New NCU Studies Abroad Program to Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Date: May 14, 2012 - 11:12am

Minneapolis, MN - (May 14, 2012) - This coming fall semester will mark the beginning of an exciting new studies abroad partnership between North Central University and Ridley Hall, an Evangelical Anglican seminary located in Cambridge, England.

This new agreement, sponsored by North Central University's Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies, will enable two NCU students each fall (up to 6 students in future years) to live as members of Ridley Hall and take Bible and Theology classes at Cambridge University. They will benefit from the world-class professors and research libraries of Cambridge while living in a supportive and faithful Evangelical environment.

The two students recently selected for the program were Senior Alyssa McKnight, Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages Major, and Senior Don Fuller, an Interdisciplinary Studies Major, focusing on History and Theology.

These two students will study a set curriculum of theology, ethics, biblical studies and practical theology classes. They will study alongside Cambridge students, participating as regular members of both lectures and tutorials. Students will also be expected to participate in the small group, activity and worship requirements for Ridley Hall students.

Sponsorship and Other NCU Studies Abroad Programs

The Ridley study abroad program is sponsored by the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies and was developed through the Studies Abroad Policy Council, chaired by professor Glen Menzies, which has members from the Registrar, Financial Aid, Accounting, Academic Affairs and Academic Colleges.

Other programs which are being developed include programs in Cairo, Egypt, Bangkok, Thailand and Xi’an, China. The program to Bangkok, sponsored by the College of Missions in partnership with Asia Pacific Study Abroad Initiative (APSAI) which works with several Assemblies of God colleges, will send its first NCU students in Spring of 2013.

About Ridley Hall

Ridley Hall has about 70 full-time students, most of whom are training for full-time ministry within the Church of England. They come from all over the United Kingdom (and sometimes overseas) and range in age from 18 to 50, with most students being in their mid to late twenties. While training for ordination their studies can study for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, depending upon their previous studies.

Ridley Hall also has a sabbatical guest program that allows Christian academics and pastors to stay at Ridley for anywhere from one week to two months for refreshment, study and writing. They would gladly welcome Faculty and Friends of North Central University.

For more information about Ridley Hall, visit their website:

For their sabbatical program, visit: