Intercultural Studies Study Abroad and Internships

A semester abroad or significant cross cultural internship is an option for required of all International Studies majors; and Intercultural Studies majors are required to do a shorter overseas internship or mission trip.

Student Blogs

You can read about the experiences of some of our international and intercultural studies students as they travel abroad and share their thoughts in the International Studies Students' Blog.

Study abroad opportunities

Where do you plan to go?The first step in going abroad is to decide which country or countries would be most beneficial for you to get acquainted with. What foreign language do you need to learn? What cultures do you need to understand for your future work or studies? As you look at the programs below, you can narrow down which programs you'll apply to, based on the countries in which they offer programs.

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities study abroad program

As a Christian university, Belhaven belongs to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  The CCCU has a study abroad program called "GlobalEdwith the following programs:

  • Middle East Studies Program (MESP): Amman, Jordan
  • Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford Program (SCIO): Oxford, England
  • The American Studies Program (ASP): Washington, D.C
  • The Contemporary Music Center (CMC): Nashville, Tennessee

Exchange Programs:

Belhaven maintains tuition exchange programs with some foreign and US-based universities. If you study abroad at one of the universities in our exchange programs, you generally would only pay whatever you're paying for Belhaven University tuition, plus airfare, food and lodging. As part of an exchange, Belhaven has also been blessed to receive students for a semester or year from many of these universities. The following list shows many of the universities with which we have exchange programs:

  • Chung Yuan Christian University
    • Chung-Li, Taiwan
    • Graduate and Undergraduate opportunities
    • Graduate scholarships available
  • DIMA (Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts, Korea)
  • Seoul Women's University, Korea
    • Summer 1-month cultural exchange
    • One year exchange
  • British Council
    • Northern Ireland
    • One semester exchange
  • Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program
    • A five-month program offered as a joint collaboration between SIT (School for International Training) Study Abroad and The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program
    • Administered by Hendrix College in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Foreign Universities with International Studies programs

You may choose to work out your own agreement with a university overseas. Some examples of universities with established international student programs are:

Other Study Abroad Providers

You may also choose to go with a US-based Study Abroad provider. The advantage is they have lots of experience organizing semesters abroad, their credits usually transfer, and they usually accepts Title IV financial aid. The disadvantage is that they tend to be the most expensive. Some of these providers are:

  • American Councils
    • Russia, Balkan language initiative, Arabic Abroad, Eurasia abroad, Indonesia.
  • CAPA
    • Transfer credits for studying just about any major
    • Beijing, Buenos Aires, Florence, Istanbul, London and Sydney.
  • CET academic programs
    • China, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Tunisia, Vietnam
    • They offer scholarships, too.
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
    • Australia, China, Czech Republic, England, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Wales.
    • They also offer internships.
  • New York Film Academy
  • Study arts in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; India; Australia; or Italy.
  • Northwestern College (Iowa)
    • Programs in Oman and Romania
  • Semester at Sea
    • Opportunities in Japan, Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa and Egypt.
    • Sponsored by the University of Virginia
  • Semester in Spain
  • Veritas (Christian Study abroad program)
    • Chile, England, Italy, Spain

Internship Opportunities

International studies majors may choose to do an internship anywhere else in the world. Here are some possibilities:

Scholarships available for International Studies Majors