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.

Courses and exams are generally held in Italian. An adequate knowledge of the language (level B1) is required and must be certified at the time of enrollment.

In addition, at least a basic knowledge of Classical Greek must be acquired during the propaedeutic year in order to gain access to the main sources of the ancient Christian East.

Knowledge of Italian and classical Greek is assessed at the beginning of the academic year through a test. Based on the results, the student is placed in the classes of Italian and Greek courses offered by the Institute that correspond to his or her level of language proficiency.

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