Frequently Asked Questions
The credits you earn possess the same accreditation standing of Vanguard College. You may transfer your accredited academic credits from Vanguard College to any other ABHE affiliate Christian college in North America. Visit www.abhe.com for a full list of accredited Bible colleges.
Tuition rates are set by Vanguard College. Students will need to purchase course materials and pay for shipping. IBOLT charges minimal fees to cover additional costs associated with delivering Distance Education courses. The average cost of tuition for a course is $750-800 (plus fees).
An IBOLT course has a different "feel" than a traditional college course. Many college courses ask you to read a textbook or two, write some papers and a few examinations and you are done. At IBOLT, we teach from an experiential learning model. You can expect to connect with content and then complete a number of smaller tasks and activities with the content throughout the course. There is no "cramming the night before it's due" in IBOLT! Learning is progressive and builds upon previous learning with skill-based activities. You will need to do about 6-10 hours of work per week.
Our academic standards are in keeping with partner colleges that are members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
Yes. If you register to take an IBOLT course, you are able to transfer that course. In addition, any credits you earned at other Colleges will be reviewed to ensure that you only take courses that fit with your long-term educational goals.
Yes. IBOLT offers three-year diplomas and four-year degrees that meet the credential requirements of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
If you do not wish to study full-time you are advised to take one course at a time. With the approval of the Registrar you may take more than one course. Once you complete five courses you will be asked to register in a certificate, diploma or degree. These five courses can be taken through Open Studies. Click HERE for the registration form.
Please Note: IBOLT students are required to take an Orientation to Online Learning course before starting another IBOLT course.
We built our curriculum to include opportunity for practical experience in your local church or para-church organization every semester. Our practicum courses are the "classroom" accompaniment to 4-6 hours a week of volunteer work that each student is required to perform per semester.
All courses have a set start and completion date, just like any traditional classroom. At the heart of an IBOLT course is a team of excellent "after sales support" team, determined to work with you to achieve your personal learning goals. The underlying educational philosophy of an IBOLT course is found in Kolb's Experiential Learning Model. At the heart of this philosophy is the transference of learning-based skills to you the student. This means that the course you are taking is designed to assist you in gaining new information to support new skills that are immediately useful in your life and ministry.
No. Our courses require the use of a computer and email.
All the course packs are electronic. You will receive them via email.
Not required to access course materials. Our course materials are available online. That means you can access your studies from any computer that has an Internet connection.
We recommend that you have Microsoft Word and Acrobat Reader. You will also need to use Mozilla Firefox when using the student software.
No. High speed makes transmission of web pages faster, but even with dial-up you can study with IBOLT.
No. Canadian and students from outside Canada are charged the same rates. Depending on location of the student, additional shipping may be charged.
Yes. At IBOLT we use the latest and most powerful encryption for our secure business transactions. We are as concerned for your personal security as we are for our own when we are doing our own personal transactions.
IBOLT programs qualify through Vanguard College for Canada Student Loans. There are also limited bursaries and scholarships. For information on Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries, click HERE. You must be taking 12 credits in order to be eligible to apply. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
IBOLT is approved for Canada Student Loans. Forms are available online or at many local government offices in Canada. Specific inquiries should be directed to the loan office in your province of residence. Click HERE for more information.
Your instructor's email address is provided in the welcome letter emailed to you after your registration is complete.
Generally, there are no examinations in IBOLT courses. We believe that Practical Activities are a better demonstration of a student's integration of learning into real life situations.
To pass an IBOLT course, students must earn a sixty percent (60%) final grade.
Letter Symbol Percentage Grade Points A+ (97-100%) 4.0 A (93-96%) 4.0 A- (90-92%) 3.7 B+ (87-89%) 3.3 B (83-86%) 3.0 B- (80-82%) 2.7 C+ (77-79%) 2.3 C (73-76%) 2.0 C- (70-72%) 1.7 D+ (67-69%) 1.3 D (63-66%) 1.0 D- (60-62%) 0.7 F (0-59%) 0.0
Our instructors endeavor to return assignments submitted by electronic means within five work days.
Textbooks are automatically sent to you in your CoursePak. If you already have a textbook, please notify the Registrar at time of registration in a course.
No. You are required to submit your assignments according to the schedule of assignments and due dates so you may receive regular input into your learning.
You can start on the 1st or 15th of any month. Your first course will be an Orientation to Online Learning course and then you are get started on your regular courses.