Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (international)
For eight centuries, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome has been the Dominican center of theological and philosophical study with an emphasis on Thomism. Known as “the Angelicum,” it has many prominent graduates including St. John Paul II, Ven. Fulton Sheen, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet.
Many students pursue graduate studies, but the Angelicum offers strong undergraduate degrees in theology, philosophy, social sciences, canon law, religious studies, and the social sciences, with most programs available in English. All faculty and theologians are approved by the Vatican, and theologians have the canonical mission (similar to the mandatum).
Most professors are Dominican priests, and nearly all professors and students are Catholic. Students come from more than 100 countries. About three-quarters are religious or in religious formation, with the remainder lay people.
Mass is offered daily in English , four days a week in Italian, and one day each week in the Extraordinary Form (Latin). Confession is offered daily, and Adoration is available every day of class.
The Angelicum is not a residential college like many American institutions, so students need to seek out good opportunities for formation and recreation. Student residences are not available on campus, but the Angelicum helps students find off-campus housing. Activities are limited, including occasional pilgrimages and academic conferences, and lay students often connect with students at other local universities.
With an extremely low tuition, the appeal of the Angelicum is undeniable for a student eager for a faithful Dominican education while living independently in the Eternal City.
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Earning a pontifical degree from the Angelicum, especially if followed by graduate study, is a great path for anyone in theology or philosophy. American students may also consider the one-semester study abroad program through the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C. And Rome is a life-changing education in itself.
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