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Bachelor's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Level: First cycle (180 ECTS credits)

Organiser: University College Stockholm

Location: Södertälje & Bromma

Language of instruction: English

Length: 4 years

Study pace: Part-time (year 1-2) & Full-time (year 3-4)

Teaching hours: Daytime

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

For a long time, Orthodox churches have lived under the oppression of totalitarian regimes, which has greatly influenced and obstructed their educational traditions. This bachelor’s program plays a foundational role in our mission to reestablish and increase the level of knowledge about, and within, the Orthodox Churches both in Sweden and internationally.

Education entails more than the mere acquisition of knowledge. It also concerns our understanding and use of knowledge. This program takes an emancipatory perspective whereby education helps to identify and question oppressive patterns that have arisen as a consequence of living in contexts of limited freedom. By becoming established in tradition while simultaneously being equipped with scientific tools, students are encouraged to engage in the dynamic process that is living tradition.

The syllabus of this program is included in several of our longer programs but can also be taken independently.


The first year comprises the following courses:

  • The Early Church 7,5hp
  • History of Religions 7,5hp
  • Biblical Studies 7,5hp

The second year comprises the following courses:

  • Historical Theology with Church History 7,5hp
  • Theories and Methods in Patristic Studies 7,5hp
  • Interpretation, theory and method with paper 7,5hp
  • Liturgics 7,5hp
  • Ecclesiology 7,5hp

The third year comprises the following courses:

  • The Gospel and the Letters of Paul 10hp
  • Sacred Texts of Eastern Christianity 5hp
  • Reception of the Bible in the East throughout history 7,5hp
  • Bible in the Liturgy 7,5hp
  • Eastern Christian liturgies 7,5hp
  • Patristics and the Great Church fathers 7,5hp
  • Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Eastern Christianity 7,5hp
  • Ecclesiology in Contemporary Orthodox Theology 7,5 hp

The fourth and final year comprises the following courses:

  • Patristic Exegesis 7,5hp
  • Eastern Christian theology 7,5hp
  • Typicon Decoded 7,5hp
  • Systematic Ecclesiology 7,5hp
  • Methodology – Eastern Christian Studies 15hp
  • Bachelor thesis 15hp

Examination Format

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.


The program leads to a bachelor's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is free for everyone with citizenship or residence permit in Sweden, EU and EFTA countries. More information is available here.

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 2020

Applicants within Sweden or other EU/EEA-countries:

Application period: March 15 - April 15.

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


General entry requirements for university studies in Sweden.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to have a citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country.

Admissions Process

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

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

August 1 - August 10: A welcome letter is sent out with additional information about the start of the program.

August 26: program start.

Applicants outside the EU/EEA:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU/EEA.