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  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

  • This is a photo from Harding University in Zambia (HIZ).

    HIZ

    Harding University in Zambia

Harding in Zambia (HIZ) provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and serve at the Namwianga Mission in Zambia. When they are not in class, HIZ students volunteer in elementary and high schools, and serve at the medical clinic and "haven" for infants and toddlers who have lost their mothers.

Participation in the HIZ program allows students to complete a medical missions or health missions minor. Students take Tonga language lessons, learn African history and literature, and study missions and anthropology. Outside of class, students venture on safaris to see the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Zambia, witness the splendor of Victoria Falls, raft the Zambezi river, and more. The semester also includes a trip to one or more other African countries. Past groups have visited Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique, among others.

The HIZ program takes place during Summer semesters only and travels with a maximum of 25 students. Participation in the HIZ program requires an interview process.

Course Offerings & Cost

Program Requirements & Prerequisites

Requirements

No student is eligible to attend HIZ 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 time to depart. Such individuals will be placed on a waiting list and may go only if there are openings after probation has been removed.

Participation in the HIZ program requires an interview process.

  • BMIS 3020 must be taken during intersession during the HIZ semester.
  • HUM 2730 for a total of 2-6 hours is required during the HIZ semester.
  • BMIS 3080 is required during the HIZ semester. Eight semesters of Bible are required by the University for graduation. Successful completion of a second Bible course during a full semester International Program will permit a student to apply this course to the Bible requirement for a future semester, provided that the second Bible class is taught by a College of Bible and Ministry instructor. The student may apply this benefit in the future semester of their choice.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be maintained throughout the semester. If you enroll in more than 16 credit hours, you will be charged for those hours.

Fall 2022 Course offerings

The proposed list is tentative. While it is our intention to offer the courses listed, changes are sometimes necessary.

HIZ students are charged for 16 credit hours. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be maintained throughout the semester. If you enroll in more than 16 credit hours, you will be charged for those hours. Eight semesters of Bible are required by the University for graduation. Students who complete two Bible courses at HIZ will have one of their later semesters of the Bible requirement waived.


HUM 2730 - World Civilization/Humanities (2-6) David Gardner: REQUIRED. An integration of the disciplines of art, drama, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science, and their influence in shaping ideas and values in the selected area of the world. The course content will reflect the context in which it will be taught. Required of all students participating in an international program. May substitute for up to 6 hours selected from the following: ART 1010, THEA 1010, ENG 2010 or ENG 2020, HIST 2100 or HIST 2110, MUS 1010, PHIL 3010, or up to 3 hours of global perspectives. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 hours, provided the course is taken at different locations.

This course may not be taken as a repeat for a completed liberal arts course or to satisfy an additional liberal arts requirement. Determine how you intend to apply the credits, then enroll in the appropriate number of hours. (Example: Student wants credit for ENG 2010 and MUS 1010; therefore, will enroll in 6 credit hours.) Credit may not be increased after the semester begins. Prior to the semester abroad, students must apply the credits to the appropriate course(s).

HUM 2010 – International Studies (1-3) David Gardner: Preparation for international experience in living and studying abroad. Enhancement in cultural sensitivity and practical matters of survival in a different cultural setting. Approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction. Research on the host country. Fulfills 1-3 credit hours of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives

BMIS 3080 – Missionary Anthropology (3) Alan & Rachel Howell: REQUIRED. This course develops skills in understanding people and communicating the gospel in a meaningful way to them. This course equips Christian workers to cross cultural lines by comprehending culture, worldview, contextualization, and incarnational ministry. This course meets 3 hours of the Liberal Arts global perspective requirement. Fulfills 3 credit hours of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives. (Only one BMIS course may be counted for Global Perspectives.)

BMIS 3070/3072/3073 BMIS Field Work in Missions (1-3) David Gardner: Field work is done under the supervision of a faculty member or a person appointed by the dean in a mission field at home or abroad. Before the field work experience begins, a written proposal must be submitted to the dean for approval. May be taken more than once with consent of dean. Fulfills 1-3 credit hours of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives. Only one BMIS course may be counted for Global Perspectives. This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIN 4050.

BMIS 3020 – Development Ministry (3) David Gardner: NOTE: All HIZ students must enroll in and be present on-site for BMIS 3020 for 0 or 3 hours during intersession prior to the fall HIZ participation. Students wanting to utilize 3 credit hours in the fall for this course must enroll in the course for 0 hours during intersession and then again for 3 hours for the fall semester at HIZ and then complete additional coursework while at HIZ to earn the three credits. This course is taught at the Global Village facility at H.U.T. Through cross-cultural simulation, the course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care. Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. Fulfills 3 credits of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives, when enrolled in for 3 hours only. (Only one BMIS course may be counted for Global Perspectives.)

