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CCS Experiences

Spring Arbor University (SAU) is committed to providing cross cultural opportunities for students. Through Cross Cultural Studies (CCS), students can apply what they are learning in classes – oriented around the principles inherent in the Concept – and provide a framework for students to better understand their role as participants in the international community. Looking to Jesus Christ as the ultimate model of a cross cultural traveler, CCS aims not only to provide opportunities for students to encounter cultures outside of their own, but also to learn how to become critical and engaged participants within those cultures.

Learn more about CCS experiences or look at other program options.

Cross Cultural Studies destinations span the globe and students can typically choose from a wide variety of programs. Listed below are the available programs in 2020.

Semester Abroad Experiences

Looking to be gone for longer than three-weeks? Explore the semester-abroad programs available to you. SAU aid applies to all SAU semester programs. If the program is located in a country under a U.S. State Department travel warning prior to departure, per institutional policy, Spring Arbor University will not offer credit through that program to students.

SAU aid does not apply to the following semester programs (Accès and CCCU semesters). Instead, students are encouraged to apply for the Semester Off Campus Study Opportunity Fund (SOCSOF) by the last Friday in February of the academic year before you study abroad.

  • Accès Study Abroad in France (offered Spring & Fall semesters)

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), an international higher education association of Christian colleges and universities with the express purpose of advancing the cause of Christ-centered higher education, has developed a wide spectrum of semester programs that immerses students in a foreign culture for one college semester. The following CCCU programs are offered Spring & Fall semesters.

IOCCS (Individualized Option Cross Cultural Studies)

IOCCS (Individualized Option Cross Cultural Studies)is a Cross Cultural Studies (CCS) Honors option for students who meet certain qualifications, including a 3.5 cumulative GPA as well as contacts in the culture of destination. IOCCS is done through a petition/proposal process of the Faculty Cross Cultural Committee (FCCC). Interested students need to email the CCS office 6-8 months prior to expected travel to schedule an informational meeting.  The IOCCS process and expectations will be discussed during this meeting.  Please familiarize yourself with the documents below prior to this meeting.

In accordance with the established institutional policy, no credit or waivers will be given for experiences that do not receive committee pre-approval or for experiences to countries for which a US State Department warning has been issued. Learn more about IOCCS by reading the following documents:

Before You Go