ACA in River Plate Adventist University
River Plate Adventist University (UAP) is affiliated of ACA and provides opportunities for qualified undergraduate students for studying Spanish in Argentina while completing requirements of their programs at their home colleges. Students are immersed in the culture and life of another country while becoming conversant in its language. Through such experiences students also may gain an appreciation of and perhaps an inspiration for mission or other multi-cultural service.
Who will benefit from ACA programs?
ACA programs are designed for more than those pursuing a major or minor in a modern language. Students majoring in other areas may find the year abroad personally and professionally rewarding. Second-language skills are becoming more and more necessary for succesful participation in an ever-shrinking global village. For students concentrating in an area of the humanities that allows for considerable amounts of electives, the year abroad need not extend the time for completion of a degree program at the home campus. Although three of the six international schools offer little or no course work in the natural or behavioral sciences, students may, by care in planning with their advisers at the beginning of their freshman year, satisfy requirements even in these areas within the normal time frame. Students who require some time extension generally indicate that they would not trade the international experience for anything.
In addition to new cultural perspectives and language skills, students who plan well will have completed requirements for minors and most requirements for a major in their host campus language. For professional programs such as business, nursing, medical technology, and most of the other allied health professions, a year abroad will extend the time somewhat. However, by prudent use of the allowed electives the added time may be limited to one or two summers work. Students who cannot spend a full academic year abroad may achieve a portion of these benefits by enrolling in one of the ACA Summer Language Programs. They can also enroll for one quarter or two.
College freshmen with a competence in the language are not excluded from the ACA program, but the course of study generally is more beneficial to second year students. Although students should have competence in the second language at the intermediate level, applicants who have made superior progress during two years of secondary or one year of college language may be admitted. However, they should be prepared for intensive application and perhaps even some frustration during their first few months abroad and may not be able to complete home campus requirements for a minor or major in the language they are studying. Students who have not met this requirement through language study on their home campuses may do so by attending an ACA summer language program abroad and achieving proficiency during the summer just previous to their academic year abroad. Students who have completed two years or more of college-level language study will have a much easier adjustement and will probably be enrolled in higher level course to begin with. As a result, they will easily complete requirements for a minor in the language program and probably will complete all but two or three of their upper division language course for their major in the language.
The general prerequisites for admission to the program are:
- Competence in the language, as described above. One year of college language study or two years of high school language study.
- A college GPA of 3.00 in the language and 2.50 overall.
- A good citizenship record which gives evidence of better than average maturity, adjustability and congeniality as well as a willingness to support Adventist lifestyle standards and participate in the spiritual activities of the international campus.