This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
A Chinese woman studying business law in Japan has a question about studying
a different kind of law. Wang Yuxian says she is a Christian and would like to
know about theological seminary programs for foreign students in the United
seminary is a graduate school of religion and a professional
school for training religious leaders.
Foreign students who want to study at a seminary in the United States apply
just as they would to any other graduate school. They have to meet the academic
and English language requirements and prove they would be able to pay for their
Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, is one of the largest in
North America. Today it has more than four thousand students from about seventy
Fuller is one of 253 schools accredited by the Association of Theological
Schools in the United States and Canada. An accredited school is one that has
passed inspection by a rating group like the association. All of the schools are
Christian. But other schools train leaders in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and other
The Fuller Theological Seminary opened in 1947. It has three schools:
Theology, Intercultural Studies and Psychology. It also has a center for
Students at Fuller can earn a doctor of ministry degree or more than twenty
other graduate degrees. Examples include a master's degree in marital and family
therapy and a master's in global leadership.
There are also degree programs taught in Korean and Spanish. And Fuller
admits some students through its English as a second language program.
Some degree programs cost more than others. One year at Fuller can cost
anywhere from 12,000 to 24,000 dollars.
International students can apply for scholarships and grants. But Fuller says
that normally they will not be permitted to work during the time of their
studies. The same is true for family members.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. We began our Foreign Student Series on higher education in the United
States in September. We are almost at the end of the series. But all of the
reports, including this one, can be found along with links to helpful sites at
voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Steve Ember.