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  Mar 08, 2021
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

International Programs

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Dean: Jeffrey T. Hopper, Ph.D.
Janis Ragsdale, M.S.E., International Programs Administrator

Robbie Shacklelford, M.Ed., Director of HUF
Ramona Shackelford, Associate Director of HUF

Clay Beason, Ed.D., Director of HUG
Loren Beason, Ed.S., Associate Director of HUG

Lauren Knight, M.A., Director of Northern European and U.K. Programs (HUE, HIP, COE-Scotland)
Tyler Knight, M.B.A., Assistant to the director of Northern European and U.K. Programs (HUE, HIP, COE-Scotland)

Tom Hook, Director of HULA

Pamela Little, Director of HUA

The International Programs have been specially designed to further enhance the stated mission of the university to help students develop a Christian understanding of and respect for other cultures. As an extension of the Searcy campus, these international experiences provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas for both students and university faculty. The international living experience realized by the quantity and quality of time immersed in another culture yields insights and perspectives that can be gained in no other way. As with our university course offerings on the Searcy campus, the international programs of study provide rigorous, yet flexible courses of study by drawing from each unique international locale the best opportunities for expanded study and growth. Because of these unique experiences, students and university faculty develop lifelong relationships.

The Harding University International Programs - academic programs based in Florence, Italy (HUF); London, England (HUE); Australasia (HUA); Athens, Greece (HUG); Viña del Mar, Chile (HULA); Paris, France (HIP); and Namwianga Mission, Zambia (HIZ) - provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas. For every program, a selection of courses that apply to the liberal arts requirements are offered that may be studied in a particular locale.

In addition to the full semester programs, special summer opportunities include department-specific study in Germany, Italy, London, Paris, Scotland, Spain, and Zambia. Other programs are frequently offered in various rotating locations. Please check for current offerings.

Applications are accepted from students of Harding University and other institutions. To participate in HUF, HUE, HUA, HUG, HIP or HULA, students must have a 2.0 GPA and have completed 27 semester hours. HIZ students must have a 2.5 GPA with 27 semester hours completed and will be selected from the pool of applicants. Prerequisites are required of HIZ participants. Formal acceptance occurs the last full semester prior to the semester chosen for attendance.

Note: No student is eligible to attend International Programs who is currently on academic, chapel or disciplinary probation on the Searcy campus. Any student who has applied and/or been accepted will automatically become ineligible if placed on any type of probation up until departure time. Such individuals will be placed on a waiting list and may go if openings exist after the probation has been lifted.

HUM 273   is required for credit or audit by all participants. All participants must remain enrolled in a Bible class and all participants must remain enrolled for 12 credit hours. Exceptions to the 12 credit hour requirement may be made in the case of a participant attending a second full semester in an International Program.

Students who attend HIP, HUF, HUG and HULA must enroll in one of the offered foreign language courses. At HIZ, students are required to study the local language through one of the humanities courses. Any variance to this policy must be authorized by the dean of International Programs. Students who complete two Bible courses at HUG or HIZ are exempt from one semester of Bible.

Students interested should contact Jeffrey T. Hopper, Dean of International Programs, Harding University, Box 10838, Searcy, AR 72149-0838; call (501) 279-4529; or e-mail

The following courses are offered only on the overseas campuses and are supplemented by other courses: BHIS 140 , BHIS 346 , BNEW 313 , HUM 201 , HUM 273 MGRK 100  and SPAN 253 .

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