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International Study Abroad

Language majors at Eastern are not limited to the programs in the following list, but it is suggested that they consult with their advisor or department chair to select an appropriate program in a country of their interest. Language majors can also contact Lori Bristol for additional program suggestions.

For further information on any of the following programs, contact Lori Bristol at (610) 225-5010 or lbristol@eastern.edu

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Experience a diverse land of deserts, rainforests, wildlife and metropolitan areas at the Australia Studies Centre. As an ASC student, your base will be Christian Heritage College in suburban Brisbane, a diverse city of 1.8 million with a beautiful climate and easy access to Australia’s Sunshine Coast.  Australia is known as a cosmopolitan country with a multicultural mix of Asians, Pacific Islanders, Aborigines and Anglos, but there is also a side embodied by an immigrant underclass and the urban poor of the cities. In addition to your coursework, experiential seminars will provide encounters with aboriginal peoples, the contemporary political and social culture, and ministry efforts in the neighborhoods of Brisbane. Field studies will broaden awareness of indigenous peoples and the region's environmental role.

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The China Studies Program, based at Xiamen University, located in a beautiful seaside setting in southeastern China, provides an interdisciplinary semester-long program that surveys the historical, cultural, religious, geographic and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation. In addition to studying Chinese history, contemporary society and communication, students choose electives in language, culture and business, including opportunities for internships with Chinese companies.  Through study tours, the program introduces students to the diversity of China, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.

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The Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) is offered in two international locations: Belize and New Zealand. The program is built around sustainable development principles, encompassing Biblical, scientific and policy issues. The goal of CCSP is to develop and nurture the knowledge, care and practical competence necessary to be caretakers of creation. Previous science background is not required.

Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, the home of a rich diversity of peoples. Ethnic groups include descendants of English pirates, descendants of escaped slaves, Mayans, Guatemalan immigrants, Chinese immigrants, and Amish. Besides visits to these communities, students explore all the major ecosystems of the region -- including snorkeling the world's second largest barrier reef -- and visit many Mayan archeological sites.

The New Zealand semester includes study of many examples of the original habitats of New Zealand, as well as Maori villages, with ample opportunities for hiking and exploring the South Island.

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The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) provides the opportunity for study in Denmark, a small, prosperous country with a slightly different European flavor.  DIS is located in medieval Copenhagen, a city that blends old-world charm with modern sophistication.  Founded in 1959, DIS is affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and recognized, supervised, and financially supported by the Danish government.  All courses are taught in English by Danish professors and professionals.

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Go ED is a cross-cultural experience that engages your head, hands and heart in the problem of poverty and God's transformational power: both physical and spiritural; globally and within yourself.  Sites are currently available in Africa and Thailand.  Coursework varies among the locations, but all sites are focused on community development.  A practicum provides hands-on experience with community development work in the field.

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Hong Kong Baptist University offers juniors and seniors in all majors a living and learning experience in Hong Kong, China. Students take 15 credit hours (taught in English) chosen from the extensive regular course offerings at the university. Special courses for international students, including Mandarin Chinese language, are also available. Participants in the program will share a room with a student from mainland China or Hong Kong.

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Become immersed in a local Indian community while being exposed to the complex diversity of India's peoples, places and customs at the India Studies Program.  With over 20 recognized languages, nine religions, and 2000 ethnic groups, India provides an opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures.  ISP is offered in partnership with Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences, a CCCU affiliate member located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, one of India's major states.  As an ISP student, you will become part of the College's community life, which will allow many opportunities to embrace local culture and cultivate meaningful friendships.  You will also spend two weeks traveling throughout India observing the country's rich diversity and hisotry.

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Jerusalem University College is an evangelical Christian institute located on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem's Old City. They offer credit for semester- and year-long study in history, language, culture, archeology and geography of Biblical lands as they relate to biblical interpretation and a better understanding of the Middle East.

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The Latin America Studies Program (LASP) is based in San Jose, Costa Rica and offers four tracks -- Latin American Studies, Advanced Language and Literature (for Spanish majors), Environmental Science (spring semester only) and International Business (fall semester only). The 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. Living with a Costa Rican family, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel to nearby Central American nations.

