There are special pre-field instructions that North American and International Missionaries must follow.
North American Missionaries can take classes while planting churches on the field. Certain classes, however, are offered as intensive classes in Louisville and at the International Learning Center.
International Missionaries should be aware of class requirements for certain classes before leaving for the field. Work and study required by the IMB are included as a part of certain courses, but additional requirements must be met in order to receive credit for the work.