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Adventist Colleges Abroad Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) is a consortium of Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America, which grew out of the Year-Abroad program begun by then La Sierra College in 1961.

We provide qualified students opportunities for study overseas while completing the requirements of their major programs at their home colleges. This program allows students to immerse in the culture and life of the host country and to become conversant in the language.

In addition, students participate in on-site guided field trips of geographic, historic, or economic significance. As a result of their experience abroad, many students have been inspired to return to theses countries in positions of service. This program is open to all students, regardless of their major.

Registration deadlines may be sooner than you think, so ACT NOW!

Schools & Countries

Schools are listed here by country. Selecting a country will drop down more information about that school including Cultural Tours schedule and the schools mailing address.

Argentina will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 15Sep 19
First QuarterSep 22Nov 28
Second QuarterDec 1Feb 27
Christmas BreakDec 15Jan 5
Spring VacationMar 2Mar 8
Third QuarterMar 9May 15
DepartureMay 18


Cultural Tours Schedule:

ArgentinaFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
SpanishBuenos AiresPeru
Iguazu Falls
Rio de Janeiro

Universidad Adventista del Plata
25 de Mayo 99
3103 Libertador San Martin
Entre Rios, Argentina

Austria will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 8Sep 9
First QuarterSep 10Nov 21
Second QuarterNov 24Feb 27
Christmas BreakDec 20Jan 6
Winter VacationFeb 14Feb 22
Third QuarterMar 2May 31
Spring VacationMar 28Apr 12
Government TestingMay 27May 29
Departure DatesJun 1,2


Cultural Tours Schedule:

AustriaFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
GermanVienna (October, 4 days)Skiing Week (January, 6 days)Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenberg, Dresden,
Meissen, Saxon Switzerland (April, 1 week)

Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen
A-4963 St. Peter am Hart
Bei Braunaau am Inn, Austria

Brazil will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterAug 18Aug 19
First SemesterAug 20Dec 11
Christmas VacationDec 12Jan 7
Second SemesterJan 8Jun 2
Departure DatesJun 3


Cultural Tours Schedule:

PortugueseIguazu Falls, Pantanal, Eco-tourism in Amazon Forest, Rio de Jeneiro, Sao Paulo


Brazil Adventist University
Estrada Municipal Pastor Walter Boger KM 3,4
Engenheiro Coelho - Sao Paulo
Caixa Postal 11 - CEP 13165-970

Newbold will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 1Sep 2
First SemesterSep 3Dec 10
Fall VacationOct 27Oct 31
Christmas/Winter BreakDec 12Jan 18
Second SemesterJan 20May 7
Spring VacationMar 25Apr 6
Departure DatesMay 7,8


Cultural Tours Schedule:

EnglandFirst SemesterSecond Semester
English/LiteratureWindsor Castle, National Opera, West End Musical, Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Tower of London National Portrait Gallery, and many more tours.National Gallery, National Opera, Virginia Woolf's Home in Essex, CS Lewis' Home in Oxford, Museums: Imperial War, Natural History, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and many more tours.

Newbold College of Higher Education
St. Marks Road
Binfiels, Bracknell, Berkshire
RG42 4AN, England

France will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 15Sep 17
First QuarterSep 18Dec 9
Fall VacationOct 24Nov 2
Christmas BreakDec 10Jan 4
Second QuarterJan 5Mar 13
Winter VacationFeb 7Feb 15
Third QuarterMar 17May 31
Spring VacationApr 17Apr 26
Government TestingMay 27May 29
Departure DatesJun 8,9


Cultural Tours Schedule:

FranceFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
FrenchTouraine and Paris (October 19-23)
Alsace and Strasbourg (December 7-9)
Côte d'Azur (April 13-16)

Campus Adventiste du Salève
B.P. 74
74160 Collonges-sous-Salève
Cedex, France

Germany will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 11,12Sep 15
First QuarterSep 16Nov 21
Fall VacationOct 30Nov 2
Christmas BreakDec 20Jan 11
Second QuarterNov 24Feb 13
Winter VacationFeb 14Mar 15
Third QuarterMar 16Jun 6
Spring VacationMay 26May 31
Government TestingTBA
Departure DatesJun 11,12


