International Student CommunityWelcome Tea 2014


This academic year, Luther Seminary welcomes 53 international students in a variety of programs from 23 different countries. Several church denominations are represented. Most of these students live on the campus and a few study from afar. The Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) walks students through all aspects of their studies here as well as upholding federal regulations. The Director for International Student and Scholar Affairs, Marie Hayes, is the primary source of information and decision making. Chenar Howard serves as the Assistant Director, splitting her time between both offices.

The Global Mission Institute works closely with the ISSA to encourage international students by:

  • Providing hospitality and assisting in cultural integration for international students, scholars, guests, and their families.

  • Coordinating international student activities and events together with the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs and international student representatives elected by the international student community.

  • Connecting international students to the community through area events and speaking/preaching opportunities in congregations.

  • Connecting national and international students for fellowship and educational opportunities.

  • Planning social and educational opportunities for all students to learn (or teach) about the global church.

Read brief biographies about some of Luther's international students.

Academic Year 2014-15 Statistics:

Our international students this year come from the following countries:

Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Slovakia, South Korea, Tanzania, the U.K., and Zimbabwe.

 The breakdown of their degree studies is as follows:

Master of Arts: 19

Master of Divinity: 2

Master of Theology: 7

Doctor of Ministry: 4

Doctor of Philosophy: 16

Non-Degree/Exchange/Other: 5

Our international students are just some of the students who make up Luther Seminary's ecumenical student body.