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CCCU GlobalEd is a collection of faith-integrated, off-campus study programs that foster intellectual, cultural, vocational, and spiritual growth. Our programs will transform the way you experience the world and equip you to live out your Christian faith in today’s global society.

For over 40 years, CCCU GlobalEd programs have integrated Christian faith into the curriculum and overall experience. Our programs provide you with the opportunity to deepen your faith through Christian community and grow in your awareness of the theological and cultural diversity of the global church. You’ll be supported by Christian staff and faculty who care about you and want to support you in all aspects of life while you’re studying off-campus.

Academics is at the core of what we do, so we’re looking for students who want to be challenged. You’ll be taught by highly esteemed faculty and return to your home institution with a full semester or summer’s worth of credits. Our one-of-a-kind courses are spe

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1976

Reviews

A 2019 graduate from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK
Natalie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Rigorous Academics and a Supportive Community

My semester in Oxford was transformational. While I expected my tutorials to be unique and interesting, I could have never imagined how inspired and giddy I would feel after each one. My tutor’s insight and suggestions allowed me to study the topics that most intrigued me, and this opened an entirely new realm of learning that I had never before encountered in an American classroom. I was constantly encouraged by staff, tutors, and students, and it was this supportive Christian community that enabled me to thrive in the most intense learning environment I have ever experienced. I came back a better, more confident writer, and all my professors took notice of this. I would highly recommend any BestSemester program because I personally know students who have been to other destinations such has Washington, D.C., and the Middle East, but I would especially encourage any student who is passionate about learning and research to consider Oxford.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure you're good at managing your time before you go to Oxford! You will have a lot of free time, but you must use it wisely. Getting into a solid routine of studying, exploring, and hanging out with friends will be the best decision you make.
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Richard
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Uganda Studies Program

This program has provided for me the most influential experiences of my life thus far. It's nearly impossible to sum up the semester in a few sentences, but the lessons we were taught pertaining to the meaning of family, the vast greatness of God, and how to love better are lessons I will carry for the rest of my life. The people of Uganda are some of the most gracious, authentic, and welcoming people I have interacted with, and they took us in with loving arms and showed us what it means to live in their country rather than just be a tourist amongst their land. It was hard, it was uncomfortable, and it was not always fun. It was worth all of that, however, as the I now have a family there that will not fade. We were welcomed as sons and daughters and treated as such, which is something I could never thank our hosts enough for.

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Matthew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Time of My Life

My time in Brisbane, Australia was absolutely amazing. I loved every second of my 4 months there. I meet awesome, friendly Aussies and was fully immersed in the culture. I got to go to a NRL game and experience Australian Rugby. I went to Queensland's state fair and it was surprisingly very good and a lot of fun. Australians support their local fairs and events. I couldn't have asked for a better host family. They brought me in as one of their own and treated me with love. I had a delicious home cooked meal every day and they brought me to a lot of their favorite spots around Brisbane. The city of Brisbane itself is the cleanest and safest city I've ever been in. There is a lot to do in the city and will take multiple day trips in order to see and experience everything. The program brought us to several unique places such as: Sydney, a few islands, the outback, and a few live performances. I was also able to do a road trip and really got to see a lot more of the country. The academics can be challenging, but that's dependent on what classes you take. I went to this program for the experience, not academics. I wouldn't change my choice. I got to see and experience a lot. I even had the chance to go to New Zealand for a week. Any Lord Of The Rings buffs will love going to New Zealand. I have memories that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. The weather is also incredible.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I highly recommend finding what you really wanna do and see, and make it happen. Do some research before you get to Australia, but be sure to ask your host family and other Australian's what's worth doing and what they recommend. They know best.
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Carissa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Semester You Could Ever Do

