BestSemester Students Thank CCCU Presidents

In a show of gratitude for supporting their BestSemester experiences, students from the fall 2014 semester recorded thank-you videos to the presidents of their home institutions. This compilation video, which was presented at the 2015 CCCU Presidents Conference, is just a small sampling of the responses we received from students.

Head of BestSemester Joins Wheaton College

Deborah Kim, interim vice president and director for student programs at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, has accepted a position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as the director of study abroad. Kim will assume her new role in January 2015.

Australia Studies Centre Is Latest BestSemester Program to Offer Internships

ASC ClassroomWASHINGTON – In response to the growing interest in internship opportunities both domestically and abroad, the Australia Studies Centre (ASC) is the newest BestSemester program to add an internship option t


CCCU’s Middle East Studies Program to Relocate

After prayerful thought and consideration, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) will relocate the Middle East Studies Program (MESP) from Israel to Jordan for the near future due to heightened security warnings in Israel.

BestSemester Announces 2014 Photo Contest

Back by popular demand, BestSemester is excited to announce the 2014 BestSemester Photo Contest will begin on August 1.  All program alumni who participated between fall 2010 and spring 2014 are invited to submit photos reflective of their BestSemester experience for a chance to win up to $300.

Uganda Studies Program Director Transition

After more than 10 years of dedicated service to the Uganda Studies Program (USP), Mark Bartels will be transitioning back to the US as he accepts a new position with Uganda Christian University (UCU) as the Executive Director of the UCU Partners program.  Stepping in as Interim Director of USP beginning July 1 is Rachel Robinson, who for the past four years has served alongside Mark as USP Program Coordinator.

Exploring Every Opportunity, One Unknown Step at a Time

MESP Program Assistant, Sari Heidenreich, describes how her experience as a student at the Washington Journalism Center and the Middle East Studies Program shaped her future.

Learning News in the News Capital

You can start learning journalism in the classroom, but sophomore Navar Watson found there is nothing quite like honing your talents in the news laboratory of Washington, D.C.  Watson, Convergent Journalism major and sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), spent spring semester 2014 in the capital as a student at the Washington Journalism Center (WJC).

Ten Students Awarded Prizes for Exceptional Performance at Oxford

OXFORD, United Kingdom - Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the UK center of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, awarded 10 students in BestSemester's Scholars' Semester in Oxford (SSO) with de Jager prizes for exceptional academic performance.



BestSemester Student First Female to Finish Palestine Half Marathon

A Northwest University student studying abroad in Jerusalem was the first female to finish the Palestine Half Marathon last week.