Cru provides for and directs your mission experience, while other organizations coordinate your academics. This strategy gives you more flexibility and helps to ensure that you return with the highest possible number of credits toward your degree.
When applicable, we will direct you to a specific university that is most strategic for ministry, and we often recommend a certain study abroad provider as well. If not, you can choose the program or university that best fits your needs. Please note that it is your responsibility to manage the academic aspects of your trip, applying separately to Cru Study Abroad as well as an independent academic program.
Typically, students earn 12-16 credit hours.
Class offerings vary significantly by location ranging from language acquistion to a full menu of major-specific courses. Check your desired location’s page, research academic programs at the school where you plan to study, and talk with a representative at your university’s study abroad office for more information.
It will be very similar to a week on your home campus: classes, studying, spending time with friends, Bible study, etc. Oh, and exploring an exciting new city and culture! Plus, you will actively engage in ministry activities, receive personal development from an experienced coach, and share your faith as a way of life.
Studying abroad makes you a true insider on your campus and gives you an incredible opportunity to share the gospel in very relational ways. You can look forward to building intentional friendships, having meaningful spiritual conversations, and helping launch new movements of believers! Plan to spend regular time each week on ministry-related activities.
Here is a general overview of how you will focus your time during your semester:
Yes! When you study abroad on mission with Cru, it’s not just about serving and studying. Throughout the semester, your coach will guide you through our Study Abroad Playbook which is filled with valuable articles, exercises and assignments geared specifically toward helping students like you have a great semester walking with Jesus and sharing your faith while overseas! Your training will focus on five key areas:
Your coach will also be there to care for, encourage and pray for you personally throughout your time abroad, so you can look forward to being challenged and encouraged in your faith.
Most students study abroad for one semester (about four months in most cases), but we also welcome students doing summer and year-long study abroad programs. Some countries have schedules that are different from ours, so please check your specific location’s page for exact dates.
ABSOLUTELY! What better way is there to spend a semester of your college experience than studying abroad on mission in an awesome location with your friends? Grab your buddies and go!
Awesome! We connect and coach students studying abroad anywhere in the world. So, you’ll still have a missions coach and all the same resources as any other Cru Study Abroad student. We’ll also do our best to find a local church or missionary for you to connect with. Check out our “Anywhere!” page for more information.
Some students begin the process a year or more in advance, but that timeline can be shortened if necessary. We recommend you start planning right away!
There is a $25 application fee and $60 coaching and materials fee for Cru Study Abroad. That’s it!
All academic, housing and logistical costs are separate and will be paid directly to your exchange program or study abroad provider. You can check each location page for general cost estimates for our existing locations, but we encourage you to research the academic programs your are interested in for more detailed pricing information.
Studying Abroad is an important part of your academic career and should be paid for in the same way as any other semester at your home university using personal funds, loans and scholarships. You will not raise financial support to cover your expenses, but a number of grants and scholarships are available specifically to study abroad students and we encourage you to apply for them.
Cru Study Abroad welcomes all students desiring to grow in their faith and share the gospel while overseas. Please check with your specific study abroad program for GPA requirements and additional prerequisites.
No! All missionally-minded students are welcome to join us and strongly encouraged to apply.
If you have applied for a Cru Summer Mission, this process will be very familiar to you. You will complete an online application and provide contact information for references. After reviewing your application and references, we will contact you by phone to get to know you a bit and later notify you regarding your acceptance.
Note: You must apply separately to the academic provider or university exchange program of your choice.
Applications typically open six to eight months prior to the semester of study and application deadlines vary. Please check your location page for more information.
Visit the specific location page you want and click the “apply now” button to apply online.
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