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Intercultural Studies with a TESOL Concentration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Riverside, OH, United States
The Intercultural Studies with a TESOL Concentration program at California Baptist University  provides a decidedly biblical worldview for the study of and engagement in culture and society through discipleship, evangelism, justice ministries and community development. 
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More than 3 billion people live in poverty. Students in the intercultural studies program develop a personal strategy to serve these underdeveloped communities around the world. Students find where the world’s needs meet their passions, and professors show students how to translate their passion into something useful. 

Why study the  Intercultural Studies with a TESOL Concentration program at California Baptist University?

CBU offers a number of opportunities to travel abroad. Locally, students visit religious centers and can participate in service projects like teaching English to refugees, serving in homeless ministries or playing sports with incarcerated youth. Our location in the Inland Empire provides access to diverse ethnic and economic populations where students are exposed to the world right in their backyard.

Students won’t just learn about cultures, they’ll learn how to communicate cross-culturally, how to problem solve and advocate for communities. These soft skills can be applied in almost any industry, especially in education, government and health. Some of our alumni found jobs with International Justice Mission, International Mission Board, various churches, and local homeless and refugee advocacy organizations.

Career opportunities

  • Community development strategist
  • Social justice advocate
  • Church mobilizer
  • Tesol teacher
  • Missionary
  • International teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Special Topics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Models of Discipleship
  • Pentateuch & Former Prophets
  • Latter Prophets & Writings
  • Old Testament Ethics
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Paul & the Early Church

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts. Send us the official sealed copies of all academic records (including transcripts, mark sheets and grade reports, as well as graduation certificates, diplomas and/or completion certificates) from secondary schools, showing dates of attendance, courses taken and grades received. Transfer applicants are required to submit all official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • An essay or personal statement. Submit a personal statement (minimum 3–5 paragraphs) responding to "What do you hope to gain from your experience as a student at CBU?"
  • Minimum of 430 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing  on the SAT.
  • Minimum of 16 on the English section of the ACT.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Traditional Program Per Unit 1,267 USD


Ambassador’s Scholarship (Incoming Freshmen)

  • $12,000 per year
  • 3.5 cumulative weighted GPA and above
  • 1000 SAT or 20 ACT

International Transfer Scholarship (Incoming Domestic Transfers)

  • $8,000 per year
  • 3.3 GPA and above

Need-Based Grants 

  • Global Initiatives Grant – Up to $10,000 per year
  • Grant based upon financial need as determined. International financial aid application required.
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