What are the approved off campus programs Biola has available?

Biola Programs: Biola London (fall only), Heidelberg Semester Program, International Student Exchange Program

BestSemester (CCCU) Programs: American Studies Program, Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Contemporary Music Center, India Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Middle East Studies Program, Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, Uganda Studies Program, Washington Journalism Center

Affiliated Semester Programs: Creation Care Study Program, Focus Leadership Institute, Quito Semester Program

Affiliated University/College Semester Programs: Development Studies in Honduras (fall only/Calvin College), NYCAMS (Bethel University)

Interterm and Summer Study Tours, instructed by Biola faculty: Art European Study Tour, Biola Shakespeare, Biola Sundance, Japan Film Program, NY Urban Research, Spiritual Formation Summer Program, Talbot Bible Lands, Torrey Berkely, Torrey Cambridge, Torrey Europe, Torrey Rome

What is Biola’s cost and financial aid policy for off campus programs?

Students participating in the above off campus programs approved by Biola University during either the fall or spring semester:

  • Will be eligible for University Aid when a minimum of 12 units apply towards the students’ degree program. This applies to Biola Programs, BestSemester Programs and Affiliated Semester Programs. Units taken toward a minor, unless counted within the major degree requirements (i.e. as open electives) may not be used to qualify towards the minimum 12 unit requirement.
  • Will be ineligible to receive University Aid when participating in an Affiliated University/College Semester Program or a 2nd semester at the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford. Prior to the beginning of an Affiliated University/College Semester Program or a 2nd semester at the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, students must meet with a Financial Aid Counselor and request a leave of absence for their University Aid and to defer prior educational loans.
  • Will be eligible to receive University Aid for 1 BestSemester Program or 1 Affiliated Semester Program during your Biola career. Students interested in participating in Biola London in addition to 1 BestSemester Program or 1 Affiliated Semester Program are required to have a minimum 12 units applicable towards their degree requirements in both semesters.
  • Will be charged Biola’s standard on-campus tuition, the programs cost of room, room/board or room/board/international travel (where included depending on the program amenities) and a $300 Biola Administrative Fee. Depending on the program board and/or international airfare may be an additional out-of-pocket expense in addition to the standard residency expense.
  • Students participating in an off-campus semester program independent of Biola are required to depart from the University for that term only and are not eligible to receive their Federal and State Aid through Biola or any institutional aid. Additionally, students participating in a non-Biola approved study abroad program are not able to have their merit-based aid (academic, community service and SURGE scholarships) reinstated upon return to Biola. Renewal of merit-based aid requires continuous full-time (12 applicable units towards student's degree/per semester) enrollment at Biola University. Any appeals to this exception must be approved through an appeal process and determined as absolutely essential for the completion of the student's academic program. Please submit the appeal directly to the Financial Aid Office prior to departure from the University. Please allow minimally 3 to 4 weeks for the processing of appeals. Simply submitting an appeal should not be assumed as an approval. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to determine how other forms of federal, state, and institutional aid may be impacted.
  • Financial aid is not available for Interterm or Summer Study Tours. The cost of Interterm and Summer Study Tours vary depending on location and total units available for credit.
  • Dependent Scholarships may only be used when participating in the International Student Exchange Program.

What is the billing schedule for off-campus programs?

Fall Semester: Down payment is due August 15 for the fall semester or before departure, whichever is earlier.

Spring Semester: Down payment is due December 15 for the spring semester.

Summer/Interterm Study Tours: 100% payment is required prior to departure for programs during summer and interterm. Contact the Office of the Registrar for specific fees and payment due dates. Failure to make 100% payment before departure will result in the immediate cancellation of your registration.

How are down payments calculated for fall/spring semester programs?

The down payment is calculated the same way as for your on-campus enrollment. The Accounting Department takes your total charges, subtracts your aid and requires you to pay the remaining out of pocket amount. This amount may be 60% or 100%, depending on the arrangements you have made with Biola. Failure to make your down payment prior to departure will result in the immediate cancellation of your registration.

Is there a Biola application I need to complete in addition to the program application for fall/spring semester programs?

Yes. Biola’s off-campus programs application is called the Off Campus Programs Registration Form.

What are the application deadlines?

