Explore the world as a university student.

As a Cornerstone University student, you'll be encouraged to experience the world outside of your everyday routine. Studying abroad is a great way to do this, while also accomplishing academic goals and expanding your worldview.

J-Term Trips

The month of January is an optional term for CU students which provides the ideal study abroad scenario. Information on the J-Term 2018 Trips are below! 


  • Course: Evolution and Origins (SCI-361)
  • Overview: A field trip to Hawaii is the perfect place for students to experience great biological, geological and marine environments. Students will hike the rugged terrain around volcanoes and national parks, swim and snorkel in tidal pools, and observe a host of species, from birds to whales. The island chain also provides an excellent setting for exposure to both the scientific ideas about evolution and the many facets of origin studies. Participants receive a tangible, hands-on understanding of the concepts and themes under discussion.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Nigel Crompton, Professor of Biology


  • Course: International Business Experience (BUS/ECN-215)
  • Overview: Tucked in one corner of Europe is the Netherlands and Ede University, partnering with students to give international and cultural exposure and experience in the business arena. Several tours to select country firms and organizations are scheduled, including conversations with industry executives to understand current business practices and cultures. Enhancing the international experience, the course includes living with a host family, a visit to a German concentration camp and a short stay in Amsterdam.   
  • Trip LeaderChris Loiselle, Assistant Professor of Business

Summer Term Trips

Summer Term is also an optional academic term. CU is excited about the opportunities available for students to see the world and learn more about what God is doing outside of the United States! For additional information, contact the designated trip leader.


  • Course: Imagination in Culture (HUM-311)
  • Overview: Oxford and London are both cultural destinations, rich in traditions, artifacts, literature and music. By engaging in these abundant aesthetic and cultural resources, participants will gain a greater knowledge and sensitivity to the arts. Activities will include visits to museums, churches and other local sites familiar to Lewis Carroll, JR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Students will also be challenged to consider the current cultural changes evident in these two cosmopolitan cities.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Michael Van Dyke, Professor of English


  • Course: International Child Welfare (SWK-480)
  • Overview: Ethiopia is a unique opportunity to explore and experience international child welfare delivery and development through a faith-based lens. Students will partner with Ethiopian social work professionals through programs and services established by Bethany Christian Services. Visits to families involved in the foster/adoption process and visits to orphanages are part of the experience. There will also be opportunity to explore the culture and history of Ethiopia.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Nola Carew, Associate Professor of Social Work


  • Courses: Irish Literature and Culture (ENG-224); Selected Irish Authors and Literary Topics (ENG-328)
  • Overview: Ireland has a rich culture and body of literature that shares a keen awareness of it's past. This includes it's valuable heritage as well as a source of deep cultural division that each successive age must reevaluate on its own terms. This study is an enriching approach as the ages build upon themselves and are engaged with themselves so that they form a commentary on each other!
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Associate Professor of English


  • Course: Introduction to Digital Media (MDA-121)
  • Overview: To offer this type of course in Jordan would enliven students' learning and passion for people and issues. Refugee families from Iraq and Syria will meet with students, telling their stories of fleeing their homeland. By learning digital media skills like blogging, podcasting, photography and video while in Jordan, students can apply what it means to be a "voice for the voiceless," and they can personally experience the impact of influencing opinion and changing attitudes among their own circles of friends and families back home!
  • Trip Leader: Kathleen Sindorf, Associate Professor of Communication & Media

Yellowstone (Montana)

  • Course: Ecology of the Biodiversity and Management of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (ECO-442)
  • Overview: Explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by spending time in the field studying the ecology of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding National Forests. Hiking adventures will include identification of native birds, wild flowers, reptiles and amphibians. Visits to the Alpine Tundra and a hot springs are part of the study of biodiversity and management, not to mention possible views of grizzly bears, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and bald eagles.
  • Trip Leader: Ray Gates, Associate Professor of Biology

Learn More

  • Application Process: Interested in going on a short-term trip with Cornerstone? Luckily, we have made the process of applying for a short-term trip quite easy. We offer a step-by-step checklist to help guide you through the process! For a trip application, contact the appropriate trip leader.
  • Trip Costs: All tuition and trip expenses are included in the advertised trip cost. Cornerstone University does not offer study abroad scholarships for short-term study abroad trips. However, three tuition credits are included in the trip cost during their time abroad. If a student chooses to do a J-Term study trip, they can still take 12-17 credits in the spring semester at no extra charge.