Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an Audit option?
In 2019, we added the option of Auditing the program. Audit students pay $100 (per year), and receive access to all material except assignments and exams. This means that Audit students do not have the option to graduate. The cost of auditing does not include the convention.
Can I switch from Audit to Full Student?
Students enrolled in the Audit option can switch to Full students at any time by contacting the administration (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will need to satisfy all of the graduation requirements prior to graduating from the program.
How can I register as an Audit Student?
You may register as an Audit Student using the same application process as registering for Full Students. This includes the Application, Personal Statement, and the Priest Recommendation.
What are the Graduation Requirements?
- Passing grade in four years of Hymns Classes
- Passing grade in three years of History, Rites and Theology
- Passing grade in Coptic Fundamentals (Year 1)
- Passing grade in Canons of the Diaconate (Year 4)
- Passing grade in Leadership (Year 4)
- Attendance of at least three conventions
- Completion of an Oral Exam from any convention not attended
Is attending the convention required?
In order to graduate, students must attend at least three conventions. Audit students are not required to attend any conventions. Note that this requirement may be modified on a per-person basis in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
What if I do not pass a course?
When a student does not pass a course, they are automatically transitioned to "Audit Student." They can switch back to "Full Student" at any time simply by completing the coursework (see above).
When is the Graduation Ceremony?
The Graduation ceremony is held every few years depending on the number of graduates. It is held on the Thursday prior to the annual convention. The first graduation ceremony was held on May 31, 2018 in the presence of HG Bishop Youssef and HG Bishop Basil.
Can I just attend the Convention?
For those who are interested in learning the rare and at-risk hymns taught at the convention, or interested in the fellowship aspect of the program, but are not interested in a four-year commitment, they can register for and attend the convention. Space at the convention is limited, and full students are prioritized over Audit students and non-Asaph members.