The Western Orthodox University


wou-emblemWelcome to the website of the Western Orthodox University. Founded on 1 August 1945, the University is a private international Christian university that is today open to men and women of all faiths and backgrounds from around the world.

Our highly traditional approach, very different from the standardized mass education philosophy prevalent today, is made possible by the University’s diversified model of operation. Affiliated campuses (currently located in Africa and Asia) and mentors are associated with the University in a number of different countries. At the affiliated campuses, students can prepare for degree and certificate awards, complimented by an external programme through which students who are not near a campus can still interact with a mentor face to face or by electronic means. The modes of study available range from full-time campus-based classes to part-time individual mentoring at a distance, with much overlap between these methods.

Mentors are co-opted as necessary from among the University’s Fellows, as well as from other academic institutions and established scholars, and oversee a programme of guided reading and written assignments tailored to the student. The student body is currently concentrated mainly on theology, the humanities and business, including such specialisms as accounting and management, but also embraces some work in the sciences and in cross-disciplinary areas. The individually tailored nature of our programmes means that many non-standard and unusual academic specialisms can be accommodated.


Most of our students are mature, experienced professionals who can bring extensive expertise to their programmes. With existing learning gained both formally and informally through the workplace, they may be suited to the assessment of previously published academic work and the assessment of prior experiential learning. Experiential assessment is a particular strength of the University, with a number of our faculty being highly expert in this process. The University also offers more traditionally structured degree routes both on campus and by distance learning, and the preparation of a dissertation incorporating either original research or a critical and systematic exposition of existing knowledge is an established route to a degree. The University’s PhD via research thesis remains one of the few research doctorates available entirely by distance learning with no residential requirements.

Our vision of education is one of tailored solutions for discerning high achievers who prefer the efficiency and freedom from bureaucracy that a private university can offer, rather than the mass market product available elsewhere. Our independent outlook allows us to place the learner at the heart of their own educational process, offering uniquely flexible programmes that are capable of considerable individual customization.

aec-mitredThe University has since 6 August 1977 been formally united with the Apostolic Episcopal Church, a Continuing Anglican jurisdiction founded in 1925 and recognized by the Statutes of the State of New York, USA, since 1932. Today, the University has a full relationship of reciprocal partnership, recognition and accreditation with the historic Pontificia Accademia Tiberina in Rome, Italy, founded in 1813 and recognized by the Sacred Congregation of Studies under Pope Leo XII in 1825. The University is also accredited by the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools.

The activities of the University today also include significant responsibilities for archival preservation and dissemination. The University has an overall mission to collect information and resources concerned with the smaller Catholic, Orthodox and Continuing Anglican churches during the post-1866 period. This embraces a general scholarly interest in the modern independent sacramental movement both historically and in terms of theology and practice, and an ongoing programme of research. The European-American University Press provides a means for the book publication of its research output.

Since its foundation in the dying months of the Second World War, the University has spread its work over several continents. It remains committed to providing educational opportunities in the developing world for emergent leaders and executives who are in a position to benefit from bespoke training that empowers their businesses and other organizations. The University is operated on the principle of a social enterprise, whereby it is not designed to make a profit but instead to cover its operating costs out of income derived from student fees and donations from those supporting its work.

As a fully independent religious institution, the University greatly values its status as a private body controlled by a Church which has since its inception presented a distinctively Western Orthodox viewpoint and a determinedly ecumenical conservative Christian witness. While the Western Orthodox University is not itself a government-accredited university, this has not prevented it from achieving external accreditation or from forming validation partnerships with several universities that are government-accredited, including the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica and City University, Cambodia. Over time, several other institutions have merged into the University, notably the former European-American University, which did so at the end of 2016. Currently, the University maintains its corporate registration in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The University’s alumni include a number of distinguished individuals in varied walks of life – royalty, government ministers, business leaders and judges as well as clergymen. They form a community that, however geographically widespread, is united by a unique institutional ethos and a shared passion for the improvement of the human condition.

The University is an institution of the Apostolic Episcopal Church

The University is accredited by the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina

The University is accredited by the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools

Prayer for Schools, Colleges and Universities

Thou only wise God, our Saviour, with whom are all the treasures of heavenly understanding; Illuminate all schools and colleges and universities with the light that cometh from above; That those who teach may be taught of thee, and those who learn may be led by thy Spirit; and grant, that by the increase of knowledge, thy truth may be confirmed and thy glory manifested; through Jesus Christ, the Living Word. Amen. (From the Prayer Book of the Reformed Episcopal Church)