International Studies

JBU Semester and Summer Opportunities!

Picture yourself biking along a country road in Ireland, seeing flashes of ocean around bends in the road. Your group stops to picnic and discuss Irish literature in the shade of a castle. Then imagine riding a camel through a dusty desert in Jordan, the hot sun beating at your brow, armed with notebook and camera as you begin to document the archeological remains of an ancient civilization. You could do all of this, and so much more, with John Brown University’s International Studies programs.

Studying internationally is one of the most valuable, life-changing experiences that you can have during your time at John Brown University. Students who experience a different culture develop self-confidence and are better prepared to thrive in today's global economy. More importantly, cross-cultural experiences challenge students to learn more about themselves and deepen their relationship with God as they see their lives in a global context.

John Brown University, therefore, encourages students to study abroad for at least part of one summer, if not an entire semester. JBU operates several of its own off-campus programs, and it sponsors in conjunction with other universities a number of Christian-based semester abroad programs. These programs enable you to earn university credit toward your JBU degree while experiencing another culture. Moreover, any JBU or JBU sponsored International Education Program that is four weeks or longer will fulfill your global core curriculum requirement at John Brown University.  Only one semester abroad with financial aid is allowed; however, you have unlimited opportunities to participate in summer studies international education teams.

To find out more about our study abroad opportunities, explore the left sidebar or scroll through the list below to see what programs JBU offers or drop by the International Programs office in JBU's Walker Student Center.

JBU Semester in Ireland

John Brown University operates a semester-long program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Each fall, fifteen JBU students travel throughout Ireland while studying Irish culture, politics, economy, art, literature, and the Christian faith. Students stay at JBU’s own Lakeside Manor, located just four miles from Belfast city-centre. Students earn fifteen hours of JBU credit toward their core curriculum and/or major requirements. (Fall term only)

Application for Semester in Ireland

Summer International Studies Programs

John Brown University operates several summer study programs that are taught and led by JBU professors. These programs consist of four to six weeks opportunities, and students earn between six and nine hours of college credit.

Application for Summer Undergraduate International Studies Programs

JBU Undergraduate Programs

JBU Graduate Programs

Please aquire application for teams from your Graduate Studies advisor. 


Semester International Studies Programs

Alert deadlines:  you must contact Melissa Stevenson  via email by October 1 for spring participation or February 1 for fall participation in an off-campus international education semester studies program.  For non-JBU options, please begin the application process via their website.  After acceptance, you will get an off-campus alert application from MindiStevenson to allow JBU to prepare for your departure and return.

CCCU  Affiliated Study Abroad Programs

You will join students from other Christian colleges for an exciting term. For semester programs (not summer), financial aid may apply. Detailed information on each program can also be found at the CCCU's web site: Please check out the JBU course equivalencies for CCCU coursework.

Domestic Programs

International Programs


Other Off-Campus Programs

NOTE: It's always best to check with your advisor and the designated campus contact for the program you are interested in BEFORE you apply. They can help you work out details like credit transfer and financial aid.  Please feel free to email Mindi Stevenson for any assistance in the process.

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