Study Abroad

Travel Opportunities & Study Abroad

Learning should be life changing. That’s why Friends University offers travel and study abroad as well as excellent internship opportunities. Our Fine Arts students perform all around the world. The Jazz Ensemble has traveled to perform in Cuba’s International Jazz Festival. Opera students have toured Germany to perform and participate in master classes.

With our affiliate membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and universities (CCCU), Friends students can study both internationally and domestically with the BestSemester program. Interested in studying music in Nashville? How about studying film in Los Angeles? Explore your study abroad options at

Through the International Education Programs (IEP) office, you can study abroad over a semester, intern abroad, volunteer abroad, participate in faculty-led programs, and/or participate in a non-credit-bearing international trip. You can learn more by visiting the Friends University IEP website at

Spanish Language in Spain

Students will explore central and southern Spain in vibrant cities and classic rural towns, watch the landscape transform as you travel from Madrid to Granada, live with a Spanish host family, attend class with a local language instructor at Proyecto Español, and spend time on the plazas of Granada improving your language skills in exciting and authentic settings. Guided day trips may include a visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada, a tapas dinner with flamenco dancing in El Sacromonte, a visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid to see famous works of Spanish art, and a trip to Las Alpujarras, a picturesque historical region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

  • Courses: 6 total- SPAN 480 Advanced Spanish Conversation (3 credits) and SPAN 300 Spanish Culture through Media (3 credits)
  • Faculty: Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo, Dr. Manuel Urrutia-Zarzo
  • Program Director: Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo

M.S. Organization Development in Quito, Ecuador

Students from the Master of Science in Organizational Development program will participate in field-based action research projects in partnership with organizations in Quito, Ecuador. They will also design and conduct an international field project including data collection, analysis, and reporting of results.

  • Course: ORGD 655 International Organization Development (3 credits)
  • Faculty: Dr. Susan Shannon
  • Program Director: Dr. Dona Gibson

MGLM Global Leadership Management in Beijing, China

The Master of Global Leadership and Management (MGLM) program includes a week-long business residency in Beijing, China. Students will participate in business meetings and round table discussions with leading Chinese executives. The goal of business residency abroad is to provide an opportunity for the graduating class to benchmark their academic knowledge of international business against business practices in a foreign country.

  • Dates: June 2016
  • Course: MGMT 691 Global Leadership Management (3 credits)
  • Program Director: Dr. Valentina Chappell

Health Sciences in Cancún, México

Students will travel to Cancún to complete a service learning experience at local care institutions. Students will complete their service practicum during the mornings at local institutions for the care of the elderly and disabled children; the afternoons will be spent at La Salle University in special sessions for discussing and processing their experiences. During the weekends, cultural activities such as visiting a Mayan village, climbing Ek Balam pyramid and swimming in a cenote may be planned. In the Spring semester prior, students will complete a required beginner’s course in medical Spanish that will include some of the current cultural issues in México.

Pre-requisite requirements:

  • Be a student in the Health Sciences program
  • Have sophomore status
  • Have at least one year of coursework at Friends Univeristy, or instructor consent
  • Have completed (1) Cellular and Mollecular Biology with a C or better
  • Course: GNST 300 Study Abroad: Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • Program Director: Dr. Karyn Turla

Conversational Spanish and Spanish-American Literature and Culture in Cancún, México

Students will study the Spanish language, Mexican history, and Mayan culture at La Salle University in Cancún while living with a host family.

  • Course: SPAN 498 Advanced Conversation and Spanish American Literature and Culture (6 credits)
  • Program Director: Dr. Jerry Smartt

Travel Workshop to London, England

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to experience overseas travel while fulfilling their general education requirement for a world culture credit. GNST 498 is a course designed to expand your cultural experiences while teaching you how to travel with purpose. By participating in this course, you will learn about the history, culture, religions, government, and economic philosophies of the United Kingdom. The culmination of GNST 498 is a 14-day visit to one of the world’s truly great cities- London! We stay in comfortable, secure flats in the heart of London within easy walking distance of great restaurants, tube (subway) and rail stations, eclectic shopping, world renowned theaters, and historic museums and landmarks. On this program, you will have the ability to personalize your itinerary to your tastes and desires. Graduate students in the HIST 610 course will be eligible to participate in this opportunity as well.

  • Courses: Undergraduate- GNST 498 Studies Abroad Workshop – Great Britain (3 credits), Graduate- HIST 610 Studies Abroad Workshop – Great Britain (3 credits)
  • Faculty: Dr. Arlen Honts and Dr. Stan Harstine
    —Program Director: Dr. Arlen Honts

Contact International Education Programs

Kelley Watts
Study Abroad Adviser
Office: Davis Administration Building 209A
Phone: 316-295-5542
Facebook: @IEPFriendsU