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WORLD RACE

Serve the Nations, AND Earn College Credit

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NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE. YOU CAN GO ON A MISSION EXPERIENCE AND GET COLLEGE CREDIT – AT THE SAME TIME!

Plus you’ll travel the world and serve others.

Adventures in Missions partners with College of Athens, an accredited Christian college. This means you can earn a full year of study abroad college credit while on your Gap Year, Semesters, or World Race trip. Our partnership with College of Athens provides a 50% discount on their typical tuition rate -all you have to do is sign up.

After the mission, you can continue and eventually get a degree – or just earn the credits then transfer them to another university.

We offer leadership and ministry degrees, including associate’s (2-year), bachelor’s (4-year), and master’s degrees.

We offer an alumni trip as a credit option as well.

AND we promise that you will not go into debt along the way.

LIFE AFTER GAP YEAR

Keep growing with your World Race community and make new friends with other College of Athens students as you continue to make good progress towards your degree after your trip. Study in Athens or continue online from anywhere.

Here are a few ways getting a degree from the College of Athens is different from a normal college experience:

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WE HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE

We challenge and equip our students to begin their journey by discovering their identity in Christ and walking in intimacy with Him. And then we show you how to walk as stewards of His dreams.
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WE HELP YOU EMBRACE CHALLENGE

Don’t like what you see in the world? Be the change it needs! We show you how to use the world’s problems as pathways to solutions.
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WE HELP YOU CHANGE ENVIRONMENTS

Great leaders aren’t just born. They are trained, discipled, and grown. Our focus is equipping you to become the leader the world needs.
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WE HELP YOU SEE THE WORLD AS GOD DOES

Begin by spending nine months on the mission field. Through our partnership with World Race, you spend your freshman year loving others, learning about their cultures, and deepening your relationship with God. You do this in a close-knit, deeply invested community of believers. When you return home, you receive up to 30 college credit hours for this experience, and you’re ready for your sophomore year of college.

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WE HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR COMMUNITY

Back in the U.S., you continue going deeper in your community. You build on your understanding of your strengths, gifts and passions. You learn how you can use them to serve the body and make an impact.
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WE HELP YOU CHOOSE GROWTH

You learn to take high levels of ownership and be a co-creator of your classroom experience and community. You have world-class mentors, disciplers and instructors who assist you on this journey as you learn and grow in an intentional, communal living environment.

Our Promises to You

When you say YES to the College of Athens, we make the following promises to you:

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YOU WILL GRADUATE DEBT-FREE

You get deeply discounted tuition plus access to financial assistance and part-time work while you’re a student. These paths together enable you to take on zero debt while in school.
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YOU WILL DEEPEN YOUR WALK WITH CHRIST

You take part in our proven life-on-life discipleship process.
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YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

You don’t just sit in a classroom with fluorescent lights, listening to someone lecture. You interact with your community, leaders and others in a way that causes the world to be your classroom.

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YOU WILL EARN AN ASSOCIATE’S, BACHELOR’S, OR MASTER’S DEGREE

You’ll get the diploma that helps launch you forward after college with credibility.

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YOU WILL EXPERIENCE MISSIONAL LIVING

You live and breathe missions for a year. There’s simply no other style of living that is as life-forming.
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YOU WILL HAVE A COMMUNITY FOCUS

You live and study in a mentor-led community, which means all the good things (and the challenges) of creating a new family. But THIS family will walk with you your entire life.
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YOU HAVE A PRACTICAL LIFE ONRAMP

You discover your dreams and your superpowers – and you get access to a network of mentors and jobs.

What does it cost?

The price tag is $150 per credit hour plus a $50 technology fee per semester you are overseas. The total cost is determined by how many credit hours (each class is 3 credit hours) you decide to take and how many semesters you are overseas. This is about 1/10th the cost of today’s average college education!

The cost covers tuition, instructors, and matriculation costs, and entry into a post-race prep course called “Thriving in College & Beyond.” This is in addition to your World Race program cost, which already includes your room, board and travel.

