Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


If you cannot find answers to your questions below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Visiting GIAL


May I visit GIAL before I come as a student?

Certainly!  Check out our Visit GIAL page to schedule a visit today!

Does GIAL host a Campus Visit Day event?

Twice a year GIAL hosts a Campus Visit Day event for prospective students, usually in March and October.  We are also happy to arrange a Personal Visit Day for you anytime classes are in session. Check out our Visit GIAL page for more information.  To register or learn more contact Explore GIAL at exploreGIAL@gial.edu or phone 972-708-7343.  Our next Campus Visit Day will be held on Friday, March 10th from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  Click here to register online!

 

Application Status


Which application form should I use to apply to GIAL?

It depends on what level of courses and how many courses you intend to take.  If you only want to take a few courses, Gateway admission allows you to take up to 9 hours of credit (2-3 classes–graduate OR undergraduate level) at GIAL.  Graduate admission allows you to take an unlimited number of either undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Undergraduate admission allows you to take an unlimited number of undergraduate semester hours and a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate-level study.

What is Gateway admission?

Gateway admission is a quick way to take a few courses at GIAL.  All we need apart from the application is a transcript with at least 54 undergraduate/graduate credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.80.  You are allowed to take up to 9 hours of credit with this status.

What is the difference in undergraduate admission and applying for the B.A. program?

With undergraduate admission status you can take any of our undergraduate courses for credit and an additional 6 hours of graduate credit, but you are not necessarily looking to get a degree.  If you want to get a B.A. from GIAL, you will apply for undergraduate status, but you will need to submit two additional documents: 1) a faith/code of conduct statement and 2) a transfer petition (list of classes earned elsewhere – 54 credit hours needed).

What happens if I don’t have enough courses on my transfer petition for the B.A. application?

If you are 12 or fewer hours short of the 54 general education credits required for transfer, you may still qualify for admission to pursue the B.A. program.  GIAL, however, cannot grant a B.A. degree until you have completed the 54 required hours and received approval for transfer of all these required general education classes into your GIAL program. You may complete the “missing” course hours before, during or after your time at GIAL. If you have further questions, contact the Academic Dean at dean-academic@gial.edu.

How many hours of graduate credit can I take with undergraduate admission?

You can take a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate-level courses at GIAL in undergraduate admission status.  In order to take more than 6 semester hours of graduate-level courses at GIAL, you will need to seek graduate admission status.

When do I need to apply for graduate status at GIAL?

Even if you don’t intend to do a master’s degree at GIAL, if you intend to take more than 9 hours of graduate level credit you should apply for graduate status at GIAL.

What application do I use to audit a course?

You should use whichever application is most appropriate to your intended program of study. See Admission FAQ “Which application form should I use to apply to GIAL?” Once you are admitted, you and your academic advisor can present a petition to audit for GIAL approval.  For more information about auditing, visit our Registrar FAQ: “How to Audit a course?”

Which application do I fill out for an online course?

If you only want to take a couple courses total at GIAL (up to 9 credit hours), you may only need to fill out the gateway application. View Gateway Admission requirements for more information or contact us to speak with our admissions team.

 

Application Requirements


What are the deadlines for applying and registering?

Visit our Admissions and Registration deadlines page for a complete list of deadlines.

When is my application due?

Applications are due 6 weeks prior to the start of your first course (this includes transcripts, references, etc.). If you miss this deadline, however, you can still submit your application up to 3 weeks before your course starts along with a late fee of $50.

How much is the application fee?

An application fee is required for those seeking undergraduate or graduate admission status at GIAL.

No application fee is required for those seeking Gateway admission status.

In 2014 the application fee is $50 US dollars for US residents.

For international students (those requiring a visa) the application fee is $100 US dollars.

An additional fee of $50 is required for applications received fewer than 6 weeks before your intended start date.

When is the application fee due?

Your application fee payment should be made at or near the time you submit your application (Gateway status at GIAL does NOT require an application fee).  Application fees are payable online.

How do I pay my application fee?

