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.
2. Q: Which courses will be offered during the Academic Session #10?
A: There will be two courses offered in the January 2020 Academic Session:
-Diamond Cutter Institute Level 10 Teacher Training (DCI students are required to complete the ACI 12 portion of the training)
-Asian Classics Input Project Translator Course 10
3. Q: What are the dates of the Academic Session #10?
A: The Academic Sessions will take place over 14 days, with a break in the middle from January 07th through January 22nd, 2020
4. Q: How many Academic Sessions will SCIM offer each year? Can I skip sessions and come to later ones?
5. Q: Where is the Academic Session going to take place?
A: SCIM Academic Session #10 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 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 are derived from the lineage of teachings of the Gelugpa 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
–US visa B1/B2 approved
9. Q: Is this course open to anyone? Are there any restrictions?
10. Q: If I attend this course, am I then qualified to be a 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. Once a student has completed an SCIM Academic Session, they may begin to seek teaching opportunities with DCI. It is up to the prerogative of the administration of DCI, 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?
12. Q: What is the tuition fee for one 14-day Academic Session?
A: The tuition fee for the SCIM Academic Session is going to be $3,300. Small amount of financial aid may be available to qualified applicants.
13. Q: Can I bring my translator if my English proficiency is not high enough?
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!)
-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 https://groomesedona.hudsonltd.net/res
16. Q: When should I arrive?
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 9.
18. Q: When is the deadline for applications?
A: Applications must be submitted no later than Octuber 20th, 2019
19. Q: What is the application process?
A: After Octuber 20th, 2020 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?
21. Q: What happens if I am not selected as a student? Will I get my money back?
22. Q: What is the outcome of a graduate student from the Academic Session #10?
A: A graduated student from the Academic Session #10 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?
24. Q: Will my information be shared or made public?
25. Q: Can I do the courses online?
26. Q: Do I get a discount if I subscribe to multiple academic sessions?
27. Q: Can I participate some of the days and have other days off during the course?
28. Q: Is there any Financial Aid available? –like scholarships or work study options?
29. Q: Are these academic sessions offered anywhere else?
A: The SCIM Academic Sessions are offered exclusively at the Sedona Tower College Building for 2020. 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?
31. Q: Which languages are going to be involved in the translation programs?
32. Q: Will I learn Tibetan?
33. Q: What happens if I miss one course? Will there be a second round?
34. Q: Are the facilities disability friendly?
35. Q: What happens if I have mental health problems?
36. Q: What happens if I have health problems?
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.
Applicants must have an approved visa.
38. Q: Will I get assistance with my VISA process?
39. Q: Can I record the teachings with my own recording device?
40. Q: What are the dates of the next Academic Sessions?
A: Academic Session 10, will be from January 07th to January 22nd, 2020