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 aims to reach out to the broad community of Orthodox throughout Western North America, as well as the whole of the United States, through Regional Centers.
The Institute's Chief Center: San Francisco
The Institute is beginning its operations 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, our diploma study days and on-site teaching will begin here, allowing participants and students from a wide geography surrounding the region to take part in our Certificate Program of studies, and other courses.
As the Certificate in Orthodox Studies is a program taught by a blended learning environment of monthly intensive study days, combined with robust distance-learning elements, you can participate in this in-depth program via our San Francisco center as long as you are able to travel to the city for the modular study days themselves, which are offered once per month. You do not need to attend the one-day intensive sessions every month, and the full scope of eight modules and a Summer School can be taken either over one or two years, as your schedule and travel opportunities permit. The remainder of your studies can be accomplished via distance learning elements, parish interaction in your home city or town, etc.
Developing Regional Centers
All our programs at the Institute - including our Certificate in Orthodox Studies, Diploma in Orthodox Studies, Diaconal Formation Programs, etc. - are being designed with an eye toward the development of Regional Centers throughout the United States. These centers will allow our materials to be delivered in various cities across the country, all organized, certified and operated by the Institute while bringing national and local teaching expertise to each location. You will receive the same education, on the same carefully-developed syllabus and curriculum, delivered through study days and seminars in your area.
Will There Be a Regional Center in My Area?
We are currently in the process of developing plans for the Institute's first Regional Centers. Our first operations will begin in San Francisco, offering the opportunity for study for all those in the western region. It is likely that our first Regional Centers will be established in major cities in the western United States, followed by Centers in the Midwest and eastern US.
If you feel there might be a need for a Regional Center of the Institute in your area, please contact us with a request.
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.