BestSemester

About BestSemester

BestSemester™ proudly offers twelve off-campus and study abroad programs around the world.  BestSemester programs are intended to complement and expand the opportunities found on a traditional campus through a comprehensive experiential learning approach. 
 
Students who participate in a BestSemester program can expect:

  • strong academic experiences with up to 18 hours of credit
  • high degree of engagement with the culture, whether international or domestic
  • dedicated and caring program faculty and staff
  • meaningful regional and/or local excursions
  • opportunities to grapple with real-world issues alongside other students with a diverse background of faith practices and perspectives

BestSemester is intended for students enrolled at any college or university that is willing to grant credit for the off-campus or study abroad experience.  Therefore, any qualified student may apply.  However, students enrolled in CCCU campuses have priority acceptance for BestSemester programs.  Students must be enrolled full-time on a home campus during participation on a BestSemester program.

The programs undergo regular site evaluations by the Student Academic Programs Commission (SAPC).

Programs

American Studies Program L.A. Film Studies Center
Australia Studies Centre Middle East Studies Program
China Studies Program Oxford Summer Programme
Contemporary Music Center Scholars' Semester in Oxford
India Studies Program Uganda Studies Program
Latin American Studies Program Washington Journalism Center

 

Washington DC - American Studies Program

American Studies Program

Washington, D.C. is the classroom at the American Studies Program.  Students live eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court and within walking distance of historic Eastern Market, Union Station, and the National Mall. 

ASP students have the unique privilege of diving into a network of internship opportunities and mentoring relationships that has been built up over nearly four decades.  Along with the critical internship component of the program, students choose a track of courses centering on either public policy or global development and leave ASP with up to sixteen credit hours of well-earned academic and work experience. 

To learn more about the American Studies Program, go to www.bestsemester.com/asp.

Australia Studies Centre

Australia Studies Centre

The Australia Studies Centre is offered in partnership with Wesley Institute, a CCCU affiliate and performing arts/theology college located in the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne.  As often as possible, ASC takes students out of the classroom into the teaching space that is the city of Sydney.  Class trips may include: Canberra (the capital), NSW mining centres, the NSW South Coast, the red earth of the Outback or the rolling hills of New Zealand!
 
ASC students live with an Australian family and participate in a weekly service placement (both key elements of the program).  In addition to the ASC core courses, students choose courses in the areas of theology, graphic design, dance, drama, music, and counseling.
 
To learn more about the Australia Studies Centre, visit www.bestsemester.com/asc.

China Studies Program

China Studies Program

The China Studies Program is offered in partnership with Xiamen University located near the sub-tropical South China Sea.  With its beautiful setting, its focus on learning about China from Chinese, and its commitment to spiritual growth, CSP will change the way you see yourself, your faith and your world.
 
CSP students live in a dormitory on campus for international students from around the world who study at Xiamen.  During the semester, students will spend over a week in Hong Kong, two weeks in the ancient capital city of Xi’an, and a week touring Beijing and Shanghai.  CSP offers a number of Chinese language, history, culture, and religion courses as well as a business concentration that includes a business internship.
 
To learn more about the China Studies Program, go to www.bestsemester.com/csp.

Nashville - Contemporary Music Center

Contemporary Music Center

The Contemporary Music Center is located in Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee.  Over 100 CMC alumni live in the city and continue to interact with students of the program.

CMC students have the option to choose one of three study tracks for their semester: artist track, business track or technical track. In each of these tracks, students hone their skills alongside mentors from the industry.  All CMC students participate in a music tour at the end of the semester as part of a practicum course.

To learn more about the Contemporary Music Center, visit www.bestsemester.com/cmc.

India Studies Program

India Studies Program

The India Studies Program is offered in partnership with Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences, a CCCU international affiliate located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. 

ISP students have the opportunity to delve into an Indian college community that allows the chance to embrace local culture and cultivate meaningful relationships. Students will spend two weeks and five weekends traveling throughout India observing the country’s rich diversity and history. In addition to core courses centering on Indian culture and religion, ISP students will be able to choose courses from a variety of topics including literature, art, costume design, the culinary arts, business, and social work. One day a week, students will also have the opportunity to be exposed to different organizations and businesses through volunteering and internships.

To learn more about the India Studies Program, go to www.bestsemester.com/isp.

Costa Rica - Latin American Studies Program

Latin American Studies Program

Based in San José, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program will expose students to the beauty and complexity of Latin American history, religion, people and cultures.   LASP students will also have the opportunity to experience life in several Latin American countries.  Past student groups have journeyed to Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Panama.

