While historians often say that studying the past itself is like visiting a foreign country, we strongly encourage students actually to take their studies beyond this country. In recent years our students have spent semesters everywhere from Oxford, Paris, and Prague to Uganda, India, and Australia.
My semester abroad was one of the most formative experiences of my life…. I got to interact with the culture instead of living my culture alongside theirs…. I viewed and grasped the reasons behind why people act the way that they do; what inspires them, what unites them, what angers them.
- Jon Steen ’12 (on his semester in Ghana)
And now students can earn Bethel History credit through a J-term travel course on the history of World War I that our faculty teach in England, Belgium, France, and Germany. Read our blog post for photos and more about this course.
Instead of studying the various reasons that Europeans were excited for war, we read their voices, stood where the cheering crowds stood, and experienced a sense of excitement and independence that accompanied many soldiers off to war. Instead of reading about trench warfare, we stood in the wet, the cold, and the snow while seeing the battlefields where the battles of the Western Front were fought.
- Matisse Murray ’13 (on being part of our World War I travel course)
Check out the study abroad photo gallery on our blog.
For more information about these and other study abroad programs, visit the Office of Off-campus and International Studies.