Europe Term is a semester-long study experience sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. The semester is based in Austria with significant excursions to Poland, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, and France.
The program is led by Bethel faculty and utilizes an intercultural and group communication perspective to analyze communication and cultures of Europe. Students will live and study in several small, yet cosmopolitan European communities, building relationships with individuals from all over the world.
Using an intercultural communication focus, students will study German at the University of Vienna, group communication and homestays in Poland, Christian community in a castle in the Austrian Alps, culture and technology in a small Irish seaside village, and acculturation and cultural patterns in Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.
Who Participates in Europe Term?
Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Almost all of the courses in this semester program can be applied toward a Communication major or minor. While priority is usually given to juniors and seniors studying communication, other factors will be considered in the application process.
• Minimum sophomore standing
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• See application for additional policies
• Talk with your advisor – off-campus study should complement your field of study.
• Ask questions – contact the study abroad office (651.638.6492) or Communication Studies:
- Dr. Ripley Smith, Program Director
Office: HC327i Email: email@example.com
- Dr. Peggy Kendall firstname.lastname@example.org
The tentative program dates are August 25 – December 10, 2021, roughly coinciding with Bethel’s fall semester schedule. Europe Term also includes a fall break during which students can travel independently throughout Europe.
The application fee is $50. A $250 confirmation deposit will be required 2 weeks after acceptance to hold the spot. This fee is currently refundable for Fall 2021.
November 15 *Tentative Priority application deadline
December 1 Final application deadline
February Pre-departure meeting #1
March Pre-departure meeting #2
April Study Abroad Orientation (mandatory—date TBA)
August Final program payment due with Fall 2021 bill
Aug. 27 Tentative departure date
Dec. 15 Tentative return date
Courses (14 credits total)
COM355Z Intercultural Communication 4 credits
An exploration of the richly varied cultures of humankind and the influence of culture on verbal and nonverbal communication. The examination of theory is balanced by an examination of practical applications designed to improve intercultural competence in various contexts. A cross-cultural experience is required.
Prerequisite: World Cultures (U) course.
COM322 Advanced Group Communication 4 credits
Advanced examination of group development and team building. Various theories and models of group formation and team building are analyzed and experienced as students become part of multiple Christian communities during the Europe Term in Intercultural Communication. Students learn how groups relate in differing cultures as well as how their Christian faith can play a role in group functioning.
COM310K Communication Technology & Society 3 credits
An examination of the impact communication technology has on communication and society. Evaluation and exploration of technologies such as digital media, the internet, e-mail, chat rooms, and other emerging technologies. Analysis of the ethical and spiritual implications and applications of these technologies.
Prerequisites: Laboratory Science (D) course. Mathematics (M) course.
COM315G Language & Culture Area Study 3 credits
An introduction to Austrian culture, language, and communication style. Students will experience German culture through first-hand interaction, special speakers, readings, and class excursions. Beginning German lessons will equip students to complete rudimentary tasks in a German-speaking city. Topics will include introductions to socio-cultural factors like worldview, education system, political economy, ecology, history and art of the region as reflections of communication style.
Students pay a comprehensive fee equivalent to Bethel tuition, room (junior level) and full board. The cost will cover all program-related expenses, including transportation, lodging, food, ground transportation, excursions, entrance fees, language training, and miscellaneous costs. Costs not covered include passport, immunizations, books and supplies, personal expenses (such as bottled water, snack money, spending money, laundry money, etc.) independent excursions or sight seeing, all non-study related travel including weekends, fall break and free travel. Most financial aid can be applied toward the cost of this program.
Accommodations & Meals
Accommodations vary from hostels and hotels to Christian retreat centers. Students live for 3 weeks in a dorm in Vienna, Austria, where they will shop for food in local grocery stores and prepare meals with other international students. Other accommodations include a camp in Poland, a castle in Austria, and a seaside hotel in Croatia. At least two meals per week will be shared with Bethel cohort members at the retreat or in local eateries. Students are provided money to cover all meals during the trip.
In addition to life in Austria, students will travel to several featured cities of Europe. Excursions include homestays in a Polish village, a river cruise under the Charles Bridge in Prague, a U.N. tour in Geneva, an crawl in Paris, a Mozart concert dinner in Salzburg, skiing in Switzerland, and walking through history in Venice, Florence and Rome. Students will travel primarily by bus and train.
Students will also be responsible for planning a week of independent travel where they will journey with a small cohort to their choice of European destinations.
Skiing in Zermatt
Atop the Duomo in Milan
Fruit Stand in Rome
View From the Schloss