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Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA)

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA)


Spend an academic year or a semester abroad in England at Newbold through the ACA programme and study British literature in the country where it was written. Experience history where the events actually happened. Study and visit sites associated with authors such as Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Tolkien and Lewis, and visit historical landmarks such as Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London, while earning credits for general education and elective courses from your home college or university.

As an ACA student at Newbold College of Higher Education in England, you will have unique opportunities to:

  • Study British literature in the very country where it was inspired and written, including reading and studying authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Hardy, Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Tolkien and Lewis.
  • Explore British history where the events actually happened, including visiting places such as the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, the Imperial War Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Natural History Museum.
  • Acquire new cultural perspectives from living and learning with students and staff from over 60 countries on a campus set within the safe environs of an English village just 35 miles west of London, the capital of the United Kingdom, where 265 languages are spoken daily, and just 10 miles east of the regional centre of Reading.
  • Develop an appreciation of music and art by enrolling in the Fine Arts class which surveys the history of art and music from Medieval times through to the 21st century. The class visits the major art galleries in London as well as famous concert venues like the Royal Albert Hall, West End musicals and the English National Opera.
  • Participate in the spiritual activities of a truly international campus, reflect on religion, focus on faith – and take religion courses where missions were first conceived by thinkers such as William Carey, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts and John Donne.
  • Participate in English and History Study Tours, where learning beyond the classroom will allow you to walk the paths of history and literature and see where it all happened.
  • Study at a British college which has been affiliated with Andrews University since 1983 and is an integral part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist network of colleges and universities.

Generally, one to two semesters


Autumn Semester (September),
Spring Semester (January)

15-18 (per semester)

Dr Sandra Rigby-Barrett

Adventist Colleges Abroad consortium


As an Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) student, you will need to apply through your home Seventh-day Adventist University or College. This allows you to keep any federal and state loans and grants (and in some cases scholarships) that you normally receive, as well as any educational subsidy. For more information, speak to your own ACA representative on your home campus or visit www.aca-noborders.com.


  • Take advantage of the unique opportunity Newbold provides, allowing you to gain university credits that you can take for general interest or apply to future studies.
  • Take advantage of our educational excursions which allow you to study and gain experience and knowledge outside of the classroom.
  • Take advantage of our small class sizes which gives you the opportunity for more one-on-one time with lecturers and tutors, and plenty of individual attention when it comes to assessment and questions.
  • Gain a global perspective from our culturally diverse staff and from your fellow students, who represent around 50 different nationalities.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, the first of its kind outside the United States.
I’m from Walla Walla and I’ve spent the academic year at Newbold under the ACA exchange programme. I would not trade the last nine months that I’ve spent at Newbold for anything! At Newbold I’ve had the chance to see some of all the historical sites we’ve learnt about in history class or seen in classic films. One of my favourite things about the College is that it’s an international school that attracts people from a wide range of backgrounds. I have made so many new friends from all over the world. I’m sad to be leaving this wonderful place in a month or so, but I know that my time here has been filled with memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime!
Mauri -United States


The Adventist Colleges Abroad programme gives you the freedom to choose between 15 and 18 US credits in each semester, from modules within the study areas listed below. Generally 15 US credits equals five modules, worth three US credits each, although the number of credits a module is worth may occasionally vary. While 15 US credits (five modules) is considered a full-time load, but you may choose to do an additional module, to total 18 credits per semester, if you wish (this may come at an additional cost).

You may choose any of the selected modules from those Newbold offers in partnership with Andrews University or Washington Adventist University. The selected modules can be chosen from the following programmes:

  • Business Studies (including options such as Management and Marketing)
  • Humanities (including options such as English literature, British history, Fine Arts and Performing Arts)
  • Theology and Religious Studies (including Biblical Studies, and Theological Studies)

Choose from a selection of the business modules that we offer in partnership with Washington Adventist University. These modules have been chosen so that you can gain an awareness of the unique cultural influences that the British and European context have on various aspects of business.

Autumn Semester

  • British and Continental European Marketing (MKTG275) – 3 credits
  • Personnel Management in Britain and Continental Europe (MGNT340) – 3 credits
  • International Marketing (MKT355) – 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • British and European Business Skills (BUAD410) – 3 credits
  • International Business Management (MGNT405) – 3 credits

Choose from our range of modules in English literature, history and fine arts – known as our British Heritage Suite. Through these modules you will have the opportunity to experience a unique learning environment in the classroom and beyond as you participate in trips and tours to related and significant sites of cultural, literary and historical interest.

Autumn Semester

  • Text on Film and Location I (ENGL300) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context I (ENGL330) – 3 credits
  • CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL370/RELG370) – 3 credits, available as English or Religion credit
  • British History: Reformation to Revolution (HIST310) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context I (HIST320) – 3 credits
  • Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345/RELH345) – 3 credits, available as English or Religion credit
  • Fine Arts I: Medieval to Baroque (ARTH208) – 3 credits
  • Multicultural Britain: An Anthropological Approach (ANTH215) – 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • Text on Film and Location II (ENGL400) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context II (ENGL430) – 3 credits
  • Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL375) – 3 credits
  • Empire to Entropy (HIST410) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context II (HIST430) – 3 credits
  • Fine Arts II: Classical to 21st Century (ARTH209) – 3 credits
  • Media and Communication: A British Perspective (COMM200) – 3 credits

Choose from a selection of the undergraduate theology and religious studies modules. These foundation-level modules will allow you to start to build your knowledge in theology and religious studies and fulfill your required credits in religion classes for your respective degree.

Autumn Semester

  • Foundations of Biblical Studies (RELB205) – 3 credits
  • Foundations of Christian Theology (RELT205) – 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT350) – 3 credits
  • The Pentateuch (RELB225) – 3 credits

Autumn and/or Spring Semester

  • College Choir (MUPF136) – 1 credit
  • Applied Music: Instrument and/or Voice (MUPF165) – 1-2 credits
  • Internship (ENGL397) – 1-3 credits


The following staff teach in this programme, in addition to those who also teach modules from the College’s offerings in theology and religious studies, some of which are also available through the areas of emphasis in this degree:


The Adventist Colleges Abroad programme is for students who are enrolled at an Adventist College or University in the United States or Canada. Individuals are invited to continue their studies at Newbold by taking a number of the modules that we offer in this programme and all credits are transferable to your home university.

To apply to complete this programme, you will need to be:

  • Enrolled at an Adventist University or College in the United States or Canada.
  • At least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year.


Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

Newbold is proud to be an affiliate of the Adventist Colleges Abroad programme. The all-inclusive cost, for one or two semesters, includes tuition, accommodation and board. Additionally, it includes all Newbold-sponsored study tours and field trips, as well as textbooks, one airport pick-up per semester and medical insurance.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.


  • You will develop both personally and professionally as you expand your comfort zone through studying abroad for a semester or two.
  • Experience a new culture in Britain. Through study tours, lectures, other opportunities, you will have the opportunity to experience all that the British lifestyle has to offer.
  • Take the opportunity to broaden your approach to research. With the academic rigour that you will be put through in your lectures, you will have the chance to develop your writing and research skills.

Generally as an ACA student, work hours will not be offered by the UK government. However, some students have been granted either 10 or 20 hours depending on what their visa states. Internships are possible within the Recruitment, Marketing and Sales office with possible credits.


Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Adventist Colleges Abroad is offered in partnership with the Adventist Colleges Abroad consortium.

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