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International Studies Study Abroad and Internships

A semester abroad or significant cross cultural internship is required of all International Studies majors; and Intercultural Studies majors are required to do a shorter overseas internship or mission trip.

To talk more about studying abroad through Belhaven, contact Ken Nehrbass, chair of International Studies at:

Student Blogs

You can read about the experiences of some of our international studies students as they travel abroad and share their thoughts in the International Studies Students' Blog.

Study abroad opportunities

Where do you plan to go?The first step in going abroad is to decide which country or countries would be most beneficial for you to get acquainted with. What foreign language do you need to learn? What cultures do you need to understand for your future work or studies? As you look at the programs below, you can narrow down which programs you'll apply to, based on the countries in which they offer programs.

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities study abroad program

As a Christian university, Belhaven belongs to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) CCCU has a study abroad program called "Best Semester" with the following programs:

Exchange Programs:

Belhaven maintains tuition exchange programs with some foreign and US-based universities. If you study abroad at one of the universities in our exchange programs, you generally would only pay whatever you're paying for Belhaven University tuition, plus airfare, food and lodging. As part of an exchange, Belhaven has also been blessed to receive students for a semester or year from many of these universities. The following list shows many of the universities with which we have exchange programs:

Foreign Universities with International Studies programs

You may choose to work out your own agreement with a university overseas. Some examples of universities with established international student programs are:

Other Study Abroad Providers

You may also choose to go with a US-based Study Abroad provider. The advantage is they have lots of experience organizing semesters abroad, their credits usually transfer, and they usually accepts Title IV financial aid. The disadvantage is that they tend to be the most expensive. Some of these providers are:

Internship Opportunities

International studies majors may choose to do an internship anywhere else in the world. Here are some possibilities:

Scholarships available for International Studies Majors