Student Life on Campus
The WTCS Library is a valuable tool with excellent resources to help you to do your academic works. Though the Library is relatively small in size, it houses over 6000 volumes of books (hard copies and electronic books), CDs, DVDs, and essential reference books. Many of them are indispensable books to theological study, donated from the personal libraries of numerous retired reformed pastors and individuals who support Westminster Cambodia. Many more books are still arriving, making it more resourceful.WTCS students have built an honest and trustworthy community. A large number of libraries over the world have been troubled with illegal check-out, and hiding and stealing of library books. Thankfully, in His Grace, none of such has happened here in WTCS library. Not only the library but also WTCS community has been known as a place where you can trust one another. If any unethical offense occurs, it will result in the expulsion of the offender from WTCS.
The library is furnished with some desktops for the students who do not own their personal computers. Take good care of them and report if you find any of them does not function well.
students in college are expected to study as full-time and to live
on-campus, while it is optional for students on the master’s program,
be part-time or full-time and to live on-campus or off-campus.
community is very distinctive and thus the life in the dormitory is
truly unique. It surely is a hard-knock academic community sharpening
every student in many ways, especially theologically, for between two
years depending on your plan. It could be your theological turning
your life in faith.
It is at the same time a closely-knit sociological community, where you learn all about biblical relationships for 24 hours–7 days–12 months. It is rather a family to live with no covering, exposing one another literally everything: one’s own character that is hard-to-get-along with, one’s personal habit no one else ever understands, the shame that you never volunteer to tell anyone, yet loving and being loved. A big family, sharing in life the precious blood shed on the Cross, “being naked but not ashamed!”
Through the daily hard work of study, sports activities, cleaning jobs or strenuous yard work sometimes in school, you love and hate, you sin and are forgiven, and you also are sinned against and forgive. Through it all you will meet the LORD again and again, face to face, confirming a redemptive community with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and finding yourself limping as Jacob was after his Peniel incident! You will never be the same person after the life at WTCS.
The living quarters for female and male students are separated from each other, and no one is allowed to visit the living quarters of the opposite sex.
It is recommended for everyone to make sure to follow the various regulations and policies about locker, permit for leaving the campus for any reasons, and the schedules for cleaning, laundry, etc. There is also a resident assistant for additional guidance and help in the dormitory.
The spiritual life of the students is nurtured by the chapel in the middle of the busy study schedule, from Tuesday to Friday, under the oversight of the faculty. The daily chapel of half an hour strengthens the students, providing them with comfort, wisdom, strength, and challenges them through messages delivered by faculty members along with prayers and songs of praise.
Students who live on campus have regular meetings for informal devotionals, one early in the morning and another in the evening, through which they share burdens and blessings in their lives, admonishing and encouraging one another.
WTCS recognizes the role of the church for every Christian. Every Friday many students leave the campus and head for local churches for their ministry practice or internship over the weekend.
The students who stay at campus join the Lord’s Day worship services every Sunday at Cambodian Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC: Pastor P. Ny), or at Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC: Pastor S. Sous) if you do not speak Khmer. Both churches are located near the school campus. WTCS students serve both CRPC and WPC in every area of the church ministry such as choir, children’s ministry, evangelism, greeting and offering ushers, praise and worship team, etc.
WTCS students have the opportunities to apply for the ministry internship in CRPC or WPC. The ministry interns are mentored and trained for their future ministry in preaching, teaching adult Bible study and leading children’s ministry, under the supervision of the senior pastors of the both churches.
The Field Education program of WTCS is designed to integrate on-campus studies with part-time ministry in local churches; Ministry Internship and Ministry Practice.
It is required of each student on Master of Divinity program at WTCS to fulfill 600 hours of Internship at a local church which will take two semesters to complete (6 units). It is an opportunity for the MDiv student to obtain practical ministry experience to which they can apply the information they learned in the classroom. WTCS seeks to balance in its curriculum the intense Christian scholarship with practical ministry.
Not only the students on Master of Arts program but also the upper level students on college program are recommended to participate in the Field Education program although not required.
Closed Campus Policy
It is the goal of WTCS to provide and maintain safe and orderly environments at all times. Therefore, only those students enrolled at WTCS are permitted on campus during instructional hours. All visitors must first report to the office.
No student shall leave the campus at any time while the instructional class schedule is on. Remember that “self-study” is considered to be a part of instruction to study individually.
When there is no instructional schedule, you may leave campus with permission of the school authorities. Before you go out, you are required to stop by the office to log in the book the details about your outing: date, time, reason, expected time to return, who authorized, actual time returned after you come back, etc.
All students are to return back to campus from outings before the sunset. Remember the sunset time varies according to the season of the year. After sunset you are to remain on campus all the time except for emergency.
Students who do ministry internship or ministry practice out of school over the weekend must return by Monday evening before the sunset. But when the school calls for Monday classes for some reasons, they are supposed to return by Sunday evening instead of Monday.
The campus gates are locked at 7:30 pm and re-opened at 7:00 am for security reasons. Students may not come and go from campus between 7:30 pm and 7:00 am, and you must call the school for a permission to open the gate after 7:30 pm.