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  • The Interim Opportunity Fair will be held Monday, April 5, from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Brushaber Commons.
  • Applications for Interim 2018 off-campus courses will be accepted from Monday, April 5 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2017.
  • The priority deadline is May 5, 2017.
  • 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 $100 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 study-abroad@bethel.edu.


2018 Courses and locations:

Interim Study Abroad Fair on April 5th from 11AM-2PM. Stop by for more information and to grab an application!

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, Cuba, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain

CIEE:  January $2,950 sessions: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain. Program in Bonaire is $4,150.

HECUA: Ecuador: Social and Political Transformation 

ISA: Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, or Spain

USAC: Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Spain


2018 Course Information:

Greece-Italy Study Tour 

Course number BIB264Z, 3 credits

Where Greece and Italy 

  • Thessaloniki, Neapolis, Philippi, Amphipolis, Athen, Olympia, Naples, Rome

Course description 

This class is an onsite investigation of the ministry of Paul the Apostle and the other NT and apostolic and postapostolic figures who lived, traveled and/or ministered in Greece and Italy/Rome. The cultural, historical, geographical, and religious world that Paul and John traveled and ministered in will be studied as regions and sites in Greece and Italy are explored.

In addition, the course will also offer a consideration of the contemporary phenomenon of migration and refugees, with some exposure to the theology of migration.

Prerequisite BIB101 Intro. to the Bible 

Fulfills

• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural experience

• This course is open to all students as an elective. It can fulfill a 200-level NT course elective for Bible majors/minors

Course leaders  

Christian Collins Winn, AC323B, ctcollin@bethel.edu

Carl Rasmussen, rascar@bethel.edu

Estimated program fee $5,538 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, room, breakfast, dinner, entry/exit fees, inter-country and intra-country transportation, all course-related excursions (tours and services of local guides), and iNext travel medical insurance. Your only anticipated expenses are passports, books, Turkish visa, all lunches, and other personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bottled water, free time activities, etc.)

Approximate dates January 2-22, 2018

Enrollment 32 students

See application procedures below


Belize: Integrative Medicine in a Cross-Cultural Setting

Course number HAS303KZ, 3 credits

Where Belize, with sites to include Punta Gorda, Placencia, San Ignacio, Belmopan, & Ambergris Caye

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.

Prerequisites • Laboratory Science “D” course

• Mathematics “M” course

Fulfills

• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society

• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural Experience

• Elective in the Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science department

Course leaders 

Prof. Seth Paradis, RC222, x6425, s-paradis@bethel.edu 

Second Course Leader TBD

Estimated program fee $4,300 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, meals, and iNext travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses, passport, immunizations, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Approximate dates January 3 – 24, 2018

Enrollment 20 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors)

See application procedures below


Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands: Natural History and Future Prospects

Course number GES318KZ, 3 credits; ENS/BIO318KZ, 4 credits (see course description)

Where Quito, Ecuador and surrounding areas, & Galápagos 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.)

Prerequisites 

• Laboratory Science "D" course

• Mathematics “M” course

Fulfills

• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society

• General education: "Z" Cross-cultural experience

• Biology elective (with additional coursework)

• Environmental Science elective (with additional coursework)

Course leaders 

Jeff Port, AC204, jport@bethel.edu

Estimated program fee  $6,690 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, board, and iNext travel insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment/transportation expenses, passport, immunizations, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Approximate dates Jan. 3-27, 2018 (subject to change)

Enrollment 18 students (preference may be given to juniors or seniors)

See application procedures below


European Pioneers in Psychology

Course number PSY320Z, 3 credits

Approx. Dates: January 2-24, 2018

Jan 2           Fly to Europe 
Jan 3-7        Vienna, Austria 
Jan 7-8        Salzburg, Austria 
Jan 9           Munich, Germany (Dachau)
Jan 10-11    Wurzburg, Germany 
Jan 12-13    Heidelberg, Germany 
Jan 13-16    Paris, France
Jan 16-21    London and Oxford, England
Jan 21-23    Edinburgh, Scotland 
Jan 24         Return to Minnesota

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.

Prerequisites

• PSY100 Introduction to Psychology

• GES130 or GES244

• Junior or Senior standing

• Permission of instructors

Fulfills

  • Gen. ed: “Z” Cross-cultural experience 
  • 300-level psychology elective 

Course leaders

 Dr. Angela Sabates, AC343D, asabates@bethel.edu
 Dr. Jeffrey Berryhill, j-berryhill@bethel.edu

Estimated program fee   $3,799  (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation (Eurail pass), course-related excursions, room, board, and iNext travel insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses (including sightseeing), passport, telephone, laundry, and other personal expenses.

