Alternative Programs

If you are looking for a unique cross-cultural opportunity, these programs will help you find the experiences you are looking for while meeting requirements for cross-cultural credit. Or if you returned from an EMU cross-cultural program thinking you would like to enhance your new language skills, connect with a group here in the states similar to the host culture you just left behind, or give back to the world by using your gifts and skills serving in a cross-cultural setting, this list is for you!

Washington Community Scholars CenterWashington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC)
Email: , WCSC assistant director

This study service program fulfills the EMU cross-cultural requirement, includes an internship (20 hrs/wk) and weekly seminars taught by EMU faculty, and may include coursework at local universities. The study group of 10-15 students lives together in a house in Washington, D.C. Applications for fall, spring, and summer are accepted on a rolling basis.

Central America Study and ServiceCentral America Study and Service (CASAS)
E-mail: , professor of nursing

CASAS, a 12-week summer program based in Guatemala City, offers students an independent summer immersion experience similar to our spring semester cross-cultural program. Coursework includes Spanish language studies, Introduction to Central America, and elective courses chosen from history, peace and justice, anthropology, and religion. Students participate in orientation activities, home stays, internships, and numerous field excursions. Application materials and information are available from the CASAS web site. Students register through EMU with approval from cross-cultural programs.

Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA)Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA)
E-mail: , assistant professor of Spanish

BCA study abroad programs are rooted in the values of peace and justice and provide opportunities for students, especially foreign language majors and minors, to meet EMU requirements. Students consult cross-cultural programs for general information and work with their advisors in choosing appropriate coursework for a semester or year. Application materials and information are available from the Brethren Colleges Abroad web site. Completed applications must receive approval from EMU cross-cultural programs, as financial assistance and credit for the programs are received through EMU. BCA offers programs in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain.

Council for Christian Colleges and UniversitiesCouncil for Christian Colleges and Universities
E-mail: , director of cross-cultural programs

The CCCU, of which EMU is a member, offers study abroad programs for students from member institutions. Students consult with cross-cultural programs and work with their advisors in choosing appropriate coursework for a semester. Application materials and information are available from the CCCU web site. Completed applications must receive approval from EMU cross-cultural programs, as financial assistance and credit for the programs are received through EMU. CCCU offers the following study abroad semester programs: Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program (Costa Rica), Middle East Studies Program (Egypt), Russian Studies Program, The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (England), and Uganda Studies Program.

International Business Institute (IBI)
E-mail: , faculty representative

EMU is an “affiliated school” with the International Business Institute (IBI) which is a cooperative overseas program in international economics and business. An essential component of this summer institute is to provide a learning experience in settings other than the usual classroom. For example, lectures take place in corporate headquarters, manufacturing plants, governmental and international agencies.

There are three distinctive features of the International Business Institute. First, is significant involvement with distinguished faculty from leadership appointments in private business and finance, government and academic life. Second, the program focuses on leading companies and institutions in the field of economics, business, and finance. Examples include Mars Candy, Credit Suisse, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank, LKM, European Union, Nestle, Black and Decker, and Shell Oil. Third, classroom content typically covered in an on-campus course is augmented by enriching and complementary field seminar experiences.

Because the IBI is a rigorous academic program all participants are expected to have completed a full year of principles of economics, a semester of accounting or finance, and one course in management or marketing. A minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) is required at the time of participation which is usually following the completion of the junior year. Positive recommendations and an official transcript are also required.

Mennonite Central CommitteeMennonite Service Programs
Email: , assistant dean

SALT, an 11-month service learning program of Mennonite Central Committee, may satisfy the off-campus cross-cultural study requirement. Service-learning credit may be arranged in advance through the undergraduate academic dean’s office.

Mennonite Mission Network logoMennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) and Discipleship Ministries of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) offer service programs which may satisfy the off-campus cross-cultural study requirement. Service-learning credit may be arranged in advance through the undergraduate academic dean’s office.