Barnabas International has re-entry retreats for missionary kids who were raised overseas, have completed high school, and are preparing to attend college in America. Their retreats are at Biola University in La Mirada, California, and at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, in July.

Interaction International puts on an annual transition seminar every July in Colorado Springs, Colorado to help TCKs prepare for the transition from life overseas to college in America.

International Family Transitions has articles about repatriation and a re-entry seminar for high school graduates preparing to transition from living overseas to college in America. They also offer mid-semester 'tune-up' workshops.

Compass Ministries, located in Seminole, Florida, hosts an annual winter retreat for MKs in February and a spring break in March. They also have a Christian group home for young adult MKs who are returnging to live in the US after living abroad with a low monthly rent and assistance with transitioning to independent living after living overseas.

MK Stay offers guidance for college-age MKs as they re-enter the United States.

Gatehouse Ministries assists MKs on re-entry to the United States, teaching practical skills and offering spiritual guidance as they transition. They also offer housing in Redding, California, for college-age MKs whose parents live overseas.

A faith-based ministry in Toccoa, Georgia, Paradise Mountain Ministries provides accommodation to college-age MKs whose parents are still serving overseas.

Oklahoma Christian University puts on an annual retreat for third culture kids re-entering the U.S. and their families that helps them deal with issues associated with cross-cultural living and transition.

World Venture offers a one-week re-entry retreat in Littleton, Colorado, for teens returning from the mission field to the U.S. for high school or college. 



Global TCK Care and Education has a College Prep Handbook and a High School to Occupation Handbook that are updated annually and available to download from their website.


Denizen Magazine has an online guide to college for Third Culture Kids.


The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition by Tina Quick deals with the emotional issues (unresolved grief, homesickness, isolation) as well as practical tips (adjusting to the culture, monetary tips) and moral difficulties (sex, drugs, alcohol) students face at college.


Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada by Charles Lipson


Manage Your Stuent Finances Now!: Easy Ways to Balance Your Budget at University and College by Keith Houghton


Meeting College Costs: What You Need to Know Before Your Child and Money Leave Home by the College Board


What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College: A Complete Guide for Parents Only by Mary Spohn


Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent's Operational Manual by Marie Carr, Katharine Carr and Elizabeth Carr


Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Cobern and Madge Lawrence Treeger

The International Family Guide to US University Admission by Jennifer Ann Aquino

The Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske

Ignite Spot Accounting has a helpful glossary of financial aid terms on their website.


The Christian Missionary Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for children of full-time missionaries who are attending Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA), Hope College (Holland, MI), Kuyper College (Grand Rapids, MI), Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL), or Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).

Servant Care has a listing of scholarships, some specifically for missionary kids, some are general scholarship search websites.

MK Planet has a listing of missionary scholarships.

Liberty University offers scholarships to children of full-time missionaries.

ISMK's website provide information on how to apply for financial aid from private sources, from colleges and universities, state government, federal government, as well as information about loans and the federal work-study program and a list of scholarship websites.

DMB Missionary Resources has produced a document with information on colleges that provide scholarships for the children of missionaries. includes a listing of scholarships for Christian students on their website.

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: has researched many scholarship search platforms and provides an analysis of each and some helpful articles about applying for scholarships.



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Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to their passport country.

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