Our sabbatical programme is a personalized programme. We do not work with a fixed programme. When you come you have to decide what your emphasis is going to be:

1. Personal reading: we have a large library and are connected with the various libraries of the area.
2. Producing a research paper on a topic of your choice.
3. Selecting a number of courses from our Philosophy, Theology, and Development Studies programmes. Participating in one of the post-graduate courses at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal is also a possibility.
4. Focus on prayer, spiritual direction, retreat. You can mix these elements according to your choice.

You can spend one semester or two semesters. Our academic year starts early in February, with a winter break usually from about June 15 to July 18. The second semester then follows until the end of November. See the Calendar for each year for exact dates. We are situated near Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, about 400 meters above the city in the country side, near farms and a nature reserve (no lions or elephants, only antelopes of various kinds, birds, monkeys, …). So, it is ideal if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of noisy city life. We are situated about 100 km from the Indian Ocean and about 100 km from the famous Drakensberg Mountains. Once in while a day long excursion will be organized to hike in the mountains, watch the Bushmen paintings, or to wet your feet in the salty water of the Indian Ocean. Accommodation is available in a small residence for Sisters studying at St. Joseph’s Theological Institute (about 16).

The cost for a semester at present (2016) is R 20 575 (= approximately 1900.00 US Dollars, at exchange rate at time of posting). For lecture fees: auditing R 485 (45 US Dollars) for a two hour per semester course. Depending on how many courses you audit you can work out the cost.


St Joseph’s Theological Institute
Private Bag 6004
Hilton 3245
South Africa
Phone +27 (0)87 353 8940/1
Fax     +27 (0)33 343 5948