Intercultural Learning Experience | COR337

The intercultural learning experience is part of Covenant’s core curriculum, offering an opportunity for experiential learning using the action-­reflection model as students experience a cross­-cultural environment. Students do preparatory reading, complete field notes throughout the experience, and reflect after the experience through essays and in meetings with a faculty evaluator.


In 2017, Covenant students traveled to 31 countries for study abroad, May term courses, internships and short-term missions trips­. These experiences can provide the experiential basis for the students' work in COR337.


In addition, many Covenant students choose to pursue cross-­cultural experiences closer to home, here in the United States. Students teach English as a second language, work with refugees, tutor, teach art, or coach sports in cross­-cultural settings.


For some students, coming to Covenant is, in itself, a cross­-cultural experience, and those students may choose to attend a semester-­long series of discussion groups, aimed at helping them process and reflect upon their experiences here.


COR337 Catalog Description:

Students involve themselves as participant­-observers in a cultural/ethnic setting other than their own culture of origin (or subculture of their own country) in a deep and meaningful way either as temporary members of a family, workers in that society, or volunteers in a service or mission agency with the intention of engaging that culture as fully as possible in a specified period of time. Planning for the intercultural experience should begin upon declaration of a major. The COR 337 intercultural learning contract must be approved by a member of the Intercultural Competencies Committee before the experience.

Students should feel free to stop by Christiana Fitzpatrick’s office to discuss their options for meeting this experiential learning requirement.



Ellie Groenendyk

Ellie Groenendyk '16 describes her time studying abroad in Spain, including joining a Spanish kayaking club.
Studying Abroad in Costa Rica | Daniel Lloyd '17
Daniel reflects on his time living with a host mother and installing solar panels while studying abroad in Costa Rica.