Students at McPherson College have many unique opportunities to experience different cultures and environments through travel courses offered during the January term. They find themselves traveling to New York for theatre, China for philosophy and religion, Italy for art history, or to the Dominican Republic to participate in service projects.

January 2019: New Zealand

New Zealand Trip

  • Auckland International BusinessVisit Import /export firms, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and learn about the history of New Zealand.
  • Polynesian Culture Spend a day at the Waitomo Marae, the spiritual and cultural center of the Maori people.
  • Hobbiton Visit the movie set from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
  • Natural History Visit the lava flows and hike on Rangitoto Island.
  • Caving Take a subterranean boat trip on the Waitomo River.
  • Kansas winter blues? January is summer in New Zealand, and there are 50 beaches near Auckland.

Students wishing to take this travel course for credit should register for:
G-BA342IT International Business or G-HI210 International Travel Study in History
Travel dates: Jan 9-21, 2019

For more information, contact Ken Yohn

May 2018: Ecuador and the Amazon Rainforest

Dustin Wilgers with students in Ecuador

McPherson College Students Experience Transformational Travel Class

Transformational is the word Dustin Wilgers, associate professor of biology at McPherson College, uses to describe the travel experience class he led to Ecuador this spring to study issues of the Amazon rainforest. The nine-day trip took Professor Wilgers, three students, and one guest deep into the Amazon rainforest where they met with people from four different indigenous tribes to learn how globalization, particularly oil exploration, has changed their culture. Full Story


Study Abroad

Opportunities to live and study outside the United States are available to McPherson College students. One program students take advantage of is the BCA program. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship, and academic scholarship through educational exchanges. The programs are open to all majors.

McPherson College cooperates with Bridgewater College (VA), Elizabethtown College (PA), Juniata College (PA), Manchester College (IN), and the University of LaVerne (CA) in the BCA program. BCA provides a year or semester of study for qualified college students at the following locations:

  • Athens, Greece: University of LaVerne-Athens
  • Barcelona, Spain: University of Barcelona
  • Cheltenham, England: Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • Cochin, India: Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • Dalian, China: Dalian University of Foreign Languages
  • Letterkenny, Ireland: Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Marburg, Germany: Philipps Universität-Marburg
  • Quito, Ecuador: Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Sapporo, Japan: Hokusei Gakuen University
  • Strasbourg, France: University of Strasbourg
  • Nancy, France: University of Nancy
  • Xalapa, Mexico: Universidad Veracruzana

Peace and Justice Programs
BCA has collaborated with international institutions of higher education to offer academic programs that educate students to make decisions for peaceful change in a complex and challenging world. The BCA “Peace and Justice” programs are designed to allow students to study with scholars actively seeking solutions to issues affecting the future of people, communities, and nations. Students studying with BCA will be able to deepen their understanding of other cultures and political perspectives while being engaged with current world problems.

International Seminars for Faculty and Administrators
BCA offers a series of international seminars for faculty and administrators that will provide educators with an in-depth, intensive understanding of other societies and their political, economical, and cultural perspectives. BCA’s international seminars are meant to contribute to the professional development of faculty and administrators who are concerned with deepening their insights into other societies while contributing to the internationalization of their own institutions.