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Asia Biblical Theological Seminary exists to thoroughly prepare you for a committed life in ministry. With seminar sites all across Southeast Asia, we offer convenient, flexible schedules to help you achieve your goals while still working and participating in ministry. We are here to assist you every step of the way, so never hesitate to contact us with any questions.
The main office of ABTS is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but we also offer several seminar sites across Asia, including India, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
If you’re interested in attending a particular class and would like more information, please contact your Country Coordinator.
Stay up-to-date on upcoming seminars near you by checking our seminar schedule.
Students may complete a limited number of modules through self-guided study courses. Extension courses consist of textbooks, lectures in CD or MP3 format and various other necessary materials to guide students in their course of study. These courses are self-guided studies and involve no direct instruction from ABTS professors.
Courses will be assigned to an ABTS faculty member for oversight and grading. Any questions that arise during the course may be directed to the ABTS Office via letter, email or phone call.
Textbooks, recorded lectures and/or syllabus materials are posted to the student’s home. Extension courses may be scheduled for any four month period of study. Please allow six weeks for processing registrations.
A list of extension course textbooks can be found in the course catalog.
Students who are interested in more personalized, independent study courses should contact the ABTS Office.
Terms of Study
Students may register for an extension course at any time that is convenient for them. Registrations should be sent to the ABTS Office.
Personnel there will respond with a fee assessment and materials will be posted to the student when payment is received. Please allow approximately six weeks between the date of registration and the beginning of the course in order to allow time to process the registration and post the materials.
The course will begin on the 15th of the following month. Four months will be allowed for course completion. We will accommodate requests to study during a specified four month period if we possibly can.
It is strongly recommended that students enroll in only one extension course at a time. They may, of course, complete courses in less than the allotted four months and register for a second course upon completion of that first one.
Students are not allowed to enroll in more than two courses at the same time, whether extension or residence or a combination of the two, except by special permission from the Dean.
Completed assignments should be sent to the ABTS Office. All work must be postmarked on or before the course due date. Students should keep copies of their work to safeguard against loss in the mail. Submission of course requirements electronically by e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org is permitted.
If the student is unable to complete the course requirements, he may apply for an Incomplete or withdraw from the course according to the rules outlined in our catalog.
Please Note: It is the student’s responsibility to request an Incomplete or to notify the ABTS Office for withdrawal, whether or not the course professor has been informed by the student.
ABTS residence courses are offered in seminar format. Students gather in a central location for the one to two week period of classroom interaction. They return home to complete longer assignments that are due three months from the end of the seminar.
Each residence seminar consists of two parts:
Residence seminars are taught by full-time ABTS faculty, visiting professors from Cornerstone University, or qualified adjunct faculty from Asia and the US. Where professors are resident in seminar sites, occasional seminar courses may be scheduled over longer periods of time.
Seminars are held in participating countries of Southeast Asia.
Students may contact their country coordinator or the ABTS Office by phone, email or post to register for courses. ABTS seminar courses may be taken with either credit or audit status.
Advance registration for seminars should be made with the country coordinator at each seminar site at least one month prior to the first day of classes. Seminars are subject to cancellation for insufficient registration. Students who register ahead of time will be given priority for textbook distribution.
All fees are due on the first day of class and are payable to the on-site representative of the Seminary. Students who have not met their financial obligations by the end of the first week of class will not be permitted to continue into the second week.
The Seminary office will endeavor to announce the course texts and costs on the school website and course announcements to enable students to prepare for the seminar. Texts, syllabi and course materials will be made available by the ABTS representative on the first day of the seminar. These materials are offered at or near cost and payment is due upon receipt.
Students are expected to attend all regular sessions of a seminar. However, students with valid reason are permitted to miss one day (4 hours) of the seminar, with permission of the professor. For illness or genuine emergency, the professor may replace up to 6 additional hours with extra reading or assignments. Students missing more than 25% (10 hours) of the course must withdraw.
All post-seminar assignments are due three months from the last day of class. Assignments may be submitted by e-mail attachment to the ABTS office. Posted assignments must be postmarked by the due date and may be mailed to the country coordinator or to the ABTS office.
Students should keep a copy of all work submitted since course work is sometimes lost en route to the office. If it becomes necessary to mail the copy, be sure to make another copy before putting it in the mail.
Where unforeseen circumstances prevent completion of an assignment by the due date, students must submit a request for anIncomplete prior to the due date of the project according to the rules outlined in our catalog.
Please Note: It is the student’s responsibility to submit work on schedule or to file for an Incomplete as needed.
ABTS welcomes Christian workers to audit classes. Anyone auditing a class who is not already a student of ABTS must complete an Audit Application. The extent of participation in the class by an audit student should be arranged between the professor and the student.
ABTS has access to Miller Library through Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., U.S.A. You can access online resources through the links below.
At ABTS, we thoroughly prepare each student for ministry leadership while allowing for flexibility in programming and scheduling. Click on the links below to find out more about graduation qualifications.
The academic catalog is the most up-to-date resource for determining your degree path and scheduling courses. Access our most recent catalog below.
Students who enrolled before 2011 will complete their degree program under the requirements at the time they began their studies. All other students will use the requirements in the most current catalog. If you need a copy of a former course catalog, please contact the ABTS Office.