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ACADEMIC YEAR OVERVIEW: Campus Rules and Regulations

Another adjustment individuals will face is that international campus rules and regulations in some cases are more conservative than those in North American colleges. Because there are many secondary students on the European campuses, some of the rules and regulations are established to positively guide younger persons in terms of their religious development and in terms of establishing good study habits and orderliness. Depending on the campus, students may well expect that there will be a requirement of more formal religious service attendance, and earlier evening returns to residence halls. Depending on the campus, people who oversleep may have the surprise of being awakened by a monitor who personally comes to each room to encourage class or Sabbath service attendance. Residence hall rooms may be checked to ensure that they are clean, neat, and orderly. These encouragements are not made to "demean" people and make them feel "less mature or like they're children". ACA students who take an adult attitude toward these different restrictions and avoid seeing them as a loss of their adulthood or privacy will actually find that these "required activities" can help them grow spiritually and linguistically if they approach them positively. And if ever the meetings and programs seem to be "boring", they can become opportunities for doing creative service programming for students to make a positive contribution by becoming involved and improving the religious and social life of the campus.

Some restrictions may be very frustrating, but are not meant to be. In fact, more required worship services on a daily basis have been designed to meet church members' expectations that Adventist students have chosen Adventist schools so they can actively participate in the religious life of the campus (including Sabbath School, church services, and Sabbath afternoon activities, excursions, and services). Sunday is the day for pleasure and inactivity.

If things are different, accept them for the way they are. They are not right or they are not wrong because they are different unless there is actually a moral conflict involved. Students who try to be themselves, and be as open and flexible as possible and not take everything as a personal affront, will be able to profit most from their time abroad.

Some restrictions, for example the hours that one must return to the residence halls at nights, are not what North American college students have experienced recently. However, the international college students do not seem to chafe under these rules as much as American students. Dorm closing rules are not always flexible. Students who plan well in advance, and who speak privately to residence hall deans, requesting permission for reasonable exceptions, are given privileges. Those privileges do, however, carry with them responsibility and accountability, and may be withdrawn if they are not respected or are abused.

Students wishing older mature students for roommates on European campuses (usually those from theology programs) should request them in the ACA application form. In making such a request, please know that host campus students will have heavy (20-24 credit hours) course loads and will be very serious students, not given to lots of chit chat and socializing during class preparation/study times. No guarantees can be made that older student roommates can be found and the likelihood is great that some or most roommates depending on the campus will be secondary school students. Believe it or not they can behave maturely and be very good friends if given a chance. Just think of it as an opportunity to be a big brother or sister and help someone less mature become more adult.

WARNING:  While on host campus, traveling abroad, taking private or ACA tours, please protect your personal belongings like luggage, electronic devices, passport, cash or any valuables.  If these are stolen or lost, ACA will not be responsible and such loss is not covered under insurance.

Also note that any unacceptable behavior/immoral activities, breaking campus rules or poor academic performance will result in immediate expulsion from the program. 

 


 

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