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International Students at Wartburg Theological Seminary

Wartburg Theological Seminary is rooted in gathering, sending, and accompaniment with global church partners. The seminary community eagerly welcomes international students each year to provide advanced theological education and nurture leaders in partner churches. We are a seminary committed to formation in community that equips and sends leaders out into God’s church for the sake of the Gospel. Wartburg learns, partners, and prays for our global church partners, partner seminaries, and for the many students who have studied among us through the years. We are blessed by global perspective, rich cross cultural formation, and passion for the Gospel translated in a variety of global contexts. Thanks be to God.

We encourage you to consider joining us for a year of study or to complete a Master of Arts degree.

Lutheran Students Apply Through the International Leadership Development Program

Wartburg Theological Seminary works in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Global Mission Unit and companion churches to support potential leaders in the International Leadership Development Program. The program application will be shared by the ELCA Global Mission Unit and Wartburg Seminary in selecting potential leaders, admission, and scholarship determination.

Entrance Requirements are listed through the ELCA Global Mission, International Leadership Development Program. Please apply, with the support of your national church, by October 15, in the year prior to intended enrollment to ELCA Global Mission.

At this time, Wartburg Theological Seminary is not able to provide financial assistance for degree seeking international students who do not apply through ELCA Global Mission.

International Student Exchange Programs

Wartburg Theological Seminary also celebrates partnerships and student exchanges with seminaries in Germany, Norway, and the Lutheran Church in Guyana.  These international exchange students typically enroll as "Discovery" or special students who join us for one year of theological study.

Please apply, with the support of your seminary or national church. Click here for the application. Your application will be received at any time in the year prior to attendance, but please leave ample time for VISA and travel arrangements.

MF Norwegain School of Theology Exchange

Augustana Hochschule Germany Exchange

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana Exchange


What can I expect after I am accepted to Wartburg Seminary as an international student?

Upon acceptance, Pastor Amy Current, Dean for Vocation, will assist you in preparation for travel to Wartburg, preparing for course registration, securing student housing, preparing a student budget, and working with you to secure a proper VISA for study in the United States.  Wartburg Theological Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students with F-1 VISA status.

Here are some links to assist you in preparing to join the Wartburg Seminary community:

What to Bring List

International Student Helpful Seminary Staff List

International Student Handbook

Wartburg Seminary Student Handbook

International Student Emergency Contact Information

International Student Holiday Travel Form


For additonal information, please contact:

AmyCRev. Amy Current, Dean for Vocation
Wartburg Theological Seminary
PO Box 5004
Dubuque IA 52004-5004

(563) 589-0274

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