Study Abroad


Explore stories from Bethany students with our study abroad profiles.


Studying abroad is a life-changing opportunity. Learning in a global community facilitates academic and professional growth while also allowing you to develop more fully on a personal level. At Bethany, we work with you on an individual basis to select a program that will best meet your individual goals and objectives. Because we don't limit study abroad to a few set locations, the programs we utilize vary as greatly as our students themselves. Kathy Bruss, our study abroad coordinator, is available to help you throughout this process.

Semester Programs

A semester abroad is often the  most affordable and most efficient time in your life to be abroad. Your financial aid is applied toward your tuition as you make regular progress toward graduation.

Taking courses that may not be available on Bethany’s campus and spending 12-16 weeks abroad gives you time to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the culture and people. Internship and volunteer options may also accompany coursework.

Summer Programs

Summer programs include options for study abroad, doing an internship abroad, or volunteering.  They vary in length and exist for almost any major or personal area of interest, including heritage studies. They may or may not earn you college credit, depending on the program.

Exchange Program

Bethany Lutheran College and United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China, share an exchange agreement which allows students from both institutions to study on either campus. The UIC students study at Bethany during the fall semester and the Bethany students study at UIC during the spring. The beauty of this arrangement is that students already know someone from the school prior their arrival. Usually the exchange students are very instrumental in helping the next group settle in.  

Zhuhai is located in the south of China, a ferry ride from Hong Kong. UIC is an English speaking liberal arts college of approximately 4000 students. The teaching staff is about 40% Chinese and 60% international, with more than twenty countries represented. Two Bethany faculty members have taught at UIC, Dr. Janet Moldstad (business administration) for a semester and Dr. Thomas Kuster (communication) for six weeks through a Fulbright Specialist grant.

Student Profiles

Read about our students' international experiences and learning opportunities on our Study Abroad Profiles page.