International Study & Travel

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International Study & Travel

From evangelism seminars in South America to working for clean water in Haiti, dozens of Candler students each year have life-changing experiences in our varied international programs—academic exchanges and internships from Brazil to Kenya to Singapore and beyond, and travel seminars across five continents.

Whether you choose to participate in an academic exchange, travel seminar, internship or other study opportunity, you will experience the church in its great unity and diversity, while exploring what it means to be a faithful and creative leader, no matter where you are in the world.

Academic exchanges provide students with unique opportunities to study and live alongside theology students from around the world. Candler students may choose to spend a semester or a year abroad in one of 17 programs in 11 different countries. Learn more about the academic exchange program.

Travel seminars are short, intensive trips abroad that allow students to explore global religious and cultural landscapes, through exposure to churches and theologians around the world. Learn more about travel seminars.

International internships encourage students to grow in the skills of ministry and leadership in diverse cultural contexts. 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. Learn more about internship opportunities.

Apply for International Study

The application deadline for international study is November 15. Most programs require a general Candler International Study application, and some programs require additional application materials. In addition to submitting an application, some programs require a faculty nomination or endorsement, as well as an interview. Learn more about international study policies and procedures.

If you have any questions about the application process for a particular program, please contact the Office of Student Programming or the faculty member leading a travel seminar.

Academic Credit

International study exchange programs can fulfill academic requirements. Up to 26 transferable credits are allowed toward the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree, 17 credits toward the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree, and three credits toward the Master of Theology (ThM) degree. For more information on transfer credits and registration, read the international study policies and procedures.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Many of the international opportunities include scholarships sponsored by Candler’s partner institutions and organizations. In addition, some Candler scholarships support off-campus study. If neither of these options is available to you, Candler’s Financial Aid office has compiled a list of external scholarship opportunities that make study abroad affordable for any Candler student. For more information on scholarships and financial support, refer to the international study policies and procedures.

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

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"In Munich I lived in an international ecumenical student community where we shared fellowship over meals, worshiped in diverse traditions, and studied, traveled and played together. Through this experience, I encountered new ways of thinking and being a Christian in a global context."
-Meredith Shaw, MDiv '14