Cape Town Advance

Note: Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, we are prepared to adjust the Advances to ensure student and faculty safety.

The Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin face-to-face Intensives (“Advances”) serve as a central learning experience in the program. The experiences push the boundaries of student thinking and networks them with other leaders. The goal of each international Advance is to enable students to better lead in their own contexts.

Students engage in a combination of academic seminars, field trips, and personal mentoring experiences in international contexts. For the first two Advances, Project Faculty provide guidance on the next milestone in the Project Portfolio research sequence.

Students participate in three Advances during the program:

  1. Orientation Advance (Fall Semester, Year 1)
  2. Second Advance (Fall Semester, Year 2)
  3. Final Advance (Fall Semester, Year 3)


Portland Seminary will host the Advances in three international locations: 

  • 2021: Cape Town, South Africa - "First World Meets Developing World: Leadership, Diversity, Reconciliation"
  • 2022: London, UK - "History Meets Future: Media, Globalization, Culture"
  • 2023: Singapore (tentative) - "East Meets West: Finance, Democracy, Mission"

What to expect

Given the complexities of international travel, Portland Seminary seeks to provide a full-service experience at an economical cost. This enables students to focus on learning, not logistics.

Leadership and Global Perspectives Advance Traditional DMin Intensives at Other Schools
Fees include Field trip expenses, lodging, and most on-site food Some meals
Location Cape Town, London, and Singapore (tentative) On campus
Lodging Clean, safe accommodations provided Students must identify, book, and pay for local lodging in unfamiliar locations
Food Most meals provided Students pay for all food expenses
Participants Lead Mentor, Project Faculty, students, and local special guests Instructor and students
Learning context(s) Immersive field trips, Project Faculty coaching, guest presentations, and shared meals In-class lecture
Instructional input(s) Lead Mentor, Project Faculty, peers, and local church, nonprofit, and business leaders Course instructor and peers

Advance details:

  • All active cohorts participate in each Advance.
  • Project Faculty participate in the first two Advances.
  • Advances occur in late September/early October, depending on the year.
  • Advances last seven to nine days and run roughly from mid-week to mid-week.
  • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity is available when possible.
  • Students are responsible for all air travel and local transport (taxi, public transport, etc), visas, and vaccinations.
  • Activities include extensive walking, utilizing stairs, sitting, note taking, listening and viewing field presentations, navigating unfamiliar crowded spaces, eating local foods, experiencing wide temperature fluctuations, etc. Though we make every effort to accommodate student needs, please be aware that in international settings we cannot ensure meaningful access for qualified students with physical, dietary, psychological, attentional or learning-based disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.