“The world is a book. Those who do not travel read only one page.”
– St. Augustine
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it solely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
- Mark Twain
Experiential learning is based on the educational theory that learning is best achieved through the integration of tangible, intense experiences and academic reflection. Its highest priority is the application of theoretical knowledge to real life situations. The purpose of experiential studies is to reinforce that which takes place in the classroom through the rigor of practical application outside the classroom.
The Experiential Studies Office strives to develop and offer a wide variety of tangible experiences which challenge students to put their learning into practice, particularly in intercultural settings. Students may participate in intercultural learning experiences through a variety of opportunities, including local service projects, short-term missions trips, missions internships, and off-campus study programs (semester study abroad and month long programs during May Term). Recent opportunities have included service opportunities in Chattanooga; Break on Impact missions trips in Belgium, Greece, Mexico, Spain, in the U.S., and a variety of other locations; May term study opportunities in Athens, Budapest, China, and New York City; and semester abroad programs in Oxford, Belgium, Spain, Thailand, and many universities around the globe.
Through encouraging and providing these experiences, Covenant College desires its students to break through barriers of personal comfort zones and limited perspectives on the world, emerging with a greater understanding of the diversity within God's creation and gaining a global perspective of God's Kingdom. We hope that students will develop an understanding and appreciation of differences and similarities in various cultural contexts and that they will be better equipped to interact and serve across cultural barriers.