Learning about the world around us is essential to the study of literature, writing, and journalism. By experiencing the stories, traditions, and diversity of the world firsthand we grow in our understanding of others, and ourselves. This is why we place an emphasis on providing opportunities to study, live, and explore in off campus programs. Check out the programs we offer.
Every two years a group of students spends a semester traveling in Great Britain, Ireland, and France. Led by a faculty member of the Department of English, England Term emphasizes serious academic study, the building of Christian community, and experience of other cultures in ways that are not possible in on-campus programs. Students alternate between extended stays at home bases and travel throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and France. Sites are chosen for their literary, historical, and cultural significance, usually including such places as Edinburgh, the Lake District, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford, London, Dublin, and Paris. The program offers opportunities for deeper cultural contact (e.g. homestays with British and Irish families), and approximately two weeks for independent travel in Europe.
Literature and Writing Around the Globe
In recent years the department has led January interim trips to Brazil, Japan, Egypt, and Israel to practice the art of travel writing and study other literary and cultural traditions.
Bethel University journalism students can spend a fall or spring at New York City Semester at The King’s College in downtown Manhattan. NYC Semester at The King’s College provides students with a full slate of classes that keeps Bethel journalists on track to graduate while also promising a meaningful internship and networking possibilities throughout the city. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Glader, a friend of Bethel, runs the program, which has hosted five BU journalists since the partnership began in 2015.
Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC)
Gain experience in the film industry through internships in Hollywood, CA. Attend seminar classes on film industry operations and discuss the ethical challenges in the entertainment profession and film culture. Learn more about this program at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center website.