BMIN 4050 – Ministry Internship (1) David Gardner: The course exists in order to give future ministers supervised, hands-on experience within a structured ministry setting. This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIS 3070.

BOLD 2010 - Creation and Kingdom (Genesis through Esther) (2) David Gardner: This course examines the Pentateuch and the historical books of the Old Testament introducing students to relevant historical and cultural backgrounds, Old Testament theology, biblical exegesis and applications to contemporary contexts. This course may not be taken concurrent with NURS 3050.

NURS 3050 – Culture of Poverty (3) Jessica Gardner: A contemporary cross-cultural multidisciplinary course focusing on holistic ministry with individuals, groups and communities experiencing poverty in urban/rural domestic and international settings. Emphasis is on human and community development to break the poverty cycle through application of health care and Christian principles. Includes a field experience commensurate with course objectives. Fulfills 3 credits of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives. This course may not be taken concurrent with BOLD 2010.

NURS 4130 – Health Care Missions (3) Jessica Gardner: An elective course which introduces learners to the delivery of quality, evidence-based patient-centered health care and evangelism in resource limited areas as they use health care as a means of serving vulnerable populations in the name of Christ. A variety of health problems specific to resource limited nations are explored along with fundamental cultural anthropology as learners are introduced to serving globally diverse populations in culturally sensitive ways. Development concepts, Christian worldview, partnering and learning to serve in sustainable ways are discussed. Three hours lecture per week. May be taken for Bible and global perspectives credit. The course is strongly recommended if the student plans international mission work. This course is eligible for honors credit.

Summer 2023 Course Offerings

The proposed list is tentative. While it is our intention to offer the courses listed, changes are sometimes necessary.

HIZ students are charged for 16 credit hours. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be maintained throughout the semester. Maximum number of hours allowed to enroll during summer is 16. Eight semesters of Bible are required by the University for graduation. Students who complete two Bible courses at HIZ will have one of their later semesters of the Bible requirement waived.


HUM 2730 - World Civilization/Humanities (2-6) David Gardner: REQUIRED. An integration of the disciplines of art, drama, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science, and their influence in shaping ideas and values in the selected area of the world. The course content will reflect the context in which it will be taught. Required of all students participating in an international program. May count for up to 6 hours selected from the following: ART 1010, THEA 1010, ENG 2010 or ENG 2020, HIST 2100 or HIST 2110, MUS 1010-1015, PHIL 3010, or global perspectives. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 hours, provided the course is taken at different locations.

This course may not be taken as a repeat for a completed liberal arts course or to satisfy an additional liberal arts requirement. Determine how you intend to apply the credits, then enroll in the appropriate number of hours. (Example: Student wants credit for ENG 2010 and MUS 1010; therefore, will enroll in 6 credit hours.) Credit may not be increased after the semester begins. Prior to the semester abroad, students must apply the credits to the appropriate course(s).

BMIS 3080 – Missionary Anthropology (3) Carl Williamson: REQUIRED. This course develops skills in understanding people and communicating the gospel in a meaningful way to them. This course equips Christian workers to cross cultural lines by comprehending culture, worldview, contextualization, and incarnational ministry. This course satisfies the global perspectives requirement in the Liberal Arts program.

BMIS 3020 – Development Ministry (3) Oneal Tankersley: NOTE: All HIZ students must enroll in and be present on-site for BMIS 3020 for 3 hours during intersession prior to departure for Zambia. This course is taught at the Global Village facility at H.U.T. Through cross-cultural simulation, the course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including. intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care. Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. This course satisfies the global perspectives requirement in the Liberal Arts program.

COMM 1010 – Communication Principles (3) Carl Williamson: Instruction and practice in the theory and skills of public and interpersonal communication. Research, organization, and delivery of speeches. Development of critical listening skills for evaluative purposes. Emphasis on nonverbal, small group, and multicultural communication in a digitally connected world.

Missions (BMIS) 3070 – Field Work in Missions (1-3) David Gardner: Field work is done under the supervision of a faculty member or a person appointed by the dean in a mission field at home or. abroad. Before the field work experience begins, a written proposal must be submitted to the dean for approval. May be taken more than once with consent of dean. HIZ Students: This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIN 4050.

