Immerse yourself in a new context.

Cornerstone University offers many opportunities to study off-campus for a semester. For students interested in taking advantage of studying off-campus, check out our interactive step-by-step checklist!  Use the list below for reference and learn more about what programs are offered by selecting geographic regions.

Programs by Location

As a Cornerstone University student, you'll have a range of different off-campus study opportunities to explore. Cornerstone partners with many international and domestic programs, including BestSemester of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Veritas, and other independent programs. Use the list below for reference and learn more by selecting geographic regions.

When selecting a program that best fits you, use the following questions to guide you in the process:

  • What personal, academic, and professional goals do you hope to accomplish with this experience?
  • Does the program offer courses that will fulfill your requirements here at CU? 

Application Process

Interested in participating in an off-campus program? Access the Off-Campus Semester Program Application through the CU Portal here. For a step-by-step explanation of the process, follow the Off-Campus Semester Programs Checklist

Please Note: In addition to completing Cornerstone's Off-Campus Study application, students must also apply directly to the off-campus program. For information on program application deadlines, please refer to each program's website.

  • Deadline for 2017-2018 Academic Year Semester Program Applications: Friday, March 3, 2017

Eligibility Requirements and Deadlines

The Cornerstone Off-Campus application deadline for off-campus programs is the Friday before Cornerstone University's Spring Break during the year prior to study. For example, if you are anticipating studying off-campus during the 2018-19 academic year, you must apply before our Spring Break of 2018. The application is available to current university students on the CU Portal.

  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • 2.5 GPA (or higher to meet program minimum)
    • Good standing with Student Development
    • Recommended by references
    • 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.

  • Factors Considered in Selection Process
    • GPA
    • Year of Study/Credits Earned
    • Placement of courses within academic plan
    • Student Development conduct history
    • Prior Submission of CU Off-Campus Semester Application for Consideration (student not approved previously, students who have not yet had an international experience at CU)
    • Cost of program

Finances and Scholarships

Off-campus study proves a valuable part of an undergraduate education. Therefore, Cornerstone University approves a certain number of students each year and awards a limited number of scholarships for off-campus semester study opportunities to compensate for some of the lost institutional financial aid. In allocating off-campus study semester scholarships and selecting students to receive such a benefit, the university's policy is driven by two guiding principles:

  • Off-campus semester study programs that immerse students in a foreign culture are some of the most valuable, life-changing educational experiences that a student can have.
  • Cross-cultural study that occurs in a Christian context and is motivated from a Christian worldview is the most meaningful kind of semester-abroad experience. Therefore, Cornerstone University seeks to give priority in financial aid support and student selection to cross-cultural programs that share its Christian mission and educational perspective.

Students will be awarded scholarships based on the factors outlined in the Selection Process as well as the student's financial need. All students approved to study off-campus will be able to apply all federal and/or state aid or loans toward their off-campus semester study program. All institutional aid from Cornerstone University (e.g. academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, etc.) does not apply; however, when students submit their off-campus semester application, they are automatically considered for off-campus semester study scholarships offered through Cornerstone University.

Other miscellaneous considerations regarding students' semester off campus are as follows:

  • Students will pay a technology fee to Cornerstone University in addition to the study abroad program costs.
  • Payment plans are not available for off-campus 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.

Information Sessions

Each semester, Cornerstone offers informational group sessions to review information and answer questions about our CU approved off-campus programs. To learn more, please contact Emily Gratson.