  • online via PayPal by using the links on the undergraduate or graduate admission pages of the GIAL website
  • can mail your check or money order made out to “GIAL” to GIAL Admissions, 7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, TX  75236.

Your application remains inactive until we receive your application fee.

What is a statement of purpose?

This is a short statement indicating not only why you chose GIAL but what your intent will be for using your education at GIAL.  This can be as short as one paragraph or as long as one page. A typical statement of purpose is 2-3 paragraphs long.

How many references do I need to provide?

You need to supply us with at least 3 non-family references using the form on our website.  The forms should come directly to us from your references

Whom can I ask to do my letters of recommendation?

Non-family members only.  If your performance in undergraduate studies is less than stellar, we would recommend you choose at least two references which could vouch for your ability to succeed academically (former professors).  Otherwise, you can choose people from your work history, church history, or long-time friends/acquaintances. A link to the GIAL recommendation form can be found on the Admission Forms page (first form in the first part) of the GIAL website.

What transcripts must I provide?

You need to provide official copies of all post-high school transcripts where courses were taken toward a degree or pertaining to an expected study program at GIAL.  School records should come directly to GIAL from the school itself or be in an unopened, signed and sealed envelope which you received directly from the school.

What if one or more of my transcripts is from another country?

Academic records from outside the United States should be sent to both GIAL and to the Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ECE.org), the school record evaluation service that GIAL recommends, to verify U.S. equivalency of courses taken and grades and degrees received.  GIAL requires a “course-by-course evaluation.”  If you go to ECE’s website, click “Apply Now,” select your country, and then “List of required documents,” you will see which school records to submit and how to submit them to ECE.

How good do my grades need to be to be considered for admission to GIAL?

2.00 cumulative GPA minimum for undergraduate (including approval for BA) admission status.

at least a 2.80 cumulative GPA, preferably, for Gateway or Graduate admission status

What requirements are specific to graduate status at GIAL?

Completion of a B.A. with a 2.80 cumulative GPA or better and acceptable GRE scores (or a waiver – see “How can I waive the GRE?”).

How can I waive the GRE?

This requirement will automatically be waived with proof of a B.A. with a GPA of 3.30 or better from a regionally or professionally accredited institution, or a prior M.A. from a regionally or professionally accredited institution with a 3.00 GPA or better.

Do I have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

GIAL does not require GRE scores from someone seeking undergraduate or Gateway admission status at GIAL.  For Graduate Admission Status, you will need to take the GRE if you have completed a B.A. (or B.S.) degree and any of the following apply:

a) your undergraduate degree is from an institution that is neither professionally (ABHE or ATS) nor regionally accredited,

b) the cumulative grade point average for your completed B.A. is less than 3.30

c) you have completed a graduate degree at a professionally or regionally accredited institution, but the cumulative grade point average for that degree is less than 3.00.

What scores will I need on the GRE?

The minimum scores we are looking for are a 149 on the verbal portion and a 145 on the quantitative portion.  We DO want you to take the written portion as well but there is no minimum score requirement on that portion at present. GRE scores presented to GIAL should not be more than 5 years old.

Do I have to know what classes I will take at the time I apply?

You do NOT have to know exactly what classes you will be taking, but the more you can tell us about your short and long-term goals on the application (intended major, intended entry semester, intended classes during first term), the more precisely we can advise you during the application process.

What do I need to do to participate in one of GIAL’s joint programs with another institution?

Each program has different requirements. Check out our Undergraduate Cooperative Programs page or our Seminary Dual Degree and Cooperative Programs page for details about each program.

 

International Students


How long does the application process for an international student require?

You should apply 6 months to a year before you intend to begin classes at GIAL.

Who requires a student visa to study at GIAL?

 Anyone who is not a citizen of the U.S. and has not been granted temporary or permanent resident status in the U.S. will most likely require a student visa to enroll in classes at GIAL.

  • Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries who intend to study cannot travel on the VWP or on visitor (B) visas, except to undertake recreational study as part of a tourist visit. Students must travel to the United States with student (F-1 or M-1) visas. For more information on the VWP, see Visa Waiver Program.
  • Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html

What are the requirements for an international student application to GIAL?

