The Rabbinic course of study in principle takes five years to complete. The study (classes, trainings, internship), preparation and one or two (international) intensive seminars per year) consists of 24–40 hours a week. The training is a full academic study, but classes are taking place in evenings and weekends and when needed in holiday times, in order to accomodate students' requirements in connection with work and personal circumstances.
Modules of this kind at the University of Amsterdam University have covered both classical and modern Hebrew, Aramaic, Midrash, Parshanut and Jewish Historiography. Modules at Leiden University have concentrated on Hebrew and Aramaic.
The lectures of the Institute are at an equal level with those at the universities, and are taught by the best, mainly Jewish, university lecturers available in The Netherlands. The content and way of presentation is, however, more directed to reinforcing the individual religious Jewish identity and experience of the students, something no university intentionally does. Certain modules are given in intensive week-long seminars by lecturers from the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem or the USA, and from the Leo Baeck College in London.
Next to the academic subjects, attention is given to the professional attitude and the practical skills of rabbinic work. An important part of this is the Professional Preparation classes, where thorough courses are taught in Pastoral Psychology, Pastoral Work and Congregational Dynamics.
Much attention is being paid to the personal development of the students, to which end they have each been assigned a professional supervisor, next to the practical coaching during their internships done by the local Rabbis.