Gordon’s IN programs are not trips for globe surfers, smart phones in hand. Nor are they study tours alone, for academic learners observing the culture from the sidelines with syllabus in hand.
Gordon’s IN programs expect students to settle in for the long haul, patiently earning the respect of the host community through their behavior, their curiosity, their faith, their commitment to learn another language.
We expect our students to contribute something of themselves to the social, spiritual and cultural life of the host community, whether through a service-learning project or just by singing in the local church choir, babysitting for a local family or tutoring someone in English.LIVE LOCAL, BECOME GLOBAL
Aix-en-Provence lies just inland from the port of Marseille and the chic towns of the French Riviera. Today a major university town, Aix offers a subtle European mixture of tradition and modernity. But our students can look behind the façade of Aix’s elegant 18th century architecture to explore the multicultural pressures facing contemporary France, and to understand the challenges facing Christians in a largely post-Christian Europe.
The Gordon IN Boston semester invites students into a unique opportunity to engage the city as classroom. Through urban-themed courses the program examines questions of faith, diversity, sustainability and justice. The program enables students to join with vibrant communities of faith throughout the city Boston in service-learning (emphasis upon learning) as well as to gain practical experience in professional internships.
Orvieto sits atop a mesa of volcanic tufa and commands spectacular vistas of the surrounding countryside in the green heart of Italy. Living and studying steps from one of Europe’s great cathedrals, students are invited into a living dialogue between past and present. Students and teachers together are drawn into slower rhythms of life, sustained conversation, learning in a collaborative workshop setting, and accepting the mutual accountability of a close-knit community.
BALKANS SEMESTER: INTERNATIONAL SEMESTER FOR THE STUDY OF WAR AND PEACE
The Balkans Semester creates an academically rigorous and spiritually stimulating environment for cross-cultural, humanities-based investigation into the themes of war, peace and reconciliation. Croatia, along with Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina serve as the backdrop for the exploration of these themes and for asking universal questions such as: What is the essence of peace? How can a society recovering from war hope to establish lasting peace? What is a Christian response to war? And how might we formulate a distinctively Christian understanding of reconciliation?