Sabbaticals and Furloughs

WEST welcomes applications from pastors, missionaries and other Christian workers who desire variable periods of study and in-service training.


Those who have already spent their sabbatical time, or parts of it, in WEST express appreciation for the encouragement, stimulus and fellowship enjoyed during their study leave in the School.


Pastors and missionaries need opportunities to be taught by others in order to gain fresh stimulation for their own study and ministry of the Word. Churches and agencies also benefit as a direct result of representatives spending sabbaticals here at WEST.


The School endeavours to be flexible concerning the length of these periods of study, although this may be subject to student numbers and availability of accommodation. Periods of study can range from a few days to a term or even a whole year.


  • Opportunity for reflection and rest
  • Informal fellowship with staff and students
  • Participation in formal prayer and worship services within the international WEST community
  • Links with good Bible teaching churches in the area
  • Assignment to a personal tutor
  • Use of library facilities
  • Guided reading
  • The choice of sitting in on some classes


Normally, it is necessary to plan well in advance of a proposed sabbatical and WEST is happy to advise concerning preferred dates, accommodation, scheme of study and costs. The application process is uncomplicated and quick. Just click APPLY.

General UK Entry Clearance

All those from outside the European Union, who are intending to study, work, volunteer or reside at WEST, for whatever period of time, are reminded that they are themselves ultimately responsible for ensuring that they possess the appropriate clearance to enter the UK.

While WEST is happy to give general guidance, UK government regulations are currently subject to change at short notice. You are strongly advised to confirm the validity of your visa status with the relevant authorities immediately before travelling.

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