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Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, Bethany Global University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) for accreditation. ABHE is a North American agency, made of approximately 200 post-secondary institutions throughout North America specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education.
Full-time married students may have the option to live off campus if they are able to commute to BGU daily, allowing them to be at home each night. Full-time single students are required to live on campus as an element of the unique community experience essential to our missions preparation. Part-time students are not permitted to live in the dorms, since they do not pay room and board.
Bethany Global University is interdenominational. We have students who come from a large variety of church backgrounds and Protestant denominations.
BGU graduates are equipped to work in a wide variety of cross-cultural settings and ministries. Since our training is geared toward giving students tools for communicating Christ cross-culturally, our graduates are able to live and work effectively in those circumstances. Alumni are missionaries with our own mission sending agency, Bethany Gateways, and many other agencies, such as WEC, Operation Mobilization, SIM, Pioneers, Wycliffe, and YWAM, to name a few. They are involved in teaching and training, literacy, teaching English as a second language, relief and development, medical and mercy ministries, agricultural work, orphanages, coffee house ministry, church planting, evangelism, missionary aviation, prayer and worship, and more.
Many of our graduates go on to full or part-time ministry positions either in the U.S. and Canada or overseas and the vast majority of those graduates in the U.S. are actively involved in missions in their local church.
There are currently 10 country locations available for the Global Internship experience in the following regions:
France, Caucasia, Slovenia, South Asia, Thailand, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Kenya, Ghana, and the city of Minneapolis in the USA.
During your 16-month Global Internship experience you will take online courses through Bethany Global University.
First, you will apply to become a missionary with Bethany Gateways while you are a Bethany Global University student.
Second, you will be interviewed by the Bethany Gateways staff members.
Third, you will receive a list of the current sites available while you are on campus. You will rank your preference for each location during the second semester of your freshmen year.
Finally, the Bethany Gateways staff will pray for the candidates, select the teams by trying to stick closely to the student’s preference, and then once they come to a decision, each student will receive a letter announcing their global internship site by the end of their freshmen year.
Bethany International’s shortened mission statement is “taking the church to where it is not…while helping others do the same.”
Our goal is to help the engagement of unreached people groups around the world. We partner with our global contacts in the Engage 500 initiative, which is to engage 500 unreached people groups by 2020.
You will partner with short-term and long-term missionaries who were sent out by Bethany Gateways.
Past opportunities have included church planting, serving at orphanages, leading sports camps, reaching the unreached people groups, tutoring people in English, visiting those in prison, food programs, witnessing to street kids, learning and creating business opportunities, building relationships with college students, building relationships with immigrants (a high percentage being Muslim), friendship evangelism, human trafficking prevention and restoration ministries, working with a Montessori school, urban development-sanitation, evangelism and discipleship, community development projects (water wells, solar ovens, etc.), mission work in surrounding countries, asylum center for refugees.
1.) What is the cost of the essential ground expenses (food, rent, transportation)?
This averages about $1,100 per month or $4,400 per semester
In comparison, BGU on-campus room, board and student fees average $4,600 per semester
2.) What is the cost of setup and travel expenses?
This averages about $6,000 and includes airfare, language school fees, health insurance, furnishings, and legal expenses such as passport, visa, etc.
3.) Are students still a part of the tuition-paid model while they are on Global Internship?
Yes, students who are eligible for the tuition-paid model will continue to receive financial assistance to cover their tuition costs as long as they complete the financial aid process on a yearly basis including FAFSA, VFAO student interview, etc.
4.) Can students apply federal student loans towards their Global Internship costs?
Yes, students can decide to use student loans towards the Global Internship costs; however, our Partnership Development coaches will teach you and encourage you to try to raise the full financial support needed without taking on student loan debt.
Note: In Fall 2017, Bethany Gateways sent out 55 out of 56 BGU students who started the Partnership Development program in February 2017. The final person pulled out for personal and not financial reasons.
During a student’s freshmen year, they will take a class called Kingdom Impact Plan to help answer questions about Global Internship and students will learn how to write newsletters.
During the second semester of a student’s sophomore year, each student will be enrolled in a course called Partnership Development. Coaches will help students learn how to connect with prospective financial partners through letters, postcards, and phone calls.
Generally, we would not recommend learning the language prior to Global Internship; however, we do not discourage learning the language. The purpose is for you to learn the language in the proper cultural context while you are at your Global Internship location. Someone can learn the basic phrases a traveler would use. The first four months of the Global Internship experience are spent primarily in a language class.
Students receive safety training before Global Internship and during orientation. There is a very-detailed contingency plan (air, bus, train) for each internship site in the event that we may need to move interns for their safety. We monitor travel advisories with the state department. We do not place students/interns on the front lines of insecure locations. We recommend the students register with the country’s consulate. We coach them to have US cash on them. We require interns to have cell phones for emergencies. We have their emergency contacts in the states. Cover medical details like health insurance with them. Parents can contact the Bethany Gateways staff directly when they have questions during their student’s Global Internship.
The importance is we believe you will be equipped on Global Internship to take the skills you learn into any cultural context in the future.
Each location has been carefully and prayerfully chosen by the Global Internship Leadership Team at Bethany.
Aspects, such as local unreached people groups, site leadership, safety, accessibility, finances, contingency plans, learning opportunities and ministry experience, have been taken into consideration in each context. All sites have leadership provided by short-term and long-term Bethany Missionaries or Partners.
BGU is 1 of 9 Work Colleges in the United States. As a part of BGU’s holistic education, missionary training program, and tuition-paid model, residential students will serve in a Practical Training assignment approximately 15 hours a week to serve a department on campus.
- First, incoming freshmen students will fill out a Practical Training Questionnaire in their Orientation Seminar. Practical Training (PT) Supervisors review these documents before students arrive on campus to evaluate each candidate’s qualifications for their department.
- All incoming freshmen will have a 10-minute interview with several BGU staff during their first week on campus, which is called Orientation Week.
- The incoming freshmen will also be evaluated by Practical Training Supervisors during the Team Building Activities of Orientation Week.
- The Practical Training (PT) Supervisors will then come together to decide where each student should be placed in their yearly Practical Training assignment.
Generally, we ask students to serve in their Practical Training assignment for one year. If there are physical limitations for someone within their placement, then they can connect with the Dean of Work Education and request a change in PT.
At the end of a student’s Freshmen year, each student will have the opportunity to request which Practical Training assignment they would like to serve in during their Sophomore year. The Dean of Work Education will arrange the requests by evaluating the needs of the organization and submit the proposal to the BGU Leadership Team for approval. Then, students will be informed of their Sophomore Practical Training assignment by May of their Freshmen year.