About WOL Hungary Bible Institute
The Word of Life Hungary Bible Institute is an international school at the undergraduate level, based upon the Bible institute model. Most courses taught by our guest teachers are 1 or 2 credits in 1 or 2 week modules. Since we are on the quarter (rather than semester) system, this means the courses are 10 hours per credit (50-minute class-hours) including translation.
The overall program is rigorous and generally comparable to the first two years at the undergraduate level of any Christian college. However, several factors contribute to overall academic requirements that may seem lower than expected at this level. These factors include, required work assignments, language classes and ministry requirements. Because of the unique nature of the WOLH Bible Institute, many Christian colleges in the United States recognize our graduates as mature believers who know the Word of God, and readily accept our credits, with our graduates entering some schools as first-semester juniors or higher, depending on their chosen majors.
With experience dating back to 1994, we have developed a set of guidelines that we trust will be helpful as our guest teachers prepare their class notes, quizzes, reading, writing, testing and any other class assignments. These guidelines do not necessarily represent mandatory requirements. Rather, they are designed to help each teacher develop courses that are both effective and balanced when all the various factors of academics, ministry and student life are taken into consideration. These are found under the corresponding menu selections.We encourage creativity in the classroom, so if you have ideas that you would like to try in the classroom, we simply suggest that you check with us for some guidance if questions arise. We will do whatever we can to make this a great experience for both you and the students.
Resident Faculty / Guest Teacher Program
In a typical school week there are 16 hours of Bible, 4 hours a day, beginning at 11:00am on Monday morning, 9:00am on Tuesday, 11:00am on Wednesday, and 9:00am on Thursday. Teacher courses separately as part of the core curriculum for each year. Because of various factors, any given week may depart from the normal class schedule. However, you will be provided with that information if it applies to the week you are here.
Presidential Chapel is at 10:00 am on Tuesday and all staff, students and guests are both invited and encouraged to attend. When in town, Al Konya, the WOL Country Director is our speaker. Chapel hours feature a variety of speakers, including staff members, pastors, and guests. Sometimes guest teachers are also invited to speak at chapel. If you are asked to speak, you will be invited several weeks in advance through an email.
Our Student Body
Since the WOL Hungary Bible Institute opened in 1994, we have had students from over 30 different countries. Until the 2002-2003 school year, the majority of the school was made up of Hungarian citizens and ethnic Hungarians from neighboring countries. However, due to several factors, not all of which are completely clear to us, that ratio has shifted somewhat and although there are still a good number of Hungarians in the school, they no longer make up the majority.
Most of our students, except those from North America, are first generation believers, and are here in spite of parental and peer opposition. Most of them lack of any biblical training, but are here because they are serious about studying the Word of God and plan to go into vocational full-time Christian service, usually as missionaries.
Hopefully, you will find that our students are very serious about studying the Bible, preparing for ministry, and developing a close personal walk with the Lord. You will also find that there is a good spirit of fellowship and a desire to develop relationships with the guest teachers.
Because most of our students speak at least some English, you will find it possible to have at least casual conversations with most of them, even though some deeper theological questions may require a translator. We encourage our guest teachers to spend as much time as possible with the students as they are warm, friendly and eager to develop meaningful relationships with the staff and faculty.