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A wealth of study opportunities

We are pleased to offer a broad variety of courses and programs for those who are interested in Eastern Christianity.

For enquirers into Orthodoxy, or for those who wish to immerse themselves in their tradition, we offer distance courses that explore subjects such as church music, the sources of the faith, or the pedagogical tradition of the Sunday School movement. We also offer the course One Year for the Church, as an opportunity to explore the depths of Orthodox faith and tradition at our seminary.

For those who wish to serve the Church we have several vocational programs, such as our pastoral or pedagogical programs. For anyone wishing to test their calling to the Church, we can recommend one of our two introductory years. These courses can be taken independently, or as part of a program for those who wish to continue their studies. The introductory year provides a broad foundation in Orthodox theology and tradition, and represents an opportunity to experience seminary life, or the monastic environment.

For those who wish to take on the challenge of furthering the field of Eastern Christian studies, and contribute to the global theological discourse, we offer academic studies up to post-graduate and research level.

We also offer language and general education courses as preparation for further studies.

We hope you will find something that interests you. Welcome to Sankt Ignatios!

Introductory Courses

One Year for the Church

A year of study and reflection, of fellowship, discussion and discovery. Through this course those who cherish their faith can explore the depths of Orthodox faith and tradition.

Introductory Year to Orthodox Theology and Tradition

A formative year where students can grow as humans and as Christians, and deepen their spiritual identities. The course lays a broad foundation in Orthodox theology and tradition, introduces students to Church languages, and equips them to critically engage with the sources of the faith. This course serves as an introductory module for several of our programs, but can also be taken independently.

Introductory Year to the Theology and Tradition of the Serbian Orthodox Church

A formative year where students can grow as humans and as Christians, and deepen their spiritual identities. The course is given in cooperation with bishop Dositej and the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Britain and Scandinavia, and held at the monastery in Örkelljunga, Skåne. This course serves as an introductory module for several of our programs, but can also be taken independently.

Kthobonoyo (Syriac) with an introduction to the orthodox tradition - Intensive course in Jerusalem

A six-week intensive course where students discover the holy land and explore the roots of Christianity while also learning the foundations of classical Syriac.

Arabic with an introduction to the orthodox tradition - Intensive course in Jerusalem

A six-week intensive course where students discover the holy land and explore the roots of Christianity while also learning the foundations of Arabic.

Vocational Programs

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Diaconate

A two-year program that trains candidates in expressing the gospel through practical service, as preparation for ordination to the diaconate in the Orthodox Church. The program leads to a diploma in diaconal ministry.

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Priesthood

A four-year program that establishes a solid foundation in orthodox theology, and focuses on the candidate's formation as a spiritual and communicative leader. The program leads to a bachelor's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies as well as a vocational qualification in pastoral ministry.

Pedagogical Program - Parish Assistant (Reader / Maqryono)

A two-year program that builds a broad theological foundation and equips students to share their knowledge with others. The program leads to a diploma as parish assistant (Reader / Maqryono).

Pedagogical Program - Religious Educator (Paidagogos / Malphono / Marigeta)

A six-year program that guides students into a deep intuitive understanding of orthodox spirituality and theology, and prepares them to serve as teachers and theologians within the Orthodox Church. 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 / Marigeta)

Eastern Christian Studies

Bachelor's Program in Eastern Christian Studies - Distance Learning

A three-year bachelor’s program where students acquire a solid understanding of orthodox theology and tradition, and enter into the scientific discourse that comprises the field of Eastern Christian studies.

Master's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

A two-year master's program where students acquire a deeper understanding of the field of Eastern Christian studies as well as proficiency in scientific discourse at an advanced level.

Research Program in Eastern Christian Studies

A four-year program where doctoral students build upon the skills they have acquired during their graduate studies, and learn to independently conduct qualitative research as well as how to publish their research in the research community and convey their findings to a popular audience.

Tewahedo Programs

Pastoral Program for Ordination as Tewahedo Mission-Parish Priest

A two-year program that prepares candidates for ordination as priests in mission-parishes. The program leads to a diploma in pastoral ministry.

Introduction to Zema for Debtera Candidates

A two-year program that prepares students for service as debteras in the Tewahedo Church. The program leads to a diploma as debtera.

Distance Courses

The Sources of the Faith in History and Present - Distance course, part-time

A modular distance course that explores Church history and the four sources of the faith. The modules are each one semester long and can be taken in any order, or even separately. The course contains a total of five modules: Church History, The Apostolic Scriptures, Patristics, Ecclesiology, and Liturgics.

Byzantine Church Music - Distance course with meetups, part-time

A two-year exploration of the theory and practice of Byzantine church music. The course combines distance learning with meetups at the monastery in Örkelljunga where Bishop Dositej, the Serbian Orthodox bishop of Scandinavia and the United Kingdom lives.

Scout Leadership Training - Distance course with meetups, full-time

A one year course which provides leadership training for young people who want to serve as scouting leaders.

Sunday School and Youth Leader Training - Distance course, part-time

An eleven-week introduction to the history and methodology of the Sunday School that explores stages of child development, useful educational materials, and pedagogical methods for teaching young adults.

Modern Standard Arabic (fuṣḥá) - Distance course with meetups, part-time

A course which provide speakers of Arabic dialects with the opportunity of learning basic reading and writing skills in standard Arabic, and introduces them to liturgical texts.

The History and Spirituality of the Serbian Orthodox Church - Distance course, part-time

A one-year introduction to the history and spirituality of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Arat Ayna (Tigrinya) - Distance course, part-time

A one-year introduction to the history and spirituality of the Tewahedo Church, given in Tigrinya.

Arba’ ‘ayun (Arabic) - Distance course, part-time

A one-year introduction to the history and spirituality of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, given in Arabic.

General Education

Intensive English Language Course - Beginner Level, Afternoon Course

Study English in the afternoons for one term.

Intensive English Language Course - Advanced Level, Evening Course

Study English in the evenings for one term.

General Education

A one to four year course equivalent to primary or secondary school, which provides general entry requirements for higher education.