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Introduction to Orthodox Theology (2023-2024)

In the Introduction to Orthodox Theology program, participants join with students on the four-year Pastoral-Pedagogical Program course for their first year of studies. This is composed of university studies (30 ECTS) and folkhögskola studies (Christian/pastoral formation). In this way participants who are not yet ready or able to commit to a full bachelor’s program are able to explore the study of theology both as an academic discipline and as a way of life. 

Because the studies in the program are the same as those taken by students on the four-year program, if, at the end of the year, participants wish to join the Pastoral-Pedagogical Program they are able to do so seamlessly. 

Alternatively, many programs within the humanities allow for a transfer of elective credits, which means that students in certain cases can incorporate the credits acquired in this program as elective courses elsewhere. 

On its own, as a one-year introduction to the study of the Eastern Christian tradition and Orthodox life and tradition, the program will deepen the participant’s knowledge and understanding and equip them to play a larger role in church life. 

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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year (full-time), 30 ECTS credits

Study Pace: Full-time (100 %)

Teaching Hours: Daytime, certain weekends and evenings
Type of Instruction: On-campus
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: University – First cycle and Seminary – post secondary school level

Organizer: Stockholm School of Theology

The applicant must have completed their upper secondary (high school) education.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate the necessary proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify proficiency in English, are required to take an internationally recognized test (e. g., TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent). More information about the required score on internationally recognized English tests can be found at English language requirements (www.universityadmissions.se); see section Meeting the English requirements with an English test. For more information please see: Entry requirements (www.universityadmissions.se)


Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is a citizen of Sweden or another EU country or who have been granted permission to live in Sweden. Students must be registered as living in Sweden. 

Students at Stockholm School of Theology are not required to pay tuition fees if they are citizens of Sweden, of another EU country or if they have been granted permission to live in Sweden. The information about tuition fee for other international students is available on  https://ehs.se/tuition-fees.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola:Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this program is SEK 1200 per semester.