International Theological Institute

An ecclesiastical theological faculty, founded at the direct request of Pope St. John Paul II.

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Schlossgasse 21
2521 Trumau, Austria
+43 2253 218 08

Enrollment: 100

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required
  • Theologians’ Oath

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms
  • Health Services Okay (N/A) *

School’s Comments:

Institution: Founded at the direct request of Pope St. John Paul II, the ITI is an ecclesiastical theological faculty housed in a 12th-century castle just 20 miles outside of Vienna, Austria. As an international school, classes are conducted in English, and degrees are granted by the Holy See, both in theology and specialized studies on marriage and the family. New is an interdisciplinary three-year bachelor’s in liberal arts. The curriculum includes philosophy, theology, natural science, literature, rhetoric, history, law and government and economy, as well as music, fine arts and the classical languages. 

Also offered is a one-year “Studium Generale” program, an affordable way to study abroad and earn college credit. Faithful to the magisterium, ITI brings together students from all over the world. It seeks to be a place of interchange between diverse cultures and a living experience of the universal Church. Since students come from both Roman and Byzantine Rites of the Church, ITI draws on the rich theological traditions of both the East and the West. The ITI strives “to breathe with both lungs of the Church” (Pope St. John Paul II). The Greek Fathers and Thomas Aquinas serve as particularly central points of reference.

Mass and Confession: ITI liturgical life provides students with access to both Holy Mass and the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Catholic Churches. Both liturgies are celebrated daily, and priests are available at all times for confession and spiritual direction.

Health Services: Health insurance for students is organized differently in Austria and does not involve the school in any way.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

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