InterVarsity Study Abroad partners with two third-party program providers to offer semester programs in the developing world. Each program location allows students to engage their faith with poverty and injustice in the local context while earning academic credit.
“This is a unique, once in a lifetime experience in which you will see God radically transform your life, emotionally and spiritually, while you learn all about a country from a biblical perspective.” - Kelsey Schuett (InterVarsity Semester Program Participant ’16 now serving as a CSM in California)
It is likely that InterVarsity’s program partners are not already approved with your student’s institution. Because of this, students will need to go through a petitioning process to get approval from their school to participate in one of the programs.
Each institution has a slightly different process and procedure, which means obtaining approval can take time. In general, it is great for students to start the process a year before the intended semester abroad.
To help students through the petitioning process, encourage them to talk with the InterVarsity Study Abroad Student Advisor for next steps in moving forward with their school. As a campus staff worker, you can be a great source of encouragement and support as your student pursues studying abroad as mission. Do not hesitate to connect with the Study Abroad Team to learn more about the semester programs or InterVarsity Study Abroad.