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Lithuania is a small country on the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, a place rich in Eastern European history. LCC International University is located in Klaipeda, a European-style city that boasts beautiful beaches, museums, festivals and cultural events. LCC is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and attracts students from all over Eastern Europe. Students attending this university for a semester choose from the regular course offerings; courses are taught in English. The program includes group trips to Riga, Latvia and Tallinn, Estonia, as well as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Several Eastern faculty and alumni have taught at LCC.

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The Middle East Studies Program in Israel, allows students to study Middle Eastern cultures, religions and conflicts from within this diverse and strategic region. Students participate in interdisciplinary seminar classes, receive Arabic language instruction and perform service projects with various organizations in Cairo. Through travel to other areas of the Middle East, students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East, MESP equips student to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner.

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The Oxford Study Abroad Program (OSAP) in England provides the opportunity for a self-designed program of study. Participants enroll in two tutorial-style courses, for a total of 12 credits, which will be selected in consultation with the OSAP advisors. Students must be very self-disciplined, motivated and self-directed in order to succeed, as this educational style is unfamiliar to most American students.

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The Quetzal Education Research Center, located in the cloud forest in Costa Rica, seeks to promote biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability in global and local communities.  To this end, they involve students and researchers from around the world, including the host country, to engage in dialogue and research focused on the tropical cloud forest and its floral and faunal community for the purpose of enhancing its sustainability.  QERC works to integrate local farmers with research scientists, educators, and students from around the world in the effort to merge good conservation practice and economic viability in the local community.

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The Scholars' Semester in Oxford is designed for students seeking intensive study in this historic seat of learning. As Visiting Students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students have the privilege of studying and learning in one of the university's historic colleges. The rigorous academic program, aimed at increasing critical thinking and writing skills from an integrated Christian perspective, allows participants to choose from a wide variety of one-on-one tutorials in numerous disciplines, including literature, theology and religious studies, philosophy, history and the classics. Field trips provide opportunities for experiential learning in England's rich historical setting. There are many student clubs and societies to join, from chamber music to karate, good sports facilities, and teams open to students.

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The Spanish Studies Abroad offers full year programs or semesters of study in beautiful and historic Seville or Alicante, Spain.  The schedule of classes, taught in Spanish by native faculty, includes courses in humanities, social sciences and business available to students with an advanced level of Spanish.  Intermediate-level students take language, literature, civilization, and current events

The Center has also developed a site in Córdoba, Argentina, in partnership with Universidad National de Córdoba, offering courses in Spanish language and Latin American History, literature and culture, as well as integrated courses with Argentine students in many additonal subject areas.

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The Studies Program in Contemporary Europe (SPICE) through CCCU affiliate Dordt College provides the opportunity to live in the Netherlands, one of the centers of Western European community and progressive society. This spring semester program seeks to develop an awareness of the variety of peoples and cultural traditions in the Netherlands and surrounding European communities and to understand the contemporary political, economic, religious and social structures of this region.  Based at the Gereformeerde Hogeschool in Zwolle, 60 miles north of Amsterdam, the small city environment provides a truly Dutch experience. In addition to the academic work, the program also includes field trips to other sites in the Netherlands, opportunities for independent travel and a group trip to Rome.

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The Uganda Studies Program seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world of religious and cultural pluralism, whether in Africa, North America, or other locations. The USP will introduce students to the dynamic world of the Global South, focused in the vibrant East African nation of Uganda. Christianity here is joyful and growing rapidly, even as it engages Islam and secularization. USP students will move through this society first in the classes and dormitories of Uganda Christian University, and then as humble learners observing places and people of interest around the country.

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The Universidad de las Americas -- Puebla is one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico and enjoys full accreditation in the U.S.  It is unique not only due to its academic quality, the diversity of majors offered, and the beauty of its campus, but also because of its proximity to major historical sites and its relationship with the community of Cholula, an important archaeological site.  The University, with a student body of approximately 8,000, offers courses in many academic disciplines, including business, sciences and math, social sciences, humanities and the arts.  Some courses are offered in English, but most are taught in Spanish.

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University of St. Andrews in Scotland offers a semester- or year-abroad program to Eastern University students. St. Andrews, Scotland's first university, was founded in 1413. Situated beside the sea in an attractive small town, known equally for its famous golf courses, the university is one of the most selective in Great Britain. Participants studying at this venerable institution take classes from the regular course offerings along with current St. Andrews students.

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