Mission & Core Values

Our Mission

Faithful to the values of peace and social justice that inspired its founding in 1962, BCA Study Abroad facilitates opportunities for growth in intercultural understanding and global awareness through educational programs that foster scholarship, community engagement and guided reflective learning.

Core Values

As an organization committed to peace and social justice, we believe that our core values of mutual respect, empathy and inclusivity form the foundation of the supportive, immersive learning experiences we strive to provide.

We believe that meaningful engagement with people different from ourselves helps us to grow as individual members of a global civil society that affirms the dignity of all. We hope to inspire and empower our students to constructively and creatively engage the complex issues facing our world today by working alongside others to build a more peaceful, just world. In doing so, students expand their skills and grow in their knowledge of themselves, others, and the world around them.

BCA fulfills its mission through an integrated learning experience that includes:

Formal academic programming:

  • Direct enrollment in a host university
  • Independent study or research related to local topics of interest
  • Language immersion where appropriate
  • Courses taught by local academics

BCA’s Signature Course:

  • Focus on intercultural understanding
  • Content that provides students with the historical, political, environmental, social and cultural context of the host country
  • Excursions that illuminate aspects of the core course
  • Purposeful reflection

On-site support from Resident Directors who:

  • Provide immediate and on-going cultural orientation and guidance to students on site
  • Oversee and monitor student progress throughout the academic experience
  • Troubleshoot and provide immediate response to crises and emergencies
  • Respond to special needs and requests by students in developing their cultural experiences abroad

Community Engagement:

  • Experiential living with a host family or in dorms with local students
  • Volunteer opportunities with local agencies, non-profits, and NGO’s focused on human services, conservation, and other areas of support
  • Internships, work experience or job shadowing for a variety of majors
  • Integration into a university with local and international students
  • Immersion activities like clubs, sports, local festivals and events
  • Participation in the arts including local music, dance, theater and other avenues of artistic expression that connect students to local culture and people