The «Anthroposophical Studies in English – Advanced» is intended for students with prior knowledge of anthroposophy who would like to develop new abilities through deepening their understanding of anthroposophy in connection with an individual question. The program is suitable for students who already are familiar with Rudolf Steiner’s basic theoretical works and are looking for a more extended perspective.

Objectives of the program

  • Creating a basis for an individual path of inner development
  • Completing an individual study project in one of the artistic disciplines, the sciences or in philosophy
  • Methods of deepening this individual question through Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and related exercises


Working on an individual study project is a central element of the Advanced Studies. Members of the Goetheanum staff as well as other mentors with relevant backgrounds support students in their work. Students regularly meet with their mentors. Students present their work at the end of the study year. The other central element is a continuing text study with a focus on practicing conscious reading of the text. An emphasis will be on Rudolf Steiner’s «Philosophy of Freedom». Artistic courses in speech formation, eurythmy and the fine arts complement the theoretical work as well as the individual study projects.


Monday through Friday

08.00 – 09.15 a.m. Basic Study  Joan Sleigh and Virginia Sease, Ph.D.

  • Fall Term The Threshold to the Spiritual World
  • Winter Term Christianity as a Mystical Fact
  • Spring Term The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity

09.30 – 10.45 a.m. Individual study time and Artistic Courses Speech – Painting – Clay Modeling

11.00 – 12.15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Inner and Outer Aspects of Nature Oliver Conradt, Johannes Kühl, Johannes Wirz

Tuesdays Tutorial «The Philosophy of Freedom» by Rudolf Steiner

Thursdays Study «The Philosophy of Freedom» by Rudolf Steiner  Joan Sleigh

02.30 – 03.30 p.m. Special Themes as in «Anthroposophical Studies»

04.00 – 05.15 / 05.30 – 06.30 p.m. Artistic Courses Music – Eurythmy – Clay Modeling – Singing

General Information

Terms of admission

There are no prerequisites regarding previous education, apart from a good working knowledge of the English language. The average number of participants is limited, in order to ensure a seminar-like study environment and individual supervision in all courses. Admission is based on a written application and an interview. To study in Switzerland you will need a residence permit. Please contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country to be fully aware of the requirements for your entry clearance. You will receive detailed information with your application forms.

2015/2016 Study periods

Fall Term 5.10. – 18.12.2015 /// incl. Autumn Holiday Break 02.11. - 06.11.2015
Winter Term 11.1. – 11.3.2016
Spring Term 11.4. – 24.6.2016


CHF 1000 per term

Program Fees

Tuition fees for the full time programs are CHF 3000 per year or CHF 1000 for one term in the Advanced Studies Program.  Students need to ensure that they have the necessary funds to pay for their study fees.

In addition basic living expenses for the duration of the stay in Switzerland will be approximately CHF 1200 per month. These funds need to be guaranteed before the beginning of the studies.

Course programs are subject to change.