 A student intending to study at GIAL must meet all the application requirements for the level of admission he/she will require to complete his/her intended program as well as the international application requirements. The three levels of admission at GIAL are:

  • Gateway admission, which will allow up to 9 semester hours of study (2-3 classes) at GIAL
  • Undergraduate admission, which will allow unlimited undergraduate coursework (up to and including a B.A. degree) as well as 6 graduate level semester hours at GIAL.
  • Graduate admission, which will allow study in any undergraduate or graduate level coursework at GIAL, up to and including an M.A. degree.

Of the many requirements for an international applicant to GIAL, what should I do first?

First things first:  submit an online application form and pay the application fee as soon as you have decided to apply.

Then, because these next steps can take awhile to complete, you should: 1) make arrangements and submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores; 2) submit all your academic credentials to Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org); and 3) submit the same academic credentials to the International Student Center at GIAL that you sent to ECE.

As soon as these are begun, you should work through the rest of the application requirements; submit a statement of purpose; request recommendations from 3 people who know you well; submit the Supplement to Application for an International Student; submit a Medical History form; submit a Statement of Finances (listing all expected sources and amounts of funding from each for your studies at GIAL); submit a copy of the ID page of your passport.  All of these forms can be sent to isc@gial.edu. Links to each of these forms can be found on the Admission Forms page of the GIAL website: http://www.gial.edu/admissions/admission-forms.

Where do I send my overseas transcripts for evaluation?

Academic records from outside the United States should be sent to both GIAL and to the Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ECE.org), the school record evaluation service that GIAL recommends, to verify U.S. equivalency of courses taken and grades and degrees received.  GIAL requires a “course-by-course evaluation.”  If you go to ECE’s website, click “Apply Now,” select your country, and then “List of required documents,” you will see which school records to submit and how to submit them to ECE.

 

Non-native English speakers


What level of English proficiency is required to study at GIAL?

Non-native speakers of English are required to present proof of their level of English proficiency as part of the application process. The preferred method of proof is submission of either TOEFL (www.TOEFL.org) or IELTS (www.ielts.org) test scores from a test date sometime in the past 2 years. Original score sheets should be sent directly from either ETS (in the case of TOEFL) or the British Council (in the case of IELTS) to GIAL. If it’s been awhile since you took the test, you can contact the appropriate agency and request that they send scores to GIAL. For TOEFL, GIAL’s school code is 6605. For IELTS, please have the scores sent to GIAL Admissions, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX  75236.

 

 Post Admission


Am I required to attend orientation?

If you are new to GIAL, or resuming studies at GIAL after an absence of more than one term, you should make plans to attend the orientation associated with the session that you will begin classes. Visit our Orientation page for more details.

 

Housing & Other Services


Does GIAL have campus housing?

GIAL does not own or operate its own housing but there are several on-campus housing options available to GIAL students. Visit our Housing page for more information.

What off-campus housing options are available?

Our campus is located within minutes of several apartment complexes; 1) Austin Bluff Apartment Homes, 7070 W Camp Wisdom Rd, 972-907-9878, 2) Ridge Parc, 6969 Clarkridge Dr, 972-572-6801, and 3) Rosemont at Bluff Ridge, 8125 Clark Rd, 972-709-9790.  Also, rentals in the area owned and operated by International Linguistic Center employees or related personnel are often available. For more information visit our Housing page.

Is housing included in the cost for GIAL intensive courses?

No, it is not.  Intensive courses at GIAL have a short on-campus component, but the housing costs are not included in the course tuition and fees. Visit our Housing page for information about short-term housing options.

What will my address be if I am an SIL Guest House resident?

Your mailing address will be:  ILC Guest House, 7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, TX  75236.

Whom do I contact about my disability?

Contact the Dean of Students at dean-students@gial.edu.  In order for GIAL to make reasonable accommodations, it is the responsibility of students with disabilities to establish their ADA status to the satisfaction of the Dean of Students. Request for accommodation must be presented in writing to the Dean of Students at least 30 days prior to registration.

Does GIAL provide student health insurance?

