Pontifical Oriental Institute

Eastern Canon Law

The Pontifical Oriental Institute is home to the only Catholic Faculty of Oriental Canon Law in the world.

The main area of work of this Faculty is the CCEO, which is the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Teaching and research also include the historical sources of the canons, the philosophy and theology of law, and the study of the various particular laws of the Churches sui iuris.

After completing the Bachelor's degree in Theology (first cycle), students are admitted to the Licentiate (D.C.O.L.).

After completing the Licentiate (second cycle), students can enroll in the Doctoral program (D.C.O.D.).

Those who are interested in deepening a specific topic or having a general knowledge of Eastern Canon Law can enroll in the Diploma in Eastern Canon Law.

At the end of each course, in order for the student to acquire the corresponding credits, the respective examination is scheduled.

Registration for the exam is possible only if the student has attended at least two-thirds of the classes.

There are two regular exam sessions: (i) at the end of the first semester of the academic year, and (ii) at the end of the second semester. No one may take an exam outside of these times without the written authorization of the Dean.

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