The Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) is a semester abroad connecting Christian faith with the urgent global issues of the coming decades. You will embrace new intellectual and spiritual challenges while experiencing unparalleled learning opportunities in tropical rainforests, mountain streams, and coral reefs.
Central America: Belize
Located along the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is home to a host of Caribbean and Central American cultures and ethnic groups as well as inspiring ecological diversity, including neotropical rainforests, and the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere.
Within this context, CCSP students are able to examine sustainable development and tropical ecology through a Christian lens of creation care and stewardship by utilizing field studies in Belizean villages, tropical rainforests, mountain streams and Caribbean atolls. Students also have the opportunity to take part in interest-specific internship and practicum experiences with Belizean organizations seeking regeneration and renewal of the land and communities.
The South Pacific: New Zealand
From New Zealand's snow-capped mountains to its topaz coastline, CCSP's New Zealand students explore a wonderland of unique ecosystems. Home to about twelve percent of all the earth's endangered species and a world-leading innovator in conservation and environmental management, New Zealand is an ideal place for studying the care of creation.
A rigorous academic semester comprised of ecology, theology, environmental literature, and sustainable community development is enhanced by a community living experience, from the day students move into CCSP's Old Convent campus to homestays with locals.
CCSP is an interdisciplinary program and welcomes applications from various majors. To gain eligibility you must:
Belize Total credit: 15–17 credit hours
New Zealand Total credit: 15 credit hours
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.
Students are charged basic term expenses as indicated in the academic catalog. Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's financial aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after acceptance from the GEO. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Please contact SFS for specific financial questions.
Regular costs include:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.
After the Global and Experiential Learning Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. Spring applications are accepted until October 31. Fall applications are accepted until April 1.