Students’ Manual

General RulesAcademic PoliciesExaminationsUsing the Premises and EquipmentSpiritual Life

Tuition:
Tuition fees are due by the 10th of each month, starting from October.

Examination Timetable:
You will be notified by email when details of your examination timetable will be available.
It is your responsibility to schedule your exam on time.

Student Information:
Each student is required to keep his e-mail address up-to-date. All important information about the classes for which you are registered, tuition fees, exam dates and results will be sent to you by e-mail.

Student Union:
Biblijski institut does not have a formal Student Union, but we would be very glad to cooperate more with our students and hear better your needs. We encourage you to elect one or more student(s) this year who will be your representative and present your requests to the Faculty Board, as well as who will support and promote extra-curricular activities.

Academic Year:
The academic year at the Institute is divided into two semesters of 13 weeks each. An additional four weeks at the end of the semester is reserved for final exams. There are three breaks during the academic year — three weeks at Christmas and New Year, one week at Easter, and the summer holidays.

Class Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings of all courses. Absence from a class may be excused by the instructor in charge, provided the student presents in writing an acceptable reason for his absence and is accountable for missed work. In order to take the final examination it is REQUIRED that the student has attended and participated in at least 80% of the class periods.

Graduation Requirements:
Students working toward a Baccalaureate diploma must complete 180 ECTS points (155 semester hours) of study and must have an overall grade average of not less than 3.0 to be eligible for graduation. In addition the student must produce a written diploma (research thesis) of not less than 50 pages, which demonstrate the following:

  1. An understanding of the topic,
  2. An ability to present arguments clearly and accurately
  3. An ability to think critically and draw meaningful conclusions
  4. Literate writing skill.

Language Study:
Students working toward a Baccalaureate diploma must develop their language skills. Hebrew and Greek are the languages of the original texts of the Bible. It is necessary that students have a basic understanding of these languages to use the tools for Biblical study. Because of the wealth of books and journals written in English, students need a reading knowledge of English. It is strongly suggested that students who wish to do post-graduate studies have a working knowledge of Latin. Proficiency at the elementary level in Greek and Hebrew is required before graduation. English language proficiency at the TOEFL level of at least 450 is required of students to receive a Baccalaureate diploma.

Yearly Progression:
A student will not normally be permitted to progress to the next year level of study with three or more outstanding exams, save in exceptional circumstances and with written approval of the academic council. All outstanding examinations transferred from the previous academic year must be passed by the fourth week in June. If this is not accomplished, the student must be considered as remaining in his existing year.

Student Indexes:
Each student will be given an official index which will identify him as a student of both Biblijski institut and ETS. Official enrollment in a course requires the signature of the instructor and the stamp of the director’s office.

Student Transcripts:
An official transcript of the academic progress of each student is kept in the academic files of the Institute. This transcript is the official record of academic activity of the student. All requests for academic transcripts must be made in writing to the Institute office. Official transcripts bearing the seal of the Institute will be sent directly to the appropriate institution or issued to the student in a sealed envelop. Unofficial transcripts can be faxed or issued directly to the student. Transcripts will not be released to currently enrolled students or former students with unpaid bills outstanding.

Extensions for Course Work:
The intention of the policy of extensions is to grant additional time for those students who face unforeseen events, such as illness, or death in the family. Arrangements for extensions are made between the student and the instructor.

Purpose of Examinations:
At any institution of learning it is necessary that there be some way of establishing the level of progress an individual has made in the accumulation of knowledge and understanding. Life experiences over time best demonstrate a person’s growth and development. Thus, life provides daily examinations and these are the truest tests. However, the Institute has attempted to develop a process whereby we can help the students and instructors partially identify the level of growth which the student has achieved in a given subject area. All of us recognize that any examination process is inadequate to fully identify the level of progress, but our testing procedure is what we must use to measure and record the student’s progress. The following represent our process and policies.

Scheduling of Exams:
Final examinations (any other exams) must be taken at the time announced by the instructor. Rescheduling will only be granted for substantial reasons and only with the concurrence of the course instructor. The exam may be either oral or written according to the decision of the instructor.
The instructor stipulates when work is due for an assignment. Except for compelling reasons, work must be turned in by the due date. Instructors are required to mark down all late work.

The process of scheduling and verifying an exam:

  1. Fill out the standard Exam application (available in ‘Narodne Novine’ stores)
  2. Verify the Application in the Student Administration Office at least 3 days before the scheduled exam.
  3. Upon receiving the examination result, ask the professor to mark the grade in both the Exam Application and Student index.
  4. Submit the Exam Application to the Student Administration Office.

Conduct of Examinations:
Failure to attend a scheduled examination without reasonable cause may result in the award of no marks for that examination. If a student fails to attend as the result of illness, he or she should
obtain a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner and submit it forthwith to the BI Office.
During examinations candidates must not behave in a way that is distracting to other students.
Declining to take the exam after having looked at the exam questions results in a failing grade.

