May 28, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2024-2025 (Draft Copy) 
Undergraduate Catalog 2024-2025 (Draft Copy)

Study Abroad

International Education: Off-Campus Studies

Students interested in the following programs may inquire at the International Programs Office in the Walker Student Center as well as check the International Programs website for further information regarding summer and fall opportunities.

JBU Semester Irish Studies

John Brown University directs this experientially exciting, academically challenging, and culturally engaging program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lakeside Manor is residence for all students and creates a close and natural connection to the city of Belfast. Local Irish instructors not only provide lectures, but they also travel with students and connect classroom content with deep first-hand experiential learning. Students also enjoy time with host families as well as three free weekends for independent travel.

Semester Irish Studies exposes students to the rich history and culture of the United Kingdom and Ireland and welcomes students from all majors (with optional honors credits) at all stages of their academic career at JBU. Fall term’s course is based upon CS Lewis in which students learn about Lewis’ life, his writings, and his faith. Spring term’s focus course is Peace and Conflict Reconciliation. Each term uses the required focus course concentration to further develop academic impact and understanding within courses in history, theology, literature, art, business, and communication.

Students’ JBU financial aid applies fully to the cost and fees for this program. For JBU students, tuition, room and board, and fees are matched to JBU’s on-campus amount. Additional fees are $200 off-campus, $200 book rental, and flight cost. Work study positions are available to seven JBU students per term.

JBU Summer Irish Studies

Since 1998, JBU has operated this six-week summer program in Belfast, Northern Ireland, whereby students can earn nine hours of Core Curriculum credit. Northern Ireland–its people, literature, history, faith, politics, heritages and culture–is the focus of the program. Students live at Lakeside Manor and enjoy learning intercultural adjustment and intercultural communication skills with the curriculum making use of numerous site visits with a wide variety of local ‘cultural informants’ as guides. This program welcomes students from all majors (with optional honors credits) at all stages of their academic career at JBU. 

Approved Semester Off-Campus Educational Programs

Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO)

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford is specifically designed for Honors Program students seeking a rigorous and robust academic experience. As official Registered Visiting Students of Oxford University, students experience Oxford’s acclaimed tutorial system to receive weekly, one-on-one instruction from within the disciplinary list including history, literature, languages, philosophy, musicology, art, science, and more. Students earn access to Oxford’s 119 libraries featuring 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources. Applicants must be members of the JBU Honors Program and have at minimum a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the program. SSO students earn 17 semester hours of credit.

Contemporary Music Center (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee provides students with the opportunity to live and work in Christian community while being equipped to integrate music, faith, and business. Through accreditation with Greenville College, the CMC offers three tracks: Artist, Business, and Technical. Students from any major receive instruction, experience, and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on the music industry while working together to plan and execute a week-long tour at the end of the semester. CMC students earn up to 16 hours of credit.

Creation Care Study Program (CCSP)

The mission of CCSP is to educate students to be a part of, and agents for, God’s shalom, particularly through understanding and caring for creation. The CCSP is located in Belize and New Zealand and offers upper-division biology credits, internship, and elective hours during summer terms.

Handong Global University (HGU)

Handong Global University, located in Pohang, South Korea, is a leading Christian university committed to following Jesus Christ and training global leaders to change the world. Founded in 1995, HGU enrolls over 4,000 undergraduate students from 35 countries. The Korean Ministry of Education has ranked HGU first among all colleges and universities in Korea for student services and is in the top tier for its academic programs. Students may choose from a variety of courses that are general studies or major specific.

LCC International University (LCC)

LCC International University (formerly Lithuania Christian College) is located in the city of Klaipéda, Lithuania. Established in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian, and American foundations, LCC has distinguished itself in the region by offering a unique style of education and an interactive academic environment within the context of a Christian academic institution. Students can choose for a broad range of major specific course work as well as general studies course work.

Living and Learning in Quito (LSQ)

Living and Learning International is located in Quito, Ecuador, functions under the supervision of Youth World International, and is accredited through College of the Ozarks. The program combines classroom learning and practical internships in a unique and challenging cross-cultural setting. Students are enrolled in a Spanish language class that fits their proficiency and will spend one month mid-term with a Spanish-only speaking host family. Christian faith forms the base for not only course work, but also residential housing and extra-curricular excursions.

Semester in Spain

Semester in Spain is a Spanish language immersion study abroad program of Trinity Christian College. With native professors from Spain, students excel academically while living with a host family in the bustling and historic city of Seville. At JBU, this program is only available to Spanish majors with approval from their advisor. 

