New Study Abroad Pilot Program
In a new pilot, four MLC students will study in Germany or Peru next school year. The students will enroll for one semester at either Freie Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany, or Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru.
Professor Thomas Hunter, international coordinator, says the program will benefit students in several ways: “Students will have the opportunity to advance in their language skills, to experience another culture while living in that culture, to grow in confidence and independence, and to live their faith among those very different from themselves.”
Of the students who apply, Professor Hunter will choose four based upon a minimum GPA, faculty recommendation, and a demonstrated ability to function well in another culture. Once they are accepted into MLC’s study abroad program, they must also be accepted by the university in Berlin or Lima.
Primarily, the students will study foreign language—German or Spanish—but they will also take general education courses in English, which will transfer back to MLC. In addition, the universities offer off-campus excursions to fully immerse the students in the arts, history, and culture of the country.
“They can worship with churches in our fellowship,” added Hunter, “the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church in Germany or the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Confessional Church, which partners with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). And they can worship daily with their MLC family through our chapel livestreaming.”
The study abroad program is not to be confused with MLC Daylight International, in which MLC graduates teach overseas. Eighteen 2013 graduates opted for Daylight International upon their graduation last May, joining about 30 others who are teaching all over the world.
Hunter anticipates robust growth in the new study abroad program. “I am fully confident that it will go well,” he said, “and more students will go abroad in the future. We are already looking at Southeast Asia and other countries as well.”
Read more articles in our Fall 2013 InFocus magazine.