Pastoral-Pedagogical Program

This is a program that equips men and women for vocational service in the Church.

Why study the Pastoral Pedagogical Program?

Sankt Ignatios is able to offer a unique combination of courses which meet the demands of those wishing to prepare to serve as priests, deacons and other vocational offices in the Orthodox Church.

In collaboration with Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm) Sankt Ignatios College is able to offer to its students undergraduate academic program of the highest quality in the department of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology. Students are able to combine their academic studies there with practical and Church tradition based courses from the Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola professional program, and are thus able to combine practice and theory, and integrate their own Church traditions with the wider Christian and Orthodox perspective. In this way they are well prepared to lead their parishes and engage in dialogue with other communities.

Students on the program are taught both at folhögskola and university levels.

All church-based training, such as instruction in the Church’s liturgy, music, prayers and Church-specific studies is taught at folkhögskola level and provided by the seminary to which the student belongs. All students on the program belong to a seminary representing their Orthodox tradition where the students are taught by experienced and skilled teachers and practitioners, most of whom are themselves priests and church leaders of many years standing.

Their academic studies are taught by Sankt Ignatios College, Stockholm School of Theology (Department of Eastern Christian Studies), and are directed by world class scholars and teachers who provide education in biblical studies, Church history, theology, patristics and similar courses, providing a rich and stimulating education in the riches of the Eastern and Orthodox traditions.

This combination of folkhögskola and university level studies is unique in the world of Orthodox vocational education.

Program objectives

The student should be able to demonstrate the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for the purpose of working independently as a priest or educator in the Orthodox Churches.

Program outcomes

On completion of the program the students will be able to employ their Church’s tradition in the service of the gospel in the contemporary world. They will be able to read and expound the apostolic scriptures, think theologically, understand current debates about moral, philosophical and ecumenical issues, treat people pastorally with understanding and sensitivity, and take positions of leadership and responsibility in the wider Church.

Structure of the program

Students study for a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree, while also studying courses related to their own church traditions and liturgies in their seminaries and the Folkhögskola.

Program Requirements

The applicant must have completed their upper secondary (high school) education. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a good proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

For more information please visit: Entry requirements (

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

Successful students receive a Pastoral/Pedagogical qualification. This is the requirement for the ministry as a priest, and also equips students with the pedagogical skills needed to become Sunday School teachers or to take up certain other teaching positions.


Please note that acceptance to, and completion of a seminary program does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in any Church. Only ecclesiastical authorities have the power to decide if a person should be ordained.

Contact persons: Anne-Christina Lindvall,, Daniel Öhrwall,
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme,
How to apply? Apply through or from March 15 until April 15, 2021.
Cost of study: Tuition fee at EHS, Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola fee
Length: 4 years (full-time) 180 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: On-campus learning
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime, certain weekends and evenings.
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Södertälje and Bromma, Stockholm

Upon enrolment in Sankt Ignatios College, students are automatically registered at both Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm) and at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola. Each of our students also belongs to a seminary where they live and study together with other students and where they can relate their studies to their own tradition. Sankt Ignatios College has four seminaries: Sankt Ignatios Coptic Orthodox Seminary, Sankt Ignatios Syriac Orthodox Seminary, Sankt Ignatios Byzantine Orthodox Seminary, and Sankt Ignatios Tewahedo Orthodox Seminary. Each seminary has its own rector, who is either a bishop or priest. Some courses are taught in common with students from other seminaries, usually at our campus in Södertälje, while some courses are specific to a particular Orthodox tradition and are taught within the seminaries. Most academic courses are taught in common with other students at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm).