What is the typical daily/weekly schedule for the classes?
Each module carries with it a different schedule. However, most modules go from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with an hour and fifteen minute break for lunch.
How much homework will I have?
Overall, you will have a moderate amount of homework even over the weekends. You will need to read several books as well as numerous articles. There will be 2 page reflection papers assigned on various topics throughout the classes.
Do both spouses have to take the classes?
Though CIT strongly encourages both spouses to take the classes, it is up to the sending church/agency and the missionary to decide which classes are the best fit for them.
That said, it is the general rule that both husband and wife are significantly involved in ministry and because of this, both will be significantly impacted by the training they will encounter at CIT.
Can a person simply audit classes at CIT?
CIT does not have provision at this time for auditing classes. However, when on home assignment, we encourage alumni to sit in on classes they took previously as a refresher course. In this case, classes are tuition-free.
Are any of your courses accredited?
CIT is a training program, not a formal educational institution. Our goal is to train people to be effective in their ministries cross-culturally. We do not currently offer any courses for college or graduate credit.
Do you offer any degrees or certificates?
CIT does not have a degree program. We offer certificates for our training here which, while generally not recognized in the US, have potential value in many places overseas.
Will I be free on weekends?
Classes do not formally meet on the weekends. However, we strongly advise participants against making weekend plans away from CIT during their training time here because the workload can be heavy enough that the stress on the individual and especially a family is significant. The pace here at CIT, while slowed from the ordinary rat-race of stateside living, is steady and saturated with learning new information (your mind will be tired!)—you will need the weekend to rest for the next week’s module. Support development is almost always a major distraction from training and we strongly discourage it while you are here. What down time you do have, we recommend you use for physical and spiritual refreshment.
Note: From a former CIT participant several years ago who spent most weekends away doing support development: At the end of the term he told us, “Tell any future CIT participant that comes through here NOT to try to do support raising while at CIT. It was hard on me, it was hard on my wife, it was hard on our family life, and it was hard on my learning. And it wasn’t worth it. Tell them not to do it!”