Associate Program Overview

Our Associate of Arts in Intercultural Ministry Degree curriculum follows the same basic format as the first year of the Intercultural Ministry BA. As an Associate degree student, you would focus on biblical and theological studies, personal spiritual development, and take courses in missions and ministry.

You would also participate in an 8-12 week intercultural practicum during the fall of your second year. This trip is designed to give you an introduction to the life and work in the mission field. You will then spend your 4th and final term back on campus in Bloomington.


Associate of Arts Classes

Freshman Fall Semester

  • Old Testament (3)
  • Synoptic Gospels (3)
  • English Composition (2)
  • Intro to Missions (3)
  • Evan. Disc. Comm. (3)
  • POC 1 (1)
  • ccc1 (0)
  • Kingdom Lifestyle (2)

Total of 17 credit hours.

Freshman Spring Semester

  •  Acts (3)
  • Theology 1 (3)
  • Partnership Dev. (2)
  • Personal Finance (3)
  • Elective (2)
  • Worldviews (3)
  • POC2 (1)
  • ccc2 (0)

Total of 17 credit hours.

Sophomore Fall Semester

  • Hermeneutics and Exegetical (3)
  • Ministry Practicum (1)
  • Missionary Life Practicum (1)
  • Language Competency (2)
  • Intro to Ethnographic Research (3)
  • History of (regional) (2)

Total of 12 credit hours.

Sophomore Spring Semester

  • Reentry (1)
  • Message of the Cross (2)
  • Integrative Project (1)
  • Cultural Anthropology (2)
  • Communications (3)
  • Leadership (2)
  • Survey World Religions (3)
  • Elective (2)
  • POC4 (1)
  • ccc4 (0)

Total of 17 credit hours.

Practical Training+

Practical Training

Bethany Global University (BGU) is an organization that has been built on the idea that enterprise can be used to help advance the gospel. Over the past 60 years, students at BGU have offset the cost of their education by serving in various roles through the organization, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. One way this has been done in the past is through the Practical Training (PT) Scholarship. Not only will the PT Scholarship save you money, but it will also serve as a valuable educational experience. Thus, it has become an important part of the educational program at BGU.

The Practical Training program will give you the chance to be a part of the inner workings of Bethany International, of which the university is a part. You will invest 18 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A $6,000 scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a $3k scholarship for your participation in the practical Training Program. This increases the potential for you to walk away from college debt free. Imagine what you can do with the extra money you save!
  2. Grow in professionalism. Your ability to influence people is based on how you’re able to interact with them in different social settings. We will teach you how to grow in professionalism whether you’re serving in an office setting, or working in other areas of the ministry.
  3. Develop a strong work ethic. At BGU we pray hard, play hard, and work hard. When you work hard you build trust with those around you. It also shows your supervisor that the best people to have on the team are Christians!
  4. Learn directly from the staff. Learning new skills is essential for effective cross-cultural work in the future. By serving in various areas of the ministry you will develop a new and diverse set of skills. The staff at BGU will work with you in training and developing you as a person.

Your practical training program work assignment is based on personal interviews, past experience, preference, and the needs of the organization. Departments in Bethany International that students have served in the past include:

  • I.T.
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Admissions Office
  • Recruitment Office
  • Kitchen
  • Services
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Publish4All

Global Internship+

Global Internship

Learn how to comfortably move between two different cultures quickly through a combination of formal training, experience, interaction, and practical ministry application. Through the Global Internship, you will observe and engage in missionary life firsthand to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom.

What do the Interns do?

During Global Internship, students will:

  • Live overseas as a team for 16 months at one of our Global Internship sites
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Partner with missionaries and local ministries to bring the Gospel to a people group
  • Study social structures, religion, and worldview
  • Become interculturally minded Christians

The Global Internship is split into four terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each term has a distinct focus to help you get the most out of your experience overseas. While each location operates a little differently you can get a general idea about each term by looking through the list below.

