Bachelor of Arts in
Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions

Create spiritual and social impact through entrepreneurship.

With the realities of sweeping world change, modern missionaries are finding creative ways to let the light of Christ shine brightly. At Bethany Global University we are launching a new program that will teach you how to not only transform lives, but influence societies through entrepreneurship.

This program is a compilation of Bible, theology, intercultural studies, business, and liberal arts classes to help you think critically, live godly, adapt to other cultures quickly, and start businesses in difficult environments. This degree blends learning in a classroom with hands-on experience in one of our 16-month Global Internship locations overseas.

Double Major with a Single Minor

This degree is a double major in:

Bible & Theology: The first two years of the program focus on biblical and theological study to deepen your understanding of God's Word, provide a foundation for godly character, and provide the substance for spiritual growth.

Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions: The core focus of the degree is entrepreneurship. To learn how to transform lives, cultures, and societies for Christ through business development. While business principles and activities are taught thoroughly, you will also gain a deep understanding of worldview and the basic building blocks that make up societies in order to influence them.

A mandatory single minor will also be earned in:

Intercultural Ministry Studies: Learning how to understand cross-cultural and language barriers are critical to any missions effort. This is especially true of those who wish to start businesses in new cultures that impact society.

What You Will Learn

With a double major in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions and Bible & Theology, you will learn how to:

Transform Business: Media often paints a bad picture of business, but to sell something is truly a noble task. To sell is to create value where there might have been none before. Through Transformational Entrepreneurship, you will learn how to discover value and turn that value into profit that brings transformation to the community and society.

Transform Lives: While profit is a driving factor for business, the true bottom line is transformed lives. Transformational Entrepreneurship is very much a program for those who are called to bring the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. With this program, you will learn how to integrate business and ministry to see lives transformed.

Transform Societies:  Through Christ, you can influence a whole society and this degree will help you not only bring economic and spiritual change but will give you critical thinking skills you need to understand and influence the different building blocks that make up a society.

Learn How to Bring Entrepreneurship Into Nonprofit Work

This degree will not only teach you how to start for-profit businesses overseas but also equip you with skills and abilities that are valuable to any ministry or nonprofit organization as well. Watch the TEDx talk below from our adjunct instructor, Dan Sanchez, as he explains how he was able to apply the lessons he learned working for a startup to nonprofit work.


Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions and Bible & Theology are taken in a semester class structure. All students take the same classes in the sequence below.

The classes and sequence below can change a little from year to year, so be sure to look through our BGU catalog on the forms and documents page to get the most up to date course list.

Freshman Year

Semester 1

BTH111 Old Testament I: Pentateuch to Ruth (3 credits)

The first course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the creation, the fall, the flood, the Patriarchs, Moses, the Exodus, the Tabernacle, the Law, and other issues and events recorded in the Pentateuch to Ruth.

BTH141 Hermeneutics (3 credits)

This course is a study of the principles, methods, and rules necessary for correctly understanding the meaning of Scripture and applying that meaning to our lives today. The course will examine the rules and approaches necessary for the different literary genre of scripture.

ENG111 English Composition (2 credits)

In this course, students will focus on the process of writing comprehensible, correct, and effective essays. They will learn how to express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of rhetorical modes. The course will teach students how to critically revise and edit their own compositions while avoiding mechanical, grammatical, and orthographical errors.

ENT111 Vocation, Missions and Entrepreneurship (2 credits)

This course focuses on developing an integrated theology of human vocation, missions, and entrepreneurship, and introduces students to the basic components of starting a small business.

HUM112 Critical Thinking (2 credits)

This course focuses on loving God with your mind by developing foundational skills in critical reading and thinking. Students will use these foundational skills throughout all their subsequent courses during their BGU program

MIS111 Intro to Missions (3 credits)

A broad overview of God’s mission in the world as revealed through His activity in the Old and New Testaments. The course also introduces the historical, cultural, strategic, and practical dimensions of the world’s mission mandate.

PRT111 Practical Training (0 credits)

SPD111 Foundations of Soul Care (1 credit)

This course will explore the impact and application of the transformative work of Christ and how that work specifically applies to Christian maturity and care for the soul (mind, will and emotions). Starting from the foundation of being created in God’s image, students will learn how to pursue a deeper walk with Christ as they learn more about their identity as a child of God. Students will learn how to let go of fear, anxiety, unforgiveness and ungodly coping mechanisms as they discover what it means for believers to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. This course will include interactive lectures as well as personal testimonies and lessons from Student Life and other BGU Staff.

