All Liberty University students are required to participate in mission work with Christar while they are abroad.  Depending on their interests, students can participate in a range of different types of mission work.  Bible studies, small groups, worship sessions and mentoring are possibilities while abroad.

Comprehensive Advising and Support

Liberty University students have a dedicated team of advisors based on campus to guide students through the entire study abroad process from application through reentry. Jessica Korn, ISA Veritas Embedded Program Coordinator, is located in the LU Send Office in Green Hall and will work closely with the Christar representative and LU Send Advisors to assist in course selection and application. Once an application is complete, students then work with the talented team of Program Managers for the application and financial logistics while the seasoned Site Specialists guide students through academic, cultural and functional aspects of their programs.

Housing

Homestays are included in the price of the Liberty G5 Study + Missions programs. Homestay accommodations include a shared bedroom in a Spanish family’s home. Students have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room. Students who choose the Homestay option will be provided with three meals per day (except on excursion days) and laundry service once a week for the official duration of the program.

Meals and Laundry Services

Three meals per day (except on excursion days) and laundry service once a week for the official duration of the program is include in the program fee.

Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) encompasses the ISA Veritas on-site orientation delivered to all students in the first days of their ISA Veritas program, with key improvements in areas related to goal setting, intercultural awareness, diversity and professional development. For a number of reasons, the first days that follow a student's arrival on site offer us some of the best opportunities to effectively transmit information to program participants. While the pre-departure orientations that students receive from ISA Veritas and their home universities are also important, students are typically more ready to focus on their study abroad experience when they arrive at their host country. The BCP is designed to help ISA Veritas make the most of this important opportunity to educate students, and to give students the tools that will facilitate discovery and learning during their program. The BCP is an important introduction to a new culture, a new home and a new experience. The BCP is designed to prepare students for a successful, positive and rewarding experience that will influence the rest of their lives.

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA Veritas' full-time resident director, Heidi Doerr, assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. Heidi provides support during official course registration and arranges the Bridging Cultures Program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.

On-Site ISA Veritas Office

ISA Veritas in Malaga is located in the heart of the city, just a quick bus ride (15-20 minutes) from the UMA’s Center for Cursos de Espanol para Extranjeros campus. The ISA Veritas office consists of a large meeting/study area, the Resident Director office, and computer terminals with Internet access. During normal office hours, students may go to the office to use the Internet and WiFi, receive tutoring, find out about upcoming excursions/activities, read through various travel/academic resources, or simply visit with the ISA staff or fellow students. 

Computer and Internet Access

Students enjoy free internet access at ISA Veritas on-site offices and/or computer labs at the University of Malaga.

Excursions

Organized excursions may be included with each program to complement the academic component of the student's study abroad experience. These complementary experiences are designed to engage student learning outside of the classroom in the five areas of the Discovery Model. Transportation and guided tours are included as well as hotel accommodations and breakfast during multi-day excursions. Additional optional excursions may be offered during each program that are not included in the program cost, but provide students other opportunities for discovery.

The ISA Discovery Model

A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of program participants. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom. Efforts to promote student learning are shaped by a teaching and learning framework we call the ISA Discovery Model.

According to this model, student learning and development is organized into five areas of discovery: 1. Intercultural, 2. Historical, 3. Sociopolitical, 4. Professional and 5. Environmental. Throughout the duration of ISA Veritas programs, we provide participants the opportunity to pursue these five areas of discovery. ISA Veritas excursions and cultural activities are most important among these opportunities. Each excursion and cultural activity is designed to help participants reach a specific set of learning objectives. In addition to the ISA Veritas cultural activities and excursions, ISA Veritas will also point students towards non-ISA sponsored events and opportunities that will facilitate discovery in one or more of the five areas of discovery.

Cultural Activities

The ISA Veritas program staff develops unique cultural activities custom-designed to invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city.

Subscription to the New York Times

All ISA Veritas students will receive a one year subscription to The New York Times. This will allow access to thousands of articles, interactive media, videos and archived journalism dating back to 1851, the year the paper was founded. ISA Veritas resident staff will engage students with the New York Times to further learning in the areas of the ISA Discovery Model. This initiative, created to complement ISA Veritas' co-curricular programming, enables students to connect more deeply with the host culture and global community.

Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of his or her program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA Veritas participant will be covered by this policy.

We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.

Extensions of the policy are available for an additional fee of $25/week up to 4 weeks if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found on the Veritas website.

Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support

Health, Safety and Security (HSS) for ISA Veritas students is jointly managed by our resident staff and HSS team. This team works to monitor risk at program locations, respond to any crises that may arise and develop policies to further ensure the health, safety and security of students abroad with ISA Veritas. HSS also facilitates an in-house on-call system with a U.S.-based employee and manager who are on-call and available in case of emergency 24-7.

ISA Veritas regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA Veritas office at 512-215-3797 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week. Students who experience an emergency while abroad will also have access to on-site staff 24-hour emergency assistance.

Airport Reception

Ground transportation is provided from the airport for students who arrive during the designated arrival date and time and at the appropriate airport.

The Professional Development Toolbox

The Professional Development Toolbox, available in the online orientation section of the student portal, will help students identify the skills and key competencies they have developed through their personal, academic and cultural experiences. The ability to articulate the international experience is a learned skill. This toolbox helps students communicate the transferable skills in a way that shows potential employers or post-graduate universities the benefits our alumni will provide them as a direct result of their experience abroad.