• United States of America
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Biology Christian Programs Cultural Studies Health Sciences Human Rights Medicine Pre-Med Public Health Public Policy

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


Starting Price
Price Details
You will need to check with your college or university for exact costs. However, in most cases, if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Baltimore will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!
Pricing Breakdown:
$14,000 - Tuition
$2,800 - Room and Board
$16,800 - Total Program Cost
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Tuition for 14-18 credit hours, On-Campus Housing (12 - 14 weeks), 1/3 of all meals during the program, Full-Time onsite staff and support, Public transportation pass for travel in Baltimore and Washington, and Multiday education excursions to DC and NYC.

What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals
What's Not Included (Extra)

Meals when not with the program
Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs, or personal travel.

May 21, 2024
May 15, 2024
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About Program

For 16 weeks, Baltimore and Washington D.C. will be your classroom as you take an unforgettable journey into the complex realities of the public health, social, political, and spiritual challenges of this country. Take 12-18 credits in courses ranging from Public Health to Bioethics and Justice. Our semester program includes 120-180 internship hours. There are a wide variety of internship placement opportunities. Some areas include public health, engaging in the refugee community, with serving those recovering from vulnerable situations, experiencing houselessness, and much more. Students will earn class credit while being mentored by leaders of this unique multicultural urban community. Study abroad with us and you'll be immersed in culture, ministry, and learning.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn from expert educators and clinicians
  • Intern in fields related to social work, public health, ministry, and more
  • Be mentored in spiritual formation
  • Classroom and experiential learning
  • Excursions to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Mall, and the world-renowned Smithsonian museums

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Program Reviews

4.33 Rating
based on 3 reviews
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  • Academics 3.35
  • Support 4
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4
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Yes, I recommend this program

BUS Spring 2024

The Baltimore Urban Studies program was a unique experience for me because there were plenty of opportunities for me to grow personally and professionally as well as being able to interact with a diverse group of people in an urban setting. I got to make precious memories with my roommates and we shared new experiences together throughout the city of Baltimore. Despite the ups and downs throughout the semester, it was a wonderful experience overall and I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a great adventure as well as an opportunity to grow spiritually.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
One of the most nerve-wracking moment I had was when my roommates and I went to an event at a museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I volunteered to go up on stage and read a poem. I was very nervous because I have never done anything like that before. I was able to overcome it by just simply going up on stage and reading the poem despite the nerves I had before doing it. I was proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.
  • Wonderful and supportive staff members
  • Plenty of opportunities for spiritual, personal and professional growth
  • Amazing food!!!
  • A lack of communication occasionally
  • Not being able to travel back home often
4 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

BUS, Spring 2024

This program provided space to learn about and engage with the city and people of Baltimore through experiences. It is cohort-based and very community-focused. The "Resident Coordinator" position functions as an RA and serves as a bridge between the program staff and the students in the cohort. The BUS staff is caring, attentive, and gracious. The semester went by very quickly, in large part because the BUS program includes both classes and an internship at a local organization. I was able to intern at a wonderful organization that has shaped me in unique ways. Overall, this program is a great way to get introduced to public health and how it intersects with urban contexts and Christian faith especially in Baltimore.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace any and all discomfort throughout the experience, whether while taking public transportation, walking by yourself, having conversations with strangers, buying groceries, reflecting on history, witnessing how history affects present realities, or living in community with others.
  • Baltimore is such a beautiful and incredible place to explore.
  • The cohort truly does life together which allowed us to get close.
  • We were able to witness how reconciliation is being pursued in the city by visiting various community-based organizations and then choosing which one(s) to intern at.
  • There was no spring break, which was disappointing especially considering how much the program emphasizes the importance of rest.
  • Classes tended to be disorganized (e.g. meeting times, due dates/times, assignment expectations, syllabi, when quizzes are, etc.).
5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

BUS - Spring 2024

Baltimore Urban Studies is a unique, Christian-based program that focuses on public health and reconciliation. Since the first three weeks of the program are orientation, I was able to learn about the racial trauma of this historic city. I also visited all of the various internship site options and it was neat to see how organizations are working towards reconciliation. This program has helped me to see how public health can be connected to all careers through a faith based perspective. I interned at an urban forest that is actively being restored and it was so neat to be a part of the restoration process! The community at this program is amazing, and all staff are so supportive and caring. Coming to Baltimore has truly been one of the best experiences of my life!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
One of the most nerve-racking moments I experienced was navigating public transportation. This was my first experience with public transportation and figuring it out was a challenge at first. In the beginning, there were some ups and downs. However, I told myself I could do it and I told myself to be brave, so I was able to overcome this challenge. I had to transfer buses but I navigated these transfers smoothly multiple times. I grew in my ability to observe and explore the city. Public transportation definitely took some getting used to, but I caught on quickly and I actually was able to enjoy it! It was fun to interact with diverse people in this diverse city.
  • The community at Baltimore Urban Studies is so kind and supportive. Everyone wanted to invest in my life and make sure that this was a positive experience for me.
  • My internship site allowed me to gain good, hands on experience related to my field of interest. I was able to make good relationships with my supervisor and other staff.
  • I love that this program views everything from a Christian perspective. Christianity is taught openly and public health and reconciliation work cannot be done without the help of the Trinity.
  • Some neighborhoods in Baltimore are safer than others.
  • I have learned to be very adaptable and 'go-with-the-flow' because things can change quickly. Before coming to Baltimore, I was used to a more strict schedule, but this program has shown me to live more in the moment.
4 people found this review helpful.

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