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Information for applicants within Sweden or other EU/EEA-countries

Information for applicants outside the EU/EEA

Information for applicants outside the EU/EEA

Programs

The following programs are open to applicants from outside the EU/EEA:

  • Pastoral – Pedagogical Program
  • Religious Educator Program

Application period

October 15 - November 15, 2019.

Requirements for the Pastoral – Pedagogical Program

To take part in the Pastoral – Pedagogical Program you must:

  • have completed your upper secondary (high school) education. Click here for more information.
  • be able to demonstrate a good proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Click here for more information.

Requirements for the Religious Educator Program

To take part in the Religious Educator Program you must:

  • have completed a bachelor’s degree in theology or religious studies equivalent to 180 ECTS, or a degree in another, relevant subject, in which at least 60 ECTS were gained from religious studies/theology courses. Such a degree should also have included a thesis worth 15 ECTS. At least 15 ECTS should have been gained from courses specifically related to the Eastern Church (the courses must be rated as third-year courses, for example level 300). Students with other relevant subjects or equivalent qualifications from non-EU/EEA countries will be individually assessed.
  • be able to demonstrate a good proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper-secondary school level. Click here for more information.

Before you apply

Please seek the advice of your priest and others whom you trust, to help you discern whether training for ordained service in the Church is the path for you. A blessing from your bishop or a written recommendation from a parish priest is not mandatory in order to enter the program, but you are welcome to submit the written recommendation if you have it.

Important

Apply as early as possible.

Request transcripts early.

Make a copy of your application.

How to apply

1. Fill out our online application form. A link to the form will be available here during the application period.

2. Send the following documents to us:

  • A letter describing why you want to study at Sankt Ignatios.
  • Official confirmation of your qualifications, translated to English.
  • A copy of your passport.

Send the documents to:

Sankt Ignatios

Mälaregatan 4

15171 Södertälje

Sweden

or by e-mail to:

admission@sanktignatios.org

Interviews

Interviews are required as part of the application process. Eligible applicants will be contacted at the end of the application period to arrange an interview.

Decision

The Admission Committee will evaluate completed applications after November 15 and will inform applicants of its decision by December 15. After being accepted into one of our programs, applicants need to apply for a residence permit in Sweden. Please find more information below.

Tuition & Fees

Students who are not citizens of countries in the EU/EEA or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for university studies in Sweden. The fee at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm) is 80 000 SEK per academic year for full time students (40 000 SEK for half time students). There is also a mandatory student union fee of 150 SEK per semester.

At Sankt Ignatios College there is also a service fee of 1 200 SEK per semester for all students. The service fee covers refreshments, insurance, administration, and some materials. Course literature is not covered by this service fee, and is the student’s own responsibility.

The cost for room and boarding in the seminary is 2 500 SEK per month for the first year. From the second until the fourth year of studies the cost for room and boarding depends on the type of boarding and can vary from 3 500 to 5 000 SEK per month.

Students are responsible for their own health insurance during their studies.

Scholarships for the Academic Year 2020-2021

There are a limited number of scholarships which cover tuition and boarding fees for which students can apply. The scholarships are based on academic merit. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates.

There are three partial scholarships available for applicants to both programs. These scholarships cover tuition fees only.

There are three full scholarships available for applicants to both programs.

Terms and Conditions for the Scholarships

Unfortunately, Sankt Ignatios is not able to host families at the seminary. Scholarships for fees and board will therefore not be available to applicants with children.

You must be present at the registration on the first day of the semester (August 17, 2020). If you cannot be present you must notify the school administration before the registration, and be physically present no later than three weeks after this time in order to keep your scholarship.

You must continue to uphold a high academic standard throughout the academic year. This includes full attendance, meeting all deadlines and passing all exams and other requirements which are included in the curriculum. At the end of each semester the Sankt Ignatios Admission Committee will assess whether or not you will continue to qualify for the scholarship. In addition to the above conditions you must write a short paper each semester, reflecting on your academic and personal development, and submit it to the Deputy Dean.

These scholarships cover the period from August 17 2020 to August 18 2021.

Scholarships are valid for one year only and need to be renewed before each new academic year according to the above conditions.

Residence Permit

A residence permit in Sweden is mandatory in order to study at Sankt Ignatios.

The applicant is responsible for his or her own application for residence permit.

Read the instructions at www.migrationsverket.se/english/private-individuals/studying-in-sweden.html and prepare your documentation carefully. The application process takes about three to four months, after which time a decision will be communicated to the applicant.

The copy of residence permit must be sent to Sankt Ignatios before an applicant can begin his/her studies.

Ordination

Please note that acceptance to, and completion of a seminary program does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in any Church. Only ecclesiastical authorities have the power to decide if a person should be ordained.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please e-mail Fr. Joseph Gobran, Director of Studies at Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy.

joseph.gobran@sanktignatios.org