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 BICS transfer credit, contact Ben Boehm, Director of Admissions here at BICS.
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).
The Institute requires the satisfaction of at least two of the following criteria:
- A minimum high school grade point average of 2.6 (based on a 4.0 system).
- A ranking in the upper 40th percentile of one’s high school graduating class.
- A minimum combined average of 1500 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 20 on the American College Test (ACT).
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.
The total tuition cost for one year at BICS is $12,250, which includes foreign travel and books. Room, board and other costs are approximately $5,000. For a full breakdown of the costs, please visit our Financial Aid page.
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 Scholarship Program here.
Room and board may be earned through local employment at a minimum rate of $10.00 per hour for a maximum of 24 hours per week. The Institute normally discourages Sunday employment since part of the program involves 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.
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)
Application packets contain the necessary forms. Visit our Application Page for more information, or contact us for additional information.