New Global Students

Global - Student Guide

Photograph of staff and students walking and talkingWe believe that strong relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students are essential to help you grow through your seminary experience, even in the context of online learning. There are a number of avenues by which we seek to provide these relationships through our courses at Global.

Portland - Threshold

To assist your connection to students, staff, and faculty at Western Seminary, every semester we offer five-day events on the Portland campus which include class time, meals together, and optional trips to Portland and our surrounding region. 

We refer to this time as Threshold, and it is designed to give you focused time together with faculty, staff, and other students, and to cast a vision for the ultimate goal of your degree program—maturity in Christ and preparation for gospel-centered ministry.  Learn more about your opportunities at our Global website (at the menu bar on the right) or by speaking with your academic advisor.

What are Global "Online LIVE", “Standard", and "Cohorts" Classes?

  • (The “Online LIVE” course design features weekly Zoom calls)
  • (The "Standard" course design is predominantly but not exclusively asynchronous)
  • (The "Cohort" design has students working through their program in groups)

Accessing Your Courses

  • Online Learning Center (OLC): Access to a website specifically for each course you register for, where you will find your syllabus, a detailed list of activities to complete the course, and links to check off tasks, submit assignments, and engage in discussion forums; these sites open 10 days before the semester starts
  • Online Classrooms: Access to a website specific for most on-campus courses where you will find the same items listed above for courses; these sites open 10 days before the semester starts
  • Integr@te: Access your course videos, by a web browser or mobile app.

You will receive instructions on how to access course sites, Integr@te, and your course materials once you register for your first semester. In addition, ten calendar days prior to the start of your courses, you will receive access to all of your course materials.

Portland - Capstone

During the Spring or Summer semester of your final year at Western Seminary, we offer a three-day, hybrid intensive which can serve as your Capstone experience at Western, designed to allow faculty and staff a final time of connection and celebration with you and other students at the end of your degree program. During the three days, you will participate in lectures and discussions for the course TH504 Integrating Ministry and Theology. Those who come for Capstone in the Spring semester will be able to participate in class and graduation celebrations during the same week.

Connect with Us

We look forward to getting to know you! If you have not done so already, reach out to your Academic Advisor to discuss the next steps to begin your studies. Contact information for your advisor can be found in your letter of admission. For answers to questions regarding transfer credit, financial aid, and other topics related to your enrollment at Western Seminary please visit our help site.

Western Help Site