As an academic institution, ETF is rather young, born out of the work of the Bible Institute Belgium, which in turn originated in mission work among Belgian soldiers during World War I.
Foundation of the Bible school ‘Institut Biblique de la Mission Belge Evangélique’ in Brussels.
Opening of the Dutch-speaking department: Bijbelinstituut België.
As of 1965
The institution grew rapidly, among other things because of an increase in foreign students, as the education is offered in three languages.
The theological training program is recognized by the Belgian government.
The Bible Institute moves to a former Jesuit monastery in Heverlee.
The commune of Heverlee fuses with the city of Leuven.
Foundation of the ‘Evangelische Theologische Faculteit’, the academic program of the Bible Institute.
ETF, the academic program, is recognized by the government to award licentiate- and doctoral degrees.
ETF awards her first licentiate degree.
ETF awards her first doctoral degree.
The French-speaking department IBB is terminated and relocated.
The licentiate degree (precursor of the Master’s programme) is offered completely in English.
The Higher Education Law of the Flemish government implements the BAMA-structure and reaffirms ETF’s right to award recognized degrees of Bachelor, Master and Doctor in Theology and Religious Studies.
The former educational programs (candidate and licentiate) are reshaped into a three year Bachelor’s program and a two year Master’s program. The existing graduate-program (BIB) is phased out.
The Bachelor and Master’s programs of ETF are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).
The Flemish government awards ETF with a partial educational subsidy.
The Flemish government also approves the application for research funding.