Additional Off-Campus Programs
In addition to the CCCU’s BestSemester programs, the other international and domestic off-campus opportunities listed below are available through partnerships between Montreat College and a variety of organizations and may earn transferrable credit. Students should work with their advisor and the registrar to determine whether a particular program advances their degree objectives.
Additional International Programs
Au Sable Institute
As part of a partnership with CCCU institutions, Montreat College students can take a number of 4-credit Biology or Environmental Science courses at Au Sable Institute for credit at Montreat College. Courses, dates, and locations include:
- “Ecology of the Indian Tropics” during the late December-early January term in India
- “Tropical Agriculture and Missions” during May Term in Costa Rica
- “Field Biology in Spring” during May Term on the shores of the Great Lakes in Michigan
- Courses in aquatic biology, conservation biology, field botany, animal ecology, land resources, molecular tools for field biologists, and research methods during the Summer I term in Michigan
- Courses in water resources, restoration ecology, environmental chemistry, watershed stewardship, wildlife ecology, and research methods II during Summer II term in Michigan.
- Courses in environmental health, ecological agriculture, marine biology, international development and sustainability, marine mammals, and alpine ecology during Summer II term on the Puget Sound in Washington State.
The Institute provides generous financial aid and room and board at all instructional sites. For more information, visit ausable.org.
Hannam University Programs
Through a partnership with Hannam University in South Korea, Montreat College students may earn credits at the University for discounted and sometimes free tuition. During the summer semester, students may earn 3 humanities or elective credits in the three-week Korea Studies Summer Program while learning about Korean culture (music, art, film, cuisine, fashion, architecture, and religion), history, language, martial arts, and technology and seeing the sights of South Korea. During the academic year, Montreat College students may study at Hannam for one semester or a full year and earn academic credit for a wide variety of courses. For more information, contact the Thrive Center.
Irish-American Scholars Program
Through Montreat College’s participation in the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities Business Education Initiative, the College may send up to three students per year to study for one semester or a full year in Northern Ireland. Programs of study include business, computing, performing arts, communication, and teacher education. Application deadline: February 1 for the following year. For more information, contact the Thrive Center.
Rome With Purpose
Students taking part in this program can earn 16 credits in a fall or spring semester while experiencing Italy in Christian community. Participants live on one floor of a convent in Rome and take classes from qualified professors from a Christian worldview, including Italian language and culture and excursions in Rome, Florence, & Ostia. Students will experience the sites of ancient Rome as well as the current influences of Italian politics, religion, and customs that make Italy the complex culture that it is today. Opportunities to volunteer with local Christian ministries or to experience weekend homestays are available. Students may engage in independent travel or stay in Rome over three oneweek breaks between classes. No visa is required for the 90-day program, and scholarships are available. For more information, visit RomeWithPurpose.com.
Study Program In Contemporary Europe (SPICE)
Through the College’s partnership with Dordt College, students have the opportunity to earn 16 credits in a spring semester for study in one of four tracks: International Business, Western European Culture, Nursing, or Education. Students live with families in Zwolle, Netherlands, and have many opportunities to interact with Dutch and Romanian students and explore how their faith affectsheir relationships with persons from other countries. For more information contact the Associate Academic Dean or visit www.dordt.edu/spice.
Studies Program in Nicaragua (SPIN)
SPIN is a fall semester academic and cultural opportunity offered through the College’s partnership with Dordt College. Students will live with host families in Leon and have opportunities to interact with other Nicaraguans as they earn 16 credits studying the Spanish language, Nicaraguan/Central American worldviews, culture, history, and contemporary society, and engage in service learning. Electives include options for specialized study in Spanish language, Nicaraguan Studies, or Agriculture in the Developing World. For more information visit www.dordt.edu/spin.
Students who study on a Veritas program will have opportunities to work with local missionaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Spain, South Korea, London, Paris, or Rome, while they earn college credit toward their degree. Serving others in the host culture for a semester or summer program will enhance the immersion experience and give students a broader understanding of the joys and challenges of cross-cultural missions beyond the experience of a short-term mission trip. Veritas Christian Study Abroad is an affiliate company of International Studies Abroad (ISA), which for 25 years has been providing high quality academic programs. Veritas utilizes the experience and infrastructure of ISA to create study abroad programs for students interested in integrating faith and learning. Students take one Veritas course and then choose from a wide selection of courses taught at the host university in each city, either in English or in the language of the host country. The program is offered in fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information visit www.veritasabroad.com.
Additional Domestic Programs
The purpose of the Outdoor Education (OE) Immersion Semester and Certificate in Wilderness Leadership is to offer OE courses together in a semester format that will allow students the opportunity to spend time away from the Montreat College campus, live in an intentional community, and focus on developing as Christian wilderness leaders. This program is open to current Montreat college students who meet the prerequisite requirements and to others interested in attending the college for the semester certificate program only. Courses may include:
- Leadership and Group Dynamics
- Expedition Management
- Field Natural History
- Winter Outdoor Education
- Outdoor Programming and Leadership in
- Whitewater Canoeing
- Rock Climbing
Students may receive certification from the American Canoe Association, Wilderness Education Association, and Wilderness First Responder. Students are required to pay regular tuition and room and board fees, plus a special course fee.
Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness (LDW)
LDW is a wilderness leadership course offered by the Outdoor Leadership Team of the Coalition for Christian Outreach for learners who desire to grow in the areas of leadership development and discipleship to college students using wilderness as the context for ministry. The program uses the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics curriculum and the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) curriculum, which is designed to develop hard skills, judgment and decisionmaking and situational leadership principles. LDW is a unique leadership development experience rooted in six areas of discovery for the participants: spiritual disciplines, community, leadership, knowing, servant hood/Christlikeness and outdoor living skills.
Summit Adventure: Immersion Service and Adventure Semester (ISAS)
Summit Adventure and Montreat College partner in this challenging 17-credit immersion program. If enrolled, students spend two to three weeks backpacking through California’s High Sierra. For six to seven weeks students are housed at Summit Adventure’s Basecamp where students delve deeply into a variety of subject areas. In addition, students participate in service and adventure-based learning during five to six weeks in Ecuador, putting into practice internationally all that was learned stateside. ISAS Courses may include IS 302, OE 306, CC301, CE401 OE 191, OE 192, OE 312 and OE 313. For more information, visit www.summitadventure.com or contact the Outdoor Education Department.
The Oregon Extension
The Oregon Extension offers a fall semester of accredited college studies that provide a hands-on learning experience in an intentional community setting. Located in the southern Oregon Cascades, students will engage with professors and peers who love to read books, ask big questions, confront big ideas, and get closer to the land. Explore this unique alternative semester for Christian college students and other honest seekers. To learn more, visit www.oregonextension.org.
For guidance in choosing an off-campus program, please feel free to contact the Thrive Center!