BGU111 Student Success: The BGU Way (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students be successful both academically and personally as they integrate into the Bethany community. They will be exposed to a variety of topics such as research methods, time management, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. Students will also become familiar with a variety of services which are made available to them on campus through the Student Resource Center, the IT department and Prayer Ministry.

Semester 2

BTH122 Gospel of the Kingdom and Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)

The study of Luke and Acts will demonstrate how Jesus’ teachings, prayer, miracles, parables, death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Spirit advance the great story of the Bible, fulfilling the promises of God. Students will develop an integrated understanding of the New Testament culminating in a final oral exam in which they will tell the story of the gospel and how it spread into all the world. Students will use their New Testament timeline to tell this story including key events, missionary journeys, churches planted, persecutions, and letters written.

The course will also include practical components of learning to pray, being filled with the Spirit, leading Discovery Bible Studies, praying for and having gospel conversations with unbelievers, and other missionary activities so that students can take their place in God’s continuing story.

BTH131 Missional Theology (3 credits)

This course, as an introduction to essential Christian doctrine, seeks to equip the student with the fundamentals of Christian belief common to the worshiping community, the body of Christ around the world. Structured around the Apostle’s Creed, and drawing on classic ecumenical consensus, Missional Theology seeks to answer the question, “What have all Christians, everywhere, always believed?”

The course is called “Missional Theology” because mission is at the heart of the Biblical narratives concerning God’s work in human history, culminating with the life and work of Jesus Christ. For the purposes of this course, the topics of theology are characterized by mission and are related to God’s heart, initiative, and purposes in regard to “taking the church to where it is not.” The course also applies to the whole life of every disciple, since every believer is to be an ambassador, carrying the mission of God – His Kingdom – into every sphere of life.

SSC112 Health and Wellness (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students understand the need and assume personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Christians, we believe that God took on bodily human form (John 1:14; Phil. 2:5-11); one implication of the incarnation and the bodily resurrection of Jesus is that God is very invested in human matters and in the physical world. This should impact how we care for ourselves, for those we serve, and for the world we live in. Students will explore the relationship between individual health and cultural, behavioral, environmental and biological factors as well as to develop a sustainable plan to improve personal health.

ENT112 Validating Your Business Idea (2 credits)

This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. It’s not about how to write a business plan. The end result is not a paper to be published or PowerPoint slide deck. Instead the entire team will be engaged with industry; talking to customers, partners and competitors, as the team encounters the chaos of the market and uncertainty of transferring knowledge into products and processes that benefit society

ENT121 Transformational Entrepreneurship I (2 credits)

Identifying Potential Consumers and Needs: This course is designed to introduce students to the customer discovery process. This course involves students in discovering what problems, products and services are needed on the field and in the businesses and ministries they are working with. Students learn what the high-value customer problems are and what is needed to solve these problems. Students will also consider who would end up using the product or service on a daily basis, and if they are willing to pay for it. By the end of this course students will develop skills for discovering the opportunities, and validating their hypothesis and product specs through the process of customer discovery.

MIS112 Evangelism, Discipleship and Community (3 credits)

This course is designed to establish a biblical framework for missions with a focus on the crucial activities of the church: evangelism, discipleship and the creation of community. The course will examine how these activities integrate for the purpose of seeing God’s Kingdom come and His will done on the earth.

SSC131 Contemporary Issues: Gender & Sexuality (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind. Course content is crafted to reiterate and expand previously learned critical thinking skills (learned in HUM112: Critical Thinking). All previously learned skills will be leveraged, strengthened, and enhanced as students examine and interact with scholarly material related to various views on gender and sexuality.

PRT112 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Sophomore Year

Semester 1

BTH212 Old Testament II: Historical Books and Wisdom Literature (3 credits)

The second course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the historical books from Joshua to the Exiles, the role of the prophets in the history of Israel, and provide an overview of Hebrew poetry and wisdom literature, with a view toward providing an understanding of the Old Testament as preparation for the coming of Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of God in the world.

BTH221 The Book of Romans: Message of the Cross (2 credits)

This course is considered a foundational piece of the curriculum at Bethany. It is an in-depth, exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the Church of Rome. A strong emphasis is given to Romans 6-8 to examine the role of the Cross as righteousness, providing freedom from the power of Sin and the Law, and victorious living through the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

ENT211 Marketing Your Small Business (2 credits)

Students will develop a simple business with a special focus on sales and marketing over the course of the semester. The goal is to revisit the process of the customer development as well as gain practical skills in sales and marketing of a new business.

