Cornerstone's Off-Campus Study Programs provide students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their educational experience and to further prepare them to impact the kingdom. Interested students should consider the impact of a study abroad program on their overall educational program and make adjustments in their schedules and financial planning early on. Students typically earn 12-16 academic credits in a semester-long program. Some summer programs and J-term trips are also available.
CU offers a variety of study abroad opportunities throughout the world, including a semester with one of our international partners, programs with Best Semester, CU sponsored trips, and independent programs. We partner with Christian colleges in Korea and the Netherlands; because of these partnerships, students are able to spend a semester at the partner institution for the same tuition cost of attendance at Cornerstone. Cornerstone is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU); this affiliation allows qualified students to Cornerstone participate in a number of off-campus academic study programs offered by BestSemester. There are also several other CU sponsored trips offered and independent programs with which Cornerstone is an affiliate. Approved programs in which Cornerstone participates are grounded in Christian worldview.
Students enrolled in an approved study abroad program maintain their enrollment at Cornerstone University and may receive financial aid based on the following guidelines and according to current university policy:
- The student must have declared a major or program.
- The student meets all financial aid requirements.
- Students must be able to use the credits from the study abroad program in their academic program prior to degree completion.
- Students will pay a technology fee to Cornerstone University in addition to the study abroad program costs.
- Payment plans are not available for study abroad programs. Payment in full is due by May 1 for summer programs; Aug. 1 for fall programs and Jan. 1 for spring programs.
- Employee remission may not be used to cover study abroad programs.
Interested students should meet with off-campus program coordinator, Natalie Kompik, to discuss eligibility, policy and process. They will then complete a Cornerstone University Off-Campus Program Application on the CU portal as well as the specific program application, which is usually located on each program’s website. Students should consult the program’s website for the most up-to-date information, deadlines and credit information.
The student should confer with the Registrar’s Office in determining course equivalencies prior to enrollment in the program, and discuss with their faculty adviser how the study abroad program courses mesh with their program of study at Cornerstone.
For more information or questions regarding Study Abroad opportunities at CU, please contact Natalie.Kompik@cornerstone.edu.