Academic Programs

Orthodox Christian Theological College in Thailand is pleased to offer two academic programs that are designed to assist in the theological and intellectual formation of candidates for ordination to the Holy Orders of the Orthodox Church.

1. PRE – THEOLOGY PROGRAM (Preparatory course)

Admission:

Annual admission intake only. Applications should be received by early August of the year prior to admission.

Duration: 1 – 2 years
Mode: Full time
Courses: English language
Russian language
Biblical history
Church history
Catechism
Christian Ethics
Liturgical hymnology
Basics of iconography
Academic year structure: Semesters:
– 1st  Semester:  September 1 – December 23
– 2nd Semester: January 9 – May 31
Examination sessions:
– 1st examination session: December 19 – 23
– 2nd examination session: May 25 – 31
Vacations:
– Winter (Christmas) vacation: December 24 – January 8
– Spring (Easter) vacation: 1 week, variable (depend of the Easter feast date)
– Summer vacation: June 1 – August 30.
Tuition Fee: 4,500 USD per year (can be paid in two installments at the beginning of each semester). Tuition payment is arranged with the sponsoring diocese or parish. This amount is subject to change, financial aid arrangements may be available.
Financial support: OCTC is committed to admitting the most able and dedicated students to its courses, regardless of their financial means or background. Most students are eligible for financial support.
Overview:

Many candidates for priesthood come to Orthodox Christian Theological College without the necessary undergraduate background and/or the prerequisite philosophical and introductory theological background. Some also need additional time for spiritual and human development. With this in mind, OCTC offers a Pre-Theology Program of one to two years. The length of the program depends on the candidate’s previous background and the judgment of College Vocational Comission.

Spiritual and human formation is an integral part of the Pre-Theology Program. All pre-theology students live at OCTC and participate in all required spiritual formation activities. Through private and communal prayer, weekly Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confession, retreats, days of recollection, and conferences, students have every opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God and their call to Priesthood. Students have an individual spiritual advisor who assists them in the discernment and integration process. In addition, the program introduces the student to the full Orthodox heritage of spiritual practice and to the discipline necessary for authentic spiritual development.

2. PASTORAL THEOLOGY PROGRAM (Available soon!)

Admission: – Annual admission intake only. Applications should be received by early August of the year prior to admission.
– Only Orthodox Christians can apply.
– Admission to the Pastoral Theology Certificate Program requires sponsorship by a diocese or parish. Such sponsorship means the student is a potential candidate for ordination in the sponsoring diocese or community.
– All students must have the blessing of their local Bishop to be enrolled in full-time study on campus.
Duration: 3 years
Mode: Full time
Courses: Sacred Scriptures of Old Testament
Sacred Scriptures of New Testament
History of the Ancient Church
Dogmatic Theology
Comparative Theology
Moral Theology and Asceticism
Liturgical Tradition
Homiletics
Canon Law
Patristic Writings
Ecclesiastical Art
History of non-Christian Religions
New Religious Movements
Missiology
Principles and Methods of Missionary Activity
Schisms
Logic, Theory and Practice of Argumentation
Psychology
Academic year structure: Semesters:
– 1st Semester:  September 1 – December 23
– 2nd Semester: January 9 – May 31
Examination sessions:
– 1st examination session: December 19 – 23
– 2nd examination session: May 25 – 31
Vacations:
– Winter (Christmas) vacation: December 24 – January 8
– Spring (Easter) vacation: one week, variable (depend of the Easter feast date)
– Summer vacation: June 1 – August 30.
English Proficiency: Pastoral Theology Certificate Program requires a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS, or equivalent) score of 6.5 (six point five).
Tuition Fee: 4,500 USD per year (can be paid in two installments at the beginning of each semester). Tuition payment is arranged with the sponsoring diocese or parish. This amount is subject to change, financial aid arrangements may be available.
Financial support: OCTC is committed to admitting the most able and dedicated students to its courses, regardless of their financial means or background. Most students are eligible for financial support.
Overview:

Pastoral Theology Certificate is a primary qualification in theology and is the basis for further study at postgraduate level. It is a broad course combining both theological and practical studies. All relevant components and course units of the Pastoral Theology Certificate Program are normally completed over three years.

At present, the Pastoral Theology Certificate Program serves as the principal means of training men for ordination or active ministry within the Church and, as such, admission to this program is limited to male applicants aspiring to this end.

At all times, applicants are advised that completion of their studies does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in the Orthodox Church. Among other things, applicants considering ordination should keep in mind that the years of education and training at OCTC serve as a period of discernment, and that ordination itself is regulated by the canon law of the Orthodox Church. Applicants who have questions concerning their eligibility for ordination should consult with their appropriate ecclesiastical authority.

Rationale:

The three years program at OCTC, designed for male students with an intention of ordination or active service within the Church, has simultaneously an academic, spiritual and practical nature in order to impart to students a thorough knowledge, skills and attitude in Orthodox theology and spirituality for multifarious ministry.

Given the distinctive theological ethos and character of Eastern Christianity, the aim of the College’s educational program is to integrate spirituality, faith and academic excellence. At OCTC, the lecture room, the library and the study (the places of learning), and the chapel (the place of worship), are all of equal significance.

In the spirit of Orthodox Christianity, educational growth is inseparably bound to the values, spirit and experience of the faith. As such, OCTC is concerned with the spiritual and moral development of the students. The theologian is the one who struggles not only to gain a deep understanding of the faith but also lives this faith with all its powers and practical applications.