Bridging Gaps project

In the Bridging Gaps program students from the southern hemisphere and Eastern Europe can come to VU University/PThU for a period of study and research. The Bridging Gaps project establishes a dialogue between theology students from the Netherlands, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Intercultural adventure

Students are offered the opportunity to look beyond their own context and their own boundaries. Bridging Gaps is an intercultural adventure in the search for the meaning of religion and religious texts. Primary focus of the project is the correlation between theology and contexts. The project tries to disclose the Bible as a source of emancipation and justice. In this way students are inspired to contribute to a more humane society. 

The Bridging Gaps project consists of four central components:

  • Personal research under the guidance of an academic professor, resulting in a written paper.
  • Intercultural exchange and lectures. This exchange consists of classes and group dynamics.
  • Introduction to and exchange with Dutch churches
  • Exposure to Dutch society, culture and church life.

How to apply

Applications for next year's program will open in October.


Students are offered a scholarship which covers travel and living expenses. Scholarships are mainly provided by Kerk in Actie and VUvereniging.  

More information

For more information read the brochure or contact the coordinator of the program: Kirsten van der Ham via k.vander.ham@student.vu.nl.

Bekijk de informatie in het Nederlands