At LASP, students choose from the following four academic concentrations in addition to their core coursework: Latin American Studies, Advanced Language & Literature, International Business (offered fall semesters only), or Environmental Science (offered spring semesters only). 

To learn more about the Latin American Studies Program, go to www.bestsemester.com/lasp.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center

L. A. Film Studies Center

The L. A. Film Studies Center exists to launch students into their dreams. Exploring the art, craft and technology of film, LAFSC offers intensive hands-on production experience coupled with real world exposure, living and working in Hollywood.

Students will study various aspects of film production, faith and artistic development, and will hold an internship in the industry.  Additionally, students may choose an elective course in the areas of narrative storytelling, professional screenwriting, professional acting for the camera, or carry out an independent study.  With a vast network of LAFSC alumni in L.A., students are never lacking for mentors and a community of believers.  LAFSC encourages alumni to make films by offering grants, continuing education and low-cost equipment rentals.

To learn more about the L.A. Film Studies Center, go to www.bestsemester.com/lafsc.

Middle East Studies Program

Middle East Studies Program

The Middle East Studies Program focuses on engaging the Arab-Muslim world in addition to Israeli Jews and Christian Arabs—seeking to learn from all the children of Abraham. Though MESP students obviously take advantage of the incredible biblical geography and sites during their many tours around Israel, the program challenges students with a journey that extends beyond the typical holy land experience. Assuming safe travel conditions, the program arranges substantive travel to Turkey and Egypt as well as a shorter trip to Jordan.

Interdisciplinary speaker seminars, Arabic language study, and service work with various aide societies all provide MESP students with opportunities to explore the diverse religious, cultural and political tapestry of Middle Eastern societies. Students may experience intense encounters with both locals and colleagues that reflect a mix of worldviews existing in the region, yet always under the protective wing of a supportive MESP community.
 
To learn more about the Middle East Studies Program, visit www.bestsemester.com/mesp.

Oxford Summer Programme

Oxford Summer Programme

For five weeks Oxford Summer Programme students read, learn, and live in the ‘city of dreaming spires’. Students have access to Oxford’s world famous libraries as well as local art galleries, museums, bookshops, and ice cream parlours.

OSP allows students, as affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, to do intensive scholarship while exploring the relationship between Christianity and the development of the British Isles.  Tutorials (discussions between one student and the tutor) give students personal attention from expert Oxford academics as they pursue topics in classics, English language and literature, history, history of science, philosophy, and theology and religion.

To learn more about the Oxford Summer Programme, visit www.bestsemester.com/osp.

Oxford Scholars' Semester

Scholars' Semester in Oxford

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford allows students, as members of Wycliffe Hall and Visiting Students of the University of Oxford to pursue intensive scholarship in an historic seat of learning.  With personal attention in tutorials (meetings between one student and an expert academic) SSO students focus in detail on topics chosen from among hundreds of possibilities in classics, English language and literature, history, history of art, modern languages, musicology, philosophy, psychology, and theology.

SSO students may explore nearby London, and historic sites throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, but the main foci are the pleasure of intellectual enquiry and getting a taste for graduate school.

To learn more about the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, visit www.bestsemester.com/sso.

Uganda Studies Program

Uganda Studies Program

The Uganda Studies Program is offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University, a CCCU international affiliate in Mukono, Uganda.   USP students have the option of three different study emphases.

The Uganda Studies Emphasis (USE) attracts students who want their primary cross-cultural relationships to develop through their involvement in campus life at Uganda Christian University.  The Intercultural Ministry & Missions Emphasis (IMME) attracts students who want their primary cross-cultural relationships to develop through their involvement with a Ugandan host family.  Finally, the Social Work Emphasis (SWE) is intended for junior and senior social work majors who want their primary cross-cultural relationships to develop through their social work internship in addition to their involvement in campus life at Uganda Christian University.

To learn more about the Uganda Studies Program, go to www.bestsemester.com/usp.

Washington DC - Journalism Center

Washington Journalism Center

The Washington Journalism Center, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is where the rubber meets the road in print journalism.  Students spend an entire semester studying the history and future of newsrooms in America, developing hard-news writing technique, and applying these lessons on the ground in a hands-on internship.  

WJC will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless.

To learn more about the Washington Journalism Center, visit www.bestsemester.com/wjc.