Study Abroad

Study Abroad & Global Business Experience 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 Global MBA program will be travelling to Canada during the summer of 2018 and in the traditional undergraduate college, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will study in Varadero, Cuba and will participate in various service projects in the area. Undergraduate credit may be awarded for Intermediate Spanish Conversation II, for a Cuba culture and World Culture courses. In the summer of 2018, 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 CISabroad, 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 CISabroad.com.

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

In addition, feel free to browse the study abroad FAQs.


Upcoming Trips

Health Science Study Abroad in Ghana

This unique curricular experience includes two weeks of study at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. It will provide you with exposure to neglected tropical diseases, different health care systems and rural medicine. Aspiring health care practitioners will gain field experience valued by medical schools. Mornings will be spent in a clinical setting, shadowing doctors. Afternoons will be spent in a research center, participating in various research projects. All housing and transportation during the visit will be provided by KNUST. In addition, several sites will be visited to complete your cultural experience. These sites will include: Elmina Castle – a major site in the African slave trade route; Manhyia Palace Museum – built by the British it initially served as the residence of the Ashanti region king;  Lake Bosumtwi – considered a sacred lake by the local Ashanti people and located within an ancient impact crater; and a village visit – to see medical needs first-hand.

  • Dates: May 24 to June 11, 2018
  • Course: HLSC425 Health Science Study/Service Abroad
  • Program Director: Prince Agbedanu

Global MBA Capstone: Global Business Experience

Global Business Experience is a part of the Global MBA capstone course. In 2018, our graduating class will visit Montreal, Canada and will be attending two executive briefings daily, participating in round-table discussions and daily debriefings (9 am  – 4 pm). Ms. Gina Binto, Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Canada, will be briefing students on export-import activities prior to departure (via Skype). The following companies confirmed their interest in hosting the GMBA graduating class: The CAI Global Group; CIDEP; Custom services A.G.O. Transportation; AV&R; Bombardier; and a few others. Students will learn about Montreal’s unique culture from evening group activities; guided tours of the city; Notre Dame; St. Joseph Cathedral; and other prearranged events. Students will use information about international trade in Canada in their final projects.

  • Dates: June 2-8, 2018
  • 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. In 2018, there is the option to extend the travel to Edinburgh after London.

  • Dates: London, June 14-24, 2018; Edinburgh, June 24-27 or longer
  • Course: EDUC 5271 International Perspectives Travel 2018
  • Program Director: Dr. Dona Gibson

There is a companion course through the Graduate School for MBA and MHCL students to travel at the same time with the group led by Dr. Gibson, stay in the same accommodations but have the additional opportunity to visit British businesses and health care facilities.

  • Course: BSAD 692 Internship in Business Administration
  • Program Director: Michelle Case

Previous Trips

Global MBA – Completed Business Residencies Abroad

Click on each to view photos from each Business Residency Abroad trip.

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