Accreditation

Academic Sponsor, California Baptist University

Veritas Christian Study Abroad welcomes California Baptist University as our official academic sponsor. 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 Veritas will receive course credit from fully-accredited universities abroad and from our academic sponsor, California Baptist University (CBU).  CBU provides transcripts for the Veritas course taught in each location as well as the International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum. See the Veritas Statement of Faith.

 

Veritas Courses

Veritas-specific courses are taught by Christian professors who understand the mission of Veritas Christian Study Abroad. They encourage students spiritually and academically and help students gain a missional perspective through their studies. Veritas courses vary by site and include Global Mission Perspectives, Science & Faith, Cross-Cultural Leadership, Religion & Culture, Comparative Religions, Church History, Renaissance & Reformation, and more. 

In addition to the mission work component, the International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum is designed to help students process their study abroad and mission experiences through reflection, journal entries, and research, and gain a better understanding of missions in a cultural context. Students will experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of serving as an international missionary. 

Semester programs include the three-credit Veritas course and the one-credit International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum, with the opportunity for students to earn up to two additional credits for added mission work. 

Summer and Intensive Language programs include the one-credit International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum. 

 

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, 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

  • Veritas students take courses at accredited universities in each host city.
  • Only the Veritas-specific courses (Veritas course and International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum) are transcripted by CBU.
  • Veritas-specific course professors are approved by CBU.
  • 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.