World Citizens

Across the world stage, religion is a dynamic force. At Hope, we believe you cannot be well-educated without understanding the power of faith in our lives.

For Christians, global consciousness means loving the world as God loves the world. For people from different traditions, Hope is a place of welcome where people from many nations can teach us what God is doing in their home.

A destination and launch pad
From our earliest days, Hope College has been a destination for international students. You can broaden your worldview through off-campus study opportunities, including May and June Term courses and entire semesters, in locations from New York City to New South Wales.`
 

 “Our course in Rwanda represents what a Hope College education ought to be—engaged, relevant, combining the spiritual and cultural, and all of it coming together into one experience.” Professor Joel Toppen

 

Right here at Hope, courses focus on thinkers from C.S. Lewis to Kierkegaard, and books by our faculty have explored the politics of evangelical Christians, Kierkegaard and the Catholic tradition, and Christian faith in the face of homelessness. Professors often lead trips abroad, such as Dr. Boyd Wilson’s study tours of India. “Nothing brings your own world and life views into sharper focus,” he says, “than an encounter with a radically different world view and life view.”

Responding to global crises
“How are we to respond to realities of poverty, racism, globalization, AIDS, the environmental crisis?” writes Rev. Trygve Johnson, Dean of the Chapel. Far from a “hothouse” of Christianity, Hope is an incubator of real-world solutions rooted in Christian values and spiritual maturity.

Through service-learning programs worldwide, Hope students move beyond concepts and walked in the shoes of others—helping villagers in Cameroon improve water quality and community health, working with deaf students in Jamaica and building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico, to name just a few endeavors.

Student-professor research into global issues, such as a study of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Liberia by Daniel Owens ’13 and Professor M’bayo, can shape future aspirations. “My end goal,” he says, “is anything from diplomacy to working for Human Rights Watch, or even politics.”