International Opportunities

Candler School of Theology prepares leaders for the church throughout the world. Through academic exchanges, travel seminars, and internships, and other study opportunities, students learn about the church in its great unity and diversity. As they witness and participate in God’s work from a global perspective, Candler students experience transformation in envisioning what it means to be faithful and creative leaders.

The links below will take you to more information on the different types of international study opportunities available at Candler. Unless otherwise noted, the application deadline is November 15. Most programs require a general Candler International Exchange Studies Program application, click here for the application; some programs require additional application materials. Click here for more information on International Off-Campus Study Procedures and Regulations.

Questions regarding international study and travel opportunities may be addressed to the Reverend Ellen Echols Purdum, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation at 404.727.4430.

Academic Exchange Programs

Candler students participate in semester or year-long exchanges with Candler’s partner institutions. Students can choose from seventeen programs in over five different countries. All of these programs afford Candler students unique opportunities to partner with other theology students from around the world and to participate in ecumenical conversations. Candler students benefit from opportunities to study and use other languages, enriching their knowledge of diverse cultures. Many exchange students are impacted not only by the academic life but also by living and learning in community, an essential aspect of many international programs. 


Candler’s International Internships encourage students to grow in the skills of ministry and leadership in diverse cultural contexts. Programs such as the Bahamas Summer Internship provides opportunities for students to work in both church and community settings. Students teach, preach, and serve in a variety of leadership roles while also learning about the ways particular locations and cultures impact a vision of Christian community and service.

Travel Seminars

A variety of short, intensive seminars invite students to engage the Bible and theology through travel and firsthand experience of other places and cultures. During the Middle East Travel Seminar (METS), participants from different seminaries learn about the lands of the Bible while they explore the contemporary cultural, religious, and political landscape of the Middle East. Other seminars, such as the World Methodist Evangelism Regional Seminar, are held in diverse locations, such as India, the Philippines and South America. Through participation in these international gatherings, students learn from the experiences of churches and theologians around the world.

Application Process

All applications and application deadlines can be found under each program description.  Applications for academic exchange programs and the Middle East Travel Seminar should be submitted to the Office of Student Programming in RARB 311 by the application deadline. Applications for travel seminar or other courses taught by Candler faculty should be submitted to the appropriate faculty member. Many of these applications require a faculty nomination or endorsement.  Most of them also involve an interview.  If you have any questions about the application process for a particular program, please contact the OSP or faculty member leading a travel seminar.

Academic Credit

Candler students can choose programs and courses that help them fulfill their academic requirements. Up to twenty-six transferable credits are possible toward the Master of Divinity (MDiv) Program, seventeen credits toward the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, and three credits toward the Master of Theology (ThM) program.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Many of the international opportunities include scholarships sponsored by Candler’s partner institutions and organizations.  Some Candler academic year scholarships support off-campus study.  Where scholarships are not provided, Candler offers information about other possible financial resources that make these options affordable for any Candler student.

For students considering international opportunities, follow Candler policies and procedures regarding off-campus study.