  • Gain foundational language learning
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Be established in process of culture learning
  • Online courses: Philippians, Language Competency, History in Context, and Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Build ministry skills through participation
  • Informal language learning
  • Gain foundation understanding of predominant religions in your region
  • Online courses: James, Local Area Religions

Mid Internship Break (2 weeks towards the end of April)

  • The only scheduled vacation during the 16 months
  • Travel regionally in small groups
  • Family may visit
  • May return to the US

Global Internship Retreat

To give the interns a one week break and "checkup" in the middle of their Global Internship to focus on identity, community and team, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and academic learning.

  • Gain understanding of Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting as it occurs in context.
  • Gain ethnographic understanding of social, political and community structures
  • Deepen interview and ministry skills.
  • Online courses: Galatians, Social and Political Structures, EDC in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Contextualization

Where are the Global Internship sites?

Global Interns are sent in teams. Student teams live together in one of several different locations around the world. The Global Internship sites each provide their own unique environments, languages, cultural and religious contexts and ministry challenges, and opportunities. Global Interns over the past several years have lived on sites in: Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, France, and Kenya.

New sites are continually being identified and developed to receive Global Internship teams.

Global Internship Locations

Some Global Internship sites are in restricted countries and CAN NOT be listed on our website. If you would like to learn more about these locations as well as more sensitive details about the locations above, please request more information »

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Local Outreach+

BOLD Outreach

Bethany Outreach and Leadership Development (BOLD) develops you as a leader while you engage in a local ministry weekly. In addition to academic excellence, you develop a missional lifestyle before ever stepping onto the foreign field. BOLD allows you to participate in a wide variety of ministries, including service to international communities, inner-city programs, street evangelism, and youth discipleship. The following are some of our outreach opportunities.

Discover Center

Discover enter is an after school mentorship program for adults and children.It empowers families by transforming their daily life through spiritual discipleship, educational empowerment, and leadership development.

Bread of Life

Bread of Life begins with worship and prayer. The teams then disperse to distribute fresh bread and share Jesus Christ. They either go to the Mall of America or the Minneapolis jail. The jail ministry focuses on ministering to the men who have been incarcerated.

Marie Sandvik Center

The Marie Sandvik Center provides for the material and spiritual needs of the poor in the inner city of Minneapolis. This is done through serving a meal, providing groceries, and holding a gospel-centered service for the community.

ICCM Life Center

ICCM Life Center is an urban ministry center located on the south side of Minneapolis, committed to transforming impoverished people through the power of Jesus Christ.

Chi Alpha

Chi Alpha seeks to evangelize and disciple through relationship based simple church planting. Students are trained to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and find people who are open to looking into the Word of God to learn more about who Jesus is.

Presbyterian Homes

Presbyterian Homes seeks to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults, and to provide more choices and opportunities for these older adults to live well. Bethany students who word with this outreach will have the opportunity to engage with the residents through visits, music, evangelism, and leading devotions.

JLS Learning Center

JLS Learning Center meets in the ICCM Life Center building, and is also focused on inner city ministry. JLS provides the opportunity to minister to elementary and middle school aged students through tutoring in school work and building relationships. A consisted, stable friend and mentor is an invaluable asset to these youth.

Street Level

Street Level is an evangelistic outreach that goes to different areas of Minneapolis to witness to people. These areas include downtown, uptown, University of Minnesota, dinky town, and a local mall.

Global Harvest Church

Global Harvest is a local church whose mission is to reach people of every nation, culture, language, and ethnicity with the gospel, starting right in the Twin Cities. You will be able to disciple and have fellowship with many international church members at this outreach.

Potter's Wheel

Potter's Wheel is a ministry that engages in the life of special needs students from Beyond Limits college.  They provide the love of Christ through mentorship, discipleship, and tutoring.

Jubilee Youth Center

The Jubilee Youth Center is a biblically-based, church-operated mentorship program that takes place in engaging Bible lessons, memory verses, praise songs, and a time for homework help. The main core of this outreach is mentorship, getting on each kid's "turf." Youth receive one on one attention from mentors who care about them and who are committed to seeing them follow Jesus.

Messenger Bootcamp

Messenger Bootcamp is a comprehensive evangelistic training program that develops believers in cultivating intimacy with God and fruitful lifestyle gospel proclamation. The commitments of this outreach are more arduous than a typical outreach option.

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