Application Process

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Students often express initial interest in more than one cross-cultural program. Lists are started 4-5 semesters prior to the program dates. About one year in advance, the group leader(s) will contact interested students to attend an informational meeting, where details about the program and application forms will be available. Add your name to the interest list to stay informed about future programs, and begin the application process when it is available.


An application deadline is set for 2-4 weeks after the informational meeting takes place. Students may contact faculty leaders for more information. Missed the meeting? Ask the leader for the deadline to complete and return the cross-cultural application.  


Some programs have specialized applications! Before using the standard form, please check for your specific program here:

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After all application materials are received, faculty leaders will begin the student selection process. You may be asked for an interview. Leaders will notify students of acceptance into the program and inform them of future group meetings, deposit deadlines and travel requirements.

Waiting lists are created for selected programs with high student interest. Students who want to participate in a cross-cultural program during a specific semester may choose to apply for more than one program to increase chances of acceptance to a program in the preferred semester for travel.


All applicants are asked for references, including one from your academic advisor. Strong references are most likely to come from someone who knows you well enough to speak to your work habits, character and values: a work supervisor, an EMU faculty or staff person, pastor or mentor. The Reference Form is only available online. Please contact the Cross-Cultural office if you need a print version.

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