Washington, D.C.

U.S. Study & Travel

From the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. to the streets of New York City, Candler students enrolled in a U.S. study program will be exposed to unique people and theological perspectives from around the country. It’s an experience that can enrich your academic pursuits and help define your calling.

The General Theological Seminary

Candler students interested in a one semester or year-long exchange in New York City will find that The General Theological Seminary unites academics, worship and life in community in the process of formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained.

Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, The General Theological Seminary's mission is to educate and form leaders for the church in a changing world. Chartered by the Episcopal General Convention in 1817, General’s very name was chosen to reflect the intention of its founders: that it would serve the entire Episcopal Church. Church leaders conceived a theological institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church, where students from all parts of the country would come to prepare for ordination.

While students who live on campus are free to develop their own individual routines, nearly all worship in General’s chapel as a part of their daily life, as do faculty members and many members of the staff. Services in the chapel include the Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline. 

In addition to numerous degree offerings, General is home to a Center for Christian Spirituality and the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace and Reconciliation.

Visit The General Theological Seminary website directly for more information about offerings and application deadlines.

National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS)

Candler is a participating seminary in the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS), a semester-long, intensive program of study in ethics, theology and public policy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

It brings together seminary students from accredited theological schools across the country for a combination of classroom experience, field visits and internships.

The NCSS program takes place in the spring semester and is open to any student who has completed at least one year of a degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is recommended by their home seminary.

Tuition is paid at the regular tuition rate to the student’s home institution. Housing and meals are made available at Wesley Theological Seminary and paid for by the student.

Students in good academic standing (not on academic probation) may apply directly to the National Capital Semester for Seminarians program. Visit the National Capital Semester for Seminarians website directly for more information about offerings and application deadlines.

Other Opportunities

Candler students may arrange to study at other accredited, graduate level theological schools around the country. Additional opportunities, like the chance to experience ministry in rural and small town settings through the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC) may exist. Registration, financial aid and approval for transfer credit for these programs must be approved prior to study. Additional opportunities To be eligible to participate, students must be certified to be in good academic standing by Candler's registrar. For further information, email Ellen Echold Purdum, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation, or call 404.727.4430.

Mission Service Opportunities
Many opportunities are available for service in the United States for periods of a few months to several years. Opportunities include spending a summer as chaplain in the national parks, and working with various service agencies and advocacy. Information is available through the Office of Student Programming, denominational agencies, the National Council of Churches, and other agencies.