Cheating:
Should a candidate be suspected of cheating during the examination, the invigilator will confiscate any unauthorized material, indicate on the candidate’s exam that it has been confiscated due to
suspected cheating, and remove the script. The invigilator will seek an explanation from the candidate at the end of the examination, and notify the director of Biblijski institut. The penalty for cheating will depend on the seriousness of the offense.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged inclusion in a piece of work, of material derived from the published or unpublished work of another, whether this is intentional or unintentional. This includes material obtained from the internet. When submitting work for assessment, you are required to confirm that the work is yours alone, and you should take extreme care to acknowledge all your sources correctly.
For more information on what is plagiarism and how to avoid it visit this website, or ask for support from some of our professors.

Re-take Exams, Make-up Exams, and Missed Exams:
If a student is not satisfied with the grade of an exam or the final grade of a course, he must inform the instructor and the Director about his desire to retake the exam within 24 hours after the grade is announced. The new exam will be substantially different from the previous one and will cover the entire course.

The following policy is followed for upgrading the original exam:

  1. If original grade is a 1 or 2, the final grade may not be higher than 3
  2. If original was 3, the final grade can not be higher than 4
  3. If original was 4, the final grade may be 5

These exams will normally be taken only during the three appointed times –

  • 1st week in February
  • 1 week before graduation
  • last week in September

Exceptions are short exams necessary to make progress in a course.

God gave us a place where we have offices of the Institute, classrooms for lectures and seminars, library, equipment for research and places to learn in silence. Our equipment includes computers and printers that students can use. All that we have has been purchased with money obtained as gifts from Christians and churches in Croatia and the US. We are grateful to God for the blessings and we take care and attention to that which was given to us.

Our classroom has a cooling system for comfortable classes. The classroom also has electronic aids for classes. It, along with all the equipment, is reserved for the work of the Institute, and it can be used for other purposes only with special permission from the Director.

Use of Computers:
A computer located in front of the classroom in Kušlanova 21 can be used by all students. The same is true for the three computers that are located in the library in Amruševa 11. All those computers have internet access and the ability to print. Computers can be used for research purposes, to work on tasks, and for other academic work. The use for other purposes is prohibited. Please keep this in mind so that other students and professors can have access to these computers as well if desired.

Smoking:
Bible Institute wants to respect the society and non-smokers. Therefore, smoking in the building of the Bible Institute is not allowed. Our building is a public facility and in such facilities, according to Croatian Law, smoking is prohibited. The smoking ban applies to all rooms in the building, including terrace.

Use of the Photocopying Machine:
There are many photocopy centers in the vicinity of the Institute. Please use them if you want something photocopied. Photocopier at the library can be used for copying short articles and texts that are necessary for classes and learning.

Spiritual Formation:
The development of the spiritual life of all who make up the community of Biblijski institut is central to our mission and purpose. However, genuine spiritual formation cannot be taught. Nor can it be imposed.

It is a Personal Affair:
The development of one’s spirit is a very personal affair. We at the Institute affirm that the Bible teaches that God desires a personal relationship with every person. Jesus taught that His followers could know God as “Father.” Paul wrote that God has sent the “Spirit of Jesus” into the hearts of His followers so that we can talk to God in the most intimate way, calling Him “Abba, Father.” In that relationship, every believer can grow to be like Jesus. Students are encouraged to cultivate a consistent daily “quiet time,” talking to God and listening to Him by mediating on His word.

It is Enriched in a Community:
Although Biblijski institut is not a church, we seek to be a Spiritual community in which true Christian fellowship is expressed in all that we do. In Christ we are brothers and sisters. Each person is encouraged to develop meaningful relationships with students and faculty. Get to know each other. Then pray for one another. In addition to classes together, plans are made to provide time for worshiping together, playing together, and sharing some meals together. All these activities can be an aid to help the entire community develop our spiritual lives. Spiritual development does not “just happen.” It must be intentional by actively participating in activities which God will use to help you grow spiritually.

Mentoring:
Every student is assigned to a faculty member who is available for spiritual and academic counsel throughout the academic year. Our faculty is made up of individuals with years of ministry experience, and a genuine love for God as well as students. Each mentor desires to know his students, understanding their dreams and goals. They see themselves as part of our learning community.

Ministry Opportunities:
At the heart of the Christian life is the idea of service. Jesus came serving and told His followers to follow His example. An important part of the learning experience is to learn to serve effectively. Every student should learn to serve his fellow students. Every student is strongly encouraged to be actively involved in a church where he can invest his time and what he is learning in that community of believers.

Regular Praise and Worship:
The Institute will regularly provide time for the students and staff to gather for praise, prayer, and a short message from God’s word. Students are expected to check the bulletin board and make these times a priority.