St Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute


The Minors provide an introduction to Orthodox academic theology. These programmes are open to students enrolled in any bachelor programme at a Dutch university and to students enrolled in a Dutch HBO bachelor programme. The only requirement for admission is basic knowledge of the Bible. You will probably need permission from your bachelor programme to include the Minor in your studies. Because you only have to pay tuition once, the Minor is free.

As of the academic year 2021-2022 the following Minor programmes will be offered:

Minor 1 (30 ECTS): equals the first year of the Pre-Master programme.

Minor 2 (15 ECTS): Orthodox History I, Orthodox Scripture and another course from the first year of the Pre-Master.

It is also possible to follow more courses, if the exam board of the main institution gives its permission.

The programme is offered in the innovative ‘blended learning’ format, combining online learning and physical meetings at the ‘intensives’. At the end of both semesters, during a two-day intensive, students present their papers on two different subjects in a so-called ‘flipped classroom’. Following the intensive, students have a few more weeks in which to complete the course. The teaching staff consists of: Fr John Behr, Fr Michael Bakker, Fr Joan Lena and guest lecturers.

Students are studying alongside Pre-Master students, whose programme coincides during the first year with the Minor programme.

If you are interested in the Minor programme Orthodox Christianity, please contact us through the form below. You will be contacted and will receive information about the admission procedure.

Please download the Flyer Pre-master/Minor St Irenaeus here.

Enrolment Minor Orthodox Christianity

The St Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute

The St Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute is the successor of ACOT (Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology), providing educational programmes at an academic level and courses and lectures for those interested in Orthodoxy.