News of the Amsterdam Centre of Orthodox Theology


Pioneers successfully negotiate the Pre-Master Orthodox Christianity

In the current academic year, we welcomed students to the Pre-master programme for the very first time. These nine students, six of whom will continue with the Master Spiritual Care, are now finishing their studies. The background of this group of “pioneers” was diverse, among them a Greek Orthodox priest, a Russian Orthodox priest, Syrian and Coptic Orthodox and a Protestant student.

For the academic year 2018-2019, ten students have enrolled so far. The background of these students is also diverse: a Serbian Orthodox priest, a Coptic Orthodox priest and a Greek Orthodox monastic are among them. This year we will also welcome our first Minor students, two from the University of Louvain, and one from Radboud University, Nijmegen.  

It is still possible for any bachelor student of any Dutch university to enrol in the programme as a Minor student. Because a personal interview with each prospective student needs to be conducted, please do not delay your enrolment, if you are interested. Please also take into account that this Minor of 30 European Credits is spread out over two semesters. Apart from the seven so-called ‘intensives’, study-days which will take place on a Saturday at the VU, you will be studying on your own following the online programme. If you plan well, you should be able to combine this course with your Major. This is an especially interesting option for Orthodox students, who would like to study their tradition on an academic level, without being specifically interested in ordination.

The Pre-master/Minor Orthodox Christianity programme (conducted in English) can be followed on its own, but primarily prepares students for the Orthodox track within the Master programme ‘Spiritual Care’ offered at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Pre-master consists of five courses: History, Scripture, Anthropology, Liturgy and Theology.

Fr. John Amersfoort intensiveEnrol in the Minor Orthodox Christianity

As of next academic year, it will possible for bachelor students at a Dutch university to take as a minor the Pre-Master Orthodox Christianity. This programme offers an introduction to Orthodox Christianity and is taught in a blended format. Here you’ll find more information and an enrolment form.

The ACOT staff, Fr. Andrew Louth, Fr. John Behr, Fr. Michael Bakker, Fr. Joan Lena and Nino van Gelderen wish you a blessed and sunny summertime!