The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies

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As summer draws towards its close and we anticipate the beginning of a new Academic Year (which begins for us on 22nd September 2015), we wanted to share some of the good news coming out of the Institute as we wrap up our summer term and head into the Autumn.

The first piece of wonderful news to share is that our most current enrolment statistics indicate a 98% retention rate for returning students this Autumn — a number almost unheard of in Distance Learning-based studies. We credit this to what we believe is a strong program that engages our students in study that feeds soul, heart and mind in a creative and powerful way, but also to the students themselves: a wonderful mix of Orthodoxy laity, clergy and faithful, together with non-Orthodox students desiring to learn more about the Church and be drawn closer to her, who work together with each other and with our collection of Instructors to grow in the Orthodox faith.
Not only are we looking to welcome back our returning students, our new application rates for the 2015-2016 Academic Year are surpassing our estimates, and in September we look forward to welcoming new students from California, Washington, Romania and Texas, as well as several other locales — from the ROCOR, OCA, Antiochian Church and several other Orthodox traditions. They’ll be taking a range of modules including “Foundations in Orthodox History and Practice (The Earliest Church)“, “Controversies, Councils & Creeds — Into the Conciliar Age“, and “Orthodox Trinitarian Theology“; as well as working on special longer-term Dissertation Projects.
In addition, we are actively planning our usual activities that extend beyond our chief academic program, the Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning — including ourannual symposia, and in September 2016 our second international educational pilgrimage. All these bring our annual numbers of participants in various Institute activities to over 500, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to play a part in the lives of so many.
Not Sure What Our Certificate Program Offers? Watch Our Brief Video.

If you’re not sure just what is offered in our modular Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning, take a moment to watch a brief video we’ve recently put together, describing the course to potential applicants. You may be surprised to learn that the Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute offers one of the only Distance Learning-based programs of its kind in the world, in which students participate in the in-depth study of Orthodox history, life, theology and practice through a richly interactive environment that includes live video classes, one-on-one ‘tutorial’ sessions with instructors, visually-rich recorded content, interactive assignments and discussions, parish-involvement based activities, guided reading in the Holy Fathers and other Church documents, and more.

And here’s some news you might like to share: we’re still accepting applicants for the new Academic Year, which begins 22nd September 2015 — so if you or someone you know might benefit from beginning a course of Orthodox studies you can take from home, now is the time to apply. Full information, including pricing, is available on the Institute’s web site, and you can complete your application on-line in a matter of minutes.

We hope you’ll find this update as encouraging as we do, and we look forward to working with you to advance pious Orthodox education into the future.
Institute students during our September 2014 Pilgrimage to the Holy Orthodox Sites of the British Isles