• Intakes in February and July
  • One Year Full-time Study (Two Semesters) or part-time equivalent
  • Level 6
  • 120 Credits
  • For a full list of fees including food and accommodation please see our Fees section
  • If you are a NZ Student you may qualify for Fees Free (external link)
  • NZQA Accredited – New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) with strand in Intercultural Studies

Programme Aim

The programme is designed for learners wanting to lead effectively in fields of Christian intercultural ministry and mission. It is also notably suited to those looking to work in global intercultural Christian mission work with international mission agencies and NGOs.

The programme aims to equip learners with advanced theological and biblical foundations, foster and support the ongoing faith journeys of learners, and develop practical leadership and intercultural skills relevant to ministry, mission, and Christian service through a holistic intercultural learning environment and real-world ministry activities.

Students will need to meet Eastwest’s general college admission criteria to study toward the Diploma
in Intercultural Studies (Level 6).

Academic requirements:
• The Eastwest Diploma in Intercultural Studies (Level 5), or equivalent, or
• Through special admission made by application to the Academic Dean which may be granted
based on broad theological, biblical, ministry and life experience.

Applicants should have:

  • A Christian testimony of faith in Jesus Christ
  • A membership of, and at least one year’s involvement in, a local church or assembly
  • The commendation of the local church
  • Evidence that they can undertake a course of intensive study and practical activity, i.e.:
  • The successful completion of a course of secular study or training
  • Satisfactory performance in regular employment
  • Physical fitness
  • Willingness for cross-cultural mission service
  • Be at least 18 years of age in the year of commencement of study

International students will require an IELTS Academic Score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
(or equivalent).

Course Details


This course aims to equip learners with skills for biblical and theological interpretation of Old and New Testament Scripture and will prepare learners to develop biblically-based, application-focused messages for faith communities.

• History of biblical interpretation
• Biblical interpretation methods
• Analyse and exegesis of Scripture
• Expositional message development


This course aims to equip learners with skills to theologically analyse diverse contexts and apply biblical principles in order to propose solutions for theological issues in global cultural contexts.

• Globalisation and Christianity
• Western theology
• Non-western Christian theology
• Christian theology in global contexts


This course aims to equip learners with the skills to evaluate ethical issues facing contemporary Christian ministry and mission and to review and propose solutions to ethical questions facing those in the church ministry, missional, and workplace contexts.

• Biblical and theological ethics
• Contemporary ethical issues
• Ethics in an intercultural context
• Navigating the ethics landscape


This course aims to equip learners with skills to evaluate and review contemporary approaches to cross-cultural mission and to propose appropriate missional responses to defined missional settings.

• Emerging trends in mission
• Business as mission
• Community development
• Digital mission
• Ecological mission
• Church planting


This course aims to equip learners with skills to analyse and apply leadership skills within a Christian ministry, missional, or workplace setting.

• Leadership strengths and dynamics
• Biblical leadership
• Leadership in practice
• Leadership toolbox


This course aims to equip learners with skills to lead multicultural teams in ministry, missional, and workplace settings, and will help grow awareness in learners of the cultural aspects which impact communication and decision-making in these intercultural settings.

• Leading multicultural teams
• Multicultural team dynamics
• Communication and decision-making
• Intercultural conflict resolution


This course aims to equip learners with the skills needed to critically reflect on their own personal faith journey and to develop plans for personal and professional development in order to refine their own practice in ministry and mission.

• Critical reflection
• Spiritual formation, disciplines, and practices
• Professional development planning


This course aims to provide learners with an integrative ministry experience in an intercultural setting to allow learners to exercise practical skills and to critically reflect on their own personal faith and professional development as a means to refining their own practice.

• Integrative ministry practicum experience
• Reflective practice


This course aims to equip learners with ethnographic research skills to allow the evaluation of community and individual cultural perspectives that inform implications for intercultural engagement.

• Cultural anthropology
• Ethnographic research methods
• Cultural perspectives
• Intercultural engagement


This course aims to equip learners with skills to research and evaluate missional trends and issues throughout mission and church history and to propose historically informed strategies for contemporary intercultural mission.

• Mission and church history
• Historical trends
• Strategies for mission


This course aims to equip learners with skills for intercultural ministry leadership through targeted ministry training, learner leadership in intercultural ministry activities, and reflective practice.

• Intercultural ministry leadership
• Cross-cultural communication
• Intercultural teams
• Mission in practice
• Reflective practice

Graduate Profile

Graduates on the Diploma in Intercultural Studies (Level 6) will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply an in-depth understanding of theology and biblical foundations in operational or research contexts.
  • Evaluate, review and respond to the pastoral, specialised and ethical responsibilities required of defined church ministry settings, or workplace environments.
  • Apply management or administrative capability and leadership in a Christian ministry or workplace environment to make strategic decisions in a specified context.
  • Critically reflect on personal faith journey and professional development to refine own practice.
  • Research and evaluate the application of diverse disciplines, intercultural issues and situations.
  • Apply intercultural competence to provide leadership in a context-appropriate manner.

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