No, we do not.  However, students are required to carry health insurance for themselves and their immediate families during their time of study at GIAL and must show proof of coverage at the time of registration. For more information please visit our Student Health Insurance page.

Does GIAL have a Student Health Center?

No, we do not own or operate our own health center, but GIAL students and their families have access to the SIL International Health clinic facilities during their time on our campus.

Does GIAL provide child care?

Although GIAL does not provide childcare, there is childcare available on-campus through SIL. Visit the childcare section of our Housing & Campus Services page for more information.

Will I need a car while I am at GIAL?

Public transport in Dallas exists, but it is not advisable to rely solely on this for getting places locally (i.e. church, grocery store, home off-campus, etc).  You can rent vehicles through the SIL housing office (housing-dallas@sil.org or 972-708-7426) at 50 cents/mile and a minimum of $20/day.  There is an additional tax of 10% for the city.

 

Financial


For information about Financial Aid, visit our Financial Aid FAQ page.

When do I pay tuition and fees?

Tuition is due at registration for on-site courses, but one week early for online courses. GIAL prefers to have payment up front for the entire term, but it is possible to set up a payment plan for an additional fee. Visit our Payment Plans page for more information.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our How to Pay page for complete information about paying your tuition.

Can I pay my tuition and fees with a credit card?

We do accept credit cards. However, students who pay their tuition and/or fee obligations by credit card will be charged with an additional Convenience fee of 3% of their total charges. View the Payments page for more information on how to pay.

Can I pay in installments if I can’t pay the full amount at the beginning of a term?

Yes, the Pay-By-Session Plan allows you to pay each session for only those courses which begin with that session. However, this entails additional fees.

Will GIAL be worth the cost?

The education at GIAL is unique and comprehensive. You will find a learning-rich environment highlighted by our fabulous faculty. They combine personal field experience with quality educational backgrounds, and they are deeply committed to working with you to help you succeed. The education you receive here will be worth the investment of both your time and your money.

We look forward to seeing you here on campus!

Financial Aid


How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the GIAL Financial Aid Application online after

  • choosing your program of study,
  • calculating how much it will cost per term,
  • estimating your living expenses, and
  • tell how you plan to pay for your study program per term

All of which are asked in the application form at http://www.gial.edu/financial-aid/.

When should I apply?

April 1 is the deadline for the fall term (July-December) and October 1 is the deadline for the spring term (January-June).

Do I have to be admitted to GIAL before I can apply for financial aid?

No.  But a general application for admission needs to be received before you can apply for financial aid.

What scholarships are available?

GIAL offers need-based scholarships for new students as well as one for International students. There is also the Tozer scholarship, which is for current GIAL students. View the Financial Aid page for more info.

Do I have to have a certain GPA in order to qualify?

Yes, any financial aid requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Who qualifies for financial aid?

Any student enrolled in a GIAL program that has a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and, for continuing students, having an intended plan study on file may apply for financial aid. Financial aid will be granted to students who have financial need.

Do I have to be enrolled full-time, or can I be a part-time student?

Either. To receive financial aid you only need to be enrolled in a GIAL program, either a certificate or degree program and have an intended plan of study on file.

When do I know if I will receive financial aid?

The Financial Aid Committee meets in mid-April and mid-October. Following their meetings the Financial Aid Administrator will inform each applicant the action taken by the committee.

Where should I look for other funding?

If students are not granted a GIAL scholarship, they may want to check out the Non-GIAL Scholarship Resources section of the Financial Aid page for other outside scholarships for which they might qualify and apply.

Can I use Veterans benefits to pay for my GIAL education?

Yes. We are fully certified to accept G. I. Bill benefits. Contact VeteransOfficer@gial.edu for more information.

Do I have to apply for financial aid for each term at GIAL?

Yes, the award of a GIAL scholarship is only for a single term. Students must resubmit a financial aid application each term.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I postpone my entry date?

Yes.  A current Financial Aid application is required for consideration by the committee.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I return after a leave of absence?

Yes, students taking a leave of absence in their program for any reason have to reapply for financial aid.

