How Do I Enroll?
Enroll today! The admissions process for the Certificate in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning is initiated through an on-line application form, and we operate a rolling admissions cycle, meaning you can apply at any time. As we work hard to balance our cohorts carefully, the earlier you apply means you have a far better chance of being accepted into the next available cohort of study.
As soon as you are accepted and fully enrolled, you will be able to access special resources on the web site that allow you to begin your reading and preparations immediately, getting a head start on your studies. Our Academic Calendar spells out our termly start dates, and there are multiple options as to when you can begin the course. Normally students begin with Module CS01 offered in Michaelmas Term; however, modules can be taken in other orders and we do occasionally accept students to begin their studies mid-year — simply indicate this in your application form if it is a possibility that appeals to you.
If the higher-level study of Orthodox Christianity appeals to you, and if you feel the Institute’s Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Leanring meets your needs, you can apply right now and secure a place on the program.
Application for the Certificate Program is open to all who have an interest in the level and scope of Orthodox studies it provides. You do not need to be Orthodox to apply.
There are no specific credential pre-requisites for admission onto the Certificate Program by Distance Learning; however, the course delivery is at the equivalent to university-level study and potential students must be able to engage successfully in this type of learning.
Admission decisions are based on:
- The ability of applicants to work at the level required by the program;
- The ability of applicants to utilize the technical resources required by the course (see below);
- A Personal Statement explaining the reasons for desiring this course of study.
Church / Religious Requirements:
You do do not need to be Orthodox to apply for the Certificate Program, and we welcome non-Orthodox students onto the course as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of Orthodox Christianity and the Church, even as we welcome long-standing Orthodox Christians who seek to further their Life in Christ.
All applicants must understand that this is an Orthodox institution, and the Certificate Program aims specifically and explicitly to foster the teachings of the Church and support the deeper living-out of the Orthodox life.
If you are an Orthodox Christian, you must have the blessing of your spiritual father or parish priest to participate in the Certificate Program.
As this is a Distance Learning program based on interactive electronic operation and delivery, applicants must be fully comfortable with (or willing to learn and become comfortable with) modern computing technologies, including but not limited to: navigation and interaction with interactive web sites; video-based chats; Skype and similar chat/video environments; e-mail and mail attachments; word processors and document files; viewing on-line video and listening to on-line audio; forums and blogs; and similar resources. You must also have computing equipment capable of engaging with these resources (generally any modern computer with a camera, microphone and stable internet connection will suffice). It is not possible to study on our Certificate Program without the use of these technologies.
Some instruction in these technologies is provided by the Institute to its students, in terms of utilizing specific technologies (e.g. Skype) for the program; however, such technical instruction is limited and always assumes a level of working familiarity with computers and the internet by students.
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Contact Us With Questions:
If you have any questions about application or enrollment, or would like personal guidance in determining whether our Certificate Program is right for you, we invite you to contact us with your questions.