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Bethel Faculty-Led Programs (January, Summer)

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

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Faculty-Led January Courses

January 2025 Application Cycle:

CANCELLED: 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.)

Exploring British Education and Culture

EDU236UZ  |  Apply Now

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.

Introduction to International Business - Europe

BUS202Z  |  Apply Now

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.

Culture & Communication in a Global Context: Thailand

COM315GZ  |  Apply Now

Experience the community and culture of the K'nYaw (Karen) people in Thailand as you learn about the socio-political factors that have displaced them from their villages in Burma. Students will explore the rich worldview, faith, history, education, political economy, ecology, and art of the region while connecting deeply with the local community in a meaningful project focused on telling their story and preserving their heritage.

History of Science in Europe

GES330KZ  |  Apply Now

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

ENJ312AZ  |  Apply Now

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.

Science and Technology - New Zealand

GES317KZ  |  Apply Now

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. 


Faculty-Led Summer Courses

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