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Pastoral – Pedagogical Program (2023-2024)

The priest is central to the life of a Church. He celebrates the liturgy together with the parish, gathers people together for prayer and helps them to discover the roots of their tradition. The priest offers care and spiritual counselling to people at times of need and crisis in their lives, and he represents the Church to the wider community. He conducts baptisms, weddings and funerals. Through his preaching the priest proclaims the gospel and through his lifestyle he encourages holiness.

On the pedagogical track of the Pastoral-Pedagogical Program, our participants receive a thorough understanding of the Church’s theological and biblical tradition as well as tools which will allow them to communicate their knowledge to others. Our participants learn how to create a safe and stimulating learning environment within a Church congregation and how to encourage participation in the life of the Church by lay members.

The training includes subjects such as practical liturgics, pastoral theology and Church languages, and all the participants on the program take the bachelor’s degree program in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm).

You can find more information about the program here.

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Quick Facts

Length: 4 years (full-time), 180 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 (year 1-2) & Campus Bromma (year 3-4)

Level: University – First cycle (bachelor’s degree) (180 ECTS credits) and Seminary - post-secondary school level 

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola and Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm)

The applicant must have completed their upper secondary (high school) education. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate 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 make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.
For more information please visit: 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.