BOLD 2010 - Creation and Kingdom (Genesis through Esther) (2) David Gardner: This course examines the Pentateuch and the historical books of the Old Testament introducing students to relevant historical and cultural backgrounds, Old Testament theology, biblical exegesis and applications to contemporary contexts. This course may not be taken concurrent with NURS 3050.

BFAM 3080 – Christian Families (2) Alicia & Carl Williamson: Explores biblical texts relevant to families. Studies principles in scripture for building successful marriages and resolving relationship problems. Examines singleness, divorce, roles, communication, conflict resolution, and parenting methods. 

BMIN 4050 – Ministry Internship (1) Carl Williamson: The course exists in order to give future ministers supervised, hands-on experience within structured ministry setting. HIZ students: This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIS 3070.

BMIN 3040 – Evangelism and Church Planting (3) Carl Williamson: Based on biblical principles and powered by the commission of Christ, this course introduces students to the process of developing strategies for making disciples in a global context, including North America. The course explores interpersonal evangelism, congregational outreach, church-planting and other methods of serving and loving the world through living and sharing the Word of God.

NURS 3050 – Culture of Poverty (3) Jessica Gardner: A contemporary cross-cultural multidisciplinary course focusing on holistic ministry with individuals, groups and communities experiencing poverty in urban/rural domestic and international settings. Emphasis is on human and community development to break the poverty cycle through application of health care and Christian principles. Includes a field experience commensurate with course objectives. This course satisfies the global perspectives requirement in the Liberal Arts program.

NURS 4130 – Health Care Missions (3) Jessica Gardner: An elective course which introduces learners to the delivery of quality, evidence-based patient centered health care and evangelism in resource limited areas as they use health care as a means of serving vulnerable populations in the name of Christ. A variety of health problems specific to resource limited nations are explored along with fundamental cultural anthropology as learners are introduced  to serving globally diverse populations in culturally sensitive ways. Development concepts, Christian worldview, partnering and learning to serve in sustainable ways are discussed. Three hours lecture per week. May be taken for Bible and global perspectives credit. The course is strongly recommended if the student plans international mission work. This course is eligible for honors credit. Fulfills 3 credits for either Bible or Global Perspectives.

Standard Course Offerings

If your semester's course list is not posted, refer to this list of standard course offerings for a general guide. The proposed list is tentative. While it is our intention to offer the courses listed, changes are sometimes necessary.

HIZ students are charged for 16 credit hours. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be maintained throughout the semester. If you enroll in more than 16 credit hours, you will be charged for those hours. Eight semesters of Bible are required by the University for graduation. Students who complete two Bible courses at HIZ will have one of their later semesters of the Bible requirement waived.


HUM 2730 - World Civilization/Humanities (2-6): REQUIRED. An integration of the disciplines of art, drama, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science, and their influence in shaping ideas and values in the selected area of the world. The course content will reflect the context in which it will be taught. Required of all students participating in an international program. May count for up to 6 hours selected from the following: ART 1010, THEA 1010, ENG 2010 or ENG 2020, HIST 2100 or HIST 2110, MUS 1010-1015, PHIL 3010, or global perspectives. This course may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 hours, provided the course is taken at different locations.

This course may not be taken as a repeat for a completed liberal arts course or to satisfy an additional liberal arts requirement. Determine how you intend to apply the credits, then enroll in the appropriate number of hours. (Example: Student wants credit for ENG 2010 and MUS 1010; therefore, will enroll in 6 credit hours.) Credit may not be increased after the semester begins. Prior to the semester abroad, students must apply the credits to the appropriate course(s).

BMIS 3080 – Missionary Anthropology (3): REQUIRED. This course develops skills in understanding people and communicating the gospel in a meaningful way to them. This course equips Christian workers to cross cultural lines by comprehending culture, worldview, contextualization, and incarnational ministry. This course satisfies the global perspectives requirement in the Liberal Arts program.

Missions (BMIS) 3070 – Field Work in Missions (1-3): Field work is done under the supervision of a faculty member or a person appointed by the dean in a mission field at home or. abroad. Before the field work experience begins, a written proposal must be submitted to the dean for approval. May be taken more than once with consent of dean. HIZ Students: This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIN 4050.

