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Work with overseas theological institutions: Exchange Programme

The College Principal and staff have strong links with overseas theological institutions, in particular Virginia Theological Seminary; the Ugandan Christian University; The College of the Transfiguration, South Africa; and The Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. Growing exchange programmes, for both staff and students of these institutions, will enrich the Anglican Communion and foster greater understanding between churches of different traditions.

Bursaries can be granted for overseas travel and subsistence, course fees, and accommodation – please email the Cuddesdon Study Centre for further information at studycentre@rcc.ac.uk.


“Thanks to the Exchange Programme, I’ve come to Cuddesdon as part of the final year of my Diploma in Theology and Ministry at the College Of The Transfiguration in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. I hope being with ordinands and lecturers here will enhance my training and ministry and especially help in approaching the big challenge faced by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the ordination of women.”
Zanele Bitshana, College of the Transfiguration exchange student




Spending a term at Cuddesdon was one of the most formational experiences of my life. The opportunities for learning, the student support, and community life were all exceptional. As a visitor my timetable was very flexible so I could make the best of the learning opportunities on offer through the links the College has with other academic institutions. As well as taking part in classes at the College, I was able to attend seminars and lectures at Oxford University and Church Mission Society (CMS). At Cuddesdon I got to get to grips with some of the finer points of Anglicanism, I received excellent academic input at Oxford, and learnt about mission and ministry in the 21st century at CMS. These opportunities have been indispensable for my ministry formation and academic development.
Jethro Day, St John's Theological College, New Zealand


When I first considered coming to Ripon College Cuddesdon, I did not know what to expect. I had travelled far, and I was a long way from home. What I experienced was a warm welcome and an open embrace by the students, faculty, and staff. Each and every day I experience and learn new things about what it means to live and work in a God-centred community. We live together, we work together, we have fun together, and we pray together. My own faith in Jesus Christ and my understanding of the Anglican Communion have been greatly transformed through my interactions with people in the college, through the lectures I attend in Oxford, and through worshipping with the community here at the college and at my placement parish of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in Littlemore. And though my time here has been short, I will be returning home to the United States carrying with me the friendships and memories I have made here. Ripon College Cuddesdon truly is a God-centred community that will help form you for ministry no matter where you are from or where you are on your spiritual journey.
James Shire, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, USA

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