Pontifical Oriental Institute

Eastern Christian Studies

The Faculty of Eastern Christian Studies is subdivided into three sections: theological-patristic, liturgical, and historical.

After completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (first cycle), students are admitted to the Licentiate (S.E.O.L.). Those who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in History may enroll in the Licentiate in the history section.

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

Those interested in deepening a specific area or in having a general knowledge of the Christian East can enroll in the program of the Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies.

The propaedeutic year concludes with a comprehensive exam, to which students who have passed all the exams of each course in the program are admitted.

The comprehensive exam is taken in the presence of a commission of three faculty members, who each have 15 minutes to question the candidate.

Here the student must demonstrate the ability to synthesize and interconnect the topics covered during the course of the lectures.

Students who pass the comprehensive exam with a minimum mark of 7 and an overall average of 8.5 of the individual exams of the propaedeutic year and the comprehensive exam are admitted to the Licentiate.

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