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Pedagogical Program - Religious Educator

Level: Seminary level & First + Second cycle (300 ECTS credits)

Type of education: College & University

Location: Södertälje & Bromma

Language of instruction: English

Length: 2-6 years

Study pace: Full-time (125%)

Teaching hours: Daytime, Certain weekends & evenings

This six-year program prepares students to serve as teachers and theologians in the Orthodox Church. This is a program where we prioritise female applicants.

At Sankt Ignatios we see education as a process that empowers people and equips them to take responsibility for their own lives. In the Church this entails incorporating tradition into one’s life. As a bearer of tradition, the individual becomes a living witness to, and a source of the faith. Religious educators play a crucial role in this process. Their unique competence enables them to actualize the bishop's pedagogical duty, translating it into reality in parishes and the diocese. Religious educators highlight and reaffirm the importance of lay participation in the Church.

This program guides students into a deep intuitive understanding of the spirituality and theology of the Orthodox Church, and provides a solid foundation in Eastern Christian studies and religious education by combining academic studies at the university with spiritual formation at the seminary.

Well-rooted in their own tradition and that of other Orthodox churches, students are equipped to meet the challenges they will face as contemporary Church leaders in Sweden and Western Europe.

The program can be taken over six years (a bachelor's degree followed by a master's degree), over two years (studies at the second cycle for students who already have a relevant bachelor's degree), or over three years (for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a subject within the humanities other than theology).

Content

The first two years are studied at the College, where university studies (50%) are combined with folk high school studies (75%). In this way academic studies are combined with the possibility for personal formation. This period is characterised by study, prayer, and fellowship, giving students the opportunity to grow as humans and as Christians, and to deepen their spiritual identities, while establishing a broad foundation of knowledge in Orthodox theology and tradition. The first year takes place in Tysslinge. The second year takes place in Viksberg.

The four remaining years consist of university studies at full-time (100%), combined with folk high school studies (25%). During these years the education takes place at University College Stockholm's campus in Bromma, as well as in Viksberg.

Examination Format

This is a college program which means that courses at both folk high school level and university level are included. Students are always informed about the level of the course at each individual course start.

Folk high school studies are assessed based on attendance and active participation. For full-time studies, this means that the student should be present as a rule every Monday-Friday from 9.00-16.00, unless the teaching is arranged for another time or day, and complete all tasks that are included in the course. If a student's absence is higher than 20%, the school has the right and obligation to remove the student from the program, which also means that any student financial aid for the program will be withdrawn.

Courses at university level use examination forms including but not limited to: written examinations, seminars, PM's, take-home examinations, interpretation exercises, oral examinations and essays. In addition, mandatory attendance with limited exceptions also applies.

Degree

The program leads to a master's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies, and a vocational qualification as religious educator (Paidagogos / Malphono / Malphonitho / Marigeta).

Service in the Church

This program, like the pastoral programs, is a vocational education which requires an active relation to an Orthodox Church and its bishop.

Boarding

For participants of this program it is possible to live at the school, since the seminary life is an integral part of the students formation for service in the Church. It is however not mandatory.

Currently, we cannot offer boarding for female applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at Sankt Ignatios is free for everyone with citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country. However, we do charge a service fee for studies at the college or folk high school. For full-time studies this fee is SEK 1200 per semester. The service fee covers things like insurance, administration, and some materials used by students in connection with their studies. The service fee does not cover course literature, which is the participant's own responsibility to acquire.

During the first year of the program, students will also be charged a fee of SEK 650 per month to cover the cost of meals at the school.

The cost of boarding, for students who live at the school, is SEK 1500 per month (for 9 months per year) during the first year. After the first year the cost ranges from SEK 1000-4500 per month (for 9 months per year) depending on the students choice of living arrangement. The fee for boarding includes both meals and accomodation.

Student Financial Aid

Participants of this program who are Swedish citizens are eligible to apply for student loans and grants via The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). In some cases, participants who are not Swedish citizens but who have a residence permit in Sweden may also be eligible to apply for student loans and grants via CSN. Applicants must be prepared to validate their eligibility by providing documentation detailing previous education, since this will determine the outcome of their application for student financial aid.

Read more about how to apply for student financial aid via CSN at www.csn.se.

Participants who are not eligible to apply for student financial aid via CSN are encouraged to investigate whether they can apply for student financial aid in their home country for studies at Sankt Ignatios.

Utilising student financial aid is however not required in order to study at Sankt Ignatios.

Next program start: Fall term 2019

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-countries:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th. Open for late applications until June 14th.

Occasionally, additional application periods for late application are opened, depending on available spots. Such application periods are announced on our website shortly before opening.

Prerequisites

General entry requirements for university studies in Sweden.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to be over the age of 18.

In addition to the regular application, applicants also need to provide the following attachments:

  • A letter of recommendation from their spiritual father.

Qualified applicants will also be called to an admission interview. The interview takes place over the phone with the rector of the relevant seminary.

Admissions Process

March 15th - April 15th: Apply to this program via universityadmissions.se. Follow this link to get directly to this program's page on universityadmissions.se.

Upload your grades and other attachments (a letter of recommendation from your spiritual father) to universityadmissions.se when making your application. You can also send them to universityadmissions.se by post.

Interview: After the application period, qualified applicants will be contacted via e-mail and a telephone interview will be booked with the rector of the relevant seminary. In the interview, an initial assessment is made of the student's motivation for studies, family, background and grounding in their church. A general assessment of suitability for studies and boarding at the school is also made.

July 11th: A letter of acceptance is sent out by e-mail to those who have been admitted. In order to keep your place you need to accept it before July 26th. The letter also contains information about the start of the program.

July 29th - August 2nd: A welcome letter is sent out with additional information about the start of the program.

August 12th - August 18th: Those who will be living at the school move in.

August 19th - August 23rd: program start and introductory week in Tysslinge.

If the program has too few participants

If the program has too few participants after the last application date, the program may be cancelled. If a program is cancelled, students will be notified of this no later than one week after the last application date. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

Applicants outside the EU:

Application period: January 15th - February 15th

Applicants outside of the EU have a separate admissions process, more information here.