Brethren Colleges Abroad

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BCA Study Abroad (founded as Brethren College Abroad) began in 1962 as a secular, non-profit provider of academic, language and cultural immersion studies for undergraduates from a consortium of colleges and universities (see below). Faithful to the values of peace and social justice that inspired its founding, 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. Currently headquartered at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, BCA's tagline is: Bridge the world, Connect for peace, Act for justice.


BCA was founded in 1962 by Morley J. Mays[1] as a consortium of six charter member colleges affiliated with the Church of the Brethren:

BCA offered its first exchange program with Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany, the oldest Protestant university in the world. Today[when?] approximately 75 U.S. colleges and universities send students abroad through BCA.

Participating international schools[edit]

BCA offers 15 semester or year-long programs in 12 international locations, including:[when?]

In addition to their semester programs, BCA offers 8 summer programs in 7 different locations, including:


BCA's programs offer the opportunity to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history, and daily life. A resident director is on hand at all locations to help students with the academic and cultural transitions. The study abroad programs provide cultural immersion experiences for U.S. students which in turn help bridge the world we live in.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Newsline - Church of the Brethren weekly news update". Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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