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“Bethany has a rich heritage, a spiritual DNA of faith, international fruitfulness, and a great future ahead”
—Loren Cunningham – Founder of Youth With A Mission

A Clear Path To the Mission Field

For many, there isn’t a clear path to becoming a missionary long term. They wrestle with their calling, wonder what the qualifications are, and worry if they can make it financially.

BGU makes this journey easy by providing a clear path to lifetime of impact overseas.

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Since 1948, Bethany Global University has trained 3,000+ Christian missionaries to take the church to where it is not. Our hands-on approach to education will help you become an effective missionary wherever God leads you.

We accomplish this in three ways:

  1. Hands-on Traning: Undergraduates get hands-on work experience through practical training and local outreach while on campus and then spent 16 months overseas learning while doing missions during their global internship. Graduate students are required to be actively involved in some hands-on work regarding intercultural ministry.
  2. Missions Focus: Fulfilling the great Great Commission by taking the church to where it is not is our chief aim. All faculty, staff, and students who attend here are focused on this one great endeavor.
  3. A University & Agency Collaboration: BGU is part of the larger organization of Bethany International and partners with Bethany Gateways missions agency to bring the most up-to-date training back to the classroom. In collaboration with Bethany Gateways, BA students are commissioned and sent as full-time missionaries overseas while on their global internship.

Missions-minded Community

All the students, staff, and faculty at BGU are focused solely on missions.


Earn an Accredited Degree

BGU is fully accredited and offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree with majors in Intercultural Ministry, Entrepreneurship, and Education.


Spend 16 Months Overseas

BGU will walk you through the process before, during, and after the mission field so you are fully equipped to make an impact overseas. (BA students only)

After my two years on campus and 16 month internship, I could be dropped anywhere in the world and know how to be an effective missionary
—Rebecca, BGU Alumni

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Quotes That Make You Want to be a Missionary

Jesus declared that the field is ready for harvest. We are called to be workers for His harvest field (Matthew 9:37).  Below lies a list of quotes that will inspire your call to missions.    “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.” —Hudson Taylor [Tweet “”God isn’t looking for […]

8 Ways Missionaries Make Money Overseas

You may be asking the question, how do missionaries make money on the mission field? One of the toughest mountains missionaries face is finances. Many people are overwhelmed by the huge amount of money that they have to raise to support themselves and their family and their ministry while living in another country. Others question […]

Should Missionaries Save For Retirement?

Too many of us believe that we are going to be able to work forever. Especially as missionaries, there is a desire for us to never stop. Because of that, we can fall into an ignorance for the need of a retirement fund and one day we may find ourselves in a difficult situation where […]

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Learn While Doing Missions Overseas

Through BGU’s Global Internship, you can earn your BA degree while making an impact for Christ in one of the 7 different countries below. We are also adding more countries every year as we grow.

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“I am just thanking the Lord for BGU’s impact around the world.”

George Verwer
Founder of Operation Mobilization

“Bethany Global University has been blazing recently.”

Andrew Scott
President/CEO OM USA

“Bethany has a rich heritage, a spiritual DNA of faith, international fruitfulness, and a great future ahead”

Loren Cunningham
Founder of Youth With A Mission

“Bethany Global University has a tried and true approach to equipping men and women for missionary service.”

Doug McConnell, PhD
Provost and Professor Fuller Theological Seminary

Bethany Global University puts first things first—The Word and the world.

Marvin J. Newell
Senior Vice President, Missio Nexus


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