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Bethel Faculty-Led Programs (Interim, Summer)

Bethel faculty lead short-term programs for both undergraduate and graduate students each J-Term and summer.

2023 Faculty-Led J-Term Courses

  • Applications Open: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Priority Deadline: Monday, April 25, 2022
    • Applications from non-Bethel students will be considered on a space-available basis after the priority deadline.

Contemporary Wellbeing and Traditional Therapies in Taiwan

During this three-week immersion experience on the island of Taiwan, we consider holistic wellbeing from Asian perspectives—the balance between contemporary & traditional, and between majority & minority cultures. We explore Taiwan's universal healthcare system, core ethical principles in culture and health, traditional Chinese medicine and practices, and Christian health ministries. We circle the island hiking mountains, biking along lakes and beaches, enjoying the Pacific Ocean, tasting authentic cuisines, and learning from national experts and indigenous guides.

Ecology in the Tropics: Natural History & Future Prospects - Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands

Travel from base in Quito throughout Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands, surveying the land, climate, plants, animals, homes, transportation, and industries, noting especially the impact of human culture, presence, and activities. Sites include the Amazon rainforest, Andean cloud forests, volcanic mountains, highlands, towns, cities, & the Galápagos Islands.
*(Note: Course may carry cross-credit in biology or environmental studies, BIO318KZ or ENS318KZ, 4 credits, with additional coursework.)

History of Science - Europe

This course examines the development of major scientific discoveries throughout history within the context of an experiential learning opportunity in several European countries. Special attention will be paid to the Italian Renaissance and the Enlightenment within England. Multiple scientific disciplines will be incorporated, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The role these disciplines played within society (architecture, art, exploration, politics, religion, etc.) will also be evaluated. Daily itineraries will include science/history/art museums, church visits, university/city tours, unique city/area visits, lecture/discussion, travel and international meals.

Travel Writing - Belize

Study in the rainforest of Belize provides new opportunities to use writing to explore your expanding world. We will practice the art and craft of travel writing in the company of other enthusiastic explorers. Be ready for adventure! Our activities will include hiking in the rainforest, a stay in a Mopan Maya village, learning to make chocolate, and snorkeling off the Belize barrier reef. Focus on reading travel writing from the past and present, and writing about one’s own travel experience as it is happening. 

Introduction to International Business - Europe

This course is designed to explore the dynamics of international business. Participants will visit sites to examine businesses that operate across borders and may include: advertising agencies, banks, accounting firms, technology firms, manufacturing facilities, and multinational corporations. Students interact with culture through a series of activities. Applicant selection will be done by the instructor.

Exploring British Education and Culture - England

The course is designed for students to immerse themselves in British culture and to explore the educational system, with an emphasis on the diverse populations of Pakistani and Indian students and schools. The course provides students with three learning experiences: 1) observation and participation in British elementary and secondary schools; 2) home-stay with British family; and 3) cultural exploration in London and surrounding areas. 

Science and Technology - New Zealand

This course will explore the historical development of science and technology in New Zealand, including current challenges. Topics include inventions and inventors, health care, unique technologies, native and invasive species, sea life, earthquakes, hot springs, and volcanic activity in the context of historical Maori and British colonial cultures leading to the present day. 


Third Party J-Term Programs

In addition to Bethel’s faculty-led interim programs, the following third party providers offer January term courses in a variety of countries:

AIFS: Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, South Africa

ISA/TEAN: Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain

ISEP: Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, South Korea

Jerusalem University College: Israel

USAC: Australia, Cuba, South Korea, Spain

2022 Faculty-Led Summer Courses

Exploring Global Education - Finland

Finland is internationally known for its leading innovations in classroom education and teaching principles. What makes them so successful, and how can we implement these practices into classrooms right here in Minnesota?

Dr. Katie Bonawitz and Dr. Mary Lindell will be leading a group of 12-15 graduate students to the beautiful Finnish cities of Kokkola, Helsinki, and Tampere to observe several Finnish schools. With Bethel's personal and professional connections, the trip includes multiple opportunities to observe and engage in different levels of education in Finland.


Third Party Summer Programs

The following third party providers offer summer term courses in a variety of countries:

AIFS: Argentina, Austria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain

Au Sable InstitutePacific Rim (Washington), Great Lakes (Michigan), Costa Rica

CCCU GlobalEd: England

Chicago Semester: Chicago, IL

ISA/TEAN: Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam

ISEP: Belgium, Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, NYC, South Korea, Spain

Jerusalem University College: Israel

Semester in Segovia: Spain

SIT: Colombia, France, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda 

USAC: England, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Korea, South Africa, Thailand

Veritas: Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Peru, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain