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Vocational Programs

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Diaconate

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Diaconate

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Priesthood

Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Priesthood

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College & University

Length: 4 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

Application period: January 15th - February 15th.

Pedagogical Program - Parish Assistant

Pedagogical Program - Parish Assistant

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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).

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Pedagogical Program - Religious Educator

Pedagogical Program - Religious Educator

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College & University

Length: 6 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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 / Malphonitho / Marigeta).

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

Application period: January 15th - February 15th.

Eastern Christian Studies

Bachelor's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Bachelor's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: University

Length: 3 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Master's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Master's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: University

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Research Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Research Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: University

Length: 4 years (fulltime) or 8 years (part-time)

Study pace: Full-time (100%) or part-time (50%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Tewahedo Programs

Pastoral Program for Ordination as Tewahedo Mission-Parish Priest

Pastoral Program for Ordination as Tewahedo Mission-Parish Priest

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Introduction to Zema for Debtera Candidates

Introduction to Zema for Debtera Candidates

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: College

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Distance Courses

The Sources of the Faith in History and Present

The Sources of the Faith in History and Present

Next course modules: Starting August 20th - Church History, Patristics, Liturgics.

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: One semester per module. 2,5 years for all modules.

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period open

This course is always open for applications. Your application must reach us at least one week before the specific course module starts.

Apply via application form (PDF).

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Icon Painting

Icon Painting

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A basic one-year course in icon painting for those who want to learn more about the icon, and develop their skills in painting or writing an icon. The course consists of theoretical parts via distance learning, as well as mandatory meetups in Södertälje for the practical parts.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Byzantine Church Music

Byzantine Church Music

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A one-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.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Scout Leadership Training

Scout Leadership Training

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Sunday School and Youth Leader Training

Sunday School and Youth Leader Training

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A one-year 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. We offer two directions for this course, one based on the Coptic tradition, and one based on the Syriac tradition.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Introduction to the History and Spirituality of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Introduction to the History and Spirituality of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Coptic Church (in Arabic)

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Coptic Church (in Arabic)

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A two-year introduction to the theology and tradition of the Coptic Church.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Byzantine Church (in Arabic)

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Byzantine Church (in Arabic)

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 2 years

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A two-year introduction to the theology and tradition of the Byzantine Church.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Tewahedo Church (in Amharic)

Introduction to the Theology and Tradition of the Tewahedo Church (in Amharic)

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A one-year introduction to the theology and tradition of the Tewahedo Church.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Modern Standard Arabic (fuṣḥá)

Modern Standard Arabic (fuṣḥá)

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

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

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

Church Administration (in Tigrinya)

Church Administration (in Tigrinya)

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1 year

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

A one-year course that explores how the Church is organised based on the sources of Church law. The course also provides knowledge in communication, administration and economics, as well as leadership and positions within the Church.

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.

General Education

General Education

General Education

Next course start: Fall term 2019

Type of education: Folk highschool

Length: 1-4 years

Study pace: Full-time (100%)

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

Applicants within Sweden:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside Sweden:

This program is not open for applicants outside Sweden.