For Intercultural Studies major Trent Peeler, a senior at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in the United States, it was a requirement for him to have a study abroad experience sometime during his degree program. That’s how he found himself at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, U.K. Living and learning with an international core of students in England challenged his perceptions on his calling to be a missionary.
“Here’s a good starting point if you want to visit other countries and see what Europe is like. It’s good practice for being an adult: you cook for yourself, figure out transport around the city, and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
Nazarene Theological College’s study abroad program offers unique, short-term, cross-cultural experiences for University students seeking to engage in learning in the United Kingdom.
It is made up of three different opportunities: Year abroad, semester abroad, and summer abroad. Students who participate in this programme will engage various classroom and experiential learning opportunities unique to the host institution and location.
One of the learning opportunities is the chance to serve with local churches and community organizations.
Peeler, who is planning a vocation as a missionary, volunteered with a nonprofit organization that assists asylum seekers in the U.K.