Application deadlines vary depending on the program. Please visit the programs website to learn more. Additionally, it is necessary to complete the required Off Campus Programs Registration parallel to the program application as the deadlines coincide.

How is credit granted?

The above listed fall/spring semester programs are extension campuses of Biola. Consequently, Biola grants academic credit for program participation. Students remain continuing full-time students, registered in Biola classes and the grades earned will be calculated into the students Biola G.P.A.

When should I start planning for a semester off-campus?

Right away! Early planning will help you know which courses of your degree requirements you should reserve for your semester off campus.

What if I am interested in studying abroad in a fall or spring semester program that is not affiliated with Biola?

  • You will first want to make sure the program is accredited.
  • Complete Substitution Request Forms prior to departure. By doing this you are receiving confirmation that the courses you complete will transfer into Biola and fulfill degree requirements.
  • Meet with a Biola Financial Aid Counselor to discuss your current financial aid package, request a University Aid leave of absence and defer prior educational loans.
  • Prior to your semester abroad complete & submit a Departure Form & Re-Admit Application to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Be advised that transcripts from all institutions must be sent directly from the school to Biola’s Office of the Registrar to be considered official and for official evaluation. All students transferring in courses to Biola must earn a “C” or better. Credit/No Credit and Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted.

Who can I contact for more information regarding undergraduate off-campus programs?

For further details about the application process, your registration and student status for Biola’s undergraduate off-campus programs, please contact:

Amy Agadoni
Office of the Registrar
Undergraduate Off Campus Programs Coordinator
Email:
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639
Phone: 562.944.0351
Fax: 562.903.4896

What are summer & interterm off-campus programs charges?

Charges for summer and interterm off-campus programs vary. Please contact the Undergraduate Off Campus Programs Coordinator for information regarding these charges.

What is the billing schedule for off-campus programs?

Fall Semester: Down payment is due August 15 for the fall semester or before departure, whichever is earlier.

Spring Semester: Down payment is due December 15 for the spring semester.

Summer/Interterm: 100% payment is required prior to departure for programs during summer and interterm. Contact the Office of the Registrar for specific fees and payment due dates. Failure to make 100% payment before departure will result in the immediate cancellation of your registration.

How are down payments calculated?

The down payment is calculated the same way as for your on-campus enrollment. The Accounting Department takes your total charges, subtracts your aid and requires you to pay the remaining out of pocket amount. This amount may be 60% or 100%, depending on the arrangements you have made with Biola. Failure to make your down payment prior to departure will result in the immediate cancellation of your registration.

Is there a Biola application I need to complete in addition to the program application?

Yes. Biola’s off-campus programs application is called the Off Campus Programs Registration Form.

What are the application deadlines?

Application deadlines vary depending on the program. Please visit the programs website to learn more. Additionally, it is necessary to complete the required Off Campus Programs Registration parallel to the program application as the deadlines coincide.

How is credit granted?

The above listed semester off-campus programs are extension campuses of Biola. Consequently, Biola grants academic credit for program participation. The grades earned will be calculated into the students Biola G.P.A. Students remain continuing full-time students and are registered in Biola courses.

When should I start planning for a semester off-campus?

Right away! Early planning will help you know which courses in your degree requirement you should reserve for your semester off campus.

What if I am interested in studying abroad in a fall or spring semester program that is not affiliated with Biola?

  • You will first want to make sure the program is accredited.
  • Complete Substitution Request Forms prior to departure. By doing this you are receiving confirmation that the courses you complete will transfer into Biola and fulfill degree requirements.
  • Meet with a Biola Financial Aid Counselor to discuss your current financial aid package, request a University Aid leave of absence and defer prior educational loans.
  • Complete a Departure Form.
  • Be advised that transcripts from all institutions must be sent directly from the school to Biola’s Office of the Registrar to be considered official and for official evaluation. All students transferring in courses to Biola must earn a “C” or better. Credit/No Credit and Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted.
  • Submit a Re-Admit Application to the Admissions Office.

Who can I contact for more information regarding undergraduate off-campus programs?

For further details about the application process, your registration and student status for Biola’s undergraduate off-campus programs, please contact:

Amy Agadoni
Office of the Registrar
Undergraduate Off Campus Programs Coordinator

Email: amy.agadoni@biola.edu

13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639
Phone: 562.944.0351, ext. 5249
Fax: 562.903.4896