1. Q: What is the SCIM Academic Session?

A: The SCIM Academic Session is an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to be considered as a qualified teacher of the programs of the Diamond Cutter Institute or the Asian Classics Institute, or to participate in the translation and preservation efforts of the Asian Classics Input Project.

2. Q: Which courses will be offered during the Academic Session #7?

A: There will be two courses offered in the January 2019 Academic Session:

-Diamond Cutter Institute Level 7 Teacher Training (DCI students are required to complete the ACI 8 portion of the training)
-Asian Classics Input Project Translator Course 7

3. Q: What are the dates of the Academic Session #7 ?

A: The Academic Sessions will take place over 15 days, with a break in the middle from January 16th through January 31th, 2019

4. Q: How many Academic Sessions will SCIM offer each year? Can I skip sessions and come to later ones?

A: SCIM will offer three Academic Sessions per year. Each session will build on previous sessions, and include new material. Students who miss sessions will have to catch up through review courses taught by SCIM graduates. Click here to see the 2018-2019 schedule.

5. Q: Where is the Academic Session going to take place?

A: SCIM Academic Session #7 will be offered at the Sedona College of International Management “Tower” building, 6490 State Route 179, Sedona, Arizona 86351, United States of America.

6. Q: Who will be teaching the classes in the session?

A: Geshe Michael Roach and selected DCI and ACI teachers will lead all classes. Geshe Michael Roach will teach a significant portion of the classes in this Academic Session.

7. Q: What is the origin of these courses?

A: The SCIM program classes are presented as training for preparation to teach courses offered by The Diamond Cutter Institute and The Asian Classics Institute, as well as training for participation in the ongoing work of The Asian Classics Input Project, and are derived from the lineage of teachings of the Gelukpa School of Buddhism, with primary emphasis on the teachings of Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419).

8. Q: What are the prerequisites to participate in the Academic Session?

A: To participate in the SCIM Academic Session, an individual must:

-Demonstrate fluency in English speech, reading and writing
-Complete and submit the application form
Be selected for the program
Submit the application fee, if selected for attendance

9. Q: Is this course open to anyone? Are there any restrictions?

A: All applicants will be evaluated and considered for admission. SCIM observes a code of ethics which will be expected of all students, and included as part of the training.

10. Q: If I attend this course, am I then qualified to be an ACI or DCI teacher?

A: The SCIM Academic Sessions are preparations for each individual to be considered as teaching candidates in the worldwide programs of The Diamond Cutter Institute and The Asian Classics Institute.  Once a student has completed an SCIM Academic Session, they may begin to seek teaching opportunities with DCI and ACI, or seek involvement with the Asian Classics Translator program.  It is up to the prerogative of the administrations of DCI, ACI and ACIP whether to accept students as teaching interns or for any other opportunities with the organizations.

11. Q: Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?

A: The SCIM training is a universal, non-religious system which is available to everyone, regardless of race, religion or cultural background. We love diversity! SCIM welcomes all nations and ideas.

12. Q: What is the tuition fee for one 15-day Academic Session?

A: The tuition fee for the SCIM Academic Session is going to be $3,300. Small amount of financial aid maybe available to qualified applicants.

13. Q: Can I bring my translator if my English proficiency is not high enough?

A: The first few years of SCIM programs will be given in English language, and so applicants must be extremely proficient in english speech, reading and writing in order to participate. After the first two years of SCIM programs, we hope to open courses to other languages.

14. Q: What things should I bring with me to the Academic Session?

A: SCIM students should bring:

-Warm Jacket (Sedona is at high altitude and can be cold in winter months!)
-Yoga Mat
-Notebook
-Laptop
-Business Suit (for DCI Students)
-Smartphone with video camera

15. Q: How do I get to SCIM?

A: The closest international airport is in Phoenix PHX, and there are shuttles departing every 1.5 hours. For more information please visit www.arizonashuttle.com

16. Q: When should I arrive?

A: We strongly recommend that you arrive in Sedona no later than the evening before the Academic Session start, to be rested and ready for a very full fourteen days! If you are travelling internationally, we also strongly recommend that you arrive at least three days before the Academic Session, so that you have time to recover from jet-lag and prepare for the AS.

17. Q: Do I need to arrange my own accommodation and meals?

A: All participants are required to arrange their own accommodations and meals for the duration of the AS. Some snacks may be offered, but all students will be free to have lunch locally during course days. There are many options nearby the SCIM Tower Building for accommodations and meals. SCIM can provide a list of these options. We do have a deal with the Days Inn Kokopelli, you have to contact them directly http://www.daysinnkokopelli.com/ mentioning that you will participate on SCIM Academic Session 7.

