Pre-Departure Information

Studying Abroad Through Southern Adventist University

Students interested in studying abroad should speak with an advisor in the Modern Languages Department.

Pierre Nzokizwa, Ph.D. 
Southern's ACA Program Director
Modern Languages Department
Miller Hall Room 106
423.236.2264
Advisement for academic year programs in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, and the United Kingdom 
Advisement for all summer programs
Chair
Modern Languages Department
Miller Hall Room 107
423.236.2395
Advisement for academic year programs in Argentina and Spain
Advisement for all summer programs
 

 

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply, please visit the ACA website

The online ACA application interface is managed by ACA headquarters. If you experience problems during the online application process, or if you did not receive an email confirmation from them regarding receipt of your application, please contact ACA headquarters for assistance.

ACA Headquarters Website

Sandra Esteves, Ph.D., Director, Adventist Colleges Abroad

After you have printed all four pages of your application, you must obtain these signatures in the following order:

Summer
1. Registrar's Signature
    See Barbara Beckett in Records.
2. Chair/Professor of Modern Language Department or Campus ACA Coordinator
    See an advisor and leave a copy of your application in the Modern Languages Department's main office.
3. Student Finance Officer and/or Financial Aid Office
    See your finance counselor and leave your completed application there.
 
Academic Year 
1. Registrar's Signature
    See Barbara Beckett in Records.
2. Academic Dean or Dean of Student Affairs
    See Dennis Negron.
3. Advisor/Chair of Student's Major Department
    See your academic advisor or the dean or chair.
4. Director of Admissions
    See Marc Grundy. If he is unavailable, Cindy McBryar, Kent Robertson, Jennifer Landivar, and Elisabeth Anderson are   also authorized to sign.
5. Chair/Professor of Modern Language Department or Campus ACA Coordinator
    See an advisor and leave a copy of your application in the Modern Languages Department's main office.
6. Student Finance Officer and/or Financial Aid Office
    See your finance counselor and leave your completed application there.
 
 

Further Information About Studying Abroad

Register for ACA-050
After applying to study abroad, students should go to Southern's online course schedule and register for ACA-050 Adventist Colleges Abroad. The course is a 0 credit hour course which allows students to continue enrollment at Southern while abroad.

Placement Exam
ACA students who study Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish abroad must take a placement exam upon their return to Southern.

Financial Aid for ACA Students
Students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and consult with Southern Adventist University’s Student Finance office about the applicability of federal and/or state aid. Southern Adventist University scholarships and grants are not eligible to be applied to ACA expenses. However, there are scholarships for study abroad available from outside sources.

Apply for a Visa
Visa applications may take up to three months to process. Please plan accordingly. Check the website of your local consulate for more information. You may also check with Sandra Esteves at ACA headquarters.

Overseas Citizens Services
202.647.5225 

U.S. Department of State

Pre-Departure and Academic Information

Helpful information about travel preparation for studying abroad and academic information, including language degrees that may be pursued while abroad, may be found by clicking on Things to Know Before You Go.

Our ACA students who have returned to Southern have prepared some guides with helpful information for outgoing ACA students.  As they prepare to go abroad, outgoing ACA students will find it helpful to have other students' perspectives on what to expect and how to plan for studying abroad.

Survival Guide - Argentina
Survival Guide - Austria
Survival Guide - France
Survival Guide - Germany
Survival Guide - Italy
Survival Guide - Lebanon
Survival Guide - Spain
Survival Guide - United Kingdom