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Approved Semester Domestic Study Programs


BestSemester, a part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), offers four unique semester-long study opportunities for students who attend CCCU member institutions.

Washington Semester Program

Established in 1947, the American University Washington Semester Program is an academic, experiential learning program for Political Science/International Relations majors only. It includes eight credits of academic seminar in American government and foreign policy topic areas, four credits of internship, and the option of taking an additional three to four credits of independent research or an elective course.  Topic areas include:

  • American Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Economics and Business
  • International Law and Organizations
  • Justice and Law
  • Religion, Politics, Peace, and Security
  • Sustainable Development

Please visit the Washington Semester Program at American University for detailed information about the program. 

Semester in Environmental Science

The Semester in Environmental Science is a 15-week fall semester at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The curriculum provides an intensive field and laboratory-based introduction to ecosystem science and the biogeochemistry of coastal forests, freshwater ponds and estuaries.  Scientists at the Ecosystems Center serve as faculty for the program. In addition to teaching fundamentals of ecosystems science, they discuss their current research, which touches on important issues of global change.  Environmental Science majors will find further information about this program in the Environmental Science Department’s Opportunities and Facilities and at MBL's Semester in Environmental Science

Consortium Visitor Program

The Christian College Consortium (CCC) Visitor Program is designed to give students the opportunity to take advantage of course offerings and varied instructional experiences on other Christian college and university campuses for an academic semester. Learn More about the Consortium Visitor Program