University Overview

Studying in Rome can be very varied – there is enough information about this from the director of studies.  Documents that you should bring with you are: Copies of your identity card, passport photos, copy of your school leaving certificate, proof of previous studies (intermediate examination certificate, transcript of records). The costs differ relatively strongly between the universities, but do not necessarily have to be a criterion for exclusion, especially since the Melanchthon Centre pays 63% of the tuition fees (data without guarantee).

There are currently 20 Catholic universities in Rome where you can enrol (list)

(Il Testamento dei Melantonini, p. 7)



The Antonianum is the faculty of the Franciscans. The focus is, of course, first of all everything that has to do with Francis of Assisi and, beyond that, various spiritual topics. The atmosphere is very open and friendly.



The Alfonsiana is the faculty of the Redemptorist Order and is known for its predominantly conservative viewpoints. If you want to confront explosive issues discussed on the Catholic right, this is the place for you. The social atmosphere seems rather closed.


Waldensian Faculty

The courses offered are roughly what one would expect from a Protestant theological faculty. Many of the courses are designed especially for first-year students, to which you probably do not belong. The atmosphere is very friendly, and most students already know each other well because they live together.

Melantonini are automatically enrolled at the faculty and can take all courses. The faculty is a close point of reference for the Melantonini, so it’s always fine to attend the semester frame events.  The library is also a good place to look for multilingual literature for term papers and to work there (a printer is available and a copier can be operated with a card, a book scanner is also there). In addition, there are often special lectures at the faculty that may be of interest.



As the name suggests, it is about the rather exotic subject of Mariology, but the faculty also offers many other courses, especially on systematics and church history. The atmosphere at the Marianum is international, theologically open-minded and very friendly. Some lecturers have close ties to the Waldensian faculty and the ecumenical community of Bose.



The Gregoriana is the faculty of the Jesuits and offers a wide range of courses, mostly at a very good level. However, the enrollment procedure is so complicated and time-consuming that it can spoil the fun. Nevertheless, enrollment is definitely recommended, not only because of the ecumenism seminar with Mons. Türk. In order to make enrolment as easy as possible, you should definitely come to the information event for free semesters before the semester begins.

The Gregoriana offers countless possibilities – for some courses, it must be agreed whether an enrollment is possible. Otherwise, the atmosphere in most courses is quite warm. The size of the courses depends on which area you are looking for – exegetical lectures are usually relatively large, while courses in the area of spirituality can usually be more personal and dialogue-based. The internationality represents a great opportunity for exchange – some fellow students have never come into contact with representatives of Protestant churches.

Every semester, the Gregorian University offers special free semester events in which you can meet fellow Catholic students from other countries who are also studying in Rome for a year. These seminars are usually extremely beneficial, although they do require a certain amount of work.



Enrollment is extremely uncomplicated, especially since the staff in the secretariat (ask at the gate for directions) are extremely helpful. Even after the actual deadlines, enrollment may be possible in individual cases. The university is particularly specialized in the field of liturgy, but has courses in all areas. Because it is run and attended by Benedictines, it naturally offers a study of monasticism.


(Loci Romani and Il Testamento dei Melantonini p. 8)