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.

The Pontifical Oriental Institute, following the Holy See’s adherence to the Bologna Process, has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), as requested by the Dicastery for Culture and Education.

Based on this system, over the course of the Licentiate the student must take and pass exams in accordance with the following breakdown:

  • first-year courses (for a total of 39 ECTS);
  • principal and auxiliary courses (for a total of 66 ECTS);
  • optional courses (for a total of 15 ECTS);
  • seminars (for a total of 10 ECTS);
  • Latin language courses (for a total of 25 ECTS).

The student must also:

  • participate in academic events offered by the Institute, including symposia, conferences, etc.

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