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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 € 60,00 (Sixty 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









 September 2014

  • Monday 1 Offices reopen.
  • Monday 15 Start of the examinations of the autumn session


October 2014

  • Friday 3 Orientation for new students
  • Monday 6 Classes and Seminars begin.
  • Monday 13 Elections begin for the representatives of the Professors for the Senate and the Faculty Council
  • Monday 20 Mass of the Holy Spirit at 9.00. Academic event of the year. Conferral of academic degrees. Lectures suspended in the morning, regular in the afternoon.               
  • Tuesday 21 Student Elections [9.30-11.15] Lectures suspended from 9.30 – 11.15.
  • Friday 24 End of the elections for the representatives of Professors for the Senate and the Faculty Councils.    


November 2014

  • Thursday 20 Meeting of the Academic Senate


December 2014

  • Monday 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. No class.
  • Saturday 20 Christmas holidays begin (20 December 2014 – 6 January 2015)
  • Thursday 25 Christmas


January 2015

  • Thursday 1 Solemnity of Mary Mother of God.
  • Tuesday 6 Epiphany
  • Wednesday 7 Classes resume. St. Raymond of Peñafort. Admissions open for the 2nd semester
  • Friday 23 End of lectures for the 1st semester
  • Monday 26 Winter session examinations begin (26th January to February 14th).  


February 2015

  • Friday 13 Orientation for new students
  • Saturday 14 End of the  winter session examinations.
  • Monday 16 Classes and seminars for the 2° semester begin.
  • Wednesday 18 Ash Wednesday. Regular classes


March 2015

  • Thursday 5 Meeting of the Academic Senate
  • Monday 9 Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. 9.00 Solemn High Mass. ASPUST event. No class.
  • Saturday 28 Easter holidays begin (28 March 2015 – 12 April 2015)
  • Sunday 29 Palm Sunday


April 2015

  • Sunday 5 Easter
  • Monday 13 Classes resume.
  • Saturday 25 Liberation Day


May 2015

  • Friday 1 Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. No class.
  • Friday 8 Meeting of the Academic Senate.
  • Thursday 21 Feast of Bl. Giacinto Cormier, O.P. Year-ending celebrations. Solemn Mass [10.30]. Conferral of  academic degrees. Lectures suspended only from 10.30 – 12.15.
  • Friday 29 End of lectures and seminars of the 2nd semester.


June 2015

  • Monday 1 Summer session examinations begin (1st June to 26th June). Admissions open for the Academic year 2015-2016.
  • Tuesday 2 Italian Republic Day. No examinations.
  • Friday 26 End of examinations of the summer session.


July 2015

  • Friday 31 Offices close for the summer vacation.

(Approved by the Academic Senate on 6th December 2013).





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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