Dr. E. Randolph Richards, Director
Students can pursue a variety of opportunities to complement their studies through international education and other special programs. Participation in these opportunities is an educational privilege awarded to the students in good standing in the areas of academics, discipline, Workship, and Chapel.
PBA students are encouraged to study abroad during their junior or senior year for a semester or a summer through the Center for Experiential Learning. With planning, many PBA students can study abroad without delaying their graduation. Students receive regular college credit and can utilize most or all of their financial aid. Details about credit hours and financial aid vary by program.
To participate in a study abroad program, a student must:
- Have attained a minimum GPA (varies by program).
- Have demonstrated high standards of personal maturity, responsibility, conduct, and motivation (any student involved in major or minor disciplinary action may forfeit participation in the program).
- Have completed two semesters as a full-time student at PBA prior to enrollment in the program.
- Successfully complete while studying abroad.
- Be in good standing with the university.
International Travel Fee
All faculty, staff, students and guests who travel internationally with PBA are required to pay the International Travel Fee. This fee partially offsets the costs of enrollment in the international travel system as well as other operational and administrative expenses.
Interested students should contact the CEL office at CEL@pba.edu for further information. Information is also available through the CEL webpage on myPBA (under the Department tab). The Center is located in Okeechobee Hall. Some of the programs available include:
PBA London Semester
The program is designed to give PBA students an opportunity to study for one full semester at the University of Roehampton in London. Students also have ample opportunity for travel in Great Britain and Europe. Students enroll for a regular load of 12-18 credit hours of on-ground and online courses, taught by the PBA professor residing in London for the semester, by a PBA professor online, and/or by British faculty at the University of Roehampton.
University of Edinburgh
PBA has a cooperative agreement with New College at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, that gives students the opportunity to study for a semester at this historic university. Students can take select courses in biblical studies and languages, philosophy, history of Christianity, religious studies, world religions, theology and ethics, taught by world leading researchers.
PBA Italy Semester
This program is designed to give PBA students an opportunity to study for one full semester at Lorenzo de'Medici (LdM) in Italy. Students have two programs to choose from: (1) Florence program or (2) 3 Cities program where they live in Tuscania, Rome and Venice. Students enroll for a regular load of 12 credit hours of on-ground courses at LdM, taught by Italian faculty and/or online courses taught by a PBA professor online.
Best Semester Programs
Through PBA's membership with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an association of more than 90 private liberal arts Christian colleges and universities, a variety of programs are available. Best Semester provides opportunities for students to study in various locations, such as Oxford, Uganda, India, and China.
BCA Study Abroad
Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through international educational programs. BCA provides students the opportunity to study for a semester in over 18 locations around the world, such as India, China, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.