Transfer of Religion Credit from CES Institutes of Religion and Church Schools

Religion credit earned at Church Education System (CES) Institutes of Religion and Church schools (BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Pathway Worldwide, LDSBC) will transfer to BYU-Idaho as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for “Church University” or “BYU” credit and such credit is noted on an official Institute or university transcript. Qualifying religion credits will fulfill both the BYU-Idaho content and resident religion requirement. This policy is primarily designed to benefit BYU-Idaho students who are participating in the online degree programs. Students who are attending BYU-Idaho on-campus are strongly encouraged to register for religion courses offered through BYU-Idaho.

Transfer of Credit from BYU Jerusalem Center

All courses taken at BYU Jerusalem Center during a student’s BYU-Idaho experience will transfer to BYU-Idaho and calculate into the student’s BYU-Idaho GPA.

Religion courses taken at BYU Jerusalem Center during a student’s BYU-Idaho experience will transfer to fulfill both religion course content and the resident religion requirement; however, such credit does not apply to the completion of the overall BYU-Idaho residency requirement. BYU Jerusalem Center credits earned prior to a student’s enrollment at BYU-Idaho can be used to fulfill religion course content only, not the BYU-Idaho residency requirement.

Transfer of Religion Credit from Other Universities Coursework in religious studies from any institution other than an LDS Church school or Institute of Religion will not be accepted toward fulfilling the BYU-Idaho religion requirements.

BYU Jerusalem Center

BYU-Idaho students are lucky enough to be eligible to apply and, if accepted, attend the BYU Jerusalem Center. Despite BYU’s sponsorship of BYU-Idaho in this program, all applications must go through BYU. All information regarding the center can be found on the BYU Jerusalem Center website.

Institute & Seminary Preservice Information

The purpose of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion is to help youth and young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.

To achieve our purpose, we:


We live the gospel of Jesus Christ and strive for the companionship of the Spirit. Our conduct and relationships are exemplary in the home, in the classroom, and in the community. We continually seek to improve our performance, knowledge, attitude, and character.


We teach students the doctrines and principles of the gospel as found in the scriptures and the words of the prophets. These doctrines and principles are taught in a way that leads to understanding and edification. We help students fulfill their role in the learning process and prepare them to teach the gospel to others.


We administer our programs and resources appropriately. Our efforts assist parents in their responsibility to strengthen their families. We work closely with priesthood leaders as we invite students to participate and as we provide a spiritual environment where students can associate with one another and learn together” (“Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religion”).

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