Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland

Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland lecture site.

The Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland global learning center exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The global learning center allows Biola to bring quality cross-cultural education, training and mentoring to Christian workers in the field, enabling students from different organizations to learn from the professor and each other as they reflect on their ministries. This opportunity also allows Christians in the greater European region and beyond, who meet Biola’s admissions standards for international students, to enter graduate studies.

Up to 21 credits of the Ph.D. can be taken in Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland. The remaining coursework for the Ph.D. programs must be completed at Biola during January intensives or during hybrid sessions or with online courses; but a only a maximum of 21 credits can be taken through online courses.

Up to 18 credits of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies and up to 19 credits of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies can be taken in Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland. The balance of the coursework can be completed with online courses or hybrid courses in La Mirada, California.  However, no more than 18 credits of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies or 19 credits of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies can be taken through online courses.

If you have questions regarding the St-Légier global learning center, please contact the Cook School of Intercultural Studies office.

Contact Us

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

John Marriott, Director of Global Learning

Tel: (562) 944-0351, ext: 5695

Admission Requirements & Registration

U.S. passport holders interested in studying at the global learning centers must meet Cook's admission requirements for the M.A. in Intercultural Studies or the Doctor of Intercultural Studies programs.

Non-U.S. passport holders must also meet the following requirements:

  • Non-native speakers must submit TOEFL scores of at least 100 iBT or its equivalent.
  • Students who are not residents or citizens of the U.S. but wish to study on Biola’s La Mirada, California campus must submit an affidavit of support and other appropriate documents in order to obtain an F-1 student visa.

Registration procedures will be handled by the On-site coordinator and Cook. Most of the registration procedures can be completed online. For details, please contact

Program Requirements

The St-Légier global learning center offers graduate courses that can be applied to various degree programs. Please refer to the program details of M.A. Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, Ph.D. Intercultural Studies and Ph.D. Intercultural Education. All courses offered are designed to help missionaries, both expatriates and nationals, become more competent in cross-cultural settings. Specialized courses can be developed for the specific needs of the individual students.

Course Scheduling

The St-Légier global learning center offers semester-long courses taught by Cook faculty in intensive, one-week classroom sessions with continuing online communication with professors throughout the remainder of the semester.

Sessions are taught once a year in early January.

Biola On-Campus Opportunities

The courses being taught in St-Légier are also currently offered on the Biola campus towards the Ph.D. in Intercultural Education program. This allows interested students to complete 49 percent of the coursework in St-Légier, Switzerland, and the remainder of the coursework on Biola's campus in La Mirada, Calif. Please contact John Marriott at for more information.

One Third Tuition Reduction

For M.A. and Ph.D. students on site in St-Légier, there is a tuition discount available that reduces the cost by one third. The tuition discount is given automatically to all M.A. and Ph.D. students attending class in St-Légier. No application is necessary. No discount is available for the Doctor of Intercultural Studies program because the reduction is already built into the standard Doctor of Intercultural Studies tuition rate.

Food, Housing and Transportation Costs

It is the student's responsibility to provide transportation costs to and from St-Légier, Switzerland. As part of our agreement with Emmaus Bible Institute, they will provide all-inclusive room and board during your stay. Emmaus will provide all students with three meals a day, prepared by their own in-house chef. When you register for class, you will be given an option of a private or shared room and bath. Contact John Marriott at for further details and options.

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