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Learn, serve, lead, and love through Bethel’s Global Studies program. Global Studies offers you the opportunity to become a citizen of the worldwide community while you study abroad, learning about the world as you learn about yourself.

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Study Abroad with the Global Studies Program

The Global Studies program at Bethel University offers both long and short term study abroad opportunities for all members of our learning community. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, family, and friends of Bethel are eligible to participate in the program. High school students can even earn college credit for their participation.

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Short-Term Study Abroad Program
Long-Term Study Abroad Program

Student Ambassador Program

The goal of the Global Studies Student Ambassador program is to offer students who have recently studied abroad through BU’s Global Studies program an opportunity to gain practical and professional experience in the field of international education by assisting with outreach, publicity, and advising for the various international opportunities that are available to BU students.

Learn About the Program
Meet the Student Ambassadors

How it All Began

Bethel's Global Studies Program traces its roots back 91 years when Ethel Brintle and Bernis Barnet, both members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, made the journey to Cali, Colombia, to start a school, now known as Colegio Americano.

During that time, religious persecution kept many children from receiving an education. Ethel Brintle and Bernis Barnet opened their school to all children of any religious affiliation so that all children could have access to a good education.

Supported by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Colegio Americano is considered a sister school to Bethel University, and Global Studies groups have been serving there since 2015. The bond between the two schools is strengthened with every passing year and inspires our work around the world.

Transient Students

A Transient Student is a degree-seeking student who is currently pursuing a degree at another institution and planning to take classes at a separate institution that will go toward their degree. Transient Students are not International Students, but those enrolled in Bethel temporarily. This mimics the process of a student participating in global studies for a single term. Students are not eligible to receive financial aid at more than one institution for anyone's enrollment term.

Transient Students

We're Here to Help

Director of Global Studies

Stacie Freeman
Campbell Hall 208b
(731) 352-4265
freemans@bethelu.edu