For a number of years, degree candidates of the GTF have gone to Oxford and Rome to pursue courses, seminars, and workshops relevant and applicable to their graduate studies. In the spring of 1994, the relationships between the Graduate Theological Foundation and Oxford and Rome were elevated to a new and higher level of cooperation. This new relationship between the various programs of these separate and fully independent institutions came into being by virtue of a series of mutual agreements. These agreements are with the University of Oxford Theology Summer School and the GTF as well as between the Centro Pro Unione in Rome and the GTF. The Graduate Theological Foundation degree candidates may take their residency requirements in Oxford or a portion in Rome. This relationship has been created for the purpose of sharing mutual programmatic interests in the areas of ministry education and ecumenical dialogue. This relationship exists to nurture and share interests and activities which specialize in pastoral and theological education for ministry professionals, but it does not imply joint credentialing or infringement upon institutional autonomies as the GTF is the degree granting institution.
Since 1994, the Graduate Theological Foundation has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE), the organizing body for the annual Theology Summer School. This relationship allows GTF students to complete part or all of their graduate coursework requirements during the Oxford Theology Summer School. Students who complete all coursework for the Ph.D. or Th.D. by attending the Oxford Theology Summer School are eligible to defend their doctoral thesis in Oxford. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for information regarding this option.
Visit our Oxford Profiles page to hear from students and alumni about the experience of studying in the Oxford Theology Summer School.
Information on the 2016 Oxford Theology Summer School may be found here. Students wishing to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School must register directly through the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education website.
For over 20 years, the Graduate Theological Foundation has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Centro Pro Unione, an ecumenical research and action center in Rome founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. This relationships allows GTF students to complete part of their graduate coursework requirements during the Summer Course at the Centro Pro Unione.
Information on the 2016 Centro Pro Unione Rome Summer Course may be found here. Applications for the summer course open in the late summer or early fall each year. Students planning to attend the Summer Course in Rome must apply online directly through the Centro Pro Unione.
Please visit our website to learn more about summer study options in Oxford and Rome.