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BestSemester Student Programs
SAPC: Student Academic Programs Commission
Support for Off-Campus Study

BestSemester Student Programs

BestSemesterThe off-campus study programs offered by the CCCU are known as “BestSemester.” nine semester programs and one summer program are designed to serve the student academic program interests of CCCU member and affiliate institutions. BestSemester programs allow member institutions to send students to programs that are reviewed by the Student Academic Programs Commission.

American Studies Program

Washington, D.C., is a stimulating educational laboratory for the American Studies Program (ASP). Participants explore pressing national and international issues through enrollment in either the Public Policy Initiatives track or Global Humanitarian Enterprise track, which combine seminars led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals with student projects. The internship (20-30 hours per week) is essential to the ASP experience. Students live in the Dellenback Center in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Contemporary Music Center

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith and business. The CMC offers three tracks: Artist, Executive and Technical. The Artist track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers and producers. The Executive track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and related majors interested in possible careers music entrepreneurs, artist managers and music business company executives. Each track includes coursework, labs, directed study and a practicum. CMC was founded on the concept of the artists’ colony, so students live and work in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) trains students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. The curriculum consists of two required seminars, Hollywood Production Workshop and Theology in Hollywood, focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose one elective course from a variety of offerings in film studies. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students live in the Fairfax District in Los Angeles.

Australia Studies Centre

CCCU partners with the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia, to offer the Australia Studies Centre (ASC). Students study theology, global justice issues, indigenous cultures and the arts. Additionally, students choose electives in theology/ministry, music, drawing/ graphic design, dance and/or drama. Home stays, service learning and travel around Australia are important components of the ASC. In order to experience the various aspects of Australian culture, students spend time in the Australian capitol, Canberra; travel to the edge of the Australian Outback; and spend the last week of the semester connecting with the Maori people in New Zealand.

Latin American Studies Program

Based in San José, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. By living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American Studies; Advanced Language and Literature (designed for Spanish majors) International Business (fall only); and Environmental Science (spring only). Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations, such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama (varies by concentration).

Middle East Studies Program

Based in Cairo, Egypt, the Middle East Studies Program (MESP)offers students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the complex and strategically important world of the modern Middle East. Students explore diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of Middle Eastern peoples through interdisciplinary seminars. They also study the Arabic language and may work as volunteers with various organizations in Cairo. Through travel in the region (typically Israel, Jordan and Turkey), students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of many aspects of Middle Eastern culture.

Programmes in Oxford

The CCCU Center for Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) offers two ways for students to study in Oxford: Scholars’ Semester in Oxford & Oxford Summer Programme:
Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford is (SSO) designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As Visiting Students of the University of Oxford and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar (or thesis in the case of second term students), and the British landscape course. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their programme work together. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.5 GPA to be considered for the programme. Students may complete two semesters of the programme.

Oxford Summer Programme
The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) allows students, as affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, to do intensive scholarship in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. During the five-week programme, students hone their research and writing skills while exploring the relationship between Christianity and the development of the British Isles. Seminars and tutorials are given on specialized topics under expert Oxford academics in the areas of English language and literature, history, including the history of art and history of science, philosophy, and theology and the study of religion.

Uganda Studies Program

The Uganda Studies Program (USP) provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda. Students in the Uganda Studies Emphasis (USE) live on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU: an international affiliate of the CCCU) in Mukono, Uganda, sharing their lives with university students from Uganda and other parts of Africa. Students in the Intercultural Ministry & Missions Emphasis (IMME) live with host families within walking distance of the university. All USP students take classes from UCU professors and share meals with UCU students. Service projects and practicum opportunities are an integral part of USP, as are experiences in Rwanda and rural Uganda. In addition to the core experiential course, students choose from an approved selection of courses from the UCU curriculum.

SAPC: Student Academic Programs Commission

The Council’s Standing Board Policies require the president to appoint a Student Academic Programs Commission (SAPC) to serve as a source of review, advice and accountability for student programs. SAPC, in essence, serves as a liaison body with the Council membership, and guarantor of the quality of Council student programs. SAPC makes its recommendations for administrative action to the vice president for student programs and, as appropriate, for referral by the vice president to the president and board of directors.

Support for Off-Campus Study

The Office of Student Programs provides a broad array of support to faculty, “off-campus study coordinators” and campuses. The staff of Student Programs can provide off-campus study consultation in the following areas: advising students and families; health, safety and travel; and program development.