If you are looking for a unique cross-cultural opportunity, these programs will help you find the experiences you are looking for while meeting requirements for cross-cultural credit. Or if you returned from an EMU cross-cultural program thinking you would like to enhance your new language skills, connect with a group here in the states similar to the host culture you just left behind, or give back to the world by using your gifts and skills serving in a cross-cultural setting, this list is for you!
The Global Urban Trek develops leaders for on campus and vocational roles. 1.3 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty. You are invited to spend seven weeks living in slum communities to learn and discern whether God is calling you to live and serve alongside the urban poor. Contact Johonna Turner.
Explore the Intervarsity Global Urban Trek website
Contact: Karlyn Gehring, WCSC administrative assistant
This study service program fulfills the EMU cross-cultural requirement, includes an internship (20 hrs/wk) and weekly seminars taught by EMU faculty, and may include coursework at local universities. The study group of 10-15 students lives together in a house in Washington D.C. Applications for fall, spring, and summer are accepted on a rolling basis.
Explore the WCSC website
Contact: Ann Hershberger, director of cross-cultural programs
CASAS, a 12-week summer program based in Guatemala City, offers students an independent summer immersion experience similar to our spring semester cross-cultural program. Coursework includes Spanish language studies, Introduction to Central America, and elective courses chosen from history, peace and justice, anthropology, and religion. Students participate in orientation activities, home stays, internships, and numerous field excursions. Application materials and information are available from the CASAS web site. Students register through EMUwith approval from cross-cultural programs.
Contact: Linda M. Burkholder, Assistant to cross-cultural programs
BCA study abroad programs are rooted in the values of peace and justice and provide opportunities for students, especially foreign language majors and minors, to meet EMUrequirements. Students consult Cross-Cultural programs for general information and work with their advisors in choosing appropriate coursework for a semester or year. Application materials and information are available from the BCA web site. Completed applications must receive approval from EMU Cross-Cultural programs, as financial assistance and credit for the programs are received through EMU. BCA offers programs in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain.
Explore the BCA Study Abroad website
Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource – its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology. Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. From teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia to launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa to working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences to where they are needed most.
Explore the Peace Corps website
Contact: Amy Springer, assistant dean
SALT, an 11-month service learning program of Mennonite Central Committee, may satisfy the off-campus cross-cultural study requirement. Service-learning credit may be arranged in advance through the undergraduate academic dean’s office.
Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) and Eastern Mennonite Missions offer service programs which may satisfy the off-campus cross-cultural study requirement. Service-learning credit may be arranged in advance through the undergraduate academic dean’s office.
Mennonite Disaster Service offers extended volunteer service in some work locations which may satisfy the off-campus cross-cultural study requirement. Service-learning credit may be arranged in advance through the Undergraduate Academic Dean’s Office.
Handong Global University international student exchange program in Pohang, South Korea. Hangdong is a Christian university with a focus on holistic development and academic excellence. See full brochure.