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  • The Interim Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Underground.
  • Applications for Interim 2022 off-campus courses will be accepted starting Thursday, March 25, 2021.
  • The priority deadline is Wednesday, April 26, 2021.
  • 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 Nicole Kang at study-abroad@bethel.edu.

2022 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.


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: Guatemala

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.


Medieval Worlds: Cultures and Beliefs in North Africa & Europe

Course description 
This class is an on-site investigation of medieval North Africa and Europe. While westerners tend to view the period through a Christian perspective, many aspects of European history bear the imprint of Arabic culture and Islam. The impact and legacy of Islamic culture, politics, philosophy, and religious thinking throughout medieval North Africa and the Latin West will be studied—in particular, how Christians, Jews, and Muslims collaborated with, influenced, and sometimes conflicted with one another. Important themes of the course include the legacy of Islamic philosophical thought on the west, the development of medieval Christian orthodoxy in light of schism and alternate belief, the Crusades, and the impact of religious ideology on political conflicts. Applicant selection will be done by the instructor. 


European Pioneers in Psychology-Europe

Course description

This course explores some of the most prominent European figures in the history of contemporary psychology. We will examine some of the major historical movements in the history of ideas in psychology, with an emphasis on the relevant philosophical, intellectual, and spiritual context. In this process, we will compare various schools of thought and approaches to the study of psychology. We will also look at how psychology developed in the various countries we visit. Students will have the opportunity to encounter local professional and academic psychologists. 


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