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.
Interested students should contact Dr. Jonathan Grenz, associate director, 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.
University of Aberdeen Exchange Program (International Christian College)
This exchange program is designed to give a student an opportunity to study for a semester at the International Christian College (ICC) at the University of Aberdeen, located in Glasgow, Scotland. ICC stands in the evangelical tradition of Bible colleges that brings together an international community of faculty and students committed to the mission of God. Students can take courses in biblical studies, cross-cultural studies, and ministry.
Hong Kong Baptist University Study Abroad Exchange Program
This program is designed to give a student an opportunity to study for a semester at the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China. The cost will be PBA tuition and housing plus textbooks, food, and travel. The student will have access to a wide choice of standard courses from the HKBU curriculum, limited only by their own individual academic qualifications and prerequisites, and will not be required to take any special courses outside the regular curriculum. Most courses are taught in English.
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 Australia, 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.