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Giessen School of Theology

Giessen School of Theology


The Giessen School of Theology, the largest evangelical seminary in Germany, is a non-denominational institution with strong ties to the German Evangelical Alliance. It was founded by North American missionaries with a clear vision: to provide an evangelical alternative to the liberal theological education that has held reign in Germany for over 150 years. Since 1974 the Giessen School of the Theology has been training and equipping men and women for ministry as pastors, missionaries, and evangelists around the world.

Germany is the land of the Reformation. It was here that the Protestant faith took on its definitive form and transformed an entire continent. And from that day until now, German theology has had a profound impact on Christian communities all over the world.


The Giessen School of Theology is an approved program for students majoring or minoring in Biblical Studies or Theology. Eligible students must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Have completed at least 4 semesters toward a bachelor's degree
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity


You will study with some of Germany's best known evangelical professors. All courses will be conducted in university-level English.


  • Immersion in German (4 weeks in September)
  • Preparing for a New Reformation (8-day tour)
  • German Theology in its Cultural Context
  • Old Testament Exegesis
  • New Testament Exegesis
  • Urban Missions in European Context
  • Spiritual Life of a Pastor


The cost is generally equal to a 16-credit semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition (approx. 17 credit hours) & Fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • Program-related travel for the New Reformation Tour

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Flights
  • Passport
  • Textbooks
  • Independent travel
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses


All Gordon students applying to the Giessen School of Theology must first submit an online seat application and schedule an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.

Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 1.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the program application. Fall applications are due March 31.