Exploring the Americas.

South America

Chile, Veritas

Chile has one of the largest Protestant Christian populations of any other South American country. Students can focus their education on the arenas of Missions, Cultural Studies, Communications, Latin American Studies, and Spanish Language.

In the last 100 years the number of believers has grown in Latin America changing it from a mission field to a mission force. An increasing number of Chileans are now traveling as missionaries to areas that were previously unreached. Chileans and other Latin American Christians recognize their unique cultural sustainability to go into “creative access” nations with the gospel message.

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar offer unique opportunities to serve a community and demonstrate God’s love. The beauty of Chile and her people coupled with the opportunities to serve together with local believers makes this a great place to live your mission.

Latin America Studies Program, BestSemester

Engage in the complexity of Latin America at the Latin American Studies Program.

Homestays, field studies, and lively classroom exchanges will expose you to the many realities of Latin America. Enrich your university experience by developing relationships with Latin Americans from diverse walks of life: politicians, religious leaders, community development workers, laborers, youth, elderly, wealthy and impoverished. LASP gives you the opportunity to leave your familiar North American campus to experience firsthand the diversity of Latin America. Become equipped to critically examine and respond to global challenges. 

Quito, Ecuador Semester

The Quito Semester exists to provide an academically excellent semester where students will engage in the challenges of a developing nation and learn to respond with an appropriate Christian Worldview.

This Semester abroad opportunity is based in Quito, the nation’s capital. Quito has amazing weather and is famous for its eternal springtime conditions. The city offers rich history, architecture, friendly people, and safe living conditions in which to grow and learn. Living and Learning in Quito is part of a 15-year-old organization called Youth World. We offer the amazing mixture of Adventure, Academic Excellence, Culture, Practical Experience, Language, Mission and Integrated Living as you participate in this Semester Abroad program. 

North America

American Studies Program, BestSemester

THE ASP SEMESTER is designed with your professional future in mind. Your experiences provide greater clarity and confidence to pursue what comes next after graduation. ASP is the Washington, D.C. semester program that: 

  • Puts a priority on connecting biblical faith with public life and vocation
  • Places you in a diverse community of committed believers
  • Provides regular and direct engagement with expert scholars and practitioners leading in their respective fields
  • Complements your internship experience with the opportunity to be mentored by established Christian professionals in your field of interest
  • Ensures you finish with an original piece of global development or public policy research supported by D.C.-based field research
  • Invites you to join a vibrant alumni community of over 2700 professionals, which will continue to serve you long after your semester on the program.

Chicago Semester

The Chicago Semester is an off-campus program that offers qualified (2.5 or higher G.P.A. required) juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain a semester’s worth of credit, living and working in Chicago. 

Students spend four days a week at an internship related to their career interest and academic major and participate in classes one day per week at the Chicago Semester office in downtown Chicago. Internships are open to every academic major. Placements include but are not limited to finance, advertising, law, medicine, journalism, graphic design, law enforcement, film, television, fine art and political science. Social work and education majors can fulfill fieldwork and student teaching requirements on the program. Students earn 15 semester hours of credit.

Contemporary Music Center, BestSemester

Ever listen to a song on the radio and think you could do it better? Wish you had the inside scoop on how the music industry really works? Would you spend hours and hours of free time writing your own songs? What if you could record them in a world-class studio? Do you ever think about using your God-given musical talents and interests to make people think a little more? Answer these questions at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC).

This interdisciplinary off-campus study program provides a community for young musicians, engineers and aspiring music executives to plumb the depths of their creative souls and test the waters of a career in popular music. Designed as an artists' community, the program seeks to develop artists, technicians and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production and delivery. The mission of the CMC is to prepare students academically and creatively for potential careers in the music industry.

LA Film Studies Program, BestSemester

Once upon a time... | A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... | In the beginning...

These words have drawn us into some of the most powerful stories the world has known; stories that have shaped our lives and how we see the world. Stories have long been one of the most powerful forces in the human experience. 

At the LA Film Studies Center, we carefully fuse cutting-edge technology with the timeless principles of story to train those who desire to join the community that creates the motion pictures of Hollywood. If faith, technology and the storytelling of films and television have been areas you find yourself drawn to, we are here to help you explore their intersection.

Located in one of the primary film and television production centers in L.A. and utilizing state of the art camera and editing equipment, LAFSC is designed to integrate a Christian worldview with an introductory exploration of the work and workings of mainstream Hollywood entertainment.

Washington Journalism Center, BestSemester

The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless.

"The first thing I had to do was walk into my congressman's office and try to schedule an interview with his press secretary. I was terrified....By the last week in D.C., I was eating lunch with my congressman, in the congressional cafeteria, and discussing the politics of our region with him. I couldn't believe how far I had come."
-- Hannah Horton, Asbury College, Summer 2005