The MESP program is one of the most unique and memorable experiences you may have in your life. As an alum, I can still hardly believe I walked inside the pyramids of Giza, rode a camel through the set of Star Wars (also known as Wadi Rum), and listened to esteemed lecturers from anthropologists and professors, to members of the Knesset and the PLO. Most importantly, these experiences were made special because of the people - fellow students and directors alike - that created one of the most loving and accepting environments I've ever been a part of. The Middle East is a difficult region to understand as it is layered by cultural, religious, and political histories that weave together indiscriminately, quite unlike they do in the West. I couldn't imagine a better way to start unpacking these layers and learning to understand the people, cultures, and religions of the Middle East.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring lots of lightweight clothes that you feel comfortable and fashionable in! You'll love walking the streets in your most fashionable.
Haley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program for all

I loved my semester with MESP. The program staff are incredibly supportive, adventurous, and culturally involved. They both pushed and supported us in adapting to Jordanian culture, and when we were confused navigating differences, their common answer to our question was, "That's a great question for one of your Jordanian friends." While the program is well-fit to a broad disciplinary interest, students of anthropology, politics, and related disciplines were especially well-fit. The housing is in a great location, the country is very safe and hospitable, and the program includes incredible travel opportunities. Classes encouraged us to see ourselves from other perspectives through study of political conflict, Arabic language dialects, and cultural ways of being. The program prepared me well for a hopeful future in Middle East studies.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would approach the program with more personal confidence. Cultural learning is an experience-driven process, and reflection is an essential piece -- but constant self-critique prevents us from engaging openly and honestly.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Abby Millard

Abby is a 2019 graduate of Gordon College in Massachusetts, with a degree in International Affairs & Gender Studies. She is currently making a home outside of Boston, while she explores what she wants to be when she grows up. She studied abroad in Uganda through Best Semester's Uganda Studies Program during the spring semester of 2018.
Abby Millard

Why did you choose this program?

I was studying international development at the time and knew that I wanted to study in a developing context so that I could pair my academic learning with tangible experiences. While USP doesn't explicitly focus on development, there was so much to learn from being immersed in the Ugandan context.

I was also drawn to the program's holistic and integrative approach that ties together travel, academics, faith, cultural immersion, and self-reflection.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The Global Education Office at my university gave me guidance with the application process, but the program provider was also exceptionally helpful throughout the process.

They assisted me in every step of the application process, as well as in coordinating plane tickets and other travel arrangements, visas, vaccinations, etc. As an organization, Best Semester has outstanding support and service available for students participating in their programs.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Hold your expectations loosely. You may think that you know what to expect based on previous travel experiences or prior knowledge of the country, but you will still be surprised. It will serve you well to enter with an open mind, be willing to examine your own biases and preconceptions, and to let go of your expectations.

Uganda (or anywhere else you go) will surprise you in marvelous and beautiful ways that you may miss if you're wrapped up in your own expectations.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

No two weeks look quite the same. You will have the opportunity to regularly attend classes on a variety of topics, depending on which emphasis of study and classes you choose (e.g. politics, languages, history, literature, ethics, microbiology, and social work).

USP students will also participate in an internship program with an organization of their choice, attend regular group seminars, and become integrated in campus life at Uganda Christian University through dorm life, sports, clubs, ensembles, and small groups. Students will also have the opportunity to do two different homestays with local families and participate in organized, group travel all over Uganda.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I'm not sure that it occurred to me as a fear before entering the experience, but initial culture shock was by far the most difficult part of the semester. I was able to overcome through the encouragement, grace, and teaching of the program staff, my peers, and my Ugandan friends, roommates, and host family members.

Through not being afraid to ask questions and embarrass myself, reflection, practice, and time, I adjusted to the cultural differences that were initially challenging. I also came to deeply love and appreciate Ugandan culture and to recognize the ways in which I could learn from it, or the places where my American cultural values were lacking.

Any last thing you want to say?

It's hard to pick one last thing, because it's hard to summarize anything about this program. It will stretch you; it will be beautiful. The Best Semester website is really comprehensive and includes many more details than I can provide here, as well as being home to stories from other alumni like myself. Check it out to keep reading more!