International students

The ATS has successfully assisted international students, hailing from all over Africa and from as far afield as Asia, the USA and Europe, at obtaining their certificates and diplomas, as well as their bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Pentecostal Theology.

ATS is dedicated to the highest level of excellence as far as the content of its courses, the expertise of its lecturers and its emphasis on independent and flexible learning are concerned.

Language of instruction

English is the language of instruction for all programmes on offer at ATS and it would be mandatory for international students to submit all their examination papers and/or theses in English.

ATS may, therefore, require evidence of English proficiency from international students.

Entrance requirements for international students

ATS shall screen applicants based on their academic ability and potential, according to their secondary school results (examination results and/or projected grades), a personal statement, academic reference and, if required, admissions test or written work. Please refer to the admission page for further information.

All international students' applications need to be accompanied by an Assessment Certificate of the South African Qualifications Authority (“SAQA”, for short). The original SAQA Certificate must be submitted to ATS upon registration.

SAQA Assessment Certificate

ATS can assist international students with the SAQA assessment process. Applicants must provide ATS with certified copies of their highest secondary school certificate or degree (a full Student Transcript) and identity document.

The SAQA fee needs to be deposited into ATS's bank account and proof of payment must be forwarded to Administration. The said fee is used to fund the processing of applications and is non-refundable. ATS will start processing an application upon receipt of this fee.

Please note that the application fee does not form part of the tuition and seminary fees payable, should an applicant be accepted to further his/her studies at ATS.

SAQA fees

Assessment completed within 10 working days = ZAR 880
Assessment completed within 20 working days = ZAR 660
Assessment completed within 30 working days = ZAR 440

Postage
South Africa = R45
SADC countries = R95
Other countries = R115

Mode of study

  1. Vocational certificate and higher-certificate programmes
    These programmes have been devised for distance education only.

African learning experience

ATS offers international students who study by means of the intramural programme a golden opportunity to immerse themselves in various cultures.

ATS is involved in different community-development projects throughout Southern Africa. A student that enrols for the African learning experience will attend the scheduled intramural classes and will, during long weekends and holidays, participate as a volunteer worker in ATS's numerous community-development initiatives.

The African learning experience affords international students an opportunity at grass-roots level to become involved in social development, thereby to contribute to the general well-being of marginalised African communities and, ultimately, to gain first-hand experience of African cultures.

ATS is responsible for organising and managing the African learning experience programme. Students are responsible for their own accommodation, travel and food costs associated with the African learning experience. Limited student accommodation is available to international students. Students can contact Administration for more information.

Accommodation for international students

Due to its association with the owners of various privately owned student accommodations, ATS can assist international students at securing accommodation.

The accommodation is situated within a 5 km radius around ATS and transport to and from the ATS is available. For more information, please contact ATS. Availability is limited, however, so please inquire well in advance.

Student visa

ATS will provide approved students with an official letter of introduction that must accompany their application for a student visa. Applications for students' visas are made at the South African embassy in students' country of origin.

"Without a doubt I am becoming a better preacher. At times I wonder what kind of preacher I used to be before my training because now I understand the Bible better and I have learnt to be Christ-centred when preaching. ATS has also helped me to understand how to be relevant to people's needs."

Patrice Paddy Walakira, Ugandan student, 2009