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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 successful participation in an ever-shrinking global village. For persons 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 seven 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. Information about these programs appears under summer Programs.
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 program and achieving proficiency during the summer just previous to their academic year abroad. The only programs accepting total beginners for the academic year are the German program at Bogenhofen Seminary, the German program at Friedensau University and the Italian program at Villa Aurora. For all other programs, students who have completed one year or more of college-level language study will have a much easier adjustment and will probably be enrolled in higher level courses 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 courses 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. (Except for the programs mentioned).
- A college GPA of 2.50 in the language and 2.00 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.