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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.

  • The school semester begins Monday, January 8, 2018 and ends Friday, June 3, 2018.
  • Mandatory orientation will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018.
  • Graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, June 3, 2018.
  • Students must all attend and participate in the final church service Sunday, June 3, 2018.

    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.

    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.

    • If you are arriving by airplane, you must email us your itinerary. We do not accept any verbal arrival info. Please make sure that the date, time, airline company and flight number are included. A school representative with an SMBS sign will greet you at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and take you to your place of lodging.
    • If you are arriving by car, an SMBS representative will meet you at the local church:

      Living Stream Church
      2016 Anniston Road
      Jacksonville, FL 32246

    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:

    • Car Wash: Involve your church's youth to help you organize a car wash for fundraising.
    • Sales: You can earn money by selling cookies, baked items, lunches, etc. Ask permission to hold such sales at your church, other local churches, or businesses. Ask your friends to help out.
    • Local Church: You can ask your church to help cover part of your tuition. With your church's permission, tell the congregation about SMBS and your future missionary trip plans.
    • Advertise: Many churches print weekly bulletins, have websites, or publish a newspaper. You can include your missionary trip information and have a wonderful opportunity to tell others about your future plans and ways that they can donate.
    • Social Media: Use your Facebook or blog page to ask for support. You will be surprised by the results.
    • Letters: Sending letters is one of the most effective ways to collect funds for missionary trips. On average, you can receive up to $2,500 by mailing well written letters to approximately 75 people. You think you don't know 75 people? Think again. Don't limit yourself by just family and friends. Send out letters to everyone who you can think of: friends, relatives, churches, youth leaders, businesses, teachers, employers, etc.
    • Business Sponsorship: Often businesses reserve funds for donations and contributions. Ask your local businessmen to become your partners or to donate money for your missionary trip. Remember, they don't always have to be Christian to make a donation.
    • Partnership: Ask your friends or family members to sponsor you for the time that you are at SMBS and missions. For example, find several friends who will donate $10, $20, or $50 a month. Give them your bank number so they can just transfer funds or give them your address so they can mail you checks.

    Based on previous students' surveys, you will need approximately
    $200-$300 a month for your personal expenses.

    Below are some optional expenses:

    • Graduation DVD - $20
    • Class photo and student portrait - $35
    • Album/Yearbook - $50
    • SMBS sweater or hoodie - $30
    • Trip to Holy Land Experience (Orlando theme park) - $40
    • 2 SMBS t-shirts - Free

    Below are additional fees that are mandatory:

    • House Cleaning Fee - $50
    • SMBS Vehicle Cleaning/Damage deposit - $50 (if you will be assigned to SMBS vehicle)

    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.

    About SMBS

    The Slavic Missionary Bible School is a non-profit, Christian education center designed for the American Slavic community.

    Partnership

    Many people wonder how a ministry such as SMBS can sustain itself.