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Europe Term is a Bethel-led study abroad semester where 25 students and two professors travel through Europe, studying Intercultural Communication, Language and Culture, Group Communication, and Communication, Technology and Society. Students are enrolled in 4 courses (15 credits) and receive general education credits including a Z-tag and a K-tag.

While abroad, students share stories and photos of their travels on betheleuropeterm.wordpress.com

Semester Highlights

  • 3 weeks at the University of Vienna, learning German in classes with students from all over the world. Bethel classes and excursions include a night at the opera, a day trip to Bratislava, a weekend trip to Budapest, and daily trips to the grocery store (students live in dorms in Vienna and cook their own meals plus group dinners 2 nights a week).
  • 1-week excursion to Cesky Krumlov and Prague, in the Czech Republic. The trip includes a site visit to the local television studio and a dinner cruise along the Vltava River.
  • Three days of teaching English in Polish elementary and middle schools with the help of Josiah Venture ministries. Students then spend the weekend in the home of one of the Polish youth group families.
  • Visits to Auschwitz, Schindler’s factory, a high ropes course, and the Jewish sector in Krakow, Poland
  • 10 days of free travel where students break into small groups and travel wherever they would like in Europe. Meals, as well as some train travel, are covered in the price of the trip. While students learn to create their own travel itineraries and solve their own travel dilemmas, they also work on cultural and group projects along the way.
  • 3 weeks of intensive study and personal reflection on Christian community and the impact of technology on our lives at the Herolddeck Castle in the Austrian Alps.
  • 2 weeks of intensive study at a seaside Christian center in Crikvenica, Croatia, including site visits to major historical sites. This is where students finish most of their final exams and group projects.
  • A whirlwind few weeks visiting the Louvre in Paris, attending the UN in Geneva, skiing next to the Matterhorn in Zermatt, soaking up the beauty in Florence, and experiencing the history in Rome.

Why study in Europe?

  • What better way to learn how to communicate across cultures than by studying Intercultural Communication while traveling to over 8 different countries and building relationships with people from all over the world?
  • What better way to understand Christian community and authentic communication than by traveling together for three and a half months with other Bethel students and faculty—experiencing the fun, excitement, conflict and relational depth that traveling with a group inevitably brings?
  • What better way to build compassion than by venturing into new places, feeling what it means to be a cultural outsider?
  • What better way to learn about yourself than to undertake an adventure full of new ideas, new challenges, and deeply rewarding relationships?
  • What better way to learn about your faith than to seek God in the beauty of the Alps, the museums of Vienna and Florence, and the streets of Paris and Rome?