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Visiting the Seminary
Would you like to visit the seminary, but you don't know when is a good time? Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary has several opportunities for visitation from which you can choose. This does not mean, however, that you are bound to come during these set times, but you can set up your own visitation to come to the seminary. Just contact the seminary directly.
Interested in a peek at CLTS through the eyes of current students, recent graduates, and faculty? Check out our video. Give us ten minutes of your time and we hope we'll excite you about our confessional, biblical environment and our multi-cultural family.
A Taste of the Seminary
Once a year, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary offers a visitation day entitled, "A Taste of the Seminary". Visit classes, worship with us in chapel, meet with a faculty advisor, and find out what the Niagara region has to offer. Contact the seminary for information about the next event.
Pre-Seminary Studies—Come to Brock!
Completion of a sound
bachelor's programme is of paramount importance in preparation for seminary
study. Particularly helpful majors include English, philosophy, modern
languages, history, and classics. As the study of theology is highly oriented
to the written and spoken word, work in areas that develop verbal skills is of
value. Yet, as the faculty makes these recommendations, it also invites
applications from students who have earned degrees in other subjects, noting that
such applicants may be asked to take pre-seminary courses in areas where
remedial study is called for.
Those who hope to enrol in the MDiv programme in due course, and who do not yet have the requisite bachelor's degree, are strongly encouraged to consider undertaking their undergraduate studies at Brock University. This course of action has several advantages.
First, it gives prospective students the opportunity to become acquainted with the seminary community, joining in chapel services, getting to know faculty, staff, and students, and taking part in the activities of the Lutheran Student Fellowship. In this setting potential seminarians can seek to discern their particular calling within the body of Christ, and especially their suitability for pastoral ministry.
Secondly, prospective students can seek counsel from our faculty regarding their most appropriate programme of undergraduate study and the most useful courses to choose within that programme.
Thirdly, with permission from the University, it is possible for undergraduate credit to be awarded for our prerequisite courses in Hebrew and Greek; moreover, some funding is available within our financial aid endowment to assist Brock students learning the sacred languages under our auspices with a view to entering the MDiv programme.
Fourthly, prior acquaintance with the seminary and especially the accomplishment of prerequisite courses in biblical languages make it much more feasible for entering MDiv students to complete their on-campus studies within three academic years.
In this context we also commend suitable baccalaureate programmes at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton and at one of the institutions in the Concordia University system of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Housing Assistance and Living Costs
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. The seminary office maintains a housing registry to assist students in finding suitable accommodation. Brock University has a similar registry with more houses listed. A single student should anticipate paying a monthly rent of ca. $400. For shared accommodation, while a married couple should be able to secure a one bedroom apartment for about $725. We advise prospective students to reckon with monthly food costs of ca. $100 per person, noting that this facet of normal expenditures is somewhat reduced by the availability of a seminary food pantry.
Are you an American? Would you seriously consider coming to CLTS, but you have some concerns about coming across the border? We'd be happy to put you in touch with current American students who can give you advice on the move. Note that a student visa is required and can take up to three months to be processed. See www.cic.gc.ca for the application process.