About the Collegium Augustinianum

Christian and Ecumenical

The Collegium Augustinianum is an independent, Christian ecumenical university and research institute, headquartered in Rome, Italy.

In 1999, the Collegium Augustinianum was chartered  as an independent research institute in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and it is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit educational and charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

In 2012, the College of Fellows established the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in the United States in order to promote a traditional and classical liberal arts education. Operating as a foreign corporation in Florida, the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology is licensed and recognized as a religious-exempt institution of higher education with the authority to award ecclesiastical and canonical degrees by the Commission for Independent Education of the Department of Education of the State of Florida.

College of Fellows

Unlike other colleges and universities in the United States, the Collegium Augustinianum is governed by a College of Fellows, which includes some of the world’s leading scholars in philosophy and theology, and especially concerning St. Augustine of Hippo and Augustinian thought.  As peers, the Fellows elect one another to its Body and to the Board of Trustees. All of the officers, professorial appointments, honorees and the acceptance of students into our collegium are decided by the College of Fellows.


Thus, the Collegium Augustinianum has restored the original nature of the College and the authority of the professorate to govern over itself.  


The College of Fellows affirms that the integrity of our institution is measured by the academic credentials of the faculty, our academic affiliations and the scholarly accomplishments of our students and alumni. 

Classical and Cosmopolitan

The educational philosophy of the Collegium Augustinianum focuses on the ancient sources of Western civilization; and thus, especially ancient texts, which is studied within its historical context, or through an hermeneutical approach to modern and contemporary texts that lead the reader back to ancient texts, as sources. Whether one takes the former path or the latter, ancient and modern languages are extremely important in order to properly engage the original text.


With an international College of Fellows and a global student body, writing and defending their theses and dissertations in many different modern languages, the Collegium Augustinianum is a cosmopolitan institution of higher learning unlike any other in the United States. 

Faith Traditions Represented at the Collegium Augustinianum

Anglican Church of Canada

Anglican Church of Nigeria

Anglican Church of West Africa

Baptist Church

Church of England

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Episcopal Church USA


Evangelical Lutheran Church

Greek Orthodox Church

Italian National Catholic Church

Methodist Church

Old Catholic Church in the United States

Orthodox Church in America

Polish National Catholic Church

Presbyterian Church USA

Roman Catholic Church

Russian Orthodox Church

Syro-Malabar Church

Unitarian Church

United Church of Christ