Accreditation

Academic Sponsor, California Baptist University

ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad welcomes California Baptist University as our official academic sponsor. ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad is a unique opportunity for students who are mission-minded to engage in cross-cultural ministry while fulfilling degree requirements. Our desire is to offer academic programs of the highest quality while supporting a student's spiritual needs. Students who study abroad with ISA Veritas will receive course credit from fully-accredited universities abroad and from our academic sponsor, California Baptist University (CBU). CBU provides transcripts for the ISA Veritas course (Comparative Religions) and practicum (International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum). See the ISA Veritas Statement of Faith.

 

ISA Veritas Courses

ISA Veritas-specific courses are taught by a Christian professor who understands the mission of ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad. The professor encourages students spiritually and academically and helps students gain a missional perspective through their studies. The ISA Veritas-specific academics allow students to process their experiences through research, reflection, and critical thinking as students experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of living out their faith in a cross-cultural context. 

 

Semester programs include the 3-credit Comparative Religions course or the 3-credit International Missions/Service Learning Practicum.

Summer programs include the 1-credit International Missions/Service Learning Practicum. 

 

Comparative Religions (HUM 353)
This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world—particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and indigenous, new, and secular religions. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored.
 
International Missions/Service Learning Practicum (HUM 490)
This course provides upper division service-learning credit for international missions projects, an extended missions experience designed to acquaint students with the implementation of missions principles in an international context through ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad programs.

 

About California Baptist University

Founded in 1950, CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Today, CBU boasts an enrollment of over 4,100 campus students in 90 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate programs. Named "2011 Best Regional University" by U.S. News and World Report, CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Music, the State of California Board of Registered Nursing, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Board of Registered Nurses.

 

Standards of Best Practices

Additionally, ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad is committed to all programs adhering to the recognized standards of best practices in the field of study abroad. Therefore, all programs will be regularly assessed on the basis of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, developed by the Forum on Education Abroad. These standards include baseline expectations regarding academic integrity, learning environments, health and safety, student conduct and advising, and student learning and development.

 

Summary Information Regarding Academic Transcripts

  • ISA Veritas students take courses at accredited universities in each host city.
  • Only the ISA Veritas-specific courses are transcripted by CBU.
  • ISA Veritas-specific course professors are approved by CBU.
  • ISA Veritas students receive two transcripts on each program (one from the fully-accredited host institution and one from CBU).
  • Transcripts are accompanied by a cover letter explaining credit equivalency.
  • For more info on transcripts, see our Helpful Resources page.