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Sunday School and Youth Leader Training

Level: Preparatory level, Upper secondary level

Organiser: Sankt Ignatios Community College

Type of instruction: Distance learning

Length: 1 year (40 weeks)

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

Language of instruction: Swedish (the Syriac-Orthodox orientation) / Arabic (the Coptic orientation)

The Sunday School movement emerged in Egypt and spread throughout the Middle East, and to the diaspora. As a methodology, Sunday School requires a special catechetic teaching approach which takes a holistic anthropological view, and which offers individuals the opportunity of incorporating the tradition and language of the Church into their own lives and way of thinking. Sunday School also requires the use of methods for socialising the individual into the church community.

Teachers need to be aware of the different stages of development that children go through, and must be proficient in the methods appropriate for each respective stage. This course provides insight into these developmental processes, and how younger adults can best appropriate Church tradition in a way that fosters participation in Church life.

We offer two orientations for this course: one based on the Coptic tradition and one based on the Syriac-Orthodox tradition.


  • Pedagogical techniques for interacting with people of different ages and backgrounds, especially in the diaspora.
  • Introduction to: Church history, the Holy Bible, Church Fathers, Canon law, Liturgy and the Sacraments.

Distance Learning and Optional on-site Study Week in Södertälje

This is a distance course, conducted online via our student portal, and based on texts, readings and exercises.

The final part of the course, which normally comprises two weeks of part-time distance study, can alternatively be taken on-site in Södertälje, and then entails one week of full-time study. Visiting teachers from abroad will participate during this week.

Examination Format

Community college studies are based on attendance and active participation. This means that the student must participate in all parts and complete all tasks that are included in the course. If the student doesn’t do this, the school has the right and the obligation to remove the student from the course, which also means that any student financial aid for the course will be withdrawn.

Certificate of Completion

If you participate in all parts and complete all tasks that are included in the course, you will receive a certificate of completion after the end of the course.

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 community college. For distance courses this fee is SEK 400 per semester. The service fee covers insurance and administration, among other things. The service fee does not cover course literature, which is the participant's own responsibility to acquire.

Student Financial Aid

Participants of this course 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 course start: Fall term 2020

Applicants within Sweden:

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.


The course has no specific prerequisites.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to be over the age of 18 and have a citizenship or residence permit in Sweden.

Admissions Process

March 15 - April 15: Fill out the online application form for this course. Within a few days you will receive an e-mail confirmation that we have received and processed your application.

April 16 - July 11: 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 no later than two weeks after your letter of acceptance was sent. The letter also contains information about the course start.

August 5 - August 9: A welcome letter with information and login details is sent out, as well as an invoice for the service fee of the first semester.

August 19 - August 23: Course start and introductory week.

If the course has too few participants

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

If for some reason we want to close an ongoing course, the students will be notified at least one semester in advance.

Applicants outside Sweden:

This course is not open for applicants outside Sweden.