International Study, Service, and Mission Opportunities

Concordia University is committed to equipping its students for leadership, service, and learning in the world. Through international experiences students can discover first hand more about a different part of the world, augment a program of study with an on-site plunge into language and culture, or expand their worldview beyond their home town.

The Global Opportunities (GO!) Center is a one stop location (200 Faculty Lane) for information on international study, service, and mission opportunities!

Concordia students should contact the Director of Global Opportunities for more information on any of the international experiences listed below. 

Semester or Summer Study Abroad 

A student spends a semester in another country, taking a full course of study and immersing themselves in the culture. Summer programs can range anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks to gain credit for one or more classes.

International Travel and Study Tours

Students are able to experience another country through short-term travel and study tours. Opportunities may be off-site course offerings where registration in a course for credit is required.  Some tours are available for the travel and cultural experience with independent study credit optional. These experiences are typically led by Concordia faculty for one to two weeks during winter, spring or summer breaks. 

International Student Teaching, Internships, and Practicums

Opportunities are available for student teaching at Lutheran international or Christian schools in places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Latin America, or Australia. DCE students interested in mission outreach have interned with partner churches in eastern Europe and Latin America. Students have gained summer internship and practicum experience in Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, and Latin America. 

World and Intercultural Studies Major and Minor

This cross-disciplinary program is designed for students with interest in international service, communication, missions, language or cultural studies. It can be combined with other majors and minors – such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – for further career versatility. The major includes an international practicum experience. 

Mission and Service-Learning Experiences

Short-term opportunities are available for students where ministry and service to (and with) people in another country is the primary focus. Opportunities are sponsored by Concordia, mission organizations, or initiated by individual students.  Past projects have included working with children, youth and adults in Bible school activities in Alaska, teaching English as a second language in China, and medical mission trips to Guatemala.

Mission Minded Students Group

This student organization supports mission-related interest and activities through meetings, speakers, and local and global mission opportunities. Check out more at their Facebook page. 

Visiting Students and International Students

Students visiting for a few weeks or a semester from universities in other countries brings a global influence right here on campus.  In addition, connecting with international students is a great way to make new friends and foster intercultural understanding.

International Vocations After Graduation

A number of Concordia students pursue positions in global settings after graduation. These options include the participating in the Fulbright US Student Program, serving as a LCMS GEO missionary, teaching ESL abroad, or serving with the Peace Corps. 

Interested? Take the Next Step

Concordia students should contact Julie Johnston Hermann, the Director of Global Opportunities, for more information on any of the opportunities listed above.