Α. ADMISSIONS POLICY
At the “Church of Cyprus Theology School” applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their academic achievements, regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, color or religion. The “Church of Cyprus Theology School” offers the same opportunities for admission to both Cypriot and foreign students, provided that they have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction, which is Greek, to the extent that it allows unimpeded attendance of the Program of Studies and that they demonstrate the necessary respect in the faith and tradition of the Orthodox Christian Church of Cyprus.
The Program of Theology of the “Church of Cyprus Theology School” seeks to be an academic, educational and spiritual center for the formation of executives of the Church of Cyprus and the Orthodox Church in general, which will stimulate, develop, and serve both the Church and the Society, through the functions of the clergymen or through the professions of the laymen, on the basis of faith. Therefore, admission to the Program of Study Theology (4 Years/240ECTS BA), in addition to the necessary attendance to the courses, implies an accordance with the Greek Orthodox ethos of the Church of Cyprus and participation in the worship life of the Church.
Applicants for the Bachelor’s Degree Program have to submit a school leaving certificate from a recognized secondary school of at least six years’ attendance, with an average grade of 75% (for Greek-speaking secondary schools) or a grade “C” or its equivalent (for other languages secondary schools), or to provide evidence of an equivalent qualification (with a certificate from a recognized school).
Applicants who submit a school leaving certificate of at least six years of secondary education, but do not meet the above quality requirements may be admitted on a probationary status if they show potential for educational advancement. Applicants admitted on probationary status may also be required to undergo specific examinations in order to enable them to improve their performance. The probationary status will be removed, subject to a satisfactory academic performance (as provided in this regulation: score C, good, 50-64%). The probationary status cannot be extended to more than one academic year.
Additionally, applicants to the Program will necessarily have to submit a declaration of personal interest stating and developing the reasons why they are interested in attending the particular Program.
Personal interviews are usually not required for all Programs as part of the admission process. However, the “Church of Cyprus Theology School” reserves the right to invite candidates to an interview before the final decision on the admission of the applicant to the Program is taken.
Regarding the Theology Program, applicants are required to attend a personal interview, set by the Office of Admissions, to support their application. This personal interview is one of the most important step in the admissions process to the Program of Study Theology (4 Years/240ECTS BA). Foreign applicants who wish to attend the Theology Program are not exempted from the personal interview process, but video conferencing can substitute for their actual physical presence.
New undergraduate students
It refers to applicants who
(a) apply for registration immediately after secondary education and have no prior additional experience or experience of higher education;
(b) are transferred from another Program of the School or from the same or another Program of another Institute of Higher Education or University and
(c) hold a first degree in another discipline.
Applicants to a postgraduate program must submit a recognized degree or qualification deemed to be equivalent to undergraduate degree level and the official transcripts – quality reports of their first-degree studies. In addition to the requirement described above, there may be other specific entry requirements for master programs.
Students seeking readmission should complete an application form for consideration, where all the terms and conditions for readmission to the School are clearly defined. International students from non EU countries should also observe the entry visa procedure requirements.
Good knowledge of the Greek language is essential for all Programs taught in Greek. International applicants, high school graduates, who have good knowledge of the Greek language, can be admitted on the basis of their results at recognized examinations. They are required to hold a recognized Certificate of Attainment in Greek Language or a G.C.E. “O” Level in Greek (or a qualification equivalent to IGCSE or equivalent to a GCSE Modern Greek) with a minimum of a C grade. Knowledge of English, French or any other language may help the student in the study foreign bibliographic resources and will be considered as an additional qualification.
Transfer Policy and Procedure:
From one Program of the School to another one, from another Institution to the School.
The transfer of students to an educationally-accredited Program of the School is permitted from an educationally-accredited Program operating in Cyprus or abroad. Students who are transferred from another or the same educationally-accredited Program of the School or another educationally-accredited Program of another Institution of Higher Education or University School and / or who hold a/several diploma(s) from another educationally-accredited Program, in order to be admitted shall:
1. request all relevant information from the School, prior to their transfer, about the credits that they are entitled to transfer to it or to the level of studies they will be admitted to. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred shall be less than 50% of the total credit in the Program.
2. provide an official transcript of records for all the credits they have earned at the previously attended Institution of Higher Education.
3. be aware that
(1) there will be quantity and quality limitations regarding the admission of transfer students;
(2) there will be criteria according to which the School will place transfer students in its own Programs, based on credits or marks obtained after examination in another School;
(3) there will be conditions governing their normal, probationary or provisional transfer.
(4) recognition of the study period in a non-evaluated and accredited Program requires “assimilation” based on the general guiding principles of the Council for Educational Evaluation and Accreditation – (SEKAP).
Β. ADMISSION PROCEDURE
When and How to apply
The academic year at the “Church of Cyprus Theology School” is subdivided for the purposes of registration, examination and assessment process in two semesters – semester mode of study (Ministry of Education and Culture 139/81 /20E, June 7, 1999): the fall term and the spring term. The first academic semester (fall term) begins in September and ends in January. The second academic semester (spring term) begins in February and ends on June 30th.
Fall term classes begin in September. More specifically, fall term starts on the first Monday of September and ends on the third Friday of December. It lasts for 15 (fifteen) weeks. It comprises a total of 12 (twelve) teaching units, one (1) reading week and two (2) weeks of examinations. (The remaining time, excluding the two-week Christmas break, remains at the disposal of the School for the organization of related activities.)
Spring term classes begin after the second half of January or in the first half of February and end at the end of May or early June (taking into account the Easter Feast). More specifically, spring term starts on the third Monday of January and ends in mid-May. It lasts for 15 (fifteen) weeks. It comprises a total of 12 (twelve) teaching units, one (1) reading week and two (2) weeks of examinations. In order to celebrate Easter, a period of holidays is embedded in the schedule. (The remaining time, excluding the two-week Easter break, remains at the disposal of the School for the organization of related activities.)
During the academic year it is possible to organize supporting activities aiming to strengthen the students’ ties with each other and with the School and to enhance the development of the particular ethos of the School. The annual schedule of the “Church of Cyprus Theology School”, for undergraduate students, is designed so that students can start attending classes in September and complete their attendance in May.
C. Registration dates and deadlines
Undergraduate and postgraduate candidates may apply for admission to the School at any time but the registration period starts in June prior to the beginning of the first semester until the beginning of classes.
Due to the fact that the formalities for issuing an entry visa last takes at least one month, international applicants requiring an entry visa are required to apply at least 6 weeks before the expected date of registration. The application should be sent to the Office of Admissions, at the address of the School in Nicosia.