Once I have been awarded financial aid at GIAL, under what circumstance would GIAL withdraw my financial aid?

The requirements include registering for and having the advisor’s approval for GIAL courses and attending classes; maintaining a cumulative minimum 3.00 GPA; being a full-time student, sending a Thank you note to the scholarship donor, and signing and returning the GIAL Financial Aid Terms Agreement.

I can’t find a FAFSA code for GIAL. Does GIAL have one?

No. We are not a Title IV school and do not qualify for federal financial aid.

 

Other Financial Questions


When do I pay tuition and fees?

Tuition is due at registration for on-site courses, but one week early for online courses. GIAL prefers to have payment up front for the entire term, but it is possible to set up a payment plan for an additional fee. Visit our Payment Plans page for more information.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our How to Pay page for complete information about paying your tuition.

Can I pay my tuition and fees with a credit card?

We do accept credit cards. However, students who pay their tuition and/or fee obligations by credit card will be charged with an additional Convenience fee of 3% of their total charges. View the Payments page for more information on how to pay.

Can I pay in installments if I can’t pay the full amount at the beginning of a term?

Yes, the Pay-By-Session Plan allows you to pay each session for only those courses which begin with that session. However, this entails additional fees.

Will GIAL be worth the cost?

The education at GIAL is unique and comprehensive. You will find a learning-rich environment highlighted by our fabulous faculty. They combine personal field experience with quality educational backgrounds, and they are deeply committed to working with you to help you succeed. The education you receive here will be worth the investment of both your time and your money.

We look forward to seeing you here on campus!

Academics & Registrar FAQs


Is GIAL accredited?

Yes, GIAL is regionally accredited by SACSCOC. For complete information visit our accreditation page.

When do my classes start?

Specific start dates vary by program so be sure to check the Course Schedule. Expected start dates are as follows:

• The Certificate in Applied Linguistics coursework begins in either Spring Session 1 (January) or Fall Session 1 (Mid-July).
• The BA program coursework begins in the Fall Session 2 (August).
• Graduate courses begin according to the particular session and term for which they are scheduled.

What is a session vs. a term?

Each regular TERM (Fall and Spring) is composed of 20 weeks and broken into three 4-week and one 8-week modules referred to as SESSIONS. The Fall term begins in July and ends in December. The Spring term begins in January and ends in June. There is also a 12-week Summer term that has limited course offerings. The Summer term starts in May and ends in August.  Courses at GIAL may last more than one session.  For example, many 8-week courses are offered through sessions 2 and 3.

What is an intensive course?

An intensive course requires completion of online course work in preparation for and following the intensive on-campus instructional time. For intensive course offerings visit our Online & Intensive Courses page.

Who is my academic advisor?

Your GIAL academic advisor is listed in Campus Café under the MY INFO – Contact Information tab.  GIAL considers the academic advising process to be an integral part of each student’s program and provides academic advisors to assist students in selecting courses each term. New students are initially assigned academic advisors and will need to have their advisors approve their schedule prior to completion of registration and payment for classes. Students can request a change of advisor through the Registrar’s Office at any time.

Who is the course instructor?

Instructor names are listed on the course schedule and in  Campus Café under the ALL USERS – Course listing tab. You can learn more about your instructor by visiting our Faculty profiles page.

How do I register for classes?

Registration is completed online using Campus Café. Registration opens March 1st for the Summer and Fall terms and September 1st for the Spring term. Visit our Registration page for more information.

What is the difference between GIAL online and Campus Café?

Campus Café is used by students to apply, register for classes, and update their contact information.  GIAL Online is used by students to take online courses and interact online with many of their on-campus courses.

Can I waive prerequisites?

Students may petition, on a course-by-course basis with proper documentation, to waive prerequisite(s) based on equivalent course(s) taken elsewhere.  Some courses can be waived by permission of the instructor only.  Some specific courses from certain universities are pre-approved and do not require a petition.   Contact your advisor if you have questions or would like to submit a petition.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our How to Pay page for complete information about paying your tuition.

What is the Drop/Add policy?

