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. For additional information, contact the designated trip leader.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Course: International Business/Economic Experience (BUS/ECN-215)
  • Overview: Dubai is a major business hub and focal point of trade exports in the Middle East. Participants will receive a hands-on overview of marketplace practices, challenges and opportunities within the international business setting. Opportunities will include interactions with business owners and professionals from a variety of countries. Tours of firms and organizations will provide an understanding of country-specific business practices and cultures. A special component will be an opportunity to visit the World Expo with its many exhibits and cultural events.
  • Trip Leader: Beth Longjohn, Executive Assistant to the President

May 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!


  • Course: New Testament Literature (REL-204/236) or Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible (REL-344)
  • Overview: A picture is worth a thousand words: this trip will provide students an opportunity to understand the world of the Bible and the geographic importance of the land. Participants will be able to visit locations mentioned in both the Old Testament and New Testament and significant sites from the Second Temple period. The trip will also provide context to the understanding of the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict while reflecting on the plight of Arab Christians/Messianic Jews.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Ryan Roberts, Associate Professor of Old Testament


  • Course: Psychology in Europe (PSY-480)
  • Overview: Traveling to Europe on this psychology-focused adventure will be a life-changing, bias- and privilege- revealing and perspective-altering experience for participants. Visits to four culturally distinct countries—Austria, Germany, England and the Netherlands—will provide a cultural and historical context of key ideas and theories in psychology. Participants will broaden their understanding of human behavior and identify both specific and universal aspects of the human experience relating to worldviews and values.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Nicole McDonald, Professor of Psychology


  • Course: Advanced Field Studies: Northern Ireland - Humans, Land and Environment (ECO-442)
  • Overview: The North Atlantic island of Ireland is unique because, in a relatively small area, participants can experience marine systems, wetlands, bogs, rivers, forests, and mountains. Opportunities will be provided to compare and contrast Irish ecosystems to those of the Great Lakes region. Observing the diverse geological structures of fracture plates, lava tubes and mountains in Ireland will be part of the adventure. Because of the rich, human heritage and management strategies, this trip provides students distinct opportunities to interact cross-culturally with resource professionals and scientists.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Rob Keys, Professor of Science


  • Course: Children's Literature/Adolescent Literature (EDU-321/323)
  • Overview: Participants get to engage not only with the history of British children and adolescent’s literature but with its current impact. The reading list helps us consider the influences, changes, and impact literature has on young readers. The goal is to explore books for children and identify what makes good literature. Students will wander the paths where Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis walked, they will visit the farm where Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit resided and will spend time in Kensington Gardens where Peter Pan's story begins. Visits with students and educators at a school will provide an opportunity to observe, participate in, and analyze the British educational system.
  • Trip Leader: Kristin Rich, Assistant Professor of Education


  • Course: Experiencing Asian Culture: A Choral Musician's Perspective (MUS-280)
  • Overview: Submerse yourself into the cultures of Asian countries via visits and performances in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Singapore. Students will gain perspectives on Eastern choral music representative of the countries visited, as well as on distinctly American choral music and its reception by Asian audiences. Through interaction with individuals in churches and schools, students will gain insight on life in these countries and a better understanding of Asian cultures in comparison. Combined rehearsals and performances with choirs in Hong Kong and Singapore will afford unique opportunities for personal and musical interaction as well as Asian perspectives on vocal, choral and performance techniques.
  • Trip Leader: Dr. Kent Walters, Director of Choral Studies

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 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 12-18 credits in the spring semester at no extra charge.