Are the Institute’s Programs Right for Me?
Are you an Orthodox Christian who desires to know more about your faith, Church and history? Are you non-Orthodox, but wish to learn about this ancient Church and her living heritage and culture? Are you a member of the clergy wishing to deepen your understanding of the Church’s theology, practice and liturgical life? Are you a university student wishing to supplement your studies in other subjects with university-level studies in Orthodox history, theology and practice? Are you an individual looking for in-depth study that blends lectures and seminars with distance learning, correspondence work, and parish interaction?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then the Sts. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies is for you. Wherever you are located, the Institute has a program that suits your needs, which can expand your knowledge, understanding and faith — all on an extremely cost-effective and affordable tuition scale.
A Program That’s Right for You
In choosing any course of study, it is important to find a program that suits your needs, abilities and aims.
The Institute’s flagship Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning is designed for those people who wish to study Orthodox history, thought, life and practice in a sustained manner and at a higher education level (i.e. equivalent to university-level work), but who either do not wish or are not able to engage in full-time university or seminary studies. As a Distance Learning-based program, you can study from wherever you are, and the modular design allows you to complete the program over a two-and-a-half to three-year period, with tremendous flexibility in your own pacing and progress.
The Certificate Program is not a correspondence course! Since its opening, the Institute has worked hard to become the leader in Distance-Learning based studies, and we’ve developed a suite of resources that makes the Certificate Program an extraordinary experience in deeply interactive, interpersonal study. You’ll engage in live video classes with fellow students and lecturers; one-on-one live Oxford-style ‘tutorials’ with your instructors; interactive assessments; parish-based elements; audio- and video-lectures; and much more.
This is an ideal course for anyone interested in deepening your understanding of Orthodox history, life and practice. It is possible to complete the course entirely by Distance Learning (i.e. from wherever you are), but we also provide opportunities for in-person instruction for those in certain regions, and the possibility for all our students to take part in our national symposia and conferences at discounted rates, to complement their personal studies.
The Certificate program will be ideal for:
- Anyone wishing to further their undertsanding of Orthodox history, life, thought and practice at a university level of study;
- Those who are currently engaged in university / college study, and wish to supplement their degree with a specialist program in Orthodoxy studies;
- Those who serve in the Church, whether as clergy or laity, and wish to deepen their understanding of its history and life;
- Future clergy / ordinands, a part of their development and education in the life of the Church.
Do I have to be Orthodox to enroll?
No. Part of the Institute’s aim is to be a resource for advancing the knowledge of Orthodox Christianity in the wider culture, and its courses and programs are open to anyone. Our programs do, however, involve in-Church elements (such as observing liturgical services and commenting upon them; engaging in parish activities, etc.), and non-Orthodox students will need to be prepared to participate in Orthodox parish life to the degree canonically permitted in order to fulfil this dimension of their studies.
The only exception to this general pattern is for the pastoral training courses and supplements in development for the Institute — i.e., those programs aimed at training future clergy, such as our planned Diaconal Training Program. Such courses will only be open to Orthodox students.
As an institution of the Church, the Institute requires that Orthodox students receive a blessing from their spiritual father before enrolling in its programs, and that students on any pastoral training programs receive a blessing from their diocesan bishop.