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B.A. Intercultural Theology and Global Diaconia

Please note:
Unfortunately, applications for this degree programme are no longer possible.

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.

The standard period of study is therefore 6 semesters.

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.

Tution fees, Semester 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 are due by the
31.07. for each Winter Semester
31.01. for each Summer Semester.


From the winter semester 2020/21 on, semester fees are to be paid in the following amounts:

- AStA contribution: 10,00 EUR per semester
- Fee for the semester ticket: Currently 140,00 EUR per semester.

The semester fees are due by the
31.07. for each Winter Semester
31.01. for each Summer Semester.

Please note:
Full payment of tuition fees and semester fees is a prerequisite for enrolment.


There is a limited number of rooms on campus. Monthly costs for lodging are 240,00 EUR (incl. flat-rate costs for internet, water, electricity, heating and garbage disposal).

Additional costs for one-time security deposits for room, keys and books (currently 500,00 EUR total) as well as monthly payments for internet and insurance have to be considered.


Each student is responsible for his/her own meals.

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.