Scholarships and other financial help are available, so you are debt-free when you graduate.

Fill out the form below if you’re interested, and one of our Admissions Advisors will get in touch with you!

FAQ’s

How much does it cost?

Adventures in Missions Program cost + $150/credit hour and $50/semester technology fee for credits earned in AIM programs.

Financial aid is available. Students need to fill out a separate financial aid application at: https://collegeofathens.edu/tuition-financial-aid/

How many credits do I earn?

If you enroll before going on the field, you can earn up to:

  • 24 for World Race Gap Year
  • 30 for WR Expedition
  • 15 for Alumni Trip
  • 12 for Semester Programs

Check out the degree programs for College of Athens here, including graduate programs.

When is money due?

AIM Program cost will follow regular fundraising deadlines and will be communicated by your Admissions Advisor.

College of Athens will set up a payment plan for you to make monthly payments for your credits throughout the course of the semester/your trip.

Are credits transferable?

Yes, they are. College of Athens is fully accredited and credits can be transferred to other institutions.

When you transfer credits, you’ll get a transcript that will say what classes you took and the number of credits earned for that class. Then the institution you’re transferring to will decide if those courses meet requirements they have for the degree program that you’re transferring into.

What courses am I earning credit for?
  • World Race – Expedition (11 months, 6 countries)
    • CoA College Credit Option: 30 credits
    • CS 201: The Great Commission: Evangelism (3 credits)
    • CS 403 Personal Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
    • CS 450: Special Topics in Ministry (3 credits)
    • IC 310 World Religions & Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 credits)
    • IC 470 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
    • IC 490 Contemporary Issues in Missions (3 credits)
    • FIA 442: International Missions in Action (12 credits)

  • ​​World Race – Gap Year (9 months, 4 countries)
    • CoA College Credit Option: 24 credits
    • CS 201: The Great Commission: Evangelism (3 credits)
    • CS 403 Personal Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
    • IC 310 World Religions & Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 credits)
    • IC 470 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
    • IC 490 Contemporary Issues in Missions (3 credits)
    • FIA 442: International Missions in Action (9 credits)

  • World Race – Semesters Program (1-4 months)
    • CoA College Credit Option: 12 credits
    • CS 201 The Great Commission: Evangelism (3 credits)
    • CS 403 Personal Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
    • IC 310 World Religions & Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 credits)
    • IC 470 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

  • World Race – Alumni Trip (5 months)
    • CoA College Credit Option: 15 credits
    • CC 321 Healing Shame & Trauma (3 credits)
    • CS 351 Spiritual Warfare & Victory in Christ (3 credits)
    • IC 303 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
    • IC 320 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (3 credits)
    • IC 352 Apologetics (3 credits)
What do I need to do to qualify? (ie. Do extra work on the trip)

Enroll in College of Athens. You will need to document your study abroad field experiences through papers and blogs. You will also complete a book assignment for each course and a final self-reflection.

Are there SAT / ACT score requirements?

SAT minimum requirement is 940 and ACT is 16 composite. If a student doesn’t meet this, that’s okay, we’ll look at everything combined on their application. “Students are more than a test score” I like to say.

What kind of degree do I get? Are there options?

You can earn a 2-year Associate’s Degree (61 credits) or Bachelor’s Degree (121 credits) in Transformational Leadership or Christian Ministry in a variety of concentrations (including missions)! Or, if you already have your Bachelor’s Degree, you can pursue a Master of Arts (61 credits) or Master of Divinity (91 credits) degree in Christian Ministry in eight various concentrations. Check out the available degree programs at https://collegeofathens.edu/degree-programs/

What is my last day to decide to get credits for my trip?

If you want full credit, you must be enrolled before departing on your trip. If you decide later (or even after your trip) that you want credit, you are still eligible, but less credits will be available at the following rate: 

  • World Race – Expedition – 24
  • World Race – Gap Year – 18
  • World Race – Semesters – 12
  • World Race – Alumni – 12
You will be required complete a significant amount of work after the fact if you wait to earn credits. It’s much easier on you to earn your credits along the way during your trip!

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