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 New Rector of the University




Today 13 September 2017 Rev. Fr. Michał Paluch O.P. took possession of his office as the Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. 

After the confirmation by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Rev Fr. Bruno Cadoré O.P. Master of the Order and Grand Chancellor of the university nominated Fr. Michał Paluch O.P. as the Rector of the university.


To the new Rector, we offer our congratulations and best wishes for this important role.








We are pleased to inform that on 24 November 2017 Fr. Bruno Cadoré OP Grand Chancellor of the University has appointed Sr. Helen Alford OP as the Vice Rectrix of our university.


To the new Vice Rectrix, we offer our congratulations and best wishes for this important role.











We are now officially launching this year’s application cycle for the Russell Berrie Fellowship. Students can apply for a Diploma in Interreligious Studies or a Licence in Sacred Theology, provided that they are either already enrolled in the Licence studies at the Angelicum and have only one year left, or that they can provide a written commitment from their religious superiors that they will have funding for the second year of their studies.
The application deadline is April 20, 2018. Program information and application materials can be found at http://berrie.iie.eu
Pictures and more information about our alumni can be found at http://www.jp2center.org/programs/fellowship/








Our overriding aim is to contribute to the diffusion of the traditional catholic doctrine in the contemporary world. Accepting all the radical changes, but without compromise, we would like to be modern disciples of Thomas Aquinas.
In this we follow in the footsteps of our illustrious ex-students: M.D. Chenu O.P.(medievalist and precursor of the Second Vatican Council), J.M. Tillard O.P. (theologian and promoter of the ecumenical movement); K. Wojtyla (1978-2005), a Pontiff of extraordinary charisma, ex-student of the Angelicum).
We are an academic community of 150 professors (coming from 30 countries) e 1400 students (from 98 different nations). The dependent personnel does not arrive at one tenth of that of the professors, while the Dominican friars and sisters actually provide two thirds of the formation The Faculties of Theology and Philosophy have a section each in Italian and English in the First Cycle. In the Faculties of Canon Law and Social Sciences the teaching is done in Italian, except in the case of particular programmes.






Historical Notes

La Pontificia Università degli Studi San Tommaso d'Aquino in Roma ha le sue radici storiche nello Studium medioevale romano dell'Ordine Domenicano. Monsignor Juan Solano, già vescovo di Cuzco nel Perù († 14.1.1580), fondò il nuovo collegio italo-spagnolo di San Tommaso presso il Convento della Minerva a Roma, i cui Reggenti dovevano appartenere o alla Provincia Domenicana Romana o a quella di Spagna. Il nuovo Collegio fu aperto anche a studenti non appartenenti all'Ordine Domenicano.
Il 26 maggio 1727, Benedetto XIII concesse agli studi maggiori dell'Ordine, quindi anche al Collegio di San Tommaso, il diritto di conferire i gradi accademici in teologia anche agli studenti esterni.
Grazie alla munificenza del cardinale Girolamo Casanate († 2.3.1700), il Collegio fu arricchito della Biblioteca Casanatense, che divenne un rinomato centro di studi filosofico-teologici.
Nel 1873 il Collegio di San Tommaso lasciò la sede originaria e iniziò un periodo di precarietà di mezzi e strutture, per cui si appoggiò provvisoriamente in alcuni palazzi romani. Nonostante queste incertezze nel 1882 fu fondata la Facoltà di Filosofia e nel 1896 quella di Diritto Canonico.
Grazie alle premure del Beato Giacinto M. Cormier OP, Maestro Generale, nel 2 maggio 1906 il Collegio di San Tommaso ricevette da San Pio X il titolo di Pontificium, oltre l'equiparazione delle lauree conferite con quelle di tutte le università cattoliche del mondo.
Con Lettera Apostolica dell'8 novembre ed un documento autografo del Sommo Pontefice del 17 novembre 1908, il Collegio di San Tommaso acquisì la nuova denominazione di Pontificio Collegio Angelicum, con sede in Via San Vitale. Nel 1932 il Collegio si trasferì nel fabbricato, appositamente ampliato, dell'antico monastero Domenicano dei SS. Domenico e Sisto.
Nel 1950 fu fondato l'Istituto di Spiritualità, incorporato nella Facoltà di Teologia e nel 1952 nacque l’Istituto di Scienze Sociali, incorporato nella Facoltà di Filosofia ed elevato, nel 1974, al rango di Facoltà.
Il 7 marzo 1963 Giovanni XXIII, con il motu proprio Dominicianus Ordo, elevò l'Angelicum ad Università Pontificia. Negli stessi anni nasce una sezione ecumenica, incorporata alla Facoltà di Teologia, denominata Istituto Ecumenico-Patristico, Greco-Bizantino San Nicola, con sede a Bari, retta dai Padri Domenicani della Provincia di S. Tommaso d’Aquino in Italia. Il 2 luglio 1964 l'Istituto Superiore di Scienze religiose per laici Mater Ecclesiae fu incorporato nella Pontificia Università San Tommaso d'Aquino e così numerose altre istituzioni di studi teologici e filosofici vollero essere collegate con questa Università.

