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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.

Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)