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 2017 Trips are below! 

India

  • Courses: REL-212 - Religions of the World; CMI-380 - Internship
  • Overview: India gives students an opportunity to learn about the major religions of the world in the context of a developing country.  Religious sites from each of the religions will be visited with a chance for the students to interact with members of the communities.  Additionally, students will be able to connect with and learn from other Christian students from many different parts of India who have grown up in these religious traditions! 
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Philip Bustrum, Prof. of Intercultural Studies; Adjunct Prof. of Educational Ministries 

Dubai 

  • Courses: BUS-215 - International Business Experience; ECN-215 - International Economics 
  • Overview: Established relationships in the United Arab Emirites provide an excellent context for CU students to engage cross-culturally, to explore international business (and business as mission), and to interact with the Muslim Arab world in a positive environment!  This course will allow students to also tour the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi as well as interact with Christians from Dubai who are working to address social injustices within the city.
  • Trip Leaders: Gerald Longjohn, Vice President of Student Development; Beth Longjohn, Executive Assistant to the President

Ecuador 

  • Courses: SPA-334 - Advanced Spanish and Culture in Quito, Ecuador 
  • Overview: The city of Quito becomes the classroom for students who take advantage of studying in Ecuador!  This study abroad trip offers an incredible opportunity for students to strengthen their Spanish abilities by immersing themselves in the culture.  Students will be able to interact directly with local residents by staying with Ecuadorian host families and participate in multiple excursions that will broaden their cross-cultural competency!  
  • Trip Leader: Emily Gratson, Associate Dean of Assessment and Student Success

South Africa 

  • Courses: PHI-411 - Globalization and Localization 
  • Overview: Mahvuza Village of South Africa gives an amazing opportunity to see the impact of globalization on local culture!  Students will have great insight of the lasting effects of racism, the attempt at reconciliation and the emergence of democracy that demonstrate the virtues of justice, hope, and faith.  Even further, students will continue to do hands on work in the village as part of being a presence there!  
  • Trip Leader:  Dr. Matt Bonzo, Professor of Philosophy 

London 

  • Courses: COM-311/SOC-352 - Intercultural Communication; REL-352 - Christian Beliefs and History 
  • Overview: London provides an opportunity to experience more than one culture while you're here. Within the city alone, at least 300 nationalities are represented. This European city provides access to sites and activities representing the multiple forces that shape and reflect culture. London is a "user-friendly" city that permits firsthand intercultural interaction!
  • Trip Leaders:  Dr. Desiree Duff, Associate Prof. of Communication; Dr. John Duff, Prof. of Historical and Systematic Theology

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.

London

  • Courses: COM-311/SOC-352 - Intercultural Communication; REL 352 - Christian Beliefs & History
  • Overview: London provides an opportunity to experience more than one culture while you're here. Within the city alone, at least 300 nationalities are represented. This European city provides access to sites and activities representing the multiple forces that shape and reflect culture. London is a "user-friendly" city that permits firsthand intercultural interaction!
  • Trip Leaders: Dr. Desiree Duff, Associate Prof. of Communication; Dr. John Duff, Prof. of Historical and Systematic Theology

Ireland

  • Courses: ENG-224 - Irish Literature and Culture; ENG-328 - Selected Irish Authors and Literary Topics
  • 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: Jason Stevens, Assistant Professor of English

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.