About Baptist University of the Americas
Each year, the excellence of education, the personal size, the encouraging character of the student body and the beauty of the campus and surrounding area draw new students from diverse cultures all over the world to Baptist University of the Américas. We take pride in bridging cultures to share the word of God: three out of every four Hispanic Baptist pastors in Texas attended BUA, and we have extension centers in three countries, with plans for further expansion. At BUA we will offer you a full 4-year program of study, a superb personal scholastic environment, an outstanding faculty, affordable tuition, and a full range of scholarships and financial assistance.
We are a vibrant Christian community with a heart for Hispanic cultures.
We believe passionately in the Hispanic faith experience and how it uniquely prepares our students to serve the needs of the emerging multicultural world. Experts believe Hispanics will be the next great missionary force to cross the globe, while rapidly growing Hispanic populations in North America have created an urgent need for cross-cultural leadership. At BUA we will help you discover your cultural assets and how God has uniquely formed you to effectively serve in a variety of cross-cultural situations for the cause of Christ.
We bring a 60 year history of training Hispanic ministers to the task of forming the next generation of cross-cultural leaders.
In fact, BUA has provided 3 out of 4 Hispanic ministers that serve churches related to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Not only do we have a proven track record for quality theological education, we have a future-focus on issues such as diversifying worship forms, urban ministry movements, innovative church starting models and new technologies for ministry.
Our intimate community and unique mission provide the personalized attention that promotes academic success.
BUA is encouraging, accessible and un-intimidating. Many students build a new academic confidence at BUA where they have previously struggled and been frustrated. Students who already possess academic confidence can move from our B.A. degrees into graduate studies elsewhere and perform very well. While some of our students succeed easily, we understand that other students may face significant financial, academic and cultural hurdles that require personal coaching and ongoing encouragement. At BUA, we specialize in overcoming barriers.
We see enormous value in every student.
BUA is intentionally designed to develop every student’s highest potential and train them to invest themselves for the good of the world. Our holistic student services philosophy shapes our approach to the total economic, emotional, relational, physical and spiritual needs of our students, in addition to our basic concern for their academic success. At BUA, we believe in you!
We provide quality education for affordable tuition.
Not only can BUA students apply for all the basic federal financial aid programs, but we have a number of significant university and denominational aid programs that make our tuition very affordable, especially for a private Christian school (see Financial Aid insert and Fee Schedule).
We produce graduates with ample career opportunities.
In recent years every graduate has either received a job offer, graduate school acceptance or if an international student, a temporary occupational training assignment. BUA graduates are starting churches across America, serving as missionaries across the globe, and working in childcare organizations and social service agencies. With the burgeoning need for cross-cultural Christian leaders, BUA graduates are in demand and recruited on campus every year by churches, denominational institutions and non-profit agencies.
Our mission vision opens doors of experience and opportunity for students.
Our BUA faculty believes that learning happens best as we integrate the knowledge in our heads with the willingness of our heart and the work of our hands. BUA students find on-going opportunities to practice their ministry skills on mission teams that travel throughout Texas and the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Recent trips include mission teams traveling to Chile, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, West Africa, India, Turkey, and Egypt among others. Our students also develop leadership skills by training non-Hispanic churches and mission volunteers on how to relate to Hispanic people and minister effectively in Hispanic communities. These experiences not only build confidence and competence in the practice of ministry, but they also provide the student with a network of relationships on which they can build throughout their ministry careers.