Bethany offers numerous opportunities to study abroad. If you find a program other than those listed below and would like to pursue studying abroad through that organization, stop by the Office of Student Development and discuss your thoughts with Charlotte Anderson, Director of International Studies.
Founded in 1964, AIFS is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. AIFS has global offices in 15 countries and organizes cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. AIFS provides study abroad programs in 19 countries:
Bethany College signed an exchange agreement with Karlstad University in Karlstad, Sweden, in January 2011. The University offers 900 courses in the humanities and fine arts, social and economic sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technology, health care and teacher training. Karlstad University has set its targets very high when it comes to internationalization. With that in mind, the University is offering an increasing number of courses, presently more than 100, and programs in English.
In addition to student and staff exchanges, there is also considerable international activity in the form of research and development work, symposia and conferences. The University also has a campus in Arvika, about 80 km from Karlstad, where the Ingesund School of Music with its 300 students is located.
Bethany College has a cooperative agreement with Harlaxton College in England, allowing Bethany students to study abroad for either the fall or spring semester. Harlaxton College, a self-contained extension campus of the University of Evansville, is a 100-room Victorian manor house near Grantham in the English Midlands, approximately 110 miles north of London.
Joyce Pigge is a Professor of Political Science at Bethany College. As a member of the Bethany College faculty since 1970, she is the History/Political Science Department Chair. She coordinates the Social Studies Teaching major and is the Pre-law advisor.
At Bethany College, Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law.
Pigge is the Bethany College faculty athletics representative and is Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference and the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference. Pigge has also served Bethany as Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Head Volleyball Coach, and Head Softball Coach.
Pigge received the Bethany College Teaching Award in 1991, the Bethany Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the Meredith Humphreys Teaching and Service to Students Award in 2006 and the NAIA Wally Schwartz Award as Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year in 2009.
Twice, Pigge was a member of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University (England). Her work has been presented at the Second Annual National Conference on Legal Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities program, Conference of the Association of the Lutheran College Faculties and an Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association.
Pigge holds a D.A. in Government from Lehigh University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Maryville College and an A.A. from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College.
Pigge has done further study at the Washington University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and Southern Illinois University. She also has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois House and with McPherson/Harvey County Court Services
Bethany College signed an exchange agreement in spring 2011 with Linnaeus University in Sweden. Linnaeus opened on January 1, 2010, as a merger of Kalmar University and Växjö University. It pursues teaching and research in Kalmar and Växjö related to natural sciences and humanities and social sciences, respectively. Programs are truly international with major opportunities for participation in both regional and worldwide networks.
Since 1995, Study Abroad Italy (SAI) has been dedicated to providing students with an exceptional cultural and educational experience abroad in Italy, and now also in London. SAI offers the opportunity to enroll in excellent schools available to English speaking students. There are no language requirements for SAI programs; all courses are taught in English. Programs are designed to allow students the opportunity to know Italy on a deep level–its history, culture, geography, food, art and people.
SACI Studio Art Centers International is university program in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking fully accredited studio art, design, and liberal arts instruction. With its 35 years of experience, SACI offers five different study programs: Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, BGSU MFA Program, Post-Baccalaureate Program, and Summer Studies.