ACADEMIC DIPLOMA: UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
Welcome to the webpage for the Academic Program of Foundation Academy of Amsterdam!
The Academic Program of Foundation Academy of Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of theology in a program that is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree. Therefore, if you have finished your Practical Ministry Program, or a program equivalent to this, and desire to continue your theological education, the Academic Program is the place for you!
The Academic Program consists of a 180 EC curriculum which is done throughout a period of 3 years for a full-time student (60 EC for each year) or 6 years for a part-time student (30 EC for each year). In the program, the student will have the opportunity to dive deeper into their theological studies while thinking about applications in their own context.
During this program, the student will cover a range of courses in the categories of Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, World Religions, Leadership Studies, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Mission, and Christian Worldview. As a result, the student can be sure that they will interact with several aspects of theology and gain holistic knowledge and experience of the field.
The program consists of a number of well-qualified lecturers who invest their time and energy in order to give our students the best quality of theological education. During this time, the student will have a chance as well to create lasting relationships with their classmates which will enrich and develop their mutual learning in a multicultural setting. The courses, which take place on Wednesday evenings, occur in a hybrid manner. This means that the classes consist of students who are present on campus as well as online.
Therefore, if you've had some theological training before and you desire to continue pursuing your theological education with fellow learners and lecturers in a meaningful and relational way, the Academic Program of Foundation Academy of Amsterdam is the place for you!
If you would like to sign up or if you have questions about the program, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you in class!
Coordinator for the academic program: Wilson Bento
Born in São Paulo, Brazil. Wilson lived his childhood in Brazil, where his parents worked as missionaries with street kids in downtown São Paulo for several years. At thirteen years of age, Wilson had his first immigrant experience in 1999 as his family moved to the United States. Wilson lived in the U.S. from 1999 to 2008, where he experienced life as a legal and illegal immigrant. Back in Brazil after this period, now married, Wilson obtained his bachelor's degree in Theology at Southern Presbyterian Seminary (Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul). In 2016, Wilson moved to the Netherlands to pursue his Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Vrije Universiteit with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Sophia and Gabriel. In 2019, along with two scholars from Brazil, he co-authored “Galatians: A Literary-Pastoral Commentary” published by Fonte Editorial. Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. research in Literary Analysis of the book of Revelation at Vrije Universiteit. He is also a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Protestant Studies at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo.