Learn more about our opportunities for international students!


Opportunities for Cross Cultural Exploration and International Study

Columbia Theological Seminary’s commitment to preparing students for ministry in a global context is reflected in our broad approach to international theological education, which has emerged from dialogue with church leaders from around the world. More than 70 percent of our Master of Divinity students study internationally as part of their Columbia education. Our international programs include:

Explorations: Alternative Context for Ministry, a second year course offered each January. Recent alternative context settings include inner-city Atlanta, the Appalachian region of the U.S., Central Europe, Ghana, India, Jamaica, and South Korea.

Supervised Ministry: Placements in churches in Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, and South Africa, under the supervision of experienced pastors in these countries.

Exchange Programs and Internships: Students may apply to study on an exchange scholarship for a semester in the Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Jamaica, and the UK.

Doctor of Ministry: Courses held in Cuba, China, South Africa, South Korea, Central and Eastern Europe.

Pilgrimages: To Taizé, Geneva, Rome, Assisi, and Turkey.

For more information, visit Contextual Education & Supervised Ministry.

In addition to these opportunities, Columbia Seminary students have the opportunity to study and learn with the many international theological students, faculty, and pastors working and studying on our campus each year.

For more information:

Email our Admissions and Financial Aid Office or call 404-687-4539. International Students, connect with us on WhatsApp 

Rev. Matt Rich, Assistant Director of Enrollment Operations and Communications. International Student Advisor (DSO)

Learn more about some of our faculty serving international students:

Dr. Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Director of MATS Program

Dr. Haruko Nawata Ward, Professor of Church History

Contextual Education & International Partnerships wants your photos!

Enter into their photo contest for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Your photos can be uploaded to Shortstack (https://1.shortstack.com/94D1bw) and can be from Supervised Ministry, Study Abroad, Explorations, or an International Supervised Ministry. Together, we can share our stories about our journey here at CTS. The contest closes October 16. Be sure to follow Contextual Education & International Partnership on Instagram @ctsceip for winner announcements and all things CE & IP.

More Resources

Follow the blogs for our Explorations Groups! We currently have students traveling through much of January. You can read more about their experiences and reflections as the explore:

Central Europe


Whether you are an American citizen living abroad or a citizen of another country (including Canada), we are eager to provide you with information and resources that will help you with the admissions process and your transition to the United States and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Below are more links to resources and information about related programs for students and scholars of all level. You may use the contact information at the top of this page to ask further questions at any time during the process.