BMIS 3020 – Development Ministry (3): NOTE: All HIZ students must enroll in and be present on-site for BMIS 3020 for 0 or 3 hours during intersession prior to the fall HIZ participation. Students wanting to utilize 3 hours credit in the fall for this course must enroll in the course for 0 hours during intersession and then again for 3 hours forthe fall semester at HIZ and then complete additional coursework while at HIZ to earn the three credits. This course is taught at the Global Village facility at H.U.T. Through cross-cultural simulation, the course provides hands-on training in various types of benevolent outreach to the poor, including. intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care. Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. Fulfills 3 credits of the 6 hours required for Global Perspectives (when enrolled in for 3  hours only). (Only one BMIS course may be counted for Global Perspectives.)

BMIN 4050 – Ministry Internship (1): The course exists in order to give future ministers supervised, hands-on experience within structured ministry setting. HIZ students: This course may not be taken concurrent with BMIS 3070.

NURS 3050 – Culture of Poverty (3): A contemporary cross-cultural multidisciplinary course focusing on holistic ministry with individuals, groups and communities experiencing poverty in urban/rural domestic and international settings. Emphasis is on human and community development to break the poverty cycle through application of health care and Christian principles. Includes a field experience commensurate with course objectives. This course satisfies the global perspectives requirement in the Liberal Arts program.

NURS 4130 – Health Care Missions (3): An elective course which introduces learners to the delivery of quality, evidence-based patient centered health care and evangelism in resource limited areas as they use health care as a means of serving vulnerable populations in the name of Christ. A variety of health problems specific to resource limited nations are explored along with fundamental cultural anthropology as learners are introduced  to serving globally diverse populations in culturally sensitive ways. Development concepts, Christian worldview, partnering and learning to serve in sustainable ways are discussed. Three hours lecture per week. May be taken for Bible and global perspectives credit. The course is strongly recommended if the student plans international mission work. This course is eligible for honors credit. Fulfills 3 credits for either Bible or Global Perspectives.

Cost Breakdown

2022-2023 Cost Breakdown for full-semester programs

Final cost and charges are subject to change.

PaymentFall 2022 ProgramSpring 2023 ProgramSummer 2023 Program
$500with applicationwith applicationwith application
$3,000June 15, 2022Nov. 1, 2022March 1, 2023
$22,287Sept. 1, 2022Feb. 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Total Cost: $25,787

Application Fee ($500) paid at the time of application and refundable up until the $3,000 travel payment deadline for each program (June 15 for Fall 2021 program; November 1 for Spring 2022 program; March 1 for summer 2022 program). If the program is canceled before or after these dates, students will receive a refund of all fees paid.

Travel Payment ($3,000) includes prepayment for required deposits associated with reservations during your program, as well as roundtrip airfare from your home city*. Airline frequent flyer miles may be accumulated; however, no personal frequent flier miles or points may be used to acquire the flight(s). All travel arrangements are made by the International Programs office. A fuel surcharge, imposed by the airlines, may be added, typically not exceeding $500. *Round-trip airfare is typically based on travel from Little Rock. If your home city exceeds this fare, you may be charged accordingly.

Final Payment ($22,287) includes tuition for 12-16 hours, room and board, program fee, technology fee, transportation, accommodation, local travel, tour guides, museums and art galleries, facility cleaning, and linen/laundry. Most financial aid will apply to your semester abroad.

Spending money: You will need to provide your own spending money. We recommend that you allow up to $85-$100 per day for all independent travel for those programs that allow or mandate it.

For information regarding finances, loans, scholarships, and billing, please contact: Angie Shafer at ashafer@harding.edu or 501-279-4338 (Office Location: Ezell Basement #18).

Those who cancel after airline tickets have been purchased and land travel arrangements have been paid will be liable for any penalties assessed by the airlines and land travel companies. Funds that can be recovered will be returned to the student’s account as soon as possible. If you are enrolling in a future semester not indicated on this cost sheet, you may estimate the payment increase at 4-5% per school year.

Costs and charges are subject to change.

  • The people who live there are the main source of the beauty.

    Rebekah Wheadon ,
    HIZ Fall 2019

    Rebekah's story

We believe in the importance of a global education because we are citizens of the world. No matter which program you choose to attend, you will return home with a new outlook on the world.

The HIZ program takes place during Fall semesters only and travels with a maximum of 25 students. Participation also requires an interview process and the completion of two prerequisite courses.

  • I loved learning how to see and experience life through a different lens.

    Elijha Spears ,
    HIZ Fall 2019

    Elijha's story
  • “Be willing to go, open to change and inspired to share.”

    Jessica & David Gardner,
    HIZ Program Directors

    The Zambia Mission

Contact Us

Study Abroad is managed by the Office of International Programs

501-279-4529

international@harding.edu

Mailing address:
Harding University
International Programs
HU 10838
Searcy AR 72149-5615