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Bachelor’s Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Level: Undergraduate level

Type of education: University

Type of instruction: Distance learning

Length: 3 years

Study pace: Fulltime (100%)

Language of instruction: English

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2018

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.

Applicants outside the EU:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.

In this three-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.

Content

The first year comprises the following courses:

  • Introduction to the Bible and Religion
  • Theology and Church History
  • History of Eastern Christianity: Mission and Development
  • Text, Context and Interpretation of life
  • Peace, Conflict and Religion
  • History of Eastern Christianity, intermediate level

The second year comprises the following courses:

  • The World Religions
  • Introduction to Patristic Studies
  • Human Rights and Foundations of International Law
  • Eastern Christian Theology (Byzantine/Coptic/Syriac/Tewahedo)
  • Introduction to Eastern Christian Ecclesiology
  • Introduction to Eastern Liturgical Studies
  • The Gospels and the Letters of Paul
  • Sacred Texts of Eastern Christianity

The third and final year comprises the following courses:

  • Eastern Christian Liturgies
  • Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Eastern Christianity
  • Applied Psychology of religion and Applied Pedagogy of religion
  • Methodology – Eastern Christian Studies
  • Bachelor’s thesis

Degree

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

Cost

Tuition is free for Swedish and EU citizens or residence permit holders. Non-EU applicants are referred to info@sanktignatios.org for more information.

Student Financial Aid

Participants on this program are eligible to apply for student loans and grants via The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). Applicants must be prepared to validate their eligibility for study by providing documentation detailing previous education, since this will determine the outcome of their application for student financial aid. Students can participate in this program without applying for student financial aid.

Prerequisites

General entry requirements for university studies in Sweden.

Admissions Proccess

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country who are admitted will be informed via universityadmissions.se. Applicants outside the EU who are admitted will receive an admissions letter by e-mail in early March.

Applicants outside the EU are responsible for investigating which permits are required for them to study at a Swedish university, and for applying for such permits.

A second application period for late application may be opened in early June, depending on available spots.

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2018

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.

Applicants outside the EU:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.