Newbold College is an exam center for the University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) examinations. It is accredited by the British council.
Villa Aurora prepares students for the PLIDA test (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri).
Collonges (IFLE) prepares students for the DELF (Diplome d’Etudes en Langue Francaise) and the DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise). It also has the LABEL professional.
Bogenhofen prepares students for the diploma OSD (Austrian German Diploma). It is accredited by ACA.
Friedensau prepares students for the diploma TEST DAF (Test Deutsch als Fremdspache) and is an examination center for the Goethe Institute (KDS, GDS)
Sagunto (ESDES) prepares students for the DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) diploma and is accredited by the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
Type of programs:
Our schools offer School year programs, summer programs and also intensive programs.
Due to an evolution in the study of modern foreign languages, to the internationalisation of information, to the Church’s needs for multiple proficiencies, and to the long experience of Seventh-day Adventist language schools in Europe, the following institutions have decided to form a consortium: Escuela Superior de Español, (Sagunto, Spain), Institut de langue Française (Collonges, France), Istituto Avventista di Lingua e Cultura Italiana at “Villa Aurora” (Florence, Italy), German Department at Friedensau University (Germany), German Department at Bogenhofen Schloss Seminar (Austria), and Newbold College, England.
Goals of this consortium
- To aim at a more homogeneous and coordinated plan for the teaching of languages in Europe in Seventh-day Adventist institutions.
- To aim by means of institutional coordination at greater efficiency in the areas of advertising, recruitment and marketing.
- To reduce advertising costs by increasing the representation of the institutions during large international meetings organised by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
II. Common characteristics
The network of European Seventh-day Adventist language schools shares the following characteristics:
A. A philosophy of education
- life principles and spiritual values founded upon the Bible
- Christian ethics based upon respect for persons and for their diversity within the family of God
- an awareness of the importance of communication as a social, civic and humanitarian virtue
- a professional deontology founded upon personal commitment.
B. A high-quality academic project
- excellent programmes which are well structured and appropriately accredited
- an annual evaluation made by students and teachers on all aspects of the operation of the institution
- a quinquennial evaluation undertaken by the Adventist Accrediting Association, with criteria comparable to those of Total Quality Management within the European Union
- language laboratories
- financial conditions within the reach of students, clearly formulated and advertised.
C. A healthy lifestyle
- respect for fundamental health principles
- a vegetarian diet
- a campus without tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs
- outdoor sports activities
- respect for the safety of persons and of personal and common belongings
- particular attention to the balancing of the student’s physical, social and spiritual needs.
D. An attractive campus in a natural setting
- the various campuses are equipped with comfortable and well-kept accommodation, located in exceptional geographical and cultural surroundings
- a personalised service of academic support and assistance
- a variety of extracurricular activities organised on and off the campus
- cultural excursions organised under the supervision of the teachers.
III. General conditions
- Each institution will define the contents and organisation of its programmes for the teaching and learning of the language and culture.
- Each institution will remain responsible for the organisation of its own operations, and for the selection of its administrative staff and teachers.
- Each institution will define its own admissions criteria.
- Each institution will operate independently in matters of finance.
- Each institution will accept the criteria laid down by the manual of the Adventist Accreditation Association, and will undertake to comply with the Association’s recommendations.
IV. Common pledge
- Each institution will undertake to publish, free of charge, on its promotional materialsl, on its publications and on its website, its affiliation with the consortium and the list of the other institutions which form the consortium. A hypertext link to these institutions will be created.
- The institutions will undertake to operate together an Internet gateway common to all the institutions which form the consortium. This gateway will open on the respective websites of each institution through a hypertext link.
- The institutions will undertake to operate their respective websites at their own expense, and to update them regularly so as to preserve the image of the consortium.
- The institutions will undertake to produce at their own expense the promotional materiel particular to their institution. It will be mailed to those responsible for representing them on a communal stand during large international meetings organised by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- The institutions will choose together a model stand configured and organised under a common name, so as to ensure the representation of the individuality of each institution, while preserving the image of the consortium.
- The standard language of communication and promotion during these meetings, and on the Internet gateway, will be English.
- The institutions will undertake to grant the Department of Education of the Euro-Africa Division full authority to decide on membership of the consortium, in respect of the present agreement.
VI. Duties of corporate representation
1. Each institution will accept that it will represent the other institutions on a rota basis during large meetings, as agreed with the Department of Education of the Euro-Africa Division, which will be responsible for coordination.
2. The institution on duty will be responsible:
- for contacting the other institutions prior to planning
- for booking the stand, materials, equipment, hall, etc.
- for the organisation of the stand according to the model approved by the consortium
- for receiving and transporting the promotional materials provided by the other institutions or sent directly from their respective countries
- for preparing and mailing to all persons concerned a report on the work completed.
3. The person in charge of the stand will be responsible:
- for answering the questions asked by interested persons
- for handing out the materials sent by the institutions belonging to the consortium
- for keeping and updating a list of the contacts made, according to a standard agreed model. He/she will mail a copy of this list to all the institutions concerned
- for preparing a report and mailing it to all institutions and to the Department of Education of the Euro-Africa Division.
VII. Financial conditions
- Each institution will bear the cost of the promotional materials it produces.
- The cost of opening a common gateway will be shared between the institutions, in proportion to the average number of students in the respective language departments. Every effort will be made to find a cost-free solution with the help of a volunteer, who will be the webmaster for the consortium (in collaboration with the institutions and the Euro-Africa Division) to ensure follow-up and publication on the respective listings.
- The cost of the stand (physical arrangements, location, common signposting) will be negotiated between the institutions.
- The cost of travel, transportation of freight, and lodging will be negotiated between the institutions.