Why did we start the programme?

The Theological University in Kampen boasts a long-standing tradition of education in Reformed Theology in the Netherlands, as well as on the European Continent as a whole. Throughout the years, many international students have found their way to Kampen. Coming from different continents and cultures, they shared an interest in, or affiliation with, the Reformed theology and tradition.

We believe it is part of our calling in God’s Kingdom to share the Reformed heritage with theologians and church leaders from countries around the world. In a globalizing world it is important to stimulate and challenge our international students to reflect on the contextual appropriation of the formative thinking of Reformed theology and the Reformed world vision. In this way can Reformed theology be relevant to their cultural and religious context and for their home churches and institutions.

For this reason, the Theological University has launched a new programme in the context of our one-year Master’s Programme: Master of Intercultural Reformed Theology.

The programme consists of one year of full-time residential studies in Kampen. There is also an option available to do this programme in a two-year (part-time) format.

The programme is fully accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The programme leads to the official degree of Master of Arts (MA).

What is unique about the MIRT Programme?

The MIRT offers international students a unique opportunity to:

  • Become more deeply acquainted with Reformed theology and the Reformed tradition;
  • Study in Europe, the origin of the Reformed tradition;
  • Reflect on the relevance of Reformed Theology for today and in their own context;
  • Learn from qualified professors and experts from Kampen and other theological institutions;
  • Enjoy academic cultural exchange and fellowship with international students from other countries;
  • Study in the beautiful historical city of Kampen;
  • Study in a friendly and Christian atmosphere.

We trust that, besides being formative to the students, this programme will also stimulate contacts between theological institutions and professors and promote future international cooperation so that the heritage of the Reformation will be fruitful in our global world.

Distinguishing features of the MIRT Programme

The two main distinguishing features of the programme are its Reformed identity and its academic excellence:

 I. Reformed Identity

We conform to the following basic markers of Reformed identity:

  1. Studying the Scriptures as the revealed Word of God in a redemptive-historical perspective and with a Christ-centred focus.
  2. Working within the theological framework of the Christian and Reformed confessions.
  3. Drawing on historic Reformed theology and the work of neo-Calvinist theologians such as Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Herman Ridderbos, and others.
  4. Serving the church as the world-wide body of Christ and the community of the saints.
  5. Preparing Christian leaders for their service in such a way that it will be relevant for the society and culture within which they live.

 II. Academic Excellence

The MIRT programme aims for academic excellence and offers a fully accredited MA degree (60 ECTS credits) at a high academic level. The programme is designed for future church leaders, theologians, and teachers from theological or other academic institutions. Lecturers will be experts from the Theological University in Kampen and other recognized theological institutions from around the world.

The entrance level for the programme will be a completed academic theological training, at a Bachelor’s level, at the least. Therefore, this Master of Theology Degree Programme will not offer introductory courses, but advanced courses and supervised studies in the field of Reformed Theology.

The regular requirements for entering a Master’s Programme at the Theological University of Kampen apply.


The following modules will be offered in the context of the programme:

  1. Common Course  – “Doing theology in a contextual manner. Hermeneutics for the Reformed Tradition” (together with all MTA students)
  2. Reading the Scriptures Inter-Culturally – a Reformed approach
  3. The Fabric of Reformed Theology – Methodology and Structure of Reformed Theology
  4. What’s at stake? Actual themes and discussions in the field of Reformed theology
  5. Reformed worldview – a broad perspective for the Christian, the Church and the World
  6. Doing inter-cultural Reformed theology – Catholicity and Local relevance
  7. Research Methodology


Students who apply should:

  • Be seriously interested in Reformed theology and the Reformed world vision, and academically prepared to take advanced courses in theology;
  • Be able and equipped to dedicate themselves to intensive studies for a one-year period;
  • Have completed a formal theological education, at a Bachelor’s level at the least;
  • Have a good command of the English language (TOEFL).

Those students who show excellence in their studies at Master of Intercultural Reformed Theology will be encouraged to enrol in a PhD programme.

Erasmus Programme

The TU Kampen is a participant in the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

What is special about this exchange opportunity is that the participating student continues to pay tuition fees to his home institution and is exempted from paying tuition fees to the host institution. The student receives a grant from the home institution to help cover the costs. Furthermore, the home institution must give full academic recognition for the awarded credits at the host institution.

Are you interested in the Erasmus programme? Then be sure to view our page on Erasmus Programmes. Contact the international office of your home institution for information on the possibilities and the grants available to you.

Fee Waiver

Two Fee Waivers per annum are made available by the Theological University for excellent students.


Are you interested in the MIRT? Please feel free to ask our International office for the application requirements:

You can apply for the MIRT till 15 April.

More information and contact

For further information, please contact drs. Jos Colijn, coordinator of the Master of Intercultural Reformed Theology programme: Furthermore, the MIRT Learning Goals can be found here.