Cultural Tours Schedule:

GermanyFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
GermanNorth Germany with Luebeck and Hamburg (October)South Germany, Munich, Neuschwanstein, Salzburg in Austria (March)Saxony, Dresden, Meissen, Saxon Switzerland or Thuringia with Weimar (May)

Friedensau Adventist University
(Theologische Hochschule Friedensau)
An der Ihle 5a
39291 Friedensau
Sachen-Anhalt, Germany

Italy will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 15Sep 16
First QuarterSep 17Dec 17
Fall VacationOct 30Nov 2
Christmas BreakDec 18Jan 6
Second QuarterJan 7Mar 20
Spring VacationMar 14Mar 22
Third QuarterMar 23May 31
Spring VacationApr 3Apr 12
Government TestingEnd of May
Departure DatesJun 1,2


Cultural Tours Schedule:

ItalyFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
ItalianCinque Terre Weekend retreat in Poppi, 4 days in Naples, Pompei, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, (Positano Milano, Ravenna, Bolongna)Florence Museums, (Pisa & Lucca, Cinci, Siena), Venice Carnival, (Volterra, San Gimignano)Rome & Vatican, Verona, Lago Di Garda, Sicily (Taormina, Syracuse, Palermo, Mount Etna, Aeolian Islands, Cefalu and more)

Istituto Avventista Villa Aurora
(Italian Adventist College)
Via Del Pergolino 12
50139 Florence, Italy

Lebanon will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 17Sep 19
First SemesterSep 22Jan 23
Christmas BreakDec 22Jan 7
Winter BreakJan 24Feb 14
Second SemesterFeb 17Jun 11
Departure DatesJun 14


Cultural Tours Schedule:

LebanonFirst SemesterSecond Semester
ArabicBeirut National Museum, Byblos, Jietta Grotto, Harissa, Chouf Region UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), FarayaSidon and Tyre, Jordan, Baalbek, Beqaa Valley, Cedars, Turkey (Depending on enrollment)

Middle East University
P.O. Box 90-481
Jdeidet El Metn
Metn 1202 2040 Beirut, Lebanon

Spain will have a summary statement here about the school and program.

Academic Calendar:

Arrive and RegisterSep 16Sep 17
First QuarterSep 18Dec 12
Fall VacationOct 27Nov 2
Christmas BreakDec 15Jan 6
Second QuarterJan 7Mar 15
Winter VacationMar 15Mar 22
Third QuarterMar 23May 29
Spring VacationApr 1Apr 5
Government TestingMay 22
Departure DatesMay 31


Cultural Tours Schedule:

SpainFirst QuarterSecond QuarterThird Quarter
SpanishSagunto, Valencia,Andalucia,(Granada, Algeciras, Morocco-North  Africa, Sevilla, Cordoba), (October 13-20)Barcelona/Andorra (Thermal Spa), (February 17-20)Castilla (Toledo, Segovia, Madrid), Pensicola Port Aventura (theme-park) (April 7-12)

Centro Universitario Adventista de Sagunto
Escuela Superior de Español de Sagunto
Sagunto College
Carretera de Petres s/n
Apartado 52
46500 Sagunto (Valencia), Spain

Mark of Distinction

After completing a year abroad at the Intermediate level or above through ACA not only are you considered fluent but you are also granted a minor in that language from La Sierra University. 

Contact US

Phone: 951.785.2958

Benefits of the Studies Abroad Program

Explore the World

Exploring the world with ACA is an eye opening experience. Thanks to partnerships with Colleges within the Adventist Education system across the world, we are able to safely and confidently send students to explore new cultures that might otherwise be unavailable to them. Federal Aid can still be accessed in most cases through this program and can help cover the cost of a student studying abroad.

Earn Your Language Minor

The Studies Abroad Program enables students to achieve the University requirements for foreign language while visiting a native speaking country! This enables them to not only learn the language in an immersive environment, but also the culture of native speakers of that language. You also return with a Minor in your selected language if you elect to take the full year! Art Minors are available in Florence at the same time you earn credit for a language minor.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students expecting to continue with graduate work in a foreign language will gain that competitive edge that most students lack by spending a year immersed in the culture and language that they plan to pursue. 

