FAQs


About ABI


There is no campus in my country, can I still study at Austin Bible Institute?

Yes! Austin Bible Institute admits students from any country in the world! As an online school, all our courses are offered online.

I am from an African country, India, or other developing country that doesn’t have a visa-waiver program with the United State. Can I study on the U.S. campus?

ABI is a completely online school therefore, we do not have a physical campus. However, we admit students from all over the world and with all courses offered online, you can complete your program of study right from your home.

Is Austin Bible Institute affiliated with a certain denomination or local church?

Austin Bible Institute is an independent Christian institution and is not affiliated with a particular denomination or local church. Our faculty and students come from a variety of denominational and non-denominational backgrounds. We encourage this diversity and believe it enhances the effectiveness of the body of Christ.

Does Austin Bible Institute have any partner schools?

Currently, Austin Bible Institute is a learning partner with Master’s International University of Divinity — a unique University of Divinity, passionate about provide online ministry education programs to mature, mid-career, and late-career individuals whom God has called into His service as full-time, bi-vocational, or lay servants through a genuinely trans-denominational and international reach. Master’s has agreed to give priority admissions assistance, tuition discounts, and application fee waivers to students accepted into their program and approved by Austin Bible Institute.

What is the Technology fee?

As an online institute, the technology fee is a charge in addition to tuition costs that will be used for technology enhancement and purposes at ABI. It is charged to all students who attend.


Previous Schooling


What if I was homeschooled in high school? Will that satisfy admission requirements?

Austin Bible Institute realizes that transcripts from home-schoolers may vary widely from one family to another. However, all transcripts must meet certain college standards to facilitate an admission decision and academic placement should the applicant be admitted. Please view our Homeschool Transcript page for more details.

Can I transfer previous college credit to ABI?

It is very possible that previous college credit can transfer and be used towards a program with us, although we will need to see an official transcript to determine official eligibility. There are many factors involved such as comparable course descriptions, a passing grade, the number of credit hours of the previous course, etc. If you are interested in having previous college credit transferred, you’ll need to submit an official transcript for review.

About ABI Courses


Can I take classes online?

Yes! As an online school, all the courses we offer are online.

What do the online courses look like? How does it work?

All of our education is given through our online portal, Moodle, which is very easy to use and user-friendly. You will be given a student account that you will sign into each week for lessons, assignments, discussions, etc. You can contact other classmates and instructors through this portal via messages, emails, phone calls, or scheduled Skype meetings. Most of our courses are 8 weeks in length. Weekly lessons will be revealed on Monday mornings and students have the entire week to watch lecture videos and complete the required assignments before the following Sunday night. This format is very convenient for individual study and schedules. You don’t have to log in on a certain day or time, but rather whenever is suitable for you. For more information, view our Learning Online page.

What does it mean to audit a course?

Auditing a course allows a student to take a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course.  A student who audits a course does so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration. While students are required to progress through the course lectures, required reading, and mid-term/final exams they are not required to complete other assignments, forum discussions, or papers. Auditing adheres to a specific tuition rate as stated on our Tuition and Fees page.

Students must receive administrative permission to audit a course and are only allowed to audit up to 2 courses in our programs.

Why is there a limit to how many courses I can take per semester?

Every college level course has a certain amount of content it should cover, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, regardless of the length of time in which it is covered. Traditionally, courses at most colleges are 16 weeks long however, you will notice that ours are 8 weeks in length. Our courses are designed to cover the same amount of content in half the time and so are more intensive and at a faster pace.The advantage is that students may cover more material quicker, but the workload is increased due to the short length of the course.

For this reason, we limit the number of courses a student can take each sub-term to 2, totaling 4 courses maximum per semester. We strive for your success and growth  and do this to help deter students from becoming overwhelmed and stressed when taking too many courses at once.

Can I take just one or two courses from Austin Bible Institute without being in a certificate program?

Yes. We allow Non-Traditional students as well as the offer the option to audit our courses. We do, however, limit auditing to only 2 courses. Please contact our admissions office to talk about your specific situation.

How much time will I spend on coursework?

For each 3 credit hour course, you should expect to spend about 10 hours per week doing your course work. These 10 hours includes time spent on video or audio lessons, reading assignments, discussion forums, and other course-related assignments.

How long is a semester at Austin Bible Institute?

16 weeks. Each semester is subdivided into two 8 week terms that are separated by a short break of about 7 to 10 days.

I can’t take courses right now. Can you send me course information like syllabi or books?

See response to this question here

Can I take the Start an Orphanage Course even though I don’t plan to start an orphanage?

Here is a similar question from an inquirer on our blog, orphan care movement.

“Hi! Really enjoying this website, and some the blog posts so far!! I’m a dad of two beautiful daughters. My wife and have always had a heart for orphans, and poverty stricken families. Before we had kids, about three years ago, we served at a children’s home in Ghana. This was a very valuable time for us! We were able to work under Ghanaian house parents which we felt was ideal, because of culture, and they were a huge blessing to us. Our time there made our burden for orphans grow, but also raised a lot of questions on how to best serve them God’s way!

My wife and I have talked about going back and serving these beautiful people, but are still searching what God wants for us. We also would consider serving “the fatherless” from here and doing foster care and/or adoption.
I’m interested in the six weeks course, I’m just wondering if it’s ideal for me, as I have not been thinking starting my own orphanage as much as serving at one. Or is there a course that would be better suited for us?”

Answer

Austin Bible Institute was started to help people like you who want to serve the poor but need help doing so. There are many different courses there that could help you. I would advise taking the time to do a certificate if not a degree program as no single course can fully equip you. Courses are meant to build on each other.

I think you would benefit tremendously from the start an orphanage course. However, I don’t think it is what you need because that course, as the name implies, teaches people who want to start their own organizations. Having said that, about 80% of students who take that class have no intention of starting their own orphanage.

For example, If you are going to be the principal of a school, it is helpful to learn how to start a school even though you don’t intend to start one because running a school is the logical continuation of the process that starts with founding a school. In that sense, learning how to start a school will help you become a better principal even if you don’t plan to start a school.

Another way to see it is this, to be an effective president of the United States, it is helpful to study the constitution of the country, learn about the founding fathers, how they put together the country, and what their intentions were. In other words, in order for a president to be the best president possible, it is helpful for them to learn how to start a country in general and how his country–in particular–was started. Running a country effectively is the logical continuation of it starting. The vision of the country is created during the process of starting the country and running the country is fulfilling that vision.

Sometimes, you may need to be part of the leadership that overhauls the entire organization and relaunches the whole thing in order to do things right. Sometimes, the best thing to do to an old dysfunctional organization that is not working is to break it down into pieces and start back up again with a brand new organization that works. In that sense, that class is an essential class for anyone who wants to go into Christian ministry, not just orphan care.