*Note: The drop course limits are not the same as tuition refund deadlines.

Adding Courses
Classes may only be added through the second class day of the session during which the course is being offered.

Dropping Courses
Students dropping a course after the third business day and within the time limits for dropping a course will receive a grade of “W”. The time limits for dropping a course are as follows:

  • Through day 7 (in a 4-week session)
  • Through day 15 (in an 8-week session)
  • Through day 21 (in a 12-week session)
  • Through day 30 (in a 16-week session)

In most cases a student may not drop a course or withdraw from GIAL after the aforesaid dates. Under extreme circumstances, the Dean of Academic Affairs may consider a petition to drop a course or withdraw from GIAL after these dates.

Can I get a refund if I drop a course?

*Note: The tuition refund deadlines are not the same as the drop course limits.

The refund policy specifies deadlines for requesting refunds and amounts of refunds for tuition and fees.

Refund for Dropping Course(s)

A student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees for any course dropped prior to the end of the first day of class. For a credit course dropped after the first day of class, the student will receive a refund of tuition only on the following scale (calculated separately for each course):

  • Before the end of the third business day = 75%
  • Before the end of the sixth business day = 25%
  • After the sixth business day = 0%

*Note: Dropping coursework may result in ineligibility for financial aid and in the student’s being liable for repayment of tuition covered by scholarships.

Dropping an Audited Course

Any audited course dropped prior to the end of the first day of class will receive a refund of tuition and fees. No “AU” grade will be recorded on the transcript. An audited course which is dropped after the first day of class will receive no refund and an “AU” grade will remain on the student’s transcript.

What textbooks do I need?

How To Determine What Textbooks You Need

  1. Log into info.gial.edu.
  2. Click on the link located near the top of the Campus Café Home Page screen.
  3. This will link you to the GIAL textbook listing for the upcoming term.  Be sure to purchase the correct edition of each required textbook.

NOTE:  GIAL does not have a bookstore so you will need to purchase these textbooks online before your classes begin.

Where can I buy textbooks?

Where can I buy textbooks?

GIAL does not own or operate a bookstore. You will need to buy your textbooks online. You may use the big vendors or try http://www.BookFinder4U.com which searches multiple online bookstores.

Another option: The GIAL Student Body Association maintains a website (http://gialbookexchange.weebly.com) for students to sell, buy, lend, and borrow textbooks.

What textbooks do I need?

How do I audit a course?

In order to audit a course, an Audit Permission Form must be approved by the instructor and submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the third day of class or before completing 10% of a course that meets on an irregular basis. Appropriate tuition and fee adjustments apply. Such changes may affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid. Audited courses do not qualify for financial aid. The number of auditors in any course may be limited, requiring approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Auditors may participate in class discussions, submit written assignments, and take exams only at the invitation of the instructor. Audit students are not permitted to submit the final assignment. Students who desire to fully participate and engage in all instructional activities must register for credit. Additional requirements are placed on auditors at the sole discretion of the instructor who will communicate these requirements to the student when the instructor’s permission to audit is obtained.

Changes from audit status to credit or vice versa may be made only with the signed permission of the instructor on the Student Change Permit and must be made no later than the end of the third day of classes that meet on a regular basis or before completion of 10% of a course that meets on an irregular basis.

What is GIAL’s attendance policy?

Attendance is monitored for enrolled students in all courses. Students must be present for a minimum of 80% of their scheduled classes, and any student missing five consecutive days without a reasonable excuse is in violation of the attendance policy. Faculty may assign a portion of the grade in their course as an attendance grade. GIAL is required to report attendance policy violations for International students and students receiving federally-funded assistance.

How do I request a transcript?

Visit our Transcript Request page for information on how to request a transcript.

Is admission to GIAL the same as admission to a degree program?

No. Students need an approved Intended Plan of Study (IPS) to be admitted to a GIAL degree program. Students should complete an Intended Plan of Study form with the help of their advisor and then submit the IPS to the appropriate department for approval. Find the IPS forms on our Academic Forms page.

What is an Intended Plan of Study (IPS)?

