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Coming from a small town in the Italian Alps, choosing to apply to St Patrick's Pontifical University was certainly not something common or expected. I had no ties whatsoever to Ireland; my new life there had to be built from scratch. All these experiences contributed to form me not only as a student, but mainly as a person. And it was this aspect, I believe, even more than any academic excellences, which made it possible for me to be accepted by Harvard Divinity School to attend a Masters in Theological Studies.

- Stefano Zordan

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Maynooth is the perfect environment for the budding Theologian! Our unique, historic and beautiful campus is the ideal location for reflection and learning. Maynooth is Ireland’s only University town which means you can escape the hassle of long city commutes or you can use the handy bus and rail links to the Campus.

The Pontifical University has close links with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The two universities share the same campus (St Patrick’s Pontifical University being on the south campus) and co-operate in a number of important academic programmes. The campus is also the seat of the National Seminary.

During your time in Maynooth we will support and assist you in your life as a student.

We have a crèche on campus. Other supports include counselling, academic support, disability/access office, career development centre, and a medical centre.

International/Non-Eu applicants do not apply through the CAO. International/Non-Eu applicants must apply directly to the University. See link below for application form.

Sppu International Application Form 2021 2022

St Patrick’s Pontifical University is situated in one of Ireland’s most recognisable and beautiful locations. The Neo-Gothic architecture is evidence of the long and proud heritage. Higher education has taken place on this location for over 220 years. At the same time, there are a wealth of academic and technological resources on offer on our campus. As a small college, it is possible for a community atmosphere to thrive. Friends made here can be friends made for life.

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St Patrick's is the proud home of one of the most diverse higher education learning communities in Ireland. Students and staff come from all across Europe and throughout the world. Make your new home with us.

Summer School - European Humanism in the Making - Gubbio, Italy


Students of SPPU, Maynooth, along with Dr Michael Shortall, joined students from all across Europe in the medieval town of Gubbio, Italy, where they spoke of their experiences, dreams and concerns for Europe.

It is project of European Federation of Catholic Universities (, of which St Patrick's Pontifical University is a member.

To learn more from the students and lecturers, click here.

Under the title "European Humanism in the Making", we reflect together with students from other European universities on the European project in its various dimensions: historical, cultural-literary, religious, scientific-philosophical. The theme of social institutions and citizenship is also discussed. The course participants gain a better understanding of what Europe can mean for us and for the future. This is done on the basis of changing formats and interactive sessions in a beautiful historical environment.

it is hosted by LUMSA University, Rome on their campus in Gubbio, near Perugia in Italy. Students come from across subjects including law and psychology, theology and philosophy, political and economic sciences, social and cultural sciences, geography and education. They come from as far afield as Georgia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland and Lebanon.

The school is made up of classes in the morning, workshops in the afternoon and public lectures in the evening. The students value the summer school as an enriching experience, and appreciate the multicultural exchange with open-minded persons from various religious, cultural and national traditions and the personal interaction with the teachers.

The programme consists of following five modules, structured in two parts:

PART I – Historical and Cultural Roots: Implications for Europe Today

Contribution of History to European Consciousness

Literature, the Arts, Translation and European Identity

Religion and Science and the Challenges of Humanism in Europe

PART II – Social and Political Construction: Implications for the Future of Europe

European Social Humanism

Governance, Democracy and Civic Engagement: Beyond Differences

Study program “Social Work and Exclusion