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  • Applications for Interim 2023 off-campus courses will be accepted starting Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
  • The priority deadline is Monday, April 25, 2022.
  • Students must complete an application process which includes a personal statement, GPA check and clearance from the Student Life Office. Individual courses may have additional requirements. Please see course description for details.
  • Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis unless noted in individual course descriptions
  • A non-refundable $38 confirmation fee will be due once accepted into an interim course. This will be placed towards overall course fees. 

Applications from non-Bethel students will be considered on a space-available basis after the priority deadline. For other questions, please stop in the office (CC320A), call 651.635.2372, or e-mail Nicole Kang at study-abroad@bethel.edu.

2023 Courses and locations:

Contemporary Wellbeing and Traditional Therapies in Taiwan

Course description 
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 Galapágos Islands

Course description 
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. (Carries cross-credit in biology and environmental studies, BIO318KZ/ENS318KZ, 4 credits, with additional coursework.)

History of Science-Europe

Course description:
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

Course description:
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

Course description:
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

Course description

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

Course description

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. 



Approved Non-Affiliated J-Term Programs

If you do not find a trip that fits your needs among Bethel’s interim programs, the following non-affiliated programs offer January courses in a variety of countries:

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

ISA: Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain

USAC: Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Spain