Study-Service Term (SST)

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Goshen College has the 4th best study abroad program in America

If you’re a Goshen College student, you’ll find that “global awareness” isn’t a course you take, or a club you join. It’s how you live. Since 1968, we’ve sent more than 7,700 students to learn and serve in 24 countries worldwide through our nationally-recognized Study-Service Term (SST) program, which about 80% of students participate in.

“Study abroad” often means going somewhere like Paris or Rome. But we take a different approach: a semester-long program that sends students not to European capitals, but to developing countries. We emphasize service to a local community — and total cultural immersion. On SST, you’re less likely to stay in a hotel or a residence hall. In all countries, students live with local families and experience day-to-day life in the most personal way possible.

SST at Goshen College

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

~ Mark Twain