The International School of Biblical Studies is based in Cape Town, South Africa, but operates worldwide under the direction of Roger E. Dickson. Interested parties in the School should write: International School of Biblical Studies, P.O. Box 1919, Bellville 7535, South Africa, or go online to

The International School of Biblical Studies ISBS) was established in 1980. From its beginning, the administration of the School has been dedicated to the development of quality printed biblical materials to fulfill the spiritual and intellectual needs of dedicated Bible students and church leaders throughout the world. The School originated from its American base in Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, with the subsequent establishment of the first international base in the West Indies. In 1989 the international base was moved to Cape Town, South Africa.

From the inception of the International School of Biblical Studies, it has always been the purpose of the director and staff to accomplish the apostolic directive of 2 Timothy 2:2

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses,   commit these to faithful men who will be able yo teach others also.

In order to accomplish the above directive of God, the administration of the School has continually worked toward the goal of developing the highest possible level of biblical distance School has added another dimension to the global availability of the courses of the School to preachers and Bible school teachers.

Distance Education through Mail and the Internet

In the development of the ISBS curriculum, it has always been the goal of the administration to develop courses to the highest Possible Quality for distance training in the field of biblical education. Though the ISBS is not at this time accredited through any state or regional system of accreditation, we have always sought to maintain the highest level of distance training by incorporating proven standards of programmed study that have been effectively used for many years by schools of higher education.

The internet has provided the opportunity for serious Bible students throughout the world to have the privilege of university level biblical studies in their own homes. Through this medium, the ISBS began in the year 2000 to offer Bible students of the global community the opportunity to participate in a curriculum of biblical studies that has been offered by the School in a printed format since 1980. Since the courses of the School are the “teachers” of the classroom in the student's home, the developers of the curriculum have sought to produce courses on those subjects that are both challenging, as well as applicable to the students' spiritual and intellectual needs as teachers of  God’s word.

The internet system of distance training has been carried over into interactive computer training courses for the internet department of the School. Each student receives the textbook and study manual material by downloading this material from the ISBS website. The study manual interactively guides the student through the textbook. The study manuals have a programmed format of graded questions that test the student's progress through each chapter of the textbook. Each chapter also contains a series of discussion questions to challenge the student's comprehension of key concepts. The discussion questions are completed and e-mailed or posted to the School for assessment. Once the student successfully completes each chapter test in the study manual, he or she completes a final exam, which is also provided with the study manual. Depending on the amount of credit a student desires to receive for any specific course, the final exam is completed either under the supervision of a moderator, or as an open book final test.

Student Enrollment

As a school of higher learning in biblical studies. the School seeks to aid those students who excel in three areas of spiritual growth. We seek to aid students who are mature, disciplined and sacrificially committed to the study and teaching of the Bible. Mature students will approach their studies with great seriousness. Disciplined students will continue their studies while ministering what they learn to others. Sacrificially committed students will live what they learn in order to allow Christ to be manifested through their lives.

In order to enroll in the mailing department of the School, students must send a Letter of

Application to the School. In this letter they must explain their work in the church and their reasons for wanting to enroll. Because this department of the School is tuition free, the School maintains the perogative as to who should be enrolled. The School maintains an active student body of about 1,500 students Therefore, as students are graduated, new students are accepted for enrollment.

In order to enroll in the internet department of the School, students are required to have access to the internet via a web browser ( eg. Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator). They must also have access to a computer that can run Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05 software (MS Windows 98 or Mac OS). All course textbooks and study manuals are presented in Acrobat Reader format (PDF). In order to enroll in this department of the School, students are required to pay a fee for each course


In January 2000 the listed courses of the ISBS were the following. In the year 2000. programming began in order to offer many of the these courses in a programmed electronic format.  It is the policy of the School to continually add courses to the curriculum as they are developed.

  • 101: Introduction to the Bible
  • 102: Introduction to the Cross and the Church
  • 103: Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, I
  • 104: Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, II
  • 105 : Introduction to Law and Covenants
  • 106: Introduction to the Sovereignty of God
  • 108: Introduction to Baptism
  • 109: The Church in Eternity
  • 110: Satan and His Hosts
  • 111: Old Testament History
  • 112: New Testament Evangelistic Principles
  • 114: Luke
  • 115: Acts: Luke's Defence of Christianity, I
  • 116: Acts: Luke’s Defence of Christianity, II
  • 119: The Doctrine of God, I
  • 120: The Doctrine of God, II
  • 121: The Doctrine of God, III
  • 123: Christian Evidences, I
  • 124: Christian Evidences, II
  • 125: Christian Evidences, III
  • 127: Servanthood Leadership
  • 128: Revelation
  • 129: John
  • 130: The Theologies of Man
  • 131: Hebrews
  • 133: I Corinthians
  • 134: 2 Corinthians
  • 135: Romans
  • 139: The Prison Epistles
  • 142: James
  • 145: Eschatology
  • 146: The Christian World View
  • 147: I & 2 Timothy, Titus
  • 149: Personal Evangelism
  • 150: Galatians
  • 151: The Millennial Reign
  • 152: Matthew
  • 154: Introduction to the Seedline Promise
  • 156: I & 2 Thessalonians
  • 157: I & 2 Peter
  • 158: 1,2,3 John & Jude

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