CCCU Programs

NNU is affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). It is an association of 117 members in North America and 65 affiliate institutions in 20 countries and offers the following semester and summer programs to students of its member institutions. The programs offer a unique opportunity for students to make the world their classroom. These interdisciplinary learning opportunities are available to second-semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office, 208.467.8400 or

Students studying in CCCU programs that are officially recognized by NNU may be eligible to remain enrolled as NNU students while studying off-campus. Information about these programs is also available at

CCCU International Programs:

Students interested in these international programs should contact the Study Abroad Office, 208.467.8400.

Australia Studies Centre (ASC)

The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) is offered in partnership with Christian Heritage College (CHC), a CCCU affiliate member in Carindale, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland.  The ASC is designed to integrate the firsthand observation and study of Australian culture, history, religion, politics and indigenous cultures together with experiential service learning and formal instruction in Christian Studies, Business Ministries, Social Sciences and Education and Humanities.  Every student is required to take “The View from Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics, Economics and Cultural Values” and required to select either “Australian Aboriginal Cultures” or "Indigenous Cultures in Australia & Aotearoa (New Zealand)".  Additionally, students choose electives from CHC offerings in the School of Christian Studies, Business, Education & Humanities, Ministries, and Social Sciences. Students live with Australian families and volunteer with local community service providers. Trips vary from semester to semester but may include excursions to the Australian Outback, Aboriginal Communities and New Zealand.  ASC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Latin American Studies Program (LASP)

Based in San José, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both fall and spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); international business (offered only in fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, and Panama. LASP students earn 16-18* semester hours of credit.

Northern Ireland Semester (NIS)

The Northern Ireland Semester, based in Belfast, provides students with a unique opportunity to explore Northern Ireland as well as Ireland.  During the semester students will be housed at Lakeside Manor, a charming 19th-century mansion in Belfast.  All students will take the core course, Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  The course focuses on the religious and political conflict in that region as well as the actions taken to bring an end to the conflict and ongoing efforts of reconciliation.  Students also have options to take a variety of classes focusing on Irish history, culture, and literature, as well as broader topics related to Christian thought and intercultural communication.  In addition to time in the classroom, there are several opportunities for experiential learning including a possible service learning project.  The program is interdisciplinary in nature and open to students of all majors.  NIS students earn 15-16 semester hours of credit.

Oxford Summer Programme (OSP)

The Oxford Summer Programme allows students, as affiliate members of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, to do intensive scholarship in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. During the five-week programme, students hone their research and writing skills and delve into the areas that interest them the most while exploring the relationship between Christianity and the development of the British Isles. Seminars and tutorials are given on specialized topics under expert Oxford academics in the areas of English language and literature, history, including the history of art and history of science, philosophy, theology and the study of religion. The programme is structured for rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors, graduate and seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers, and those enrolled in continuing education programs. OSP students earn 6 semester hours of credit.

Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO)

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford is designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As visiting students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar and the British landscape course. Second term students write a thesis on a topic of their choice.  Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their programme work together. SSO is designed for students interested in art history, classics, English language, and literature, history, modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), musicology, philosophy, psychology and theology, though all majors may apply. SSO also offers 18 thematic or integrative concentrations such as history and philosophy of science and social sciences. Applicants are generally honors students and other very high-achieving students and must have at minimum a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. SSO students earn 17 semester hours of credit for a semester and may complete two semesters of the programme.

Uganda Studies Program (USP)

The Uganda Studies Program provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda. USP is offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU), an international affiliate member of the CCCU located 15 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. Students either live on campus at UCU or with host families within walking distance of the university. All students will also participate in one or two short homestay experiences. As a result, a spectrum of Ugandan relationships gives USP students a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. Students also spend time in Rwanda and rural Uganda. The experience-based and practicum courses are taught by CCCU faculty while the African Context courses and courses from the UCU curriculum are taught by UCU faculty. In addition to the core experiential course, students will choose additional elective and/or African Context courses.  USP Offers a Social Work emphasis for declared social work majors at the practicum level.
USP students earn up to 16 semester hours of credit.

CCCU U.S. Programs:

Students interested in these stateside programs should contact, Dr. Steve Shaw, 208.467.8878.

American Studies Program (ASP)

Since 1976, The American Studies Program has served as an experiential learning laboratory for students committed to connecting their faith to public affairs. Nearly 500 of ASP's 3,000+ alumni have returned to work in the DC metro area in a variety of professional fields—private and public, for-profit and non-profit.  Each student enrolls in the program's two practicum courses:  Internship and Topics in Leadership and Vocation.  Students have the option of enrolling in a one-credit Professional Mentorship course. In addition, students apply to the Global Economy track, the Public Policy track, or the Strategic Communication track. The Global Economy track focuses on partnership initiatives taken by leaders in commercial, governmental and non-governmental organizations as they explore the impact they can achieve by collaborating on issues of sustainable development worldwide.  The Public Policy track equips and supports students in their analysis of a pressing public policy issue. Each student produces original research by engaging area experts and practitioners off-site and in the classroom as they investigate the local, national and global factors that influence policy-making in Washington, DC.  The Strategic Communication track engages strategic communication professionals working in Washington, DC, to explore contemporary issues and ethics in strategic communication and conduct case studies in crisis communication. ASP students earn 15–16 semester hours of credit.

Contemporary Music Center (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith, and business. The CMC offers three tracks: Artist, Business, and Technical. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers, and producers. The Business Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. The Technical Track prepares students for careers in live sound, concert lighting, and studio recording. Students within each of the tracks receive instruction, experience and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on creativity and the marketplace while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Each track includes coursework, labs, directed study and a practicum. CMC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC)

Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center trains students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. Each semester, students live, learn and work in L.A. The curriculum consists of two required seminars: Hollywood Production Workshop (a film production course), and Faith and Artistic Development in Film, focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose one elective course: screenwriting, acting, film production, or independent study. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective.  LAFSC students earn 16 semester hours of credit.