Theology on Campus
The Augustana-Hochschule welcomes international guests from all over the world!
Being the Theological Seminary of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Bavaria and one of the two Theological Seminaries in Germany, the Augustana offers a fascinating variety of opportunities and programs in Christian education, academic theology, religious studies and practical experiences in church and society, at different levels and degrees. Therefore, not only students from all over Germany, but also from many different international partner schools and universities come here to start or to continue their studies in protestant theology.
- Chapel inside
Our international network brings into contact institutions from all over the world, e.g. Divinity Schools and University Faculties of Theology within Europe (Basel, Budapest, Montpellier, Rome, Oslo, Vienna, Zurich) as well as in Africa, America, Asia and Australia. The inspiring diversity and openness of our campus - among the students as well as the staff and the colleagues - leads to an intensive dialogue among people from different parts of this one world, from different churches, confessions and denominations, from different religious origins, vocational backgrounds and theological orientations. In this sense, our being Lutheran means: being ecumenically Lutheran, in continuing exchange and reciprocal enrichment. It is not a case that in the last years many of our international guests came from the catholic and the orthodox church.
The Augustana has close ties with the church's social and welfare work and with its missionary work. Nearby, right here in Neuendettelsau, you can find the important institution of the Diakonie Neuendettelsau with its numerous diaconic activities, as well as the Centrum Mission EineWelt, the Bavarian Church's Centre of Mission, with its worldwide international, intercultural and interreligious activities. Students and researchers staying at the Augustana are kindly invited to benefit from these collaborations, by way of own projects, internships, traineeships etc.
- International students
In 1990, our Theological Seminary was conferred the right to award doctoral degrees and in the near future a master's program will be established. Therefore, international guests come to the Augustana not only for the undergraduate program, but also as PhD-candidates for the dissertation, or as researchers/professors for Post-Doc and individual research projects. But if you, being e.g. a pastor or a school teacher, prefer to come here only for a short stay - in order to get in contact with German theology, to improve your language skills in German or to work on a special research project - we would appreciate your application anyway! Generally, we can supply all of our international guests room/appartment on campus, mensa, 24h/day access to our library/all important facilities and free internet. Besides, our International Office is ready to assist you in all academic and personal questions right from the beginning of an individual project.
Because of our close contacts to important organisations like the Lutheran World Foundation or the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), we offer assistance in applying for financial support of individual study/research projects, too.
The ERASMUS+ program of the European Union (EU), established through the DAAD as National Agency, plays a central, indispensable role in the implementation of our exchange projects with European partner universities and faculties. For decades now, Augustana, which has been awarded the current Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020, has successfully and sustainably participated in the ERASMUS program with numerous activities in the area of students, teachers and staff mobility. Mobility projects are carried out on the basis of interinstitutional agreements in cooperation with 12 European universities and their theological institutions, which include Catholic and Orthodox institutes in addition to Protestant ones. The rights and obligations of the students and institutions participating in the program are summarized in the Erasmus+ Charter for students (deutsch / english). Augustana Divinity School considers particularly important not only the financial support of all types of mobility, but also the broadest possible recognition of all study achievements/credits at their home universities. In August 2014, at the beginning of the 2014-2020 program phase, Augustana summarized the principles of its own participation in Erasmus+ as well as the objectives by its Erasmus policy statement. The university has applied again to participate on the upcoming program phase 2021-2027.
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International guest should be aware that all lectures, seminars and the Latin, Greek and Hebrew language courses are held in German at the Augustana (as it is at nearly all German Divinity Schools/Faculties of Protestant Theology). Therefore, if you want to come here and to register regularly as undergraduate or graduate student, you will have to bring with you a German language certificate. However, doctoral dissertations and translations in language examinations can be written in English.
The course program of the coming term is online here!
The Augustana is located in a beautiful landscaped park and offers opportunities for close communication between students and staff. Neuendettelsau is only 25 miles from Nuremberg (= Nürnberg). The city can easily be reached by train or car.
The informations you can find on this website are only a short introduction to our Theological Seminary. Concerning our various programs, please have a closer look here:
Post-Doc or individual research projects
There are many opportunities, and if you find you need further informations don't hesitate to contact us personally. For all questions please get in touch with Dr. Markus Mülke in our International Office!