ENT221 Transformational Entrepreneurship II (2 credits)

This course will cover the four steps of Customer Development: Customer Discovery, Customer Validation, Customer Creation, and Company Building. Customer discovery and creation is an iterative process of physically getting out of the building to interview potential customers to understand their problems and pain points in the market. These interviews, or experiments, lead to real-world learnings and insights that validate or invalidate key components of the business model, often leading to pivots.

This course will provide the student with real-world, hands-on learning experience with customer discovery and successfully transferring knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. Students will spend their time talking to and learning from customers, partners and competitors, and learning how to deal with the uncertainty of launching a lean startup. This course is aimed to mimic the uncertainty all startups face as they search for a business model while imparting an understanding of all the components of a business model, not just how to give a pitch or a demo.

HUM211 Worldviews and World Religions (3 credits)

To be determined.

SPD211 Life in the Spirit: Training in Godliness (3 credit)

To be determined.

SSC231 Contemporary Issues: Sanctity of Life (2 credits)

To be determined.

PRT211 Practical Training (0 credits)

Semester 2

BTH213 Old Testament III: Prophets and Intertestamental Period (3 credits)

The third course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the role of the speaking and writing prophets in the history of Israel, describe the major prophetic periods in Israel, and survey the major themes and events related to the writings of the major and minor prophets. The course will also examine the history of the intertestamental period and the ways God was preparing Israel and the world for the coming Messiah and the unveiling of the Gospel (Ephesians 1:9-10).

CHM211 Intercultural Ministry Preparation (3 credits)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students enrolled in this course will be preparing for participation in Bethany Global University’s Global Internship. The course will focus on practical issues of missionary life and the personal and interpersonal skills needed for effective ministry service. A heavy emphasis will be placed on partnership development.

ECO232 Basic Finance for Microenterprise and Non-profits (2 credits)

The course will provide students with basic accounting structures and processes for managing the financial concerns of microenterprise geared towards the mission field. The course will focus on the primary navigational tools (net income statement, cash flow statement, and the balance sheet) or the “financial dashboard” that are critical for allowing the entrepreneur to manage the business effectively by making right decisions. To undertake this endeavor, the course will review the fundamentals of business planning as well, especially within the unique Business as Mission environment.

ICS212 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

The lack of an adequate understanding of the huge differences in the ways the many peoples of the world live, think and relate to each other in daily life has often been a major flashpoint of frustration for field missionaries. This course reviews what Cultural Anthropologists have learned about these differences. To understand the principles behind the differences is critical to discovering ways to overcome them. It is our desire to minimize the damage caused and the potential flashpoints of frustration posed by crossing cultural boundaries as missionaries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This course will include a significant lab component consisting of case study analysis in small groups.

MAT211 Personal Finance (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand and apply personal finance management at a basic level with specific attention to practical day-to-day applications. The course is structured as an online class and it utilizes Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: College Edition. The student will learn how to establish a savings plan, how to develop a personal budget, calculate interest, evaluate bargains and sales, understand mortgage and interest calculations, understand insurance policies, and develop an investment plan.

SSC232 Contemporary Issues: Race and Culture (2 credits)

To be determined.

SPD 232 Community, Character and the Cross IV (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 231. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

PRT212 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Junior Year

The entire junior year of courses are taken online while on your global internship overseas. Much of the content will be customized to fit the internship location. For example, if you go to Thailand, you will study the Thai language, learn Thai culture, and study the history of the Thai people.

You will take 3 semesters of courses over your junior year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Semester 1

COM311 Intercultural Communications (3 credits)

Missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be effective as communicators both to individuals as well as small and large groups of people. This course explores communication theory, cross-cultural social interaction and communication media; and introduces the dynamics of inter-cultural communication.

CHM321 Missionary Life and Entrepreneurial Practicum I (3 credits)

This course consists of two main components: immersion in the local culture and the experience of missionary life. During the first months of life in a cross-cultural setting, the goal of the student is to engage in the local community as much as possible. Immersion in the culture will provide an integral foundation for future ministry as students invest in relationships, language building and cultural learning activities in their new environment.

This course also encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during the first term of the Global Internship program. As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk.

