Academic Calendar SY 2012-2013
Academic and Grading Policy
The minimum fulltime study load for the four degree programs of ITS is as follows:
M. A. 12 units per quarter
Student with F-l visa is allowed to carry less than the minimum units in the last quarter of the last year of study ONLY. The seminary, however, recommends the following study load in order for a student to complete his/her program within a normal length of study period:
Letter grades are used with the following numerical values for the purpose of computing the grade point average:
A grade below C- is not counted toward a degree. Any core course with grade of C- is not counted towards the degree and should be repeated.
Policy on Incomplete Grades
A student, for reasons of documented illness or other hardship, may request an extension of the due date for course work. The professor, with the concurrence of the Academic Dean, may give an "I" grade for the course. This grade is temporary and the student will be given up to the end of the next quarter to complete the course requirements. If at the end of the agreed time frame, the "/" grade is not removed, it will automatically change to "F". The grade will appear as such on the permanent record.
When a student receives an "F" grade, the course will have to be repeated if it is needed to fulfill course requirements or core course for a degree program. An "F" grade is counted in computing the current and cumulative GPA until a new grade is given for the course.
A student may withdraw from any course without penalty during the first week of the quarter. Withdrawal is possible without penalty thereafter only by special permission from the Academic Dean. If a student withdraws after the first week period, he/she will be charged tuition for the withdrawn course(s) according to the schedule for refunds listed earlier.
Transfer of Credit
Requests for transfer of credit will be reviewed only after a student has applied for admission into a degree program at ITS. The maximum credits to be transferred from another institution to ITS may be up to one-half of credits required for the same degree at ITS.
Courses to be considered for transfer must have been completed successfully at another institution with a grade C or above for the M. A and M. Div. programs and B- or above for the Th. M. and D. Min. programs. (See the Academic Dean for transfer of credits).
Anyone who is not current enrolled student can take the courses offered at ITS through the required procedures. In order to audit a class, an auditor has to obtain the permission of the Academic Dean, complete the necessary registration, and pay a non-refundable fee ($100 per course) for each course. The fee is refundable only if the instructor does not approve the class attendance of the auditor.
No fee may be charged when the members of the faculty, staff, and full-time students audit a course.
What is SEVIS?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System – SEVIS
This page was prepared to help you understand the kinds of information that International Theological Seminary, and all colleges and universities in the U.S., must maintain on international students and how this information is shared with the government in a manner prescribed by law. We hope you find this explanation helpful.
What is SEVIS?
SEVIS is an internet-based system that allows schools and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS, formerly known as INS) to exchange data on the visa status of international students. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 student’s academic career in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS.
Is SEVIS new?
Yes. And no. The requirement that schools provide the federal government with information about each student’s status is not new. Most of the information that will be reported to SEVIS has been required by CIS for many years. But the existing paper-based system precluded widespread coordination amongst schools and governmental agencies. In 1996, Congress passed legislation directing CIS to move to an electronic data collection system. This program would come to be known as SEVIS—the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. Technical challenges and lack of funding delayed the program for several years. However, in October 2001, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act that authorized additional SEVIS funding and required nationwide compliance by January 30, 2003.
ITS implements a Ten-Year Development Plan for the expansion and development of the campus in which $1 million will be raised every year for the next ten years commencing in 2013. In the first year, ITS will purchase and upgrade the existing facilities. Click here for more information.
Make a BIG difference. Invest in training international leaders. We are inviting all grads and former students to consider the following:
A. Pray for continued ministry of ITS
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C. Establish partnership between ITS and your local church/denomination
D. Help recruit prospective students