General: We welcome all students to the Lutheran Theological.  We believe that students will benefit from the richness of studying together with students from many different regions in our country and internationally. The LTI can accommodate over hundred students, some with spouses and children.

Our Aim: Through teaching, learning and living together, through daily devotions and Sunday services in the chapel and through its expanding library, the LTI promotes Lutheran theological training for ministry, education, study and research, thereby also strengthening the unity within the Lutheran family. It does this in an ecumenical setting in conjunction with the School of Religion and Theology (SoRaT) and the Pietermaritzburg Cluster of Theological Institutions. The LTI is committed to accommodate and accompany students in their studies, to assist and counsel them on their way. Duties and responsibilities are shared by the staff and the SRC according to the Constitution.

The academic year usually starts in mid-week of January for diploma students and in the first week of February for degree students in the first semester and in the first week of August for the second semester.  Exams: are usually in June and November each year, whilst for the Diploma they are usually in October. The LTI Students Residence officially opens at the beginning of each year a week before the beginning of the semester and is closed during the December/ January vacation (an exception is only made for international student families who can not travel home).

Registration: Prospective degree students should register themselves at the University of KwaZulu-Natal through the Central Application office Private .Bag X06, Dalbridge 4014 and pay the fee of R 150.00. Students with less than 32 matric points will have to write an Entrance Test. They should request from the LTI Administrator application forms to apply for:

Remission of fees at the University, the Theological Bursary Fund, the Lutheran Bursary Fun Accommodation at LTI Student Residence 

ELCSA students who want to enter the ELCSA Diploma/ Ministerial training programme have to apply through their pastor to the ELCSA General Secretary, P.O.Box 7231, 1622 Bonaero Park for admission.

Request: Students should read through carefully the information that is supplied to them, and on arrival sign the Contract and Pledge. We pray that the triune God bless those studying and working here so that the seed that has been planted may grow into a tree bringing fruit. The Lord's mission command will be our promise and guide on this journey: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20) 


There is housing for Single and Married students. A primary school is situated directly next to the premises.

The LTI is situated in a quite suburb directly adjacent to the University. Rich sporting, recreational and cultural facilities are available. Many student organisations operate on campus.

The LTI chapel is used for daily devotions and Sunday services. Rural and urban congregations are with easy rich. A catering firm serves food at LTI dining hall