18. Q: When is the deadline for applications?

A: Applications must be submitted no later than October 19th, 2018

19. Q: What is the application process?

A: After October 19th, 2018 the SCIM Admissions Committee will evaluate and select applicants for attendance. SCIM will let you know in writing or via e-mail whether you have been accepted, and ask you to pay your tuition. After the tuition has been paid, SCIM will send you your Confirmation of Enrollment. At this point we recommend you to buy your plane tickets and arrange your accommodation.

20. Q: What are the costs of the program?

A: There is a non-refundable $30 application fee. Please see the SCIM Course Fee Structure page for details of the cost of the course.

21. Q: What happens if I am not selected as a student? Will I get my money back?

A: The application fee is non-refundable.

22. Q: What is the outcome of a graduate student from the Academic Session #7?

A: A graduated student from the Academic Session #7 will be equipped with the necessary tools to be a DCI teacher in training.

The curriculum of the SCIM program is divided into “Four Legs of the Table”:

Content: The Raw Knowledge that teachers need to transmit to their students
Presentation and Teaching Skills: How to engage and audience and deliver a message
Professionalism and Ethics: The Role and Rules of a Teacher
Production and Business: How to produce a successful event

23. Q: If I get elected and finish the course will I have a guaranteed position in DCI?

A: The ACIM academic session is the beginning of training in teaching DCI principles. Successful completion of a required number of SCIM academic sessions makes an individual eligible to apply to DCI for teaching opportunities.

24. Q: Will my information be shared or made public?

A: All information in your application will be kept strictly confidential, except for approved use by SCIM staff, administrators, and health professionals.

25. Q: Can I do the courses online?

A: The SCIM Academic Sessions are currently only available to be taken in person in Sedona, Arizona, as it is necessary for SCIM teachers and administrators to evaluate students in person.

26. Q: Do I get a discount if I subscribe to multiple academic sessions?

A: There are discounts available if you plan to attend several academic sessions. Please get in contact with us for more information at seiji.arao@sedonacollegeinternational.com

27. Q: Can I participate some of the days and have other days off during the course?

A: To graduate from an Academic Session, a student must attend 100% of the classes required by their study track.

28. Q: Is there any Financial Aid available? –like scholarships or work study options?

A: There is a limited amount of Financial Aid available to qualified applicants. Please contact Program Coordinator Seiji Arao at seiji.arao@sedonacollegeinternational.com if you are in need of Financial Aid. We invite you to work on your ethical behavior, please do not ask for financial aid if you have the means to get the resources.

29. Q: Are these academic sessions offered anywhere else?

A: The SCIM Academic Sessions are offered exclusively at the Sedona Tower College Building for 2019. We will release details of other SCIM courses in additional locations when they become available in the coming years.

30. Q: How many courses are there in total?

A: SCIM Academic Sessions are planned for 3 Session a year. It will take about 5 years to finish the DCI and ACI parts of the program.

31. Q: Which languages are going to be involved in the translation programs?

A: Participants in the Asian Classics Translator program will work with materials in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Pali and other languages.

32. Q: Will I learn Tibetan?

A: Participants in the Asian Classics Translator program will learn essential skills in Tibetan reading and translation.

33. Q: What happens if I miss one course? Will there be a second round?

A: SCIM Academic Sessions are planned to build on one another and continue indefinitely into the future. To receive a degree from SCIM, a student must attend or make up all Academic Sessions.

34. Q: Are the facilities disability friendly?

A: Yes, the SCIM Tower building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

35. Q: What happens if I have mental health problems?

A: All applicants will be considered for admission based on their overall resume, experience and skill set.  SCIM Administration will do their best to match students to the Academic Session in a way that is most beneficial for everyone involved.

36. Q: What happens if I have health problems?

A: All applicants will be given fair evaluation for admission. The SCIM Academic Sessions are rigorous ten-day periods with a heavy schedule of learning and training. We strongly recommend that all applicants consider whether they are in strong enough physical and mental condition for the AS, so that they can focus on learning during this period of time.

37. Q: Will I need a student VISA?

A: It is not necessary to have a student visa to attend SCIM. Applicants may plan to apply for a tourist visa to the US. SCIM does not offer recommendations or letters of guarantee for visas.

38. Q: Will I get assistance with my VISA process?

A: SCIM offers a recommendation to a local Sedona Immigration Attorney who can help with any visa issues. Please contact SCIM Program Manager Seiji Arao for the referral, at seiji.arao@sedonacollegeinternational.com

39. Q: Can I record the teachings with my own recording device?

A: SCIM requests that students will not make personal recordings of teaching sessions.

40. Q: What are the dates of the next Academic Sessions?

A: Please see the 2018 Schedule at http://sedonacollegeinternational.com/annual-schedule/ 

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