Pre-admission certificate for new foreign students


Foreign students coming from countries outside the EU and EFTA (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) who are being enrolled for the first time and who need a Visa to enter Italy should obtain from the University a “Pre-Admission Certificate” necessary to obtain a “Visa for Studies” from the Italian Consulate in their countries.
In order to obtain the Pre-Admission Certificate, the student should present the following documents to the Dean of the Faculty in which he/she wishes to be enrolled:

  • A Letter of recommendation of the Religious Superior in the case of Religious (seminarians/priests/Sisters), or of the Ordinary of the diocese in the case of diocesan priests, seminarians or lay students. The letter of the Ordinary must be countersigned by the Apostolic Nunciature of the country of origin. A letter of recommendation from a parish priest or another ecclesiastic is not enough.
  • A photocopy of the previous university studies undertaken with the marksheets enclosed. The original is to be submitted at the time of admission.
  • A formal letter from the Superior of the Religious Institute or the sponsor (Bishop or otherwise) declaring one’s responsibility for the payment of all the expenses for the studies, the board and lodge and medical expenses of the student while he/she is in Italy.
  • A photocopy of one’s passport.
  • The address of one’s place of residence in Rome during the period of studies. Diocesan students (priests or seminarians) should reside in the colleges or institutes in Rome mentioned in the Annuario Pontificio. Students having difficulty finding lodging can kindly contact the Office of the Students of the University for any possible help (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
  • Once the Dean has satisfactorily evaluated all the documents received, the Pre-Admission Certificate will be issued by the Secretary General. The same certificate must be then endorsed by the Congregation of Catholic Education and then by the Vatican Secretary of State and in certain cases even by the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy and the Prefecture of Rome.
  • In any case it would be opportune to consult the Italian Consulate in one’s own country for further information.
  • The certificate is free. The expenses incurred by the Secretariat for obtaining the document and the mailing thereof amounts to € 75,00 (Seventyfive euros).





Please find below all the application forms for the enrollment:


Faculty of Theology

Application form Baccalaureate

Application form Licentiate

Application form Doctorate

Application form Extracursum

Application form Auditing students


Faculty of Canon Law

Documents and forms required for registration

Application form Licentiate and Doctorate

Application form Auditing students

Application form Extracursum


Faculty of Philosophy



Faculty of Social Sciences (FASS)

Application form Baccalaureate Licentiate Doctorate

Application form first enrollment Baccalaureate Licentiate Doctorate

Application form first enrollment Baccalaureate Licentiate Doctorate

Application form Extracursum


 Institute of Spirituality

Application form enrollment


 Mater Ecclesiae

Click here to download BACCALAUREATE SCHEDULE M.E. ENG.pdf

Click here to download LICENTIATE SCHEDULE M.E. ENG.pdf


Click here to connect to the Mater Ecclesiae website 



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Area Professors

Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II



Canonization 27.04.2014

Giuseppe Girotti, OP


Beatification 26.04.2014

Anton Durkovici


Beatification 17.05.2014

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