Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Cooperation at University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg

University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg 6 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Bachelor of Arts Onsite

Intercultural competency is getting more and more important – also in theology and the church(es).

The BA program “Intercultural Theology Migration and Global Cooperation” (ITMGC) are practice-oriented and open to prospective national and international students of all denominations and cultural backgrounds.

The course is consistently interdisciplinary. It includes theological, biblical, religious, and social disciplines. A major focus of the program includes studies of intercultural theology, hermeneutics, and interreligious dialogue. Additionally, interdisciplinary modules such as “Migration and Interculturality in the Bible”, “Social Justice from a Theological and Social Perspective”, and “Counselling” are taught.

Other main focal areas of the degree program are modules on
– global cooperation in church, ecumenical and interreligious institutions
– local church work in an intercultural and migrational context
– leadership, organization and project management in faith-based organizations as much as in religious NGOs or FBOs

A twelve-week long-term internship with a church or another religious organization offers students the opportunity to put into practice what was learned in the practice-oriented modules, e.g., “Interreligious Dialogue in Practice”, “Church and Congregational Leadership”, or “Counselling in an Intercultural Context”. In this way, the students gain practical work experience.

The full-time program is modularised, based on 180 ETCS during six semesters.

During the course, students will acquire theological, social, and methodological competencies. They will learn to engage in intercultural and theological dialogue. They will improve their interfaith leadership and development skills and learn to build bridges between different cultures and approaches to Christian faith.

The course qualifies students for jobs in the church, diaconia, or church-related organizations and/or development-oriented institutions in a global context as well as in congregations with “migrant backgrounds”.

In addition, the BA offers access to subject-related Master’s programs at higher academic institutions.

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Course Details:

Students must attend 20 modules with lectures, seminars, exercises, and a long-term internship. The following modules are offered:

First semester:
01 Basic Module in Theology
02 Introduction to Academic Work
03 Migration and Interculturality in the Bible

Second semester:
04 Theological Ethics and Anthropology
05 Intercultural Reception of Biblical Topics and Figures
06 Migration in an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Third semester:
07 Leadership, Organisation, and Work
08 Intercultural History of Christianity
09 Interreligious Dialogue
10 Introduction to the Long-Term Internship
11 Christian Denominations

Fourth semester:
12 Counseling
13 Social Justice from a Theological and Social Science Perspective
14 Project Management
15 Global Cooperation in Churches and Religious Organisations

Fifth semester:
16 Long-Term Internship
17 Evaluation of the Long-Term Internship

Sixth semester:
18 Preparation for the Bachelor’s Thesis
19 Bachelor’s Thesis
20 Bachelor’s Thesis Colloquium

Enrollment Requirements:


Requirements for admission to the Bachelor’s program are a higher education entrance qualification for a higher education institution in Lower Saxony, i.e., a) a certificate of aptitude for specialized short-course higher education, b) a general university entrance qualification, or c) a university entrance qualification restricted to particular subjects.

Applicants with an equivalent school leaving certificate – see a) above – or vocational training with at least three years of work experience in an area related to the BA degree will also be considered.

Furthermore, applicants must pass a compulsory admission interview, carried out by the FIT, before they can be accepted.


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Costs/Tuition Fees:

500 Euro

Level/Field(s) of Study:



The application deadline is 15 September in the respective year.

Language Requirements:

Applicants will only be considered for admission if they submit the following with their application: proof of proficiency in English, e.g., TOEFL, with a minimum score of at least 72.

Applicants who obtained their university entrance qualifications at an English-speaking institution are exempted from this regulation.

About the University/Institution:

Intercultural competency is becoming increasingly important. This holds true not only for business life but also for theology and the Church(es). Today, there are immigrant churches in most German cities, with Hamburg alone having more than 100 African congregations. Members of these churches and congregations, with their specific cultural backgrounds, often struggle to understand the way European church leaders and theologians think.

Many young Germans are fascinated by the lively services of African, Asian, and Latin American Christians. They want to engage in diaconal and mission work, but they often have difficulties in understanding what lies behind these expressions of faith. Currently, few educational institutions explore such encounters of culturally diverse Christians and forms of Christianity from a theological perspective.

Application Deadline:


The application deadline is 15 September in the respective year.

Students from NON-EU-countries requiring a visa must submit their applications to FIT as soon as possible, but no later than 15 June. International students have to apply for a student visa at the German embassy in their respective countries. The issuing of visas can take up to several months in some countries.


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