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  • The Interim Study Abroad Fair will be held Wednesday, March 2020, from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Brushaber Commons.
  • Applications for Interim 2020 off-campus courses will be accepted from Wednesday, March 13th - Thursday, April 18th, 2019.
  • The priority deadline is April 18th, 2019.
  • Students must complete an application process which includes a personal statement, GPA check and clearance from the Business 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 $150 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 Eliza Jensen at

2020 Courses and locations:

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.)


Exploring British Education and Culture- Maidenhead, 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. 


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.


Integrative Medicine in a Cross-Cultural Setting-Belize

Course description:
An introduction to the theories and practices of integrative medicine as a means to promote quality health and wellness. Students in this course will be exposed to a variety of health models ranging from ancient Mayan practices to modern western medical practices in order to develop a more holistic approach to health and well-being. Student learning will take place in Belize, Central America, home of many ancient Mayan healing practices. Scientific theories will include ethnobotany, psychoneuroimmunology, integrative nutrition and biofeedback. Personal practices may include therapeutic touch, yoga, mindfulness, contemplative prayer, nature therapy, and healing effects of physical activity and movement.


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.


Media and Communication in Developing Countries: India

Course description 
Through social immersion students utilize journalism and design to uncover and tell stories of our diverse, local and global communities. An empathetic approach to storytelling brings people together, challenges cultural barriers, and fosters authentic understanding of others. This highly collaborative class requires students to live, work, research, and cultivate community relationships together. The class will publish self-reflective field notes, create a multimedia blog platform for storytelling, and host an engaging community event showcasing their work. The location of the immersion changes each time the course is offered, including local, regional and international settings.


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

HECUA: Ecuador: Social and Political Transformation 

ISA: Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain

USAC: Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Spain