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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Florence, Italy; Krakow, Poland; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria; Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Dormitory, Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other, Student responsibility
Language of Instruction: English Program Including Multi-Country Travel: Yes
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Internship/Service-Learning/Practicum Availability: No
Program Meets Bethel Residency Requirement: Yes Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Areas of Study: Communication Studies, German
Open to all majors: Yes Gen Ed Tags: G - Comparative Systems, K - Science, Technology, & Society, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

  Europe Term BannerET | fall 2022



Program Description
Europe Term is a semester-long study experience sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.  The semester is based in Austria, Ireland, and Italy.

The program is led by Bethel faculty and utilizes an intercultural and group communication perspective to analyze the 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 Italy, Christian community in a castle in the Austrian Alps, culture and technology in a small Irish seaside village, and acculturation and cultural patterns in Dublin, Monferrato, 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

Next steps
• 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:

    - Dr. Peggy Kendall
Program Calendar
The tentative program dates are August 25 – December 10, 2022, roughly coinciding with Bethel’s fall semester schedule.  Europe Term also includes a fall break during which students can travel independently throughout Europe.

Important dates
The application fee is $50. A $250 confirmation deposit will be required 2 weeks after acceptance to hold the spot.

October 15        Priority application deadline
November 1       Final application deadline
February           Pre-departure meeting #1
March               Pre-departure meeting #2
May                  Study Abroad Orientation (mandatory—date TBA)
August              Final program payment due with Fall 2022 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 sightseeing, 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 seaside YWCA in Ireland, a castle in Austria, and Christian Guest Homes across Italy. 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 an Italian village, a Mozart concert dinner in Salzburg, the Cliffs of Moher near Galway, Ireland, an optional skiing excursion in Switzerland, and walking through history in 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 11/01/2021 11/25/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2023 04/01/2023 05/01/2023 TBA TBA