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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Sending Department: Center for Experiential Learning
When: Fall Semester Class Eligibility: Faculty
Program Advisor: CEL advisor Shots Recommended: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Routine Vaccines (see note)
Visa Required: No
Program Description:

About London

London, considered by many to be the world's knowledge capital, is a place where you can meet people from every country around the world and still feel at home. The city, England's capital, sits atop the Thames river which meanders its way through this cultural, business and historic heart of Europe. With its accessible public transport, all of London is within the grasp of students seeking to see and know this vibrant and diverse center of the world.With free entrance to over 100 museums and galleries, you can experience the cultural richness whether your interests are in music, film, art, sports, business and more. Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, theatre district, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey are just a few of the sites that bring to mind the essence of this great city.

London Semester, England


Studying abroad in London is the perfect place to learn abroad among a population rich in cultural diversity.  According to the Joshua Project, 35% of the people of London identify themselves as non-religious. However, there is a renewed effort by many churches to bring a message of hope through community service and outreach in this historically influential city.  

The UK’s unmistakable contribution to global Christianity has been significant for centuries. From John Wycliffe, William Wilberforce and C. S. Lewis up to today – with the Alpha Course, 24-7 prayer and a host of writers, theologians and worship leaders – the UK continues to bless the nations of the world.  As you live your mission in London you will see why it is one of the most popular places to study abroad.

Students participating in the Veritas in London, England program will attend the University of Roehampton. University of Roehampton is recognized by both the Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

What is the cost to participate in the London Semester?

PBA tuition plus the Study Abroad Fee
All scholarships and financial aid can be applied (see financial aid for details)

The Study Abroad Fee for London includes:
  • Housing
  • $2,500 food stipend
  • Airfare from West Palm Beach to London
  • Insurance
  • Some excursions
  • Visa assistance
  • PBA faculty supervision


  • Below are some guidelines for determining your eligibility and suitability for the PBA London Semester program:You must have completed at least 70 credit hours by the end of the fall, with at least 12 credit hours at PBA.
  • You must have at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average at the time of application.
  • Seniors graduating at the end of the Spring semester may attend the London Semester; however, due to the London Semester exam schedule they may not be able to attend the PBA graduate ceremony.
  • You must have the approval of your academic advisor.
  • You must be able to demonstrate how the London Semester furthers your academic goals by submitting a degree plan with the London Semester included in the plan. In addition, you must complete the Off-Campus Academic Program Form outlining the PBA and Roehampton University courses (with the PBA equivalents) you plan on taking during the semester abroad. Your academic advisor will also need to approve this form.
  • You must be cleared by Dean of Students, Worship Office, Chapel Office, and Student Accounts Office. These clearances are related to probations. In addition, you must not be on any type of probation at the time of departure.
Search Roehampton's Study Abroad Catalog to find courses that complement your degree plan. The courses and their equivalents names are to be entered in the OCAP Form found in the trip application.

Academic Overview

Fall and Spring semester students will take one three-credit program course and one one-credit International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a broad selection of other courses from the Roehampton University catalog to maintain full-time status and fulfill their academic requirements.

Summer students will take the one-credit International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum and one other course from Roehampton University each term.

Academic Credits
Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program, as determined by their home institution. Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.


PBA students live in residence halls with British and other international students located on the Roehampton campus. Each student will have an "en-suite" style dorm room with a private bathroom.  Kitchen and laundry room facilities are shared with approximately 5-8 students within a hall. Living in close proximity with English nationals will provide many opportunities to learn more about the culture. Each residence hall includes additional facilities such as music, study and game rooms. The residence hall is equipped wireless internet access.

Mission Work

While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in London. Students will grow in their faith as they learn about missions by building relationships and serving others alongside the Mission Mentor and local missionaries. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational.

The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions and earn college credit. The reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research will enhance and help students internalize their experience .

Campus Outreach Refugee Ministry Social Justice Ministry
Children's Ministry English Clubs Homeless Ministry
Orphanage Ministry Elder Care Prayer & Intercession
Special Needs Worship & Bible Studies Sports Camps


EdinburghCastle.jpgEach program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost. Excursions include:


Brighton_0.jpgOne-Day Excursion is a popular summer destination for Brits, often referred to as "London by the Sea," Brighton offers a great example of British coastal living. The city offers a diverse range of activities with an annual arts festival, theaters presenting a preview of plays bound for London, and an old town filled with pubs and shopping. Visit the famous Royal Pavillion, a former royal residence known for it unusual Asian-influenced architecture and interior design. Afterwards, stroll down to the pebbly beach for a breath of fresh sea air and enjoy a walk down Brighton Pier to experience the lively shops, arcades, roller coasters and food stands.

Stonehenge & Bath
One-Day Excursion. Europe's most famous prehistoric site that dates back 5,000 years. Some of the stones originally came from South Wales, and upon viewing their immense size, it is unimaginable how they were transported such long distances. Aligned with the celestial bodies, stand in wonder at the geometric stone formations that reside in the beautiful England countryside.

Later, stroll through this historic and unique English town that was founded by the Romans when they discovered the only naturally occuring hot springs in England. The city's grand Georgian architecture is surrounded by hills and is crossed by the River Avon, which contributes to the city's interesting landscape and network of canals. Follow the steps of Jane Austen and enjoy this touristy, yet serene community that takes great pride in its many museums, gardens, and galleries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city of unique heritage and is to be enjoyed at any time of the year.


For more information, please visit the custom program link found on the Veritas website.

Leading the London Semester has been one of the richest experiences of my teaching career. I have cultivated bonds with students impossible to achieve in any classroom. My students and I have supplemented our study of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Johnson, Wesley, Keats, Dickens, Freud, Woolf, and Eliot with visits to their houses and haunts, walking in their footsteps in and around London. No matter your discipline, London offers a museum, gallery, or historical site that will bring classroom discussions and lectures to life. Spiritually, there is no substitute for leading chapel-credit opportunities in the form of evensong services at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and St.-Martin-in-the-Fields (and then breaking bread together in the church’s café in the crypt).  London also offers PBA faculty the opportunity to pursue research through many avenues, not the least of which is the British Library, which has nearly fifteen million volumes, and the countless museums around the metropolis, many of which are free. Best of all, I have shared most of these experiences with my family. London truly has something to offer everyone.
     — Samuel Joeckel, Spring Semester 2013
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/02/2019 12/20/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.