Short-Term Off-Campus Programs

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short-term Summer programs

dordt faculty-led programs

Dordt faculty-led summer programs are typically offered in a two year rotation (either even or odd summers). The programs are 2-3 weeks long and complete three Dordt credits. Students should start the summer off-campus application process approximately one year in advance. Check with the Global Education office to see which programs will be offered this coming summer.

encountering the land of Israel*

Travel in Israel for a two-week, transformative immersion course covering the land, culture, and story of the Bible. Biblical study takes on new meaning as you relate it directly to your surroundings through activities and experiences that engage all your senses. In this course, you will learn how to engage crucial political and religious issues from a Biblical perspective. You will experience readings and lectures on the history, culture, archaeology, and geography of Israel. No pre-requisites are required- this course is open to all students. You will receive credit for your CORE cross-cultural requirement or Theology Biblical Studies with this program.

Central America: Language, Culture, and Society*

Looking to fulfill your cross-cultural requirement? Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and history of Puerto Rico on this 3 week trip! Explore Puerto Rico's historical roots and the influences shaping this Caribbean Island. Emphasis is placed on understanding the culture and perspective of its people through hands-on investigation. Additionally, you have the option to study the rich and diverse ecosystems in depth, with the possibility of getting Core science credit. Open to any major, Spanish knowledge is not required.

Dutch Culture and a Reformed Worldview*

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Study Dutch culture from the 17th century to the present while living in the Netherlands for three weeks. Examine the history of the Calvinist heritage from the Synod of Dordt to the present day. Discover how Kuyper's Reformed worldview has shaped various aspects of life and society such as church, politics, trade, land reclamation, etc. Special attention will be given to events and sites relating to World War II. There are classes in the morning and field trips in the afternoon. Weekend trips to London and Normandy/Paris are part of the program. CORE 283 is not a language class and is open to students from any major. Students receive credit for CORE 283 with this program. Cost is approximately $3,000, not including plane ticket.

Other summer Off-Campus Programs


Korean Studies Summer Program

KSSP is a 3-week program hosted at Hannam University, a small English-speaking campus located in the center of Daejeon, South Korea. During the first three weeks of the program, participants will complete a course focused on Korean language and culture. The courses are subject to change but generally include the following topics and activities: Korean Martial Arts, Architecture, Society, History, Dance, Intercultural Communication, Cinema, Culture and field excursions. If students choose to stay for the fourth week of the program, they will complete a Teaching Practicum where they will teach English to elementary school students.

LCC International - Summer in Lithuania

Students participating in this 5-week program are fully immersed in Eastern European cultures as they study in an international community and live in the port city of Klaipėda, Lithuania. 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.


Are you interested in Chicago Semester but unable to participate in the traditional fall and spring semester programs? The new summer Chicago Semester program might be perfect for you. This summer program offers select students paid and unpaid internship options, coursework through the Metropolitan Seminar: Diversity & Inequality, and a living experience in the city that mirrors the semester program. For more information about deadlines and application steps please contact executive director Mackenzi Huyser. You can visit the Chicago Semester website for more information.

Au Sable Institute

The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies offers field-based courses at two primary campuses: one in the Great Lakes Forest near the middle of the North American continent, the other on the Puget Sound on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, north of Seattle, Washington. The Institute also has a program at ECHO in North Fort Myers, Florida. There are three-week and five-week summer sessions. Courses can be applied toward meeting Dordt University graduation requirements in several majors. Au Sable courses and Dordt courses can also be used to meet requirements for certificates issued by Au Sable Institute in the following areas: Naturalist, Land Resources Analyst, Water Resources Analyst, and Environmental Analyst. Au Sable fellowships and grants-in-aid are available to Dordt students. Talk with the Dordt Au Sable representative, Professor Robert De Haan, for more information.

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Summer In Spain *


A summer term version of Trinity Christian College's Semester in Spain Program in Seville, Spain. Two four-week sessions are offered each summer, with the option to participate in one or both sessions. 

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World Journalism Institute

Asheville, NC

The World Journalism Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, offers summer courses in New York City, Los Angeles, Asheville, Washington, D.C., and here on Dordt's campus, to help train young Christians to write well, observe keenly, and think biblically.

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Chez Vous: Normandy, France *

Chez Vous, France

Chez Vous is a six-week summer program that integrates French language study with real life. Students grow in their French language skills, experience authentic French culture, and learn about the spiritual heritage and ministry opportunities within the Francophone world.

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Oxford Summer Programme *


The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) is associated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. This program is designed for students wishing to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between Christianity and the development of the West. Students have the opportunity to learn under expert Oxford academics in the areas of history, religious studies, political theory, philosophy, English, and history of science. This program is structured for rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate and seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers, and those enrolled in continuing education programs. Students earn 6 semester hours of credit.

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*Participation in one of these programs satisfies the Core Program's cross-cultural requirement.

short-term Winter programs

dante's divine comedy and the italian renaissance

The course will require students to critically analyze the transition from the medieval to the Renaissance worldview, with Florence and Tuscany—key sites for the Italian Renaissance—as the primary example of this transition. Students will analyze how worldview development affected every aspect an entire city and region, and they will critique from a Reformed perspective the particular applications of an all-encompassing, total Roman Catholic worldview that includes in its scope all aspects of human life and society. The course is taught throughout the fall semester and includes a guided 6-8-day trip to Florence, Italy in January, before the spring semester begins.