Thank you to all who joined BCA in
Elizabethtown for our 50th Anniversary Celebration
BCA Study Abroad Celebrates 50 Years: 1962-2012
BCA's first program was launched on August 16, 1962, when 20 students set sail for Europe (portion of group seen in this picture). After ten days at sea, the group arrived in Rotterdam, Holland eagerly anticipating a rich cultural experience. A chartered bus with luggage trailer met them in Rotterdam and transported them around Amsterdam for two days before delivering them to Marburg, Germany, on August 29. Five students who traveled ahead joined the group to total 25—9 men and 16 women—from seven colleges.
From this start, BCA expanded to new sites and by 1978 was operating study centers in Marburg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Cheltenham, England. A number of new programs were added through the 80s and 90s, and in more recent years BCA opened sites in India. Launching soon are new programs in Austria, Italy Palestine and the Netherlands. While our services and offerings have been enriched over the years, BCA's commitment to its founding values of peace and justice has remained and continues to be an integral part of all our programs.