Since 1962, BCA Study Abroad has been committed to helping students understand the complexities of the contemporary world by providing challenging academic programs and cross-cultural learning in locations around the globe. From its start, BCA has focused its educational mission on engaging students with ideas that matter. As a result, students who participate in a BCA program gain a more comprehensive and precise understanding of the world.
“Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange.”
Educational Mission and Program Structure
As educators, we are convinced that no genuine understanding of global issues can be gained without a strong intellectual grounding in the histories, societies and cultures of the region in which our students pursue their studies. Furthermore, we believe that student learning in all of our programs depends heavily on meaningful direct contact with local people whose lives are entwined with and affected by the issues we aim to understand.
BCA Study Abroad is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3), international education organization founded in 1962 by a consortium of seven colleges of the Brethren tradition. The presidents of the founding colleges constitute the BCA board of directors. For many years now, BCA Study Abroad has engaged internationally-minded students from a wide range of institutions–-more than 100 different U.S. universities and colleges–including many students from our original partners. The BCA Study Abroad Academic Council, which is a small team of academics from various colleges and universities, reviews courses for academic credit. Elizabethtown College (in the small number of cases where this is needed by our partners) provides transcripts, but in most cases transcripts come from our host universities abroad or our partners accredit the programs based on BCA grade reports. Our home office staff members (eight professionals) in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, handle all academic, administrative, financial, and institutional relations responsibilities, often in close collaboration with our on-site resident directors abroad who are responsible for program design, implementation and quality-control at each of our sites.