behaviors and beliefs, and by drawing from course offerings and academic expertise unavailable elsewhere. Students stay in a dormitory of the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University with a roommate from Calvin College and have many opportunities to meet other students, both international and Hungarian.
Living with French families in Grenoble, which is nestled in the French Alps, students study French with other foreign students from around the world. The Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Francaises offers excursions to other regions throughout the academic year to acquaint students with the wide variety of historical, natural, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France.
The semester in Ghana program will help students understand the emerging theological, historical, and social perspectives within Ghana and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. As students enter into dialogue with Ghanaians and study the history and peoples of the country, they will encounter worldviews different from those prevalent in North America.