“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

Hands-on Missions College

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 missionary training programs make the journey easy by providing a clear path to a 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

Missions-minded Community

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

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Earn an Accredited Degree

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

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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)

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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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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






BGU’s staff and faculty were featured in TEDx talks.


The New York Times

“[BGU] reimagines the reach of its work in another new way: Its program includes a year and a half of missionary work abroad”


Charisma Magazine

Ranked in Charisma’s Best Christian Universities,Colleges & Schools


Dennis Prager Show

A BGU student was interviewed to discuss BGU, work education, and her long term plans in missions work.

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