About Insight


1. How does INSIGHT differ from other programs?

INSIGHT believes that students with an intellectual capacity and a heart for missions should not be afraid to be thinking people of faith. We seek to train today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. So those students need to be capable of thinking strategically and facing challenges head-on. In Insight, students are not taught rote answers; instead, they’re encouraged to wrestle with ideas and perspectives, within a framework of faith, and emerge ready to engage a seeking and hurting world.


2. Who designed INSIGHT?

The original designers of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course (Dr. Ralph D. Winter) and of the Sonlight Curriculum (Rebecca Lewis) teamed up to develop the INSIGHT curriculum.

Dr. Ralph Winter has been internationally recognized as one of today’s foremost experts on the history of God’s work in the world. He graduated from Caltech (the California Institute of Technology) in Civil Engineering, had an MA from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics and Mathematical Statistics, and a Theology degree from Princeton Seminary. In addition, Dr. Winter spent 10 years as a missionary to a tribal people and designed the first distance-education program for seminary training.


3. At INSIGHT, will I be stuck in an insulated Christian environment with little interaction with people from other cultures?

At INSIGHT you are required to participate in a practicum where you interact with people outside of Christianity, so no.  We want students to be processing what they are learning with the reality of the world.  Every site is different in how they handle this, but they all include the practicum aspect.  Students also take several field trips to the worship places of major world religions, cultural festivals, museums, and other locations that correspond with the curriculum topics.


4. How do students get college credit by taking Insight?

INSIGHT partners with an accredited institution, Trinity International University, who has reviewed our curriculum and agreed to award 9 units of credit for each module—a total of 36 for the program (whether 1 year or two years).  After INSIGHT, students may request transcripts directly from TIU.


5. What if I’ve already started college, or have already committed to beginning another college next year?

INSIGHT is still a great opportunity and asset for you! In fact, you may find pre-exposure to philosophies and worldviews in college to be an asset as you study in INSIGHT, and return to your campus better able to interact with professors and other students.  We have had several students take Insight for credit in their second, third and even fourth year and then return to their school to finish their degree. 

If you have already been accepted for your freshman year, and have a substantial financial aid package, schedule an appointment with the registrar at your college and ask them, “Is it possible to defer enrollment for a year? What will that do to my financial aid package?”  When deferring most schools will not let you gain credit at another institution, so you would need to take Insight for certificate.  There are lots of options and ways INSIGHT can fit in to your college experience. We are happy to help you through this process. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


6. Will taking INSIGHT limit the type of undergraduate degree I can pursue afterwards?

Not at all. If you’ve already decided on a major and know what school you hope to transfer to, the units will often fulfill general education requirements at that school. If you don’t have a specific sense of calling, this program will give you a dedicated season to seek God as you learn about your place in His purposes.


7.  Do I have to finish my college career at Trinity International University or may I transfer to another school?.

You are not bound to finish your college career at Trinity International University. TIU will provide 36 hours of credit, transferable to the college of your choice. That school will evaluate the transcript and transfer credits as they choose. A benefit of finishing at TIU is that all 36 credits are guaranteed to be accepted, cutting down the number of requirements to finish your degree.


8. Will taking INSIGHT really get me out of required courses at other colleges?

Yes, depending on the school you transfer to. While the INSIGHT curriculum is completely integrated, your transcript will reflect credit for individual courses/modules completed. These courses will cover many of the general education requirements of most colleges.  TIU is a regionally accredited University and their credits should be accepted by most colleges.


9.  What is the difference between INSIGHT campuses?

On a curriculum level, nothing. Each campus uses the same exact curriculum in the classroom, the same text books, and the same study guides. The difference between campuses is what happens outside the classroom. Practicum opportunities, student life, field trips and many other aspects of the program are unique to each campus. Our hope is you find a campus that highlights your specific interests. Check out the locations section to read more about each campus.


10.  After I apply to INSIGHT, do I need to apply to Trinity International University as well as?

No. All you have to do is apply to the INSIGHT campus that you want to attend, and we’ll take care of the rest!


11.  Can students get scholarships or federal financial aid?

It is a goal of Insight to keep costs as low as possible so students will not have to take on loans.  Federal financial aid is not accessible to INSIGHT students, but we do have a national scholarship fund that is available on a need basis.  Most locations also provide scholarship opportunities.  Ask the program director of the site you are applying to for more information.  INSIGHT can accept private scholarships.


12.  Can I take INSIGHT online?

INSIGHT is only available on-site at approved locations.


13.  What does a normal day look like?

Each location may vary in its specific schedule so it is a good idea to contact the individual location and talk to staff or alumni/students.  For most sites, the class time is scheduled in the afternoon so students read all morning and prepare the answers to their study guides.  This allows them to come to class prepared to discuss the issues in the material.  This discussion lasts roughly two hours and covers the theme for the day and includes a Bible study.  In addition, there are special sessions for weekly lectures, spiritual formation, field trips and a practicum.  Contact the local site for these program specific items.

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