Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can download application forms online on this website.

WHAT PROGRAMS DOES EAST OFFER?

See Academic Programs section for more information.

WHEN DOES THE ACADEMIC YEAR BEGIN?

The academic year begins in July. All new students participate in “EAST Aleph” which is a two-week intensive prior to the start of first semester. For more information, read about EAST Aleph in the “Student Life” section or obtain dates from academic calendar in the Prospectus.

CAN I VISIT THE CAMPUS AND SIT IN ON A CLASS SESSION?

Absolutely! Contact the Admissions Officer at EAST and schedule a day/time when you wish to come. We recommend a Wednesday when you can also attend a weekly Chapel service. If you are a first-timer to EAST, you may qualify for a promotion which may allow you to take one course at a discounted rate. This gives you a first-hand opportunity to experience life at EAST without entering a program.

THERE ARE MANY GOOD SEMINARIES, WHY COME TO EAST?

Alumni of EAST say their lives and ministries are different because of EAST’s family/community atmosphere; faculty who not only hold appropriate academic degrees but are also ministry practitioners with cross-cultural experience; the spiritual and ministry formation of the whole person as well as the intellectual development; engaging with fellow students who have a rich and diverse ministry background, and the Partners in Ministry certificate program which equips students’ wives.

CAN I RECEIVE CREDIT FROM PREVIOUS BIBLICAL OR MINISTRY STUDIES?

Yes, you may receive transfer credit for courses similar to those offered at EAST which you took from an accredited theological school or Institute of Biblical Studies. Those who earned a theological Bachelor’s degree from an accredited theological school and hope to enter a Master’s program may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Further details are available in “Academic Policies” section.

DOES EAST OFFER FINANCIAL AID?

Financial aid is available to qualified students on a case-by-case basis depending on the availability of funds. Applications for financial aid will be considered after all admissions documents have been submitted and admissions eligibility has been determined. The deadline for submission of admissions documents is 1 March for international students and 1 April for Singapore residents. See the section on “Financial Aid and Scholarships” for more information.

WHAT ABOUT HOUSING?

International students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Singaporean life rather than living in a community of only EAST students. Some churches and individuals make rooms or entire flats available for international students at EAST at a reduced rate. Prior to a student’s arrival, EAST personnel begin looking for housing options. See the section on “International Students” for more information.