ENT321 Transformational Entrepreneurship III (2 credits)

Growth Strategies/Developing Clientele and Business: Customer Creation builds on the success of initial sales. The goal of this course is to create end-user demand and drive that demand into the company’s sales channel. Students learn when a sufficient number of first customers legitimize a move to this next step. They become familiar with the different types of startups– entering existing markets, creating new markets, hybrids of the first two—and the different types of market strategies and activities needed for them. By the end of this course, students will have learned when and how to begin successful business scaling as product demand increases.

LNG311 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

This course covers the best strategies and methods for learning a foreign language. It will provide the student with the tools and information they need to discover what may be the best methods and strategies for them. Students will discover that there is no panacea or best way to learn a language. In fact, to be successful language learners they will learn the need to take control of their language learning, set goals and experiment with different strategies and methods. They will experiment, test and practice, until they find a combination of methods to help them accomplish their language learning goals. They will realize they do not need to depend on their teachers or tutors to become fluent in their new language, but they must go beyond the classroom and learn what interests them and helps them secure what they need.

SSC311 Intro to Ethnographic Research: Exploring Material Culture (4 credits)

Learning to learn from the context is considered a key adaptation skill for cross-cultural missionaries. The ethnographic research that students do on a daily basis forms a foundation for understanding the culture they are living in and for their future role in understanding whatever culture they find themselves in. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations. The observations and discussions for this term will focus on material culture and language practices.

Semester 2

TH321 Philippians (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Philippi. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

BUS321 Sales and Marketing (2 credits)

The student will learn basics of sales and marketing for various contexts essential to promote their service or product.

CHM322 Missionary Life and Entrepreneurial Practicum II (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

ENT322 Transformational Entrepreneurship IV (2 credits)

Finance and Profitability: This course explores different financing models including bootstrapping, organic growth, debt and risk capital. The course also provides a clear overview of equity financing including the key types of investors: angels, venture capital, and crowdfunding. Students learn about terms, term sheets, exit modes and what exit strategy might work best for them. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of what success looks like and how it can be financed.

LNG321 Language Competency I (3 credits)

Students set goals as an assessment tool to monitor their results and employ any necessary changes to their goals or language learning habits. They will employ resources available to them in their language class, language materials and through the use of digital media. They will employ these language resources for listening, learning and practicing their target language in context to help them accomplish their language learning goals. In addition, they will hold themselves accountable to a language tutor who will assess their language abilities through an interview with a native speaker.

Semester 3

BTH322 Hebrews (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament book of Hebrews. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

BUS321 Sales and Marketing (2 credits)

The student will learn basics of sales and marketing for various contexts essential to promote their service or product.

CHM323 Missionary Life and Entrepreneurial Practicum III (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

LNG322 Language Competency II (3 credit)

During this course, students will set specific goals for their language study. They will work on one or two skills at a time that will enable them to progress in their learning. Goals give direction and help with measuring growth. Students will continue to create language lessons based on what their language goals are and according to their language needs. They will plan where, when, and how long to work on their goals. Students will continue to plan topics and dialogues with their language helper using the Lexicarry or any other materials they choose. Spontaneous conversations using the target language while in the community will continue to be emphasized. Students will need to be disciplined and motivated to work on language learning on their own.

SSC312 Religious Systems and Structures (4 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the religious systems and structures of a particular culture with a view toward effective ministry within the context. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

Senior Year

The first semester of your senior year is the last semester of your 16 month global internship, leaving the last semester as a time for re-entry.

Semester 1

BUS411 Business as Transformation (2 credits)

This course will introduce the primary components of what is known as Business as Mission (BAM) and discover how business in and of itself can be an instrument of mission and community transformation.

BUS412 Local Business Law and Practice (3 credits)

Students will research and document the legal, administrative, financial, and educational requirements to start a business in their field location. They will also research the cultural assumptions, practices, and ethics that can help or hinder the business startup process.

CHM422 Missionary Life and Entrepreneurial Practicum IV (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

ICS422 Contextualization (4 credits)

This course borrows from the lessons learned in SSC 311, 312 and 411 (Ethnographic Research) and seeks to integrate that learning into the development of a holistic strategy for consideration of the specific worldview issues, belief systems and value systems which either inhibit or provide opportunity for contextualization of the Gospel message for a particular culture. Students will examine principles of contextualization and examine what they have learned from the culture during their Global Internship sojourn to describe this strategy. Students will continue to record observations in a field journal and discuss these observations and their implications in a bi-weekly collaborative meeting.

