Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

When are applications due? All applications for ISP, USP, and SOS are due Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Do I have to complete my entire online application in one sitting? No, you may complete one section at a time and save your content during multiple log-on sessions; however, you must complete the entire application before submitting it. 

Required Forms and Passport Information:  Can now be located on the menu bar under "Required Forms"

If I email a form to someone, do I need to sign the release form? In the event that you send the reference form to someone electronically, you may include your electronic signature.

I am 21-years-old or older; do I have to complete the Parent / Guardian Advice form? Yes. Actually, for legal purposes, even those 21 and older are not required to have a "permission" slip; however, this is not a permission slip. This Advice Form simply helps make sure we are following the Biblical principle of "honoring your mother and father." If you are in a unique situation where you are not able to have a parent or guardian complete this form, please email us.

How will I know that you have received my Reference Forms, Parent Advice Form, and passport copy? Click Here and log-in to view your submitted application, you will see a box titled "Application Status" to the right of your completed application. A check mark will appear in the box next to each step in the application process once you have completed that step. Note: Please allow at least 3 business days for processing.

If I already have my passport, do I still need to turn in passport photos? No, you do not need to submit additional photos. Please note that you may need to turn in passport photos for a visa after you have been placed on a team.

I have concerns about going. Should I still apply? There are, absolutely, good reasons to not serve on an ISP or SOS team; however, what many students consider dead ends we look at as stop signs. Your concerns are valid, but they should cause you to pause, consider the decision and move forward in one way or another. A concern, be it about raising support, being scared of cultural differences, fear of traveling or anything else should not be a complete reason to not apply. Still have questions? Check out this handout. It may speak to some of your concerns.

Selection Process

I have completed and submitted my online application; how do I sign up for my interview? You will be notified when it is time to sign up for an interview. Please note: You will not be permitted to sign up for an interview until you have paid your $30 Interview fee and submitted your completed application. This means that your two reference forms and your parent/guardian advice form MUST be turned in to our office BEFORE you sign up.

What do I need to bring to my interview? Primarily, an open and honest heart. Also, please log in into our website and check your application status. Any missing items should be brought to your interview.

When will I know if I have been accepted? You will receive a notice before Thanksgiving.

If accepted, when will I find out what team I am on? Our first required meeting is the Team Reveal on Thursday, December 1. During this meeting, you will meet your team leader and teammates. You will also find out where you will be serving this summer. If you absolutely cannot attend this meeting (because of class or work), you need to contact our office in advance to notify us that you will not be there and plan to attend the make-up meeting on Friday, December 2nd at 9:30 am or 10:45 am in the Office of Spiritual Life.

Spring Training

Is spring training mandatory? Yes. You must attend your weekly team meeting from 6-9pm on either Monday or Wednesday night. Furthermore, all participants must attend an Intensive Training Weekend (ITW).  Teams will be assigned to attend an ITW on either February 3-5 or February 10-12.  More information about our attendance policy will be given at the Team Reveal.

May I get academic credit for serving on a team? Yes, you may opt to take ISP for credit. You must enroll in CST 491 and pay the tuition in addition to the funds required for ISP.

If I discontinue participation in ISP or SOS for any reason, will I get my money back? No. All fees and contributions are non-refundable. After the cost of non-refundable travel arrangements and other expenses have been deducted from the total amount a participant has raised, the rest of his or her funds will be equally divided between members of his or her team who still have a

Last Updated 10/15/16