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 Officeccc
College Hall second floor

May 2016 application

Applications for May are not yet being accepted.

The cross-cultural online application will be available beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and will remain open until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.
>>> apply here (beginning Oct. 14)


Semester program

Ethan Woolridge 
"My semester in Washington D.C. gave me a unique opportunity to gain work experience and live with a great group of people in the nation's Capitol." - Ethan Wooldridge '14

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

May-term Programs


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

DC 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