Several Christian colleges have granted transfer credit for courses taken at the Institute, in some cases for both the first and second year programs. BICS, however, is non-accredited; therefore, if a graduate intends to transfer courses to a specific school, contact should be made with the Registrar’s office of that college for an assessment of transfer options. For a list of schools currently accepting BIS transfer credit, contact John Tate, Director of Admissions here at BICS, or check out this brief list. [return to top]
The Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies educates students who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and who plan to serve Him in the Church and in the community, whatever their vocations. The Institute is intended for those who desire a quality, Christian education on the college level that presents a biblical world view and that offers direction for spiritual growth. Each applicant must have earned a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). [return to top]
The Institute requires the satisfaction of at least two of the following criteria:
1. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.6 (based on a 4.0 system).
2. A ranking in the upper 40th percentile of one’s high school graduating class.
3. A minimum combined average of 1500 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 20 on the American College Test (ACT). [return to top]
In cases where individuals do not quite meet the stated admission standards, the Administration may find justification in a student’s record for granting provisional acceptance. As a result, limitations may be placed on the student’s academic load and extracurricular activities. [return to top]
Those who have already completed college or have attended professional schools should submit transcripts from them in addition to their high school transcripts. Otherwise, the admission procedure is the same. [return to top]
The total tuition cost for one year at BICS is $10,800 (as of 2011-2012), which includes foreign travel. Room, Board and other costs are approximately $5,000. For a full breakdown of the costs, please visit our Financial Aid page. [return to top]
BICS is committed to an ideal of debt-free education for its students. Student loans merely postpone the debt. Thus the Institute has designed a program, called DiscipleBuilders, that is low-cost to begin with, and also offers assistance in personal fund raising, procurement of employment, and housing. You can read more about our DiscipleBuilders Program here. [return to top]
CAN I WORK WHILE AT BICS?
Room and board may be earned through local employment at a minimum rate of $8.00 per hour for a maximum of 24 hours per week. (BICS students should normally earn $9.00 or more per hour.) The Institute will normally discourage Sunday employment since part of the curriculum will involve weekend ministries. Of course, one may augment his or her costs for tuition and room and board with personal savings and/or help from one’s parents. Students must handle their own health insurance. [return to top]
One must submit to the Institute’s Admissions Office the following items before he or she may be considered for enrollment:
-- An application
-- An autobiography
-- A transcript from high school (also from college, if applicable) or a GED grade record
-- A statement of one’s SAT or ACT scores (if not on one’s transcript)
-- Two recommendations
-- A premedical form (after acceptance, a medical examination may be required)