We understand that many questions may arise as you leave home and arrive to a new city. You will find answers to some frequently asked questions below.
You must arrive 2-3 days prior to the first day of class to get settled and adjust to the new time zone. All students are required to attend orientation Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 5 pm. Orientation will be approximately 3 hours long. Please do NOT arrive more than three days prior to the first day because your living arrangement may not be ready yet.
See List of Items to Bring to SMBS.
Each application is carefully and individually reviewed. The final decision will be based on your long term goals, abilities, recommendations from your ministers and the initial phone interview. Please keep in mind that space is limited therefore applications can also be denied when we reach our limit.
Don’t worry. No matter how you reach Jacksonville, we will be waiting to greet you.
No. This intensive program does not provide breaks or time off.
Students who are 18 years or older will be considered for admission.
Yes and it will be strictly enforced. See Rules and Regulations.
If you are not fluent in Russian, don't let that scare you. All exams, lecture notes and forms are offered in both Russian and English, which you may complete in the language that you prefer.
Approximately sixty percent of our teachers are Russian speaking and about forty are English speaking. To accommodate everyone, most lecture notes and exams will be provided in both languages.
Below you can find some ideas on raising money for your tuition:
Based on previous students' surveys, you will need approximately
$200-$300 a month for your personal expenses.
Below are some optional expenses:
Below are additional fees that are mandatory:
Yes, see Scholarship section on the Tuition Cost page.
Several days after the graduation ceremony, students will leave to their missionary destinations.
Students will have 2-3 days for packing and cleaning. They will not have the opportunity to go back home prior to leaving.
You can still attend SMBS even if you are not able to go on a missionary trip, however, we highly encourage you to go in order to complete your experience.
Students will not be allowed to go if academic or conduct standards are not met. Mission interviews will be conducted and preference will be given to those that have a passion for ministry, have skills, and succeed academically.