Where Can I Study?
Do I need to be in San Francisco to Study at the Institute?
While the Institute is headed from San Francisco, it reaches out to the broad community of Orthodox throughout Western North America, as well as the whole of the United States, through its Distance Learning programs, and its developing Regional Centers.
Reaching Out From San Francisco to the Whole Country
The Institute is organized from its main center in San Francisco, California. Using the Bay Area as a hub that sits conveniently at the heart of many western American Orthodox communities, we are accessible for on-site instruction, study groups, symposia and other regional activities. However, our principal course of study is our Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning, which uses on-line resources to bridge any distance, meaning that you can take part in our courses wherever you are located.
This means that we are able to provide a solid Orthodox education to students, near or far — whether living in families, struggling for God in monasteries with the blessing of the superior for further study, or even while engaging in other educational activities.
Developing Regional Centers
All our programs at the Institute, including our Certificate in Orthodox Studies, are designed with an eye toward the development not only of Distance Learning based options, but also of Regional Centers throughout the United States. These centers will allow our materials to include 'local elements' delivered in various cities across the country, all organized, certified and operated by the Institute. At present, our Distance Learning-based tools are already making study from any location a real, dyanmic and deeply inter-personal reality; but we have our eye on this additional realm of development for the future.
Can Our Local Center Become a Part of the Institute?
Currently, there are a number of small programs and centers throughout the United States and Canada, sometimes operated by parishes or local groups within the Church, that offer differing opportunities for study, training, etc. If you are involved in such an operation, and feel that it might benefit from being incorporated into the Institute and becoming a Regional Center, please contact us to discuss how the Institute's development may help expand Orthodox education in your area.