Semester-long opportunities

  • Chicago
  • England
  • Nashville
  • Washington D.C.

Immersed in new environments, Bluffton students experience diverse lifestyles, make new friends and learn respect for other cultures all while meeting personal challenges which build character. 

Students returning from semester-long experiences tell their stories in the spring 2022 Bluffton magazine.


Spend a semester in the Windy City. Embrace the unique opportunity to complete student teaching or an internship that suits your major while learning from the diversity of experiences represented.

Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture >

Cross-cultural experience in Greece

This American-accredited institution is located on a hillside at the edge of Athens and offers rich academic programs and Olympic-quality athletic facilities. 

American College in Greece >


Spend time in the capital city and in rural areas; experience bustling markets, visit cooperatives and learn how crafts are made, visit Ancient Mayan ruins, eat local foods and practice your Spanish language.

Guatemala >

Washington DC

Share a house in a working-class neighborhood with students from Mennonite-affiliated schools.  Explore the city, take classes and gain experience with a 20-hour-per-week internship.

Washington Community Scholars' Center >

Other semester-long options

a once in a lifetime experience For many

Spencer Garrison

Comfortable being uncomfortable

During his semester abroad in Guatemala, Spencer Garrison ’22, a business administration and Spanish double major, found immeasurable value in two words: “say yes.”

Semester in D.C.

Justice internships

While in Washington D.C., criminal justice majors gained experience with the Attorney General for DC’s office and as an intern investigator for the Public Defender Service for DC.

Student athletes in Greece

Learn and compete in Greece

Three student-athletes took in the breathtaking scenery and history as they studied and competed in Greece. Classes were taught in English with peers primarily from Greece.

Elaine Suderman
Assistant director of cross-cultural programs
Cross-cultural Program Office
College Hall second floor

Greece 2022 cross cultural

Semester-long experiences

Students returning from 2022 semester-long experiences shared about challenges, beauty and culture.