Summer Off-Campus Programs
Service and Learning in Southern Africa*
Spend three weeks of your summer in Ndola, Zambia, learning and serving alongside the community there. Spend time at Northrise University, one of the few Christian universities in Africa. Learn about the political and economic challenges of the region, and gain experience by working with orphans, mentoring young people, or helping on the Northrise University farms. The group will also take a trip to Victoria Falls and go on a photo safari to Botswana. There will be pre-trip orientation and assignments related to the history, culture, and nature of the region.
Central America: Language, Culture, and Society*
Learn or improve your Spanish language skills while living in a Central American setting. Explore the historical roots and influences shaping a contemporary Central American country. Emphasis is placed on understanding the challenges and potential of Central America today. Students will live with families and have ample opportunities to interact with local Spanish speakers. Several excursions are planned to supplement classroom instruction. Previous Spanish courses are not required.
Dutch Culture and a Reformed Worldview*
Study the identity of the Dutch people from the 17th century to the present while living in the Netherlands for three weeks. Examine the history of the Calvinist heritage from the Synod of Dordt to the contribution of Abraham Kuyper to the present. Discover how Kuyper’s Reformed worldview has shaped various aspects of life and society such as church, politics, trade, land reclamation, etc. Special attention will be given to events and sites relating to World War II. There are classes in the morning and field trips in the afternoon.
Culture, Missions, and Community Development in Nicaragua*
The course will focus on culture, missions, and community development in Nicaragua in cooperation with the Nehemiah Center in Managua, Nicaragua. Through pre-trip orientation and assigned readings and a variety of in-country experiences students will explore the history, culture, government, and social life of Nicaragua and examine how a variety of mission outreaches and community development programs have attempted to offer assistance in Nicaragua.
Utilizing representatives from a variety of agencies active in Nicaragua, the students will be involved in discussions about the future of Nicaragua and its relationship to the rest of the world, as well as learning about the differing philosophies and implementation plans of the different mission agencies and community development organizations. Where possible, students will be given the opportunity to get involved in the day-to-day work of the agencies in Nicaragua.
Serving and Learning in Hungary and Transcarpathia, Ukraine*
Arrive in Budapest, Hungary, and spend time exploring and studying Hungarian culture and history. Then spend two weeks living in Hungarian ethnic communities in rural Transcarpathia, Ukraine. Visit schools in the region and assist in teaching English to middle and high school students and adults. Absorb and experience the local culture and be of service in appropriate ways to people living in the post-communist era. There will be pre-trip orientation and assignments related to the history, culture and language of the region.
Korea: Korean Culture*
Students will stay in Korea for three weeks to study Korea's history, culture, and art. Both in a classroom setting and through travels to urban and traditional settings, students will learn about the history and religions of Korea with emphasis on their modern development. They will experience Korean culture through personal relationships with students at Chong-Shin University while they take lectures, discussions, and excursions together. This course is open to students of any major who have completed at least one year of college.
Other Off-Campus Programs
Au Sable Institute
The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies offers field-based courses at two primary campuses: one in the Great Lakes Forest near the middle of the North American continent, the other on the Puget Sound on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, north of Seattle, Washington. The Institute also has a program at ECHO in North Fort Myers, Florida. There are three-week and five-week summer sessions. Courses can be applied toward meeting Dordt College graduation requirements in several majors. Au Sable courses and Dordt courses can also be used to meet requirements for certificates issued by Au Sable Institute in the following areas: Naturalist, Land Resources Analyst, Water Resources Analyst, and Environmental Analyst. Au Sable fellowships and grants-in-aid are available to Dordt students.
Summer In Spain *
A summer term version of Trinity’s Semester in Spain Program in Seville, Spain. Two four-week sessions are offered each summer.
World Journalism Institute
The World Journalism Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, offers summer courses in New York City, Los Angeles, Asheville, and Washington, D.C., to help train young Christians to write well, observe keenly, and think biblically.
Chez Vous: Normandy, France *
Chez Vous is a six-week summer program that integrates French language study with real life. Students grow in their French language skills, their love for French culture and in appreciation of the spiritual heritage and ministry opportunities within the Francophone world.
Oxford Summer Programme *
The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) is a program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. The program is designed for students wishing to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between Christianity and the development of the West. Students are given the opportunity to learn under expert Oxford academics in the areas of history, religious studies, political theory, philosophy, English, and history of science. The program is structured for rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate and seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers, and those enrolled in continuing education programs. [Students earn 6 semester hours of credit.]
*Participation in one of these programs satisfies the Core Program's cross-cultural requirement.