Uganda Studies Program (USP)

The Uganda Studies Program immerses students in local communities, Ugandan campus life, and a broad range of cultures and places within Uganda and Rwanda. Students choose to live either with a host family for the semester or on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU), an international affiliate member of the CCCU located 15 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. Students forge meaningful relationships with their Ugandan peers, faculty members, and host families while exploring issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and the reconciliation between the realities of East Africa and their Christian faith.

Students enroll in one of three tracks: Social Work Emphases (SWE), Global Health Emphasis (GHE), or General Studies Emphasis (GSE). Students in the Social Work Emphasis participate in an MSW-guided Junior-level or Senior-level Social Work Practicum (up to 400 practicum hours) and Seminar. A wide variety of practicum sites are offered, including Compassion International Child Development Centers and locally founded service organizations, all with seasoned, Ugandan social work supervisors and within the framework of CSWE accreditation standards. USP students earn 13-21 hours of credit.

Off-Campus Policies

  1. For JBU credit to be awarded, the program or experience must submit an off-campus application to the International Programs Office and be approved by the International Programs Committee.
  2. Credit earned in non-JBU led off-campus programs is posted as “CR” on the student’s JBU transcript.
  3. Students in such programs are designated as enrolled at JBU.

Financial Aid Policy for Off-Campus Programs

This information applies only to aid directly from John Brown University. It does not affect any federal or state aid that a student may have. It does not apply to the JBU Semester in Ireland Program.

Off-campus study is a valuable part of a student’s education. Therefore, JBU allows a certain number of students per year to apply a portion of their institutional financial aid to semester abroad programs. In allocating financial aid funds to semester abroad programs and selecting students to receive such a benefit, the university’s policy is driven by two guiding principles:

  • Study abroad programs that immerse students in a foreign culture are some of the most valuable, life-changing educational experiences that a student can have.
  • Cross-cultural study that occurs in a Christian context and is motivated from a Christian worldview is the most meaningful kind of semester abroad experience.

Therefore, John Brown University seeks to give priority in financial aid support and student selection to cross-cultural programs that share its Christian mission and educational perspective.

Study Abroad Financial Aid (except Semester Irish Studies)

  • Up to 75% of JBU institutional aid, depending on available funds: CCCU - Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (Honors students only), Living and Learning in Quito, Lithuania International University, and Semester in Spain (Spanish majors only).
  • Up to 50% of JBU institutional aid, depending on available funds: Contemporary Music Center - Nashville.

Handong Global University has a special relationship with JBU; therefore, JBU sends up to two students per semester. Finances are unique to each student as HGU has additional scholarships available. Students must apply first through JBU to be awarded a position and are then able to proceed through the HGU application process. 

Awarding Study Abroad Financial Aid

  1. By February 15 of the spring semester, any student planning to apply JBU financial aid to a study abroad program for the fall semester must notify the International Education Office in writing. The student will then complete an off-campus application. The International Programs Committee will allocate financial aid funds to eligible students studying abroad in the fall semester.
  2. By October 15 of the preceding fall semester, any student planning to apply JBU financial aid to a study abroad program for the spring semester must notify the International Education Office in writing. The student will then complete an off-campus application. The International Programs Committee will allocate the remaining available financial aid funds to eligible students studying abroad in the spring semester.
  3. Award amounts for each individual student will vary based on the overall number of students applying for study abroad, the particular program attended, and the amount of aid for which the student is eligible. In addition, the following factors will affect award amounts: prior participation in semester abroad programs, financial need, hours earned at John Brown University, and Cumulative GPA.

Other Stipulations

  1. Students receiving scholarships or stipends that require on-campus service (such as resident assistants, Student Government Association officers, student publications editors, CAUSE officers, work-study employees and athletes) may not apply their institutional scholarships to study abroad programs.
  2. Students attending JBU under a tuition exchange program from another college cannot carry that exchange to an off-campus program. Students receiving JBU tuition remission may apply up to 50% of their tuition remission to an off-campus program.
  3. Students receiving JBU aid while attending off-campus programs must return to JBU for further study, or must graduate from JBU at the conclusion of the program. If this is not done, the student must repay the amount received from JBU as financial aid for the program.
  4. Students may participate in only one semester study abroad opportunity while earning an undergraduate degree. Students may participate in multiple summer study abroad opportunities.