Crossing borders and broadening global perspective

Meadville Lombard offers theological education that is globally inclusive and prepares students to serve in their own contexts and across borders. We work with international partners to provide students with opportunities to join liberal religious communities around the world in promoting justice, equity, and compassion.

Short-Term Programs

Our short-term programs follow Meadville Lombard's Contextual Learning model, integrating theory and practice. They combine in-person and remote work along with activities that help students translate their learning to their local context.

If you are interested in any of the following programs, please contact us.

U/U Global Conference

In partnership with the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Meadville Lombard offers a nine-month program to U/U ministers and lay leaders from around the world who are interested in strengthening their leadership skills and discerning their spiritual path with the support of a global learning community. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

Global Fellowship for Multifaith Engagement

This program is offered to people from outside the United States and from every faith tradition who are interested in deepening their foundations in global religions and strengthening their communication skills to work in multifaith environment.  

International Immersion Learning

Students enrolled in Meadville Lombard's degree programs are eligible to apply for three scholarships to strengthen their intercultural skills through immersion learning across borders. These scholarships aim to support our students in growing self-awareness, expanding their narratives, and exploring and learning from different communities.

If you are interested in any of the following programs, please contact us.

Tsubaki Grand Shrine

For two to three weeks, the recipient of this scholarship stays in the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Suzuka, Japan, and develops a greater practical understanding of the Shinto tradition.


Meadville Lombard, the UU Partner Church Council, the International Office of the UUA, and the Hungarian Unitarian Church offer a partial scholarship to students in the Master in Divinity program to travel to Romania for an in-depth encounter with Transylvanian culture, the birthplace of Unitarianism.

Service Learning Trips for Religious Professionals

The UU College of Social Justice offers powerful service-learning trips for religious professionals. Meadville Lombard offers a partial travel scholarship to students who participate in one of these programs in conjunction with one of their academic courses.

Master's Degree Programs

If you are a religious leader who lives outside of the United States, are passionate about justice-making, and are interested in learning how to lead effectively in our diverse, globalized world, we encourage you to explore our state-of-the-art master's degree programs. Meadville Lombard's Master of Arts in Leadership Studies andMaster of Divinity programs are taught in our low-residency Contextual Learning model, which makes them globally accessible, and our learning environment is culturally and theologically inclusive. Meadville Lombard alums and current students hail from Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Kenya, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, and Transylvania, in addition to the United States. Learn more about how to apply to our programs.