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Transforming lives + communities

Exchange Intern

You can serve in campus ministry while studying internationally

Our Globalscope program is your opportunity to serve with a cutting-edge campus ministry and have the support of a Christian community during your study abroad semester.


As a study abroad intern serving with the ministry, you will be an integral part of building new relationships with national students on campus. You will also enjoy these benefits:

  • Enhance your study abroad experience. While enrolled in courses overseas through your US university program, your part-time work at the campus house will be a great way to heighten your cultural experience.
  • Build the campus ministry by serving. Develop relationships, lead small groups, assist the worship band, help with outreach, make announcement videos, fix computers, wash dishes, cook, do maintenance, and lots more.
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture and language to increase your learning and help you feel more at home. Depending on the field and your university program requirements, you will have the opportunity to live with a host family, with national students in dormitories, with other exchange students, or in the campus ministry house.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities that build relationships with students. There are opportunities through intramural or varsity sports, art or dance classes, teaching English, and working on community projects.
  • Grow in personal and spiritual discipline. Study abroad interns meet weekly for study, worship, and prayer (in English) to help you grow as individuals and as a team.


Sound amazing? Email exchange@cmfi.org or go here to start the application process!

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Frequently asked questions about serving as an Exchange Intern:

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost of your semester overseas will be determined by your university’s program in that country. The only fee associated with our program is a $200 deposit. Go here for a more detailed explanation and some sample cost projections.

Q: Will I be able to use financial aid?

A: This will depend on your university study abroad program and their policies. It is best that you speak with the study abroad office, as well as the financial aid office at your university.

Q: What classes will I take?

A: Your US university study abroad office will provide information on the classes that you can take while abroad. Transferring courses will be different for each home or foreign university. Please view the course catalog for the university you will attend and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your options for credit transfer.

Q: What if I want to study in a country where my university does not have a program?

A: Globalscope staff can help you enroll as an independent student in a foreign university. You will still need to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options for credit transfer.

Q: Where will I live?

A: This will vary depending on your study abroad program, but typical options include dormitory-style housing, host families, apartment with other students or the campus house.”

Q: May I raise financial support?

A: You are encouraged to find partners in prayer as well as financial supporters. You will be allowed to raise funds through CMF for all of your costs except for tuition and other school-related fees. If you are interested in more details about support raising, please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator at 317.578.2700 or exchange@cmfi.org.

Q: When should I apply to be a study abroad intern?

A: Applications for the US spring 2020 semester are due April 30, 2019, and applications for the US fall 2020 semester are due December 31, 2019. Go here for more specific information.

Q: Will I get my preferred location?

A: We want this experience to be as fulfilling as possible for you. We ask you for your preferred ministry because we believe that your passion for a location, paired with our ministries’ needs, creates a profound and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Occasionally there is a greater need in some locations than others, and if the situation arises that we need you elsewhere, we will ask you to pray with us in considering new and different opportunities.

Q: How does the application process work?

A: The first step is to complete the pre-application online. Once that form is submitted, the full application will be emailed to you by the Globalscope staff. You will be required to return this completed application along with a $25 application fee before the posted deadlines.

Q: My parents have a lot of questions about this! Where can they go for information?

A: It is great that your parents are interested in your study abroad plans! Ask them to look at our information page for parents. They should also feel free to email exchange@cmfi.org, or call the CMF office at 317.578.2700.