International Student Exchange Program
Because Biola University values experiential and cross-cultural learning, we are committed to providing opportunities for our students to participate in study abroad programs. These programs are vital to fulfilling our mission to educate students in mind and character to impact the world for Christ.
The International Student Exchange Program offers unique opportunities for students to study abroad in Asia at Christian universities. Biola students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for up to two semester of exchange study and earn 12-15 units each semester while studying abroad.
Our participating exchange universities are:
- Tokyo Christian University, Japan (http://www.tci.ac.jp/elis)
- Yonsei University, Korea (http://oia.yonsei.ac.kr/)
- Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea (http://global.yonsei.ac.kr/)
- Seoul Women’s University, Korea (http://www.swu.ac.kr/)
- Handong University, Korea (http://www.handong.edu)
- Hannam University, Korea (http://www.hannam.ac.kr)
- Sook Myung University, Korea (http://sookmyung.ac.kr/~craft/English/)
For more information regarding the International Student Exchange Program, please contact:
elsp [at] biola [dot] edu
Phone: (562) 903-4775.
Two exchange universities offer special scholarships for Biola students to help with expenses while studying abroad. Yonsei University, Wonju Campus offers a $3,000 scholarship to students studying at the Global Village. The Japanese government offers the JASSO scholarship to one Biola student each fall semester to study abroad at Tokyo Christian University. The JASSO scholarship covers round-trip airfare to Tokyo, room and board at Tokyo Christian University, and a monthly living stipend.
How to Apply
Applications for the International Student Exchange Program are available for both Fall and Spring semesters. The deadline for the Spring semester is March 15, and the deadline for the Fall semester is October 1. If you are interested in participating in this program, please click here to download a preliminary application. E-mail the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the application in person to the ISE/ELSP office.
International Sister Schools
Biola University has a sister relationship with more than 20 schools in Asia. This cooperation is to enhance relations between Biola University and Christian schools in other countries, and to develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of education, research, etc. As a sister school, we have agreed to cooperate and work with each of the schools toward the internationalization of higher education.
The areas of cooperation include any program offered at either university that is felt to be desirable and feasible for the development and strengthening of cooperative relationships between the two institutions. However, any specific program is subject to mutual consent, availability of funds, and approval of each university. Such programs may include exchange of faculty members, exchange of students, joint research projects, and joint cultural programs.