Study Abroad

Study Abroad & Travel Courses

Learning should be life changing. That’s why Friends University offers study abroad and travel courses as well as excellent travel abroad opportunities. Friends University currently offers two degree programs that have service/study/travel abroad options as requirements. In the graduate school, students in the Masters of Global Leadership and Management program will be travelling to South Africa during the summer of 2016 and in the traditional undergraduate college, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will study at our sister university, La Salle University in Cancun while completing a service project at the Wichita-Cancun Sister Cities Elementary School. During the summer of 2017, Spanish students will complete a service/study project in Cancun and in Havana, Cuba. In addition, we offer several study/travel undergraduate courses every year for World Culture credit (General Education). In the summer of 2016, Friends University full-time faculty will lead World Culture trips to Scotland, London and Germany.

Our Fine Arts students also perform all around the world. The Jazz Ensemble has performed at the International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba; the Singing Quakers in Europe and Costa Rica; and our opera students in Germany.

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 in Ecuador? In Costa Rica? Explore your study abroad options at www.bestsemester.com.

Through the International Education Program (IEP), 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 friends.iepabroad.org.

You can also read about some of our student trips on the Student Travel blog.


Upcoming Trips

Global MBA Capstone: Global Business Experience

Global Business Experience is a part of the Global MBA capstone course. In 2016, our graduating class will travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Every day, students will participate in two executive meetings which conclude with round table discussions and debriefings. This faculty-led business residency abroad allows students to benchmark their conceptual knowledge of global business against the practices of doing business in a foreign country, which is critical for gaining a sustainable competitive advantage in the current business environment.

  • Dates: October 29 – November 10,2016
  • Course: MGMT 691 Global Business Experience (3 credit hours)
  • Program Director: Dr. Valentina Chappell

Culture of the UK

Through our graduate workshop program, students have the opportunity to live in London for a week or more, experiencing the cultural and historical wealth of the city. The accommodation in London is in flats in Bloomsbury giving the added benefit of having a home away from home. The goal of the workshop is to experience and interpret ideas from different cultures and different times drawn from art, architecture, literature, philosophy, drama, music and theatre, and ultimately enhance our appreciation of our own and other cultures.

  • Dates: March 16-26, 2017
  • Course: EDUC 5271 International Perspectives Travel 2017
  • Program Director: Dr. Dona Gibson

Previous Trips

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. In addition, students will teach English at the Wichita-Cancun Sister Cities Elementary School. Students will visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Cenote Ik Kil, Tulum, El Rey, San Miguelito, and El Meco.

  • Dates: May 8 – June 4, 2016
  • Course: SPAN 498 Advanced Conversation and Spanish American Literature and Culture (6 credits)
  • Program Director: Dr. Jerry Smartt

Study Abroad Scotland

The Scotland study abroad class will be three and a half weeks long and will be based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students will study human service agencies, will volunteer and explore Scotland history and culture. Residency will be at the University of Edinburgh with day trips taken to surrounding areas.

  • Dates: June 13 – July  7, 2016
  • Course: SOSC 498 Study Abroad Scotland
  • Program Director: Bill Allan