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What Students Say

My ACA experience was unbelievable. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture, learn a new language, and make lifelong friends. Over breaks, I got to travel to places I had only dreamed about before. My year abroad was easily the best of my life!"

Kendrah adams

Learning a new language opened my mind to seeing the world in a different way. When you learn another language, you also learn a new culture. 

Diane castellon

The International Study Experience

Spending time in another country for school has been invaluable for many students. It is a great way to help your resume as well as give you a more cultured outlook on your business and personal relationships.

By going abroad I realized so many things about the world and myself. I learned a new language, got to meet incredible people and visited places that I never thought I would see with my own eyes!

Melissa Arcero

Career Opportunities

With a degree in International Languages, you will have a plethora of possibilities for a fulfilling career. Here are some career options:

  • International Transportation - Flight Attendants, Pilots, Travel Agent, Tour Guide, Hotel Manager, etc
  • Bilingual Communications - Foreign Correspondent, Reporter, Film Maker, Sales Rep. for multinational corporations, Translator, Interpreter, Publisher, Literary Agent, Language Teacher, Overseas Operator, International Public Relations Agent, etc
  • Foreign Trade and Banking - Banker, International Finance Lawyer, Export Manager, Overseas Sales Representative, Fashion Buyer, Bilingual Secretary, Marketing Analyst, International Consultant, Stock Broker (Global Markets), etc
  • Government - Foreign Service Officer, Armed Forces Intelligence, Librarian, UN Translator or Interpreter, Customs Official, Intelligence Analyst, Global Agricultural Advisor, etc
  • Medical - Nurse, Doctor, ADRA, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Clinician

Parents Guide

Future Students Guide

Transfer Students Guide

Finance and Admission


FAFSA, PelGrant and CalGrant are all available to students traveling abroad through the ACA program. 

Special Considerations based on country visited:

  • Sagunto College, Spain

    • Students attending for the entire year will receive 350 euros towards personal travel throughout Europe.

  • Villa Aurora, Italy

    • All students will receive an unlimited monthly pass for the bus system of Florence and its suburbs.

  • Austria

    • Students staying the whole year will receive a gift of a trip worth 500 euros to visit one of the famous European cities.

  • Germany

    • Students attending a full year will receive 500 Euros for personal travel during vacation, and free semester ticket for bus or train travel throughout the school year. 

Educational scholarship assistance for denominational employees' dependents is available for all ACA programs.

Community Involvement Project

The ACA program emphasizes service throughout the curriculum. You will be able to engage in Community Service and/or Internships while earning credits.

Some colleges offer specific internship opportunities:

  • Collognes offers Internships at the U.N.
  • Sagunto offers Internships at Casa Grande

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Cultural Tours with Credit

Cultural tours are required and will have credit attached to them for the quarter in which the tour takes place. The calendar of tours is posted here.

ACA International diplomas

Diplomas from Universities abroad include:

  • Austria - Holders of the Austian German Diploma ÖSD show they have a sufficient knowledge of the German language to handle the more important everyday situations, both written and oral.
  • France - The institute prepares the students for DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) which are official qualifications awarded by the French ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.
  • Germany - The German Language Institute prepares students for the following certificates and examinations:

    • Goethe-Zertifikat B1 - Basic language competency.
    • TestDaF - For intermediate to advanced students who require recognized certification of their language skills.

  • Spain - All students will leave our campus with an official certificate issued through the University of Salamanca.

    • Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) - This test has three levels that will be recommended by your advisor prior to registering for the test.
    • Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) - is an international tool used for assessing the effectiveness of language courses and training. 

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Admission to the ACA Program

The ACA Program requirements are:

  • Confidence in ones ability to learn chosen language.
  • Good citizenship record with home institution.
  • Ability to adapt to SDA standards in a new environment.
  • College GPA of 2.5 in the language.
  • College GPA of 2.0 overall.
  • Students will benefit from having previous experience in their chosen language program.
  • Certain language programs may have specific requirements different than those listed here.

Learn More about the La Sierra University Studies Abroad Program

Feel free to contact us for more information and answers to your questions.

For more information:
Email: StudiesAbroad@lasierra.edu
Phone: 951.785.2958