The University of Innsbruck was founded in 1669 as a Catholic
university under the auspices of the Jesuits. So it was with theology
that the university actually began, and even now the Faculty of
Theology is located just next to the Jesuit College. It is part of the
state University of Innsbruck and - also thanks to public funding -
offers excellent possibilities for studying.
Especially in the last century, the Faculty of Theology enjoyed
a worldwide reputation as a centre of creative theological thinking.
Innsbruck is associated with the names of such Jesuits as Josef Andreas
Jungmann, Hugo Rahner, and his younger brother Karl Rahner. Ignacio
Ellacuria and Segundo Montes, who both were killed in 1989 in San
Salvador in their fight against mass poverty in that country, had
studied theology in Innsbruck in the years before Vatican II.
The Faculty of Catholic Theology seeks to be at once firmly planted in
the Christian tradition and open to the intellectual, social, and
political realities of today. The main areas of research are:
- Religion and Violence, Globalization and Communication
- Naturalism and the Christian View of the Human Person
- Jewish-Christian relations
Degrees are offered in Catholic theology and in philosophy, including:
- bachelor's degree
- master's degree
All these degrees (except a Ph.D. programme in Christian philosophy)
recognized by ecclesiastical authorities.
Support of the College
Our aim is to offer you any support possible so that you can
language and obtain an academic degree within a reasonable
If necessary, the Jesuit College can grant you scholarships
advanced studies. All students are assigned an academically experienced
Jesuit priest as a tutor, and, depending on numbers, they form one or
more smaller living groups within the larger College community.
The medium of instruction is German.
The academic year starts on 1st October.
If you are interested in getting more information about
or philosophy as a Jesuit in Innsbruck, please contact the rector of
the Jesuit College: