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 North America through its Distance Learning programs and its developing Regional Centers.
Distance Learning: Reaching Out From San Francisco to the Whole Country, and Even Further
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 in the region. 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. Students currently enrolled in the Certificate Program come from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Colorado, New York, Flordia, Alabama, China, Romania, and many other locales.
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. Take a few moments to find out whether our Distance Learning program is right for you...
Developing Regional Centers
All our programs at the Institute, including our Certificate in Orthodox Studies, are designed with an eye towards not only towards the implementation of our dynamic Distance Learning options, but also the development 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; and we've already begun the process of developing regional centers where local groups of students meet together with local leadership and a guided program to further enhance their studies on the course.
Can Our Local Parish or Center Become a Hub of the Institute?
We regularly offer the opportunity to develop a local 'hub' of the Institute at parishes where a group of parishioners and/or clergy enrol in the Certificate Program together (generally a group of three or more suits these purposes). In these cases, the Certificate Program's core elements are augmented by a purpose-designed curricula of activities to take place at the local level — group readings, discussions, lectures, etc. — by current and future students in the region.
If a number of people in your parish have enrolled in the program, or are considering doing so, and you'd like further information on establishing a local hub of the Institute in the parish, please simply contact us to for further information.
Additionally, 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.