Bethel in Top 10 for Study Abroad

With 75% of its 2011 graduates having studied abroad, Bethel ranked #7 in U.S. News college rankings released yesterday.

That put Bethel ahead of #9 Carleton (70%) and all of its other peers in the Minnesota Private Colleges Council, the U.S. News Regional Universities/Midwest group, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The average for all the colleges and universities that submitted such data to U.S. News was 23%.

Incidentally, this link came to me courtesy of an alumnus who majored in International Relations (and took several History courses and TA-ed for us), spent a semester in Russia, and has lived on three continents since graduating. Moreover, he was one of the three Bethel alumni (including two History majors) presently in British graduate programs with whom we shared a meal during our recent J-term trip. (And his wife works for the Salvation Army UK and just got back from a project in Africa.)

Read more about the study abroad experiences of our History Department students, alumni, and faculty by clicking here. And learn more about how our department is contributing to Bethel’s outstanding study abroad program at 10:15 this morning in the Bethel University Library, when Sam Mulberry and I are joined by two of the students on that J-term trip to share some reflections on studying World War I in Europe.

 – Chris Gehrz

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