Semester Abroad

Enrich your education by studying abroad! Spend a semester earning credits toward your major or taking Gen Ed courses in the context of another culture. Visit new places, meet new people, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Brisbane, Australia

Head south to the Land Down Under! Dive into the unique cultures of Australia through a course on Australian Indigenous Worldviews. Pair your new perspectives with courses in your major or a practicum in Business or Social Science. Click here for more information.

Salzburg, Austria

What better way to study the art, music, and history of Europe than living in the very heart of it? Semester and summer programs at Salzburg College are available for students of all majors. Take field trips to parts of Austria and Germany and enjoy three-day weekends to explore all the Continent has to offer!

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San José, Costa Rica

Students interested in international business, health, social work, language & literature and biology & environmental science will find a home in the Latin America Studies Program. You’ll take classes on Latin American culture and history, as well as participate in a community field experience related to your major. Round out your semester with immersive language classes, field trips, and multiple homestay experiences with local families!

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Oxford, England

Looking for academic rigor and intellectual challenge? Apply for the Scholars' Semester in Oxford. You’ll go head-to-head with some of the greatest Western scholars of our day at the historic Oxford University.

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Or, join for a session in the Oxford Summer Programme to sharpen your thinking and defend your beliefs as you learn about the relationship between Christianity and the British Isles. Take advantage of this unique location to visit other amazing cultural and historical landmarks in the UK and Europe before returning home!

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GUATEMALA (Guatemala Summer Program)

Learn Spanish 1-on-1 from native speakers in the historic city of Antigua! Classes are offered for four weeks during the summer. This program is a great option for those who can’t spend a full semester abroad. Dates are flexible—you choose what works best for your schedule. Students from any major and any level of language experience may apply. You also have the opportunity to apply your skills and earn 3 additional credits by doing volunteer work in a field of your choice.

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Kingston, Jamaica

Exchange the cold, blustery winters of Rochester for a semester in the Caribbean! Roberts’ partnership with Jamaica Theological Seminary allows eligible juniors and seniors focusing in Religion & Philosophy, ministry, Biblical Studies, or social work to learn and apply their studies in a unique location.

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Amman, Jordan

Experience the Middle East like you never thought possible! This Best Semester “immerses students in the daily life, language, food, culture, religion and politics of one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Learn firsthand from locals how to work, play, and serve in the Middle East as you become their neighbor—and soon, their family—while learning adventurously at MESP.”

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Klaipėda, Lithuania

If traveling to far-flung corners of the globe is your thing, head to the Baltic state of Lithuania for a semester! Take classes in English at LCC International University with students from over 30 different countries. Discover an appreciation for Eastern Europe through field trips and weekend excursions with your classmates. Take advantage of the unique opportunities to learn about art, history, culture, philosophy, religion and literature from a different perspective.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Are you an art major, a filmmaker, a storyteller? Gain practical experience with the newest technology and methods in the film industry at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Earn 16 credits in courses related to production, screenwriting, and acting, as well as learning how to integrate your faith with your artistic skills in the world of film.

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Nashville, Tennessee, USA

If you're a musician, songwriter, or sound technician, you will find a place at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN. Choose from three different tracks: Artist, Business, or Technical. Experience the music industry first-hand with intensive classes and a practicum that gives you the opportunity to take your new skills on tour for live audiences!

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Delve into Irish culture and history in this new program from Best Semester: “Sit at a table with residents who lived through "The Troubles" as you hear first-hand accounts of the hunger strikes and political clashes that beset Belfast in recent decades. Pray in ancient cathedrals that predate the birth of your home country. Hike among green pastures and ancient forests. This opportunity for experiential learning in Northern Ireland will make your next semester unforgettable.”

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SPAIN (Semester in Avila)

This program is geared toward Spanish majors and minors. A semester in Avila gives you an immersive experience in Spanish language and culture that goes beyond the classroom. You’ll live with a host family, take regular classes in Spanish, and enjoy weekends off to explore the Spanish countryside or tour other parts of Europe.

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Kampala, Uganda

Anyone with a heart for Africa will find a home in Best Semester’s Uganda Studies Program. Their General Studies Emphasis allows students from any major to take courses and internships within their discipline. Nursing and Social work majors especially might find their interests piqued by the Global Health and Social Work Emphases, which offer applied courses and practical internships for you to gain real-world experience doing the work you love.

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Washington, D.C., USA

If you have a desire to bring about change and make an impact on our nation at the highest levels, join the American Studies Program with Best Semester! Engage in community building and public policy through practical internships, service opportunities, and meetings with policymakers.

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If you are a current student and ready to apply, click here to access the Intranet for the application process.