The Intended Plan of Study (IPS) documents a student’s degree and concentration choice and identifies the terms required course work will be completed to graduate at the designated date chosen. Students intending to complete a graduate degree program must have Graduate admission status and submit an approved Intended Plan of Study form. Students intending to complete a BA degree at GIAL will complete, with the help of his/her academic advisor, an Intended Plan of Study during the first semester of classes. Visit our Academic Forms page to download the IPS for your program.

How long would it take to finish an MA degree?

Taking a full-time load, a student can usually complete a degree in three terms. An additional term may be necessary if the student has not completed the prerequisite courses before coming to GIAL. The undergraduate prerequisite courses are offered as part of the Certificate in Applied Linguistics.

Can I transfer courses for the MA programs?

GIAL reserves the right to make final determination of transfer credit acceptability. The student must petition to transfer credit for any coursework to be considered as part of a GIAL graduate program of study (up to a maximum of 15 graduate credit hours and which have a minimum grade of “B”).  Courses submitted for transfer credit must have been completed no more than 10 years before completion of the GIAL graduate program. Transferred credits must explicitly list the GIAL course for which they are being accepted. Transfer credit is accepted only from regionally accredited institutions of higher education or from institutions accredited by the American Theological Society (ATS) or the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). (See the current GIAL Catalog for full details)

Do I really have 10 years to complete my degree?

Yes.  The degree must be completed within 10 years of the date when the first graduate course applied to the degree was taken.  If the degree is not finished at that time, any credits over 10 years old are lost.  The lost credit hours must be replaced.

What are comprehensive exams?

Comprehensive exams (Comps) are taken near the end of a student’s MA studies. Comps cover subject matter in the student’s major concentration, and are an opportunity for the student to demonstrate mastery of that material. The format of the examinations differs somewhat between the departments, although the function is the same. The examinations are scheduled two to five weeks before the end of the term.  See the Academic Calendar for specific dates. Students that choose to write a thesis do not take comprehensive exams.

Do I have to write a thesis?

No. A graduate student has the option of choosing the Thesis or Non-thesis (comprehensive exam) option for all graduate degrees offered at GIAL. The undergraduate degree does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam.

How do I transfer undergraduate semester hours (ush) for the BA program?

Students should complete the Petition to Transfer General Education Credits form.  Visit our Undergraduate Transfer Policy page for more information.

Where is Language Development (LD)?

The Language Development Department (LD) is now the Applied Anthropology Department (AA). The MA in Language Development is now an MA in Language and Culture Studies. Courses that started with LD in the past now start with AA.

Giving FAQs


How can I make a gift?

There are several ways for you to make a gift to GIAL.

Make a credit card gift now
Our online gift form is the easiest and quickest way to make a very direct impact on GIAL. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express as well as Electronic Funds Transfers through PayPal.

Call to make a gift or ask a question
972.708.7547

Mail a check (make checks payable to GIAL)

Development
GIAL
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, Texas 75236

How does GIAL benifit from my gift?

GIAL receives no federal or state gifts and depends upon the support of individual donors, foundations, and churches. These gifts provide valuable scholarships that allow GIAL to provide financial aid to every student in need so that upon graduation they can immediately begin serving. These gifts also provide resources critical to the development and the expansion of our academic programs.

How does my gift make a difference?

GIAL is training the next generation of workers in the areas of Bible translation, language development, literacy and world arts. Our graduates receive exemplary education that is also applicable and realistic in solving the real world problems of illiteracy, poverty, and human suffering. Your gift will help provide funding that makes this possible.

What if I can’t afford to make a large gift this year?

Every gift makes a significant impact, and it helps us equip those who will minister cross-culturally. A gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Why should I give to GIAL?

GIAL’s purpose is rooted in the conviction that the Bible should be available in everyone’s heart language. Our graduates’ work makes a difference in people’s lives which will last long after they are gone. This means that your gift will have a global, multi-generational impact.

How do I secure a Corporate Matching-gift Programs gift for GIAL?

Click to view a list of companies who participate in corporate gift matching programs.  Not on the list? Ask your company if they would like to participate.