Meet Elisha Colby
At SEU, our students learn that faith is with them wherever they go. Elisha Colby spent a year studying abroad in Oxford as an Honors Scholar. Watch the video above to learn how studying abroad stretched her both academically and spiritually.
2020–2021 Program Updates
CCCU has communicated that they are canceling all of their Best Semester off campus study programs, including the three domestic programs that we offer our students (Nashville, LA, and Washington D.C.). All students who were scheduled to participate in these programs have been notified by Best Semester, and a follow-up email will be sent by the Study Abroad office. At this point all of our study abroad programs for the fall semester have been canceled, and our domestic programs (with the exception of Professor Dennis Ross’ D.C. trip, which is still, at this time, planned for Spring 2021) have been canceled for the entire academic year. If you were scheduled to participate in one of these programs, please work with your Academic Advisor to restructure your plan of study.
Given the uncertainty of travel policies during the 2020–2021 school year, we are not yet sure if travel will be advisable, or even possible. If you are planning to participate in a Study Abroad program in the 2020–2021 academic year, you are advised to do the following:
- Continue the process of preparing for your Study Abroad program (unless you hear from our office otherwise).
- Register for the on-campus or online classes that you would take if you were NOT traveling.
By registering for regular courses, you can avoid any complications associated with not being registered if travel does not happen. When a final decision has been made about travel policies, you will be notified immediately. Please contact the Study Abroad office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here’s how to get more information about these incredible programs.
At SEU, study abroad opportunities are divided into major-specific and destination-specific programs, giving you an impressive variety to choose from. Regardless of what you choose, one thing is for certain — you will return from your study abroad program more globally aware and more knowledgeable than you were before.
- Business. After learning with internationally-based business leaders in Spain and Portugal, students also have the option to complete a 6-week internship in Madrid. Our opportunities in El Salvador give practical experience in all business sectors, including nonprofit business, community development and poverty alleviation.
- Missions. Serving with missionaries in locations such as Thailand, while also earning course credit online, is a great way to see if mission work is the right path for a student.
- Photography. Earning course credit in photojournalism is exciting and enriching in such locations as Australia and New Zealand (these locations rotate annually).
- Medicine. Students can study global health and take pre-med courses in a variety of countries.
- Social work. Through the Uganda Studies Program, students can work in locations such as mental health hospitals and earn the practicum credit required for graduation.
- Bible Lands. Traveling to study in countries such as Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy will bring your faith to life in ways you never knew were possible.
- Literature. What better place to learn about literature than England? This program is a book lover’s dream, and will expand your knowledge in arts, literature and so much more.
- Language. Immersing yourself in a culture is the best possible way to learn a language. Our students who travel to Nicaragua increase their fluency in the Spanish language while gaining a rich appreciation for the traditions and customs of its people. Or you might decide to learn Arabic in Egypt or Thai in Thailand.
While studying abroad often means coursework done in an international location, it can also refer to experiential learning that happens off-campus in a domestic location. Here are just two examples.
- This program, which is unique to SEU, is ideal for students who love nature. Students travel to U.S.-based locations to earn a minor in Outdoor Leadership & Discipleship. This minor teaches them leadership skills that they can apply in literally any environment. Students who complete the program also earn a Wilderness First Responder certification (first aid) and Whitewater Rafting Guide Certification.
- Students who participate in domestically-based Best Semester programs are given a “leg-up” into industries that are historically difficult to begin to work in. For example, students who study music in Nashville or who study film in Los Angeles are often hired by the companies they interned for, or they establish strong industry connections that lead to jobs after graduation.
Travel & Learn
The benefits of study abroad are plentiful. Here are just a few.
Using skills in the “real world” shows you firsthand what it will be like to work in your chosen profession, or can help you choose what you’d like that profession to be.
Studying abroad ignites a drive for success. In fact, most SEU students achieve higher GPAs when they return from their program than they had when they left.
Some students who were undecided before their program find their true calling during their time abroad. Or, completing an internship abroad shows you how you could be using your degree in a different setting.
Living in another country requires flexibility, adaptability and tenacity. These skills develop as you are placed in an environment completely unlike your home not just to visit but to accomplish something.
Depending on the program destination, the coursework, the area of study and the level of learning (undergraduate or graduate), programs vary in length from one week to a full semester … or even an entire school year!
Many of our programs are completely organized and run by SEU faculty, so you’ll travel with other SEU students. If you choose a partner program, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other Christian students from across the U.S.
An impressive 90% of students who study abroad are admitted to their first or second choice graduate school.
You’ll never fall behind on your studies because of study abroad; these programs are designed to keep you on-track for graduation.
Due to the diverse knowledge gained from international travel, students with study abroad experience are more marketable to potential employers. Study abroad alumni are twice as likely to get a job they love after graduation.
In most cases, students can use their tuition money (financial aid/scholarships/loans/etc.) toward their time abroad, and then pay their additional travel-related expenses (such as flight, work visas, etc.).
The type(s) of academic credit you can earn varies based on your major, chosen program and location, but can include course credit, internship/practicum hours, or even completing an academic minor.
We only partner with onsite programs that are faith-based, or offer programs planned by our faculty, who of course continue to fully integrate Christian academics.
Visit our blog for more stories from abroad or schedule a meeting with the Global Education office to get your questions answered.