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University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology

Welcome to FIT

The University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology (FIT) is specializing in the fields of intercultural theology, diaconia and ecumenical cooperation in a global context. Students acquire in praxis-oriented teaching and research the essential intercultural, theological and social diaconal qualifications to deal with the everchanging challenges being faced in the wake of globalization.

The FIT is also an exceptional place of intercultural and interreligious encounter: Students from Germany and all over the world live and learn together and share with one another their diverse theological and cultural backgrounds.Currently, 92 students from 33 countries are studying at the FIT - including the Master's programme "Intercultural Theology" offered in cooperation with the University of Göttingen.

In particular our students perceive the internationality and interculturality on campus, combined with the special range of courses offered at our university of applied sciences, as unique and horizon widening. At the FIT students do not only learn about Intercultural Theology in the lectures, but they live it every day in the community. Here you are "FACING GOD AND THE WORLD"!

Get inspired by this diversity!


Mourning for Fabiano Soares

Fabiano Soares

FIT mourns the death of Fabiano Soares, a former student of the Master's programme "Intercultural Theology", who passed away during the night from Sunday to Monday.

Mr. Soares, who was from Brazil, successfully graduated with a Master's degree from the University of Göttingen in 2021.

He was a very committed student and - beyond the courses - actively involved in campus life and the student community. As a highly intelligent person who was open to discussion, he distinguished himself through special knowledge of the religions of his home continent as well as liberation theologies. In the medium term, he aspired to serve as an ordained pastor in a European church.

He will be particularly remembered for the lecture he gave in 2020 as part of a guest lecture evening on the topic "AMAZONIA - WHOSE HERITAGE?".

The FIT community will honour his memory.

Invitation to  a memorial service for Fabiano Soares:

OnTuesday, 3 May 2022, between 13:00 and 14:00 FIT will celebrate a memorial service for Fabiano Soares together with representatives of the MA ICT programme. The service will be broadcasted via ZOOM. Anyone who would like to attend and receive the ZOOM link can contact Dorothea Müller - d.mueller@fh-hermannsburg - on Monday.

In the hope of the Resurrection that has started with Christ – and in common good memories and mourning 

Rectorate of FIT



Mission Committee decides to close FIT after a transitional period. University operation continues until probably 2025

The Mission Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Lower Saxony (ELM) decided on the 09.03.2021 to phase out the two Bachelor degree programmes at the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg. University operations will continue until students who have started their studies by the winter semester 2021/2022 can complete their degree prgramme within the standard or maximum period of study according to the respective examination regulations.

Although the FIT enjoys a high reputation, especially among actors from science, mission and ecumenism, because of the good quality in teaching and research as much as because of its educational offer relevant for society and churches, financial aspects ultimately had priority in the decision-making of the MA.

FIT has taken a position on the closure decision as follows: Open letter FIT to closure decision

For details on the Mission Committee`s decision please check here: https://www.fh-hermannsburg-eng.landeskirche-hannovers.de/News-and-events

The FIT is looking constructively to the future and is seeking options as to how and where intercultural theology can be anchored academically and also in church structures in the future. We do this out of the conviction that intercultural theology is relevant for church and society and will become even more relevant in the future.

A word on Corona

With the falling temperatures in the cold season, the indicators for a strongly progressing infection with the Corona virus and correspondingly a high utilisation of hospitals are unfortunately rising again in Germany. All the more reason for caution, solidarity and appropriate behaviour in the coming weeks and months.

In your own interest, in the interest of the entire university community and in the interest of all our fellow human beings, the following applies: Eeach and every one of us can and should counteract the spread of the Vovid-19 virus by acting in solidarity and by adhering to certain rules. Therefore, please read and observe the notes and recommendations on the following link, inform yourself regularly about the current situation and act accordingly. Many thanks!

Information on Corona and on Winter Semester 2021/22