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B.A. Intercultural Theology and Global Diaconia

Objective of the degree course

The objetive of the degree course is to impart sound academic knowledge in theology, ethics, diaconia and mission studies. Students acquire qualifications in diaconial and social work, social management, development cooperation as well as organizational, communication and leaderhip skills.

The degree course qualifies students for work in intercultural and international social-diaconial, development-oriented and church-related institutions.

Main areas of Studies

The degree course is interdisciplinary throughout and includes modules on diaconal and religious studies, social work and cooperative development work. Studies of intercultural theology and hermeneutics are a major focus of the degree course, as are studies of the various biblical, theological and ethical approaches to social-diaconal work. Modules such as ‚Religion, Society and Language in Different Contexts‘ or ‚Interreligious Dialogue‘ prepare students for constructive interaction and dialogue with other religions and theological cultures.

The degree course equips students with basic organizational, legal, managerial and leadership skills preparing them for work in e.g. nonprofit organizations.

Incorporated in the degree programme are also modules on the international and intercultural challenges facing social-diaconal workers, project management and the causes and prevention of poverty.

Duration of Studies

Students are required to obtain 180 ECTS points during the 6 semesters of the fulltime moduralized undergraduate degree course, which includes a shortterm internship (30 hours) and a longterm internship (12 weeks) in Germany or overseas.

Education and Job Opportunities

Our graduates acquire academic and practice-oriented skills, qualifying them for jobs worldwide in social-diaconal and/or development-oriented organizations in church-, diaconal-, church-related or development-oriented institutions and non-governmental welfare organizations, e.g.

- in church-related agencies engaged in ecumenism, migration, mission
  and social-diaconal work
- in international church organizations
- in intercultural social and non-governmental welfare organizations
- in development work
- in religious non-governmental and faith-based organizations.

Graduates with a BA degree can continue with their studies and do, for example, subject-related MA degree courses.

Tuion fees, Accomodation and Board

The tuition fees currently amount to 500,00 Euro per semester. For the set programme of 6 semesters these costs currently amount to 3.000,00 EUR.

The tuition fees have to be paid by the
- 31.07. for each Winter Semester
- 31.01. for each Summer Semester.

First-year students however have to pay the tuition fees for their first semester by the 15.09.

Monthly costs for lodging are 215,00 EUR.There is only a limited number of rooms on campus.

Additional costs for security deposit for room, keys and books (currently 450,00 EUR) as well as monthly payments for internet and insurance have to be considered.

During the lecture time a meal is offered in the cafeteria at noon. The resulting costs are charged directly between caterer and students.

Language of instruction and language requirements

The primary language of instruction for the degree course ITGD is German. Applicants for this degree course will only be accepted, if they submit together with their application, proof of proficiency in German, e.g. a DSH-2 certificate. Applicants with a DSH-1 certificate will only be accepted on condition that a DSH-2 certificate is submitted by the 4th semester.

Prospective students should also be linguistically proficient in English, because the course is cross-modularized with the BA degree course ITMGC, where English is the language of instruction and texts therefore are often in English.

Admission requirements

Applicants wishing to be admitted to the degree course must have 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 or
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 3 years 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.


Are you interested in studying ITMGC?
We look forward to your application!

Please notice:

Admission is offered only to the winter semester of every year (October). The application deadline is September 15 of each respective year.

Students from NON-EU COUNTRIES requiring a visa, are strongly advised to submit their application to the FIT at the very latest by June 15, because it can take several months for a visa to be issued.

How to apply