HBU Service Abroad and Study Abroad functions in accordance with the University Mission and central confession that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” HBU Service Abroad and Study Abroad supports each of the ten pillars and emphasizes Pillar IX: Cultivate a Strong Global Focus. The purpose of HBU Service Abroad and Study Abroad is to facilitate teaching, learning, and service opportunities in international settings. Service Abroad and Study Abroad functions through the Office of the Provost and is a collaborative endeavor across the colleges and service units of the university.
Why Serve and Study Abroad?
Individuals, who serve and study abroad, immersed within the customs and language of the culture gain unique opportunities for academic, spiritual and professional excellence beyond the bounds of a traditional classroom setting. Studying abroad is an empowering, transformational and fun opportunity for students. It empowers students by pushing them to discover untapped resourcefulness within themselves as they learn how to navigate new and different environments. It is transformational as students gain a new perspective as they experience the world and see how other cultures live. It is also a fun opportunity as students make new friends, try new foods, see history books come to life, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
How to Study and Serve Abroad?
The Office of the Provost facilitates service abroad and study abroad opportunities. Individuals may enroll through one of the courses for credit, through an internship, or through one of the service opportunities via HBU Spiritual Life and the Baptist Student Ministry.
Opportunities through study abroad for which college credit may be awarded, including, but not limited to the following: HBU customized study abroad courses, customized credit courses through transfer partnerships with universities abroad and transfer courses through HBU’s partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) BestSemester.
The HBU faculty serve as sponsors for approved customized study abroad courses. Eligible students may then register for these opportunities and meet with the faculty sponsor to obtain the course syllabi, travel itinerary, and additional course and travel details. Customized study abroad courses may be taught by HBU faculty or through transfer agreements with universities outside of the United States for which earned transfer credit is received by HBU for students completing customized study abroad courses.