Approximate dates January 2–24, 2018

Enrollment 25 students

See application procedures below


Introduction to International Business - Europe

Course number BUS202Z, 3 credits

Where (Subject to change)

Approx. Dates: January 3-25, 2018

Jan 3          Fly to London 
Jan 3-6       London, UK 
Jan 7-9       Paris, France 
Jan 10-13   Nurnberg, Germany 
Jan 14-16   Small group travel 
Jan 17-18   Salzburg, Austria 
Jan 19-21   Vienna, Austria 
Jan 22-24   Rome, Italy 
Jan 25        Return to Minnesota

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. *Course details subject to change*

Prerequisites None

Fulfills

  • Gen. ed: “Z” Cross-cultural experience 
  • Business Elective

Course leaders

 Amanda Carter, AC205, a-carter@bethel.edu 
 Bruce Olsen, AC208, bruceolsen@bethel.edu 

Estimated program fee  $3,950 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation (Eurail pass), some course-related excursions, room and meals for 18 nights, and iNext travel insurance. Students are responsible for three nights lodging and meals during small group travel, optional entertainment/transportation expenses (including sightseeing, skiing), passport, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Approximate dates Jan. 3-25, 2018

Enrollment 29 students (Application selection will be done by the instructor. Preference given to juniors and seniors; students with International Business emphasis.)

See application procedures below


History of Science in Europe

Course number GES330K, 3 credits

Where Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice); Switzerland (Geneva, Lauterbrunnen); Germany (Munich); France (Paris); England (London, Cambridge), Austria (Vienna)

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. *Course details subject to change*

Prerequisites 

• Laboratory Science “D” course

• Mathematics “M” course

Fulfills General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society  (Does not automatically fulfill the Z-tag component.  Students needing this requirement should inquire with the faculty about additional Z-tag coursework.)

Course leaders

 Keith Stein, AC239, k-stein@bethel.edu 
 Ken Rohly, AC105C, rohly@bethel.edu  

Estimated program fee   $4,250 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation (Eurail pass), course-related excursions, room, meals, and iNext travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses, passport, telephone, and other personal expenses.

Approximate dates January 2–27, 2018

Enrollment   27 students (Final applicant selection will be done by the instructor.)

See application procedures below


England: Understand British Culture & Education

Course Number EDU236UZ, 3 CREDITS

Where 

Maidenhead

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.

Prerequisites

• EDU200 Intro to Education 
• EDU201 Into to Education 
• GES130 or GES244 
• Permission from Course Instructors

Fufills 

  • Gen. ed: “Z” Cross-cultural experience 
  • Gen ed: "U" World Cultures

Course Leaders

Dr. Jill Martin (jmartin@bethel.edu)
Dr. Linda Probert (linda-probert@bethel.edu

Estimated Course Fee $3,000 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, two meals a day, and iNext travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for some meals, optional entertainment/transportation expenses, passport, telephone, and personal expenses. *See reverse for program fee explanation.

Approximate Dates Approx. January 4-27, 2018 

Enrollment 20 Students

See application procedures below


United Arab Emirates, Muslims and Middle Easterners: Past, Present, and Personal 

Course Number GES447PZ, 3 CREDITS

Where 

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Day trip to Oman, and Raskhaima

Course Description 

An examination of the historical, political, religious, and cultural influences of the Arab peoples of today.  Students begin to develop a deeper understanding of Arabs and Islam, and will focus on cross-cultural communication and understanding with Arabs and Middle Easterners.

Prerequisites 

• Senior standing
• GES110 & THE201 or GES246
• Nature of Persons "N" course
• Comparative Systems "G" course

Fufills 

  • Gen. ed: “Z” Cross-cultural experience 
  • General Education: “P” Contemporary Christian Issues

Course Leaders 

Bernita Missal, Nursing, HC225, bmissal@bethel.edu
Joy Peterson, Nursing, joy-peterson@bethel.edu

Estimated Course Fee $4,900 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room and meals, and supplemental travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and personal discretionary expenses, passport, immunizations, telephone, and other personal expenses.

Approximate Dates Dates: January 1-23, 2018

Enrollment Accepts 20 Students 

See application procedures below


PRIORITY DEADLINE – MAY 5th

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).

• Non-Bethel students will be considered for course participation after the May 5th priority deadline.

FINAL ACCEPTANCE 

PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.

WAIT LIST

• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.

• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status.

 

PROGRAM FEE

• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.

• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.

• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.

• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due October 2, November 1, and December 1. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)

CANCELLATION DEADLINE & REFUND POLICY

• An accepted student must submit in writing their cancellation to the study abroad office on or before September 22nd to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $100 deposit. Withdrawal forms are available in the study abroad office (CC320A).

• Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 22nd. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund.

• If an accepted student withdraws after September 22nd, they will not only forfeit their $100 deposit, but may be responsible for additional costs. After this date, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course cost may be forfeited. If the cancellation occurs after Dec. 1st, the student will be responsible for the entire program fee.