Student Exchange Program

Sample Participating Institutions

Bacon College, Muskogee OK

Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Nestled at the confluence of three rivers, and close to outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, Bacone College is a private, four-year liberal arts college with a historic mission to serve Native Americans in a nurturing Christian environment. Today's Bacone is a culturally diverse campus, with many students from all walks of life and from all over the world. Bacone degree programs include criminal justice, education, health and physical education, business administration, American Indian studies, tribal languages, history, English, radiography, sonography, and 21st-century media communication. Bacone's beautiful, historical campus features Bacone Memorial Chapel, where students meet each Tuesday for a student-led worship service; Ataloa Lodge Museum, an American Indian cultural center listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a modern Student Center featuring indoor soccer practice fields, weight room, and social/gaming areas for students.                   

Jeffrey Dupree, Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs,


Bethune-Cookman University, Florida

Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida
Located in Daytona Beach, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a coeducational campus rich in tradition and educational opportunities. We are recognized as a Historically Black University and meet the requirements for designation as a Minority Serving Institution. B-CU offers degrees in a number of disciplines, including nursing, business, political science, environmental sciences and international studies. Although B-CU students are predominantly African-American, we host students from around the world, including the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Russia, England, Japan, and China. Our undergraduate programs are open to everyone, and all students may apply in our YWM Student Exchange. Bethune-Cookman University is only 10 minutes away from the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” 45 minutes from Disney and Universal Studios, and is close to the “Daytona 500” race track. In addition, B-CU is the home of the world-renowned Concert Chorale and the nationally recognized Marching Wildcats.

Adrienne Cooper, Phd, Associate Provost,



College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey
The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. It is located on a beautiful 200-acre campus in historical Morris County, New Jersey. With approximately 1,500 students, CSE is characterized by small class sizes, and a highly communal student-centered culture emphasizing individualized attention. CSE offers 19 undergraduate programs in the Arts and Sciences, and in Professional Studies, including, among others, Criminal Justice Studies,  Food and Nutrition, and Nursing. Activities on campus include many student-run organizations and a wide variety of social, cultural, service, and athletic events. Our close proximity to New York City (a 45 minute train ride) provides students with a rich additional resource for internships and cultural events. In terms of its mission, values, and vision, the CSE is a community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition for students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.  It affirms its solidarity with the poor and its commitment in service to the community, and is dedicated to the values of integrity, social responsibility, leadership, and excellence in teaching and learning.

Katherine Buck, Vice President for Student Life,



Ferrum College, Virginia

Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia
Founded in 1913, Ferrum College provides life-long learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty. A four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college founded on Christian principles and related to the United Methodist Church, Ferrum offers nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs ranging from business, agriculture, and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice. Featuring small classes and a dedicated faculty and staff, Ferrum offers a hands-on, experiential approach to learning with real and relevant opportunities for students, including individualized attention and collaborative work with faculty members. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, and state parks, and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage, Ferrum boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor recreation and a rich history of arts and culture through its Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.

Kim Gaiters-Fields, Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs
for Faculty & Academic Services,



Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Florida
Florida Memorial University is situated in Miami Gardens, Florida, 30 minutes away from the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The only historically black university in southern Florida, we are a culturally diverse institution, transforming lives and helping to create a future for people from many races, ethnicities, countries, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. At Florida Memorial University, students have a wealth of opportunity to pursue their lifelong career goals. The university offers 37 undergraduate degree programs, including majors in Aeronautical Science, Music, and a new BA program in Law and Government. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and athletic events rooted in African diaspora traditions and Florida's history, including five different varsity sports for men and women.

Dr. Keshia Abraham, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Director of International Education,



Heritage University, Washington

Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington
Heritage University is a small accredited, private institution located in Toppenish, Washington, offering a wide array of academic programs and degrees. Heritage University, uniquely positioned in the middle of the Yakama Indian Reservation as well as in the midst of a large agricultural region that attracts a significant migrant worker population, is designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution. The high deserts of Central Washington provide Heritage University with a diverse and complex setting in which students are able to study critically important environmental issues in one of the richest and most productive agricultural areas in the United States. Central to the work of the researchers and students at Heritage is the challenge of maintaining a sustainable agricultural industry while preserving Native traditions that are inexorably linked to an environment in which access to natural resources is diminishing.

Celestino Limas, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment,



Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas
Huston-Tillotson University (HT), with roots dating to 1875, is the oldest institution of higher education in Austin, Texas. The historically black institution offers a Master’s degree in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 20 areas of study including Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, and Kinesiology. The student’s educational experience engages a diverse population for academic achievement with an emphasis on academic excellence, spiritual and ethical development, civic engagement, and leadership in a nurturing environment

A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith institution, the University welcomes students of all ages, races, and religions. The HT student population is comprised of approximately 5% international students who come from around the globe including Africa, the Caribbean, China, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. Additionally, the University has a well-developed Summer Study Abroad in China Program.

Steven Edmond, Dean of the School of Business and Technology,



Keuka College, New York

Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York
Keuka College sits on the shores of beautiful Keuka Lake, the gem of the eleven Finger Lakes in upstate New York. A rural, small, and comprehensive liberal arts-based school, Keuka College is known for its emphasis on experiential education including its signature Field Period, a substantive month-long internship program completed by every student each of their four years. Field Periods provide students with place-based opportunities to integrate classroom theory with real-world practice, increase their skills, expand their network, and strengthen their classroom dedication by “living their major” during January or summer Field Period times. Keuka College’s new Digital Learning initiative (DL@KC) is designed to create digital thinkers who “understand how digital tools work, both their limitations and their possibilities, in order to enhance problem-solving and creativity.” These signature programs augment the 33 different liberal arts and professional programs offered at Keuka College. We are particularly interested in student exchanges with other YWM Institutions in the areas of biology, environmental sustainability, social justice, political science and history.

Tim Sellers, Associate Vice President for Academic Programs,



Mount Saint Mary's University, California

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, California
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles is a small, close-knit, culturally diverse community that has two distinctive campuses. The Chalon Campus, located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, overlooks the J. Paul Getty Center, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. The Doheny Campus, near downtown Los Angeles and USC, is situated on land once owned by the Doheny family and features many historic buildings. Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles offers a wide range of programs from nursing to business. Located close to Hollywood, the Mount offers a B.S. in Film, Media and Social Justice. Additionally, the Mount partners with Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to help shine light on the portrayal of women and girls in media. Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles is designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and reflects the ethnic diversity of Southern California. We are primarily a women’s institution and only women students are eligible for the YWM Student Exchange Program.

Jaime Wood, Director of Advisement and Study Away,


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