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Common Study Abroad Questions

Where can Bethany students study abroad?

Bethany does not limit study abroad to a few set locations. The Study Abroad Coordinator works with students on an individual basis to help identify a program that will best meet a particular student’s goals and objectives. Recent countries in which students have studied include Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, China, Ecuador, and Peru. 

How much does it cost?

That depends on where you study. It can be the same or less than it costs to spend a semester on Bethany’s campus. It can also be more. Your financial aid is applied toward your semester abroad. Like all education, study abroad is an investment in yourself and your future. Much of what you gain while living abroad cannot be learned from a book.

Are classes taught in English? 

Classes in English exist for those who don’t speak the local language. Students typically are required to take one language course to help them maneuver better around town. Language immersion programs exist for those who want to dramatically improve their host country language skills.

What about an exchange program?

Bethany has an exchange program with English-speaking United International College (UIC) in southern China, close to Hong Kong. Forty percent of the faculty are Chinese and the other 60 percent are from all over the world. Since UIC sends study abroad students to Bethany, there is the benefit of making friends with Chinese students from UIC, even before going abroad. 

Do you live with families or in college dorms?  

Host family stays, college dorms, or apartment-style living are all determined by the ease of what is available locally.

How soon do I need to make plans to study abroad?

If you think you might be interested in studying abroad, it is best to schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Coordinator during the freshman year. This provides ample time for you to consider the many options available and to plan your coursework. The most common time to study abroad is during the junior year.

What if I can’t be gone for an entire semester?

Summer programs vary in length from three to 10 weeks, and appeal to just about any major. For those wanting a less comprehensive experience, Bethany offers a few courses that include a travel component abroad, typically over spring break.