Welcome to the Department of Short Courses
Our sabbatical programme is a personalized programme. We do not work with a fixed programme. When you join us you decide what your course emphasis is going to be.
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 KwaZulu-Natal is also a possibility.
4. Focus on prayer, spiritual direction and 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 countryside, 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 a while, a day long excursion will be organized to hike in the mountains, see 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.
Other Short Courses
St Joseph’s Theological Institute offers other relevant short courses, including but not limited to Peace Studies, Child Protection, Bible and Spirituality, etc.
Details of these will be advertised whenever the courses are on offer.
A certificate of participation is given at the end of each course.