The Rinker Center for Experiential Learning will provide you with life-changing opportunities to travel the world and broaden your perspective on learning and life. Whether you spend an entire semester abroad, take part in a service trip taking your faith around the world or travel as part of an individual course, these are powerful experiences that can, and do, change lives forever.
Study Abroad refers to opportunities for our students to study abroad for an entire semester, including summer semesters! Students who study abroad during the fall or spring semesters are enrolled at a host university and complete 12-18 PBA credit hours while abroad. Summer semesters require 3-9 PBA credit hours. With more than 20 locations available, students will be able to find the experience that is best for them. You can browse the current program opportunities here.
Students must have Junior academic-standing (60+ credit hours) and must have completed two semesters at PBA prior to their semester abroad.
Your next step is to set up an advising meeting with the study abroad advisor. In this meeting you can ask more questions about your options and learn how to apply for your program of choice. Email the advisor at RCEL@pba.edu to request an appointment.
Serve Abroad refers to service-oriented global opportunities that engage the students’ faith. The Rinker Center for Experiential Learning partners with various departments on campus (listed below) to provide these opportunities for students during winter-, spring-, and summer-breaks.
If you are interested in serving abroad, visit the Serve Abroad module on our Traveler Resources page.
Class Abroad refers to PBA’s short term faculty-led programs. Students have the opportunity to take PBA courses for academic credit that include an international travel component led by a PBA faculty sponsor. Class Abroad program offerings vary from year-to-year, and the travel component generally takes place over a school break – January, spring, or summer.
If you are interested in enrolling for a class abroad, your next step is to create a Traveler Profile here using your PBA credentials. Then search for “class abroad” under the programs tab to see the current offerings.
Travel abroad is for Faculty & Staff too! The Rinker Center for Experiential Learning is here to to support you in your global travel experience - whether you are participating in a professional development opportunity, leading a trip for students or participating in a PBA service trip.
When faculty and staff are traveling internationally on Official PBA Travel the following benefits are provided:
Serve Abroad trips will take you into communities across the globe where you can serve as a force for positive change. You may find yourself ministering to local groups, mentoring and working with children, providing essential healthcare services or helping to create necessary resources such as schools and access to clean water.
Through the various program offerings students have the opportunity to learn by doing, going, experiencing. They participate in valuable learning experiences within different global contexts, enhancing their understanding of cultural perspectives and developing transferrable knowledge and skills.
Along with students, PBA faculty and staff also have regular opportunities for international travel. When any faculty or staff participates in a PBA international trip, RCEL provides comprehensive support in logistics, as well as travel and medical insurance to ensure the most stress-free and streamlined experience possible.
The Center has sent 2,000 PBA individuals to countries around the world since 2011.
After completing 60 credit hours students can take part in study abroad.
You can meet with Rinker Center staff 1:1 to discuss study abroad opportunities.