LNG421 Language Competency III (3 credit)

During this course, students will take a more active approach to language study by working with others in their community. They will set their own short, specific language learning goals and develop stronger listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in their target language. Students will develop discipline in language study and become self-directed learners.

Semester 2

BTH412 Telling God's Story: Genesis through Revelation (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the ways oral learners process information and methods for communicating truth through storying. Students learn the dynamics of strategic storying, assess collections of story sets and how they can be used to open hearts to the Gospel, and how to use chronological storying to teach biblical truth, especially how to help people who have no historical understanding of God’s dealings with mankind, to His purposes, love, and provision of salvation. Students learn the skills of designing stories to focus on specific theological truths, telling stories, making sure that people comprehend the truths to be taught, and how to weave these together to make the Gospel absolutely clear. Storying for follow-up of believers and for church-planting are included. Finally, each student should have a firm grasp on the timeline and major events of salvation history as it is revealed to us in the Old and New Testaments as a foundation for telling God’s story

BTH431 Practical Theology (2 credits)

Practical Theology focuses upon the synthesis of ministry philosophy with ministry practice. Yet in the course of ministry, some preconceived philosophies become incongruent with ministry practice, thus leaving the Christian leader confronted with a ministry crisis. When ministry crises occur, the tendency for the Christian leader is to look externally rather than internally to resolve this crisis of incongruence. Meanwhile, our Lord is urging us to look internally, to live more humbly and surrender more fully to the Lord in order to persevere in ministry. This class will provide a proactive approach towards the inevitable incongruence of ministry philosophy and practice, by helping the student lay a foundation of personal insight, while providing practical skills for ministry effectiveness. Also, the student will come away with a basic proficiency in practical ministry skills in counseling and conducting various ceremonies such as: a funeral, a wedding, a baptism and a sermon.

CHM412 Missionary Member Care (2 credits)

The topic of Missionary Member Care addresses different areas of health and challenge in a missionary’s life. Member Care is integral to all aspects of mission. In the Missionary Member Care class, students will gain an overview understanding of the areas of a missionary’s life that are addressed in Member Care through reading articles and learning about tools used in member care around the world today. Students will also attend the Midwest Conference on Member Care (MC2) during the course where they will gain a greater understanding of member care, and the current realities and needs of overseas workers in the fields today.

ENT412 Entrepreneurship Capstone (3 credits)

The Way Forward: In this Capstone project, students will be reviewing and assessing what they learned from their time on the field about customer discovery, validation, creation, and company building within the businesses and ministries they worked with. They will review peer projects and learning experiences, and consider practical next steps. Students will also develop skills to pitch a business product or service to potential investors.

LDR431 Leadership (2 credits)

This course offers an overview of the biblical basis and dynamic principles of effective leadership with a view toward personal application of these principles in life and work. Students will examine their own leadership experiences and make application to future leadership opportunities.

MIS421 Transitions (3 credits)

The transition from one’s new adopted host culture back into the home culture can raise many crosscultural stress issues. Returning missionaries often experience internal conflicts with regard to identity, status, role, relationships, and changed perspective. This in turn can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts with friends, families, work, school, and other areas. A successful reentry transition allows the missionary to reflect on the relationship between the host culture they are leaving and the primary culture they are returning to. This course is designed to help the student effectively process their transition from internship back to the US.

PRT411 Practical Training (0 credits)

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 Global University. You will invest roughly 15 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

Work College

Bethany Global University is an official work college and a member of the work college consortium.

  • Work College: A federally designated institution that has "comprehensive work-learning-service" programs as an essential and core component of their educational programs. All resident students are required to work including one-half of all students who are enrolled on a full-time basis regardless of their academic program or their financial need.
  • Work College Consortium: Bethany Global University is part of a group of eight distinctive student-centered liberal arts colleges promoting the purposeful integration of Work-Learning-Service while helping to reduce the cost of education.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A practical training scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a  scholarship for your participation in the Practical Training program. This is part of how Bethany Global University is Tuition-Paid. 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.

Practical Training Assignments

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

  • I.T.
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Admissions
  • Recruitment
  • Financial Aid
  • Montessori
  • Kitchen
  • Grounds Crew
  • Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Cleaning
  • Daycare
  • Coffee Shop

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, Second Language Acquisition, 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, Language Competency I, and Religious Systems and Structures

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, Language Competency II, Social and Political Structures, and Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Language Competency III, and 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 in France, the Caucasus region, West Africa, Slovenia, Thailand, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Hungary and Kenya.

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

Updated GI Location Map

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