Frequently Asked Questions

IS IBOLT ACCREDITED?

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.

HOW MUCH ARE COURSES?

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).

HOW HARD IS THE WORK IN AN IBOLT COURSE?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR ACADEMIC STANDARDS?

Our academic standards are in keeping with partner colleges that are members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

ARE CREDITS TRANSFERABLE FROM OTHER ACCREDITED BIBLE COLLEGES?

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.

CAN I TAKE AN ENTIRE DIPLOMA DEGREE PROGRAM THROUGH IBOLT?

Yes. IBOLT offers three-year diplomas and four-year degrees that meet the credential requirements of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

CAN I TAKE JUST ONE OR TWO COURSES?

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.

WHAT KIND OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DO YOU OFFER FOR STUDENTS STUDYING TOWARDS A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR DIPLOMA?

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.

HOW IS IBOLT DIFFERENT FROM A CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL?

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.

MAY I STUDY WITH IBOLT IF I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER OR INTERNET ACCESS?

No. Our courses require the use of a computer and email.

WHAT FORMAT WILL I RECEIVE MY COURSE PACK?

All the course packs are electronic.  You will receive them via email.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE SPECIAL SOFTWARE TO ACCESS IBOLT COURSE MATERIALS?

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.

DO I NEED TO SOFTWARE TO COMPLETE MY ASSIGNMENTS?

We recommend that you have Microsoft Word and Acrobat Reader. You will also need to use Mozilla Firefox when using the student software.

DO I NEED HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS?

No. High speed makes transmission of web pages faster, but even with dial-up you can study with IBOLT.

DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR COURSES THAN STUDENTS WHO LIVE IN CANADA?

No. Canadian and students from outside Canada are charged the same rates. Depending on location of the student, additional shipping may be charged.

IF I PURCHASE A COURSE ONLINE, IS THIS A SECURE TRANSACTION?

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.

IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDY WITH IBOLT?
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 director@ibolt.com if you need more information.
WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ON CANADA STUDENT LOANS?
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.
HOW DO I CONTACT MY INSTRUCTOR?

Your instructor's email address is provided in the welcome letter emailed to you after your registration is complete.

WILL THERE BE A FINAL EXAMINATION?

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.

WHAT ARE THE PASSING MARKS?

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

HOW SOON WILL I GET MY ASSIGNMENTS BACK?

Our instructors endeavor to return assignments submitted by electronic means within five work days.

WHERE DO I FIND THE REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS?

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.

CAN I SUBMIT ALL MY ASSIGNMENTS AT THE END OF THE 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.

When can I start?

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.

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