Exposure programme: Bridging Gaps

Are you working on your thesis or doing a PhD, and looking to expand your horizons? Or are you studying and looking for a valuable way to connect with another culture in your free time? Our exposure programme might be just the thing for you. Bridging Gaps allows you to come to PThU / VU University in the Netherlands for three months of study and research. The programme is open to students from all around the world. 

What is Bridging Gaps?

Culture and context have a big influence on theology. Understanding your own context and that of others is key to being an exceptional theologian. The Bridging Gaps exposure programme is designed to connect theology students from different parts of the world, so that they can experience their contextual differences. You will be staying in Amsterdam and will be participating in personal research and lectures with students from the Netherlands, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. During the programme, you will focus primarily on text interpretation and on the correlation between theology and context. Aside from your study, you will also participate in Dutch church life, society and culture.

  • It was a time for me to learn. I didn't have to provide answers. It was just a learning experience. Because it is a learning experience, you allow yourself to live with many questions. You are more open to new things.
    Darío Barolin
    Participant 2000
  • Some of the local people I met were agnostic. The conversations with them were very important to me, because they were the first people who ever asked me why I am a Christian. This forced me to think about questions such as “what is my faith?” and “what do I believe?”
    Nadiia Sybira
    Participant 2010

Contents of the programme

During the three-month Bridging Gaps programme:

  • You will be conducting personal research under the guidance of one of our academic professors. At the end of your research you are required to write a paper.
  • You will enroll in three separate classes: Class and Context, Usage of the Bible and an elective that matches your research area.
  • You will be introduced to two to four different Dutch churches and participate in Dutch church life.
  • You will be exposed to Dutch society and culture through living in Amsterdam and joining various excursions.

Scholarship options

Worried about finances? We can offer you a full or partial scholarship that covers flight, accommodation, study and living expenses. Our scholarships are provided by Kerk in Actie, VUvereniging, Sormanifonds, Catharina Halkes Fonds, Baptistenseminarium, Doopsgezind seminarium and Evangelisch Lutherse Synode in partnership with Nederlands Luthers Genootschap.

Do you have questions?

Feel free to contact the coordinator of the program, Geke van Vliet. 

  • I didn't understand my research topic was this important until her husband told me that women cannot be ordained in every church in the Netherlands. And here I was thinking that the Netherlands was such a modern country!
    Erin Sinaga
    Participant 2019


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