Cross-cultural Programs


Cross-cultural experiences are invitations to explore and grow. They offer a journey of personal discovery into the richness and challenges of other cultures and communities. Immersed in new environments, you will experience diverse lifestyles, make new friendships and learn respect for other heritages all while meeting personal challenges that build character. And, you'll get hands-on opportunities to focus on the issues of peace and reconciliation and begin toward a path of lifelong mission and service. 

Elaine Suderman, Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs
Cross-cultural Program Office
College Hall second floor

Short-term application

Application for short-term experiences are accepted online in the fall, typically in mid-October for the following May/June.


Semester program

Spend your semester experiencing the colorful culture and community, plus the beautiful landscape of Guatemala or explore the cultural diversity in Washington D.C.

 >>> more about Bluffton's semester-long study abroad program.

Short-term Programs

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Bluffton University offers a variety of month-long cross-cultural opportunities that are completed in May and June.

>>> more about the various short-term cross-cultural experiences available.

Alternate programs

Alternate program

Students may choose from alternate cross-cultural experiences offered through different agencies to fulfill the university's cross-cultural requirement.

>>> more about these alternate opportunities