Pilgrimage, Mission, and Study Trips
Berkeley Divinity School is committed to providing every student with the opportunity for international experiences as a part of their theological training.
Every semester, at least one Yale Divinity School course is a travel seminar incorporating a trip over spring break. Many Berkeley students participate in these courses. Recent destinations have included England, India, Tanzania, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, China, Ghana, and Jerusalem. Berkeley also helps students plan and fund individual mission trips abroad, working in partnership with the Seminary Consultation on Mission and the Episcopal Evangelism Society. Many students arrange to travel to Africa to participate in the life of the church there, including to our partner institution, St. Nicholas Seminary, Ghana. Others choose to go to Latin America, to our partners in the Diocese of El Salvador. Still others work toward reconciliation in the Middle East, or investigate contemporary religious communities in Europe such as Taizé, Iona, or the Community of Jerusalem.
The senior class makes an annual pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, where they are immersed in both the historical depth and contemporary breadth of the Anglican Communion.
Through Yale Divinity School, a number of exchange programs are available with universities around the world, including the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg and Freiburg, Germany; Trinity Theological College, Singapore; and Chung Chi College, Hong Kong. Of particular interest to Anglicans is the exchange opportunity with Westcott House at Cambridge University.
In addition to travel abroad, students experience the global church through a steady stream of visitors to New Haven. Many Bishops, lecturers, and missionaries from around the world come as part of the program of the adjacent Overseas Ministry Study Center. Others are students at Yale Divinity School. Given Yale’s commitment to global engagement, the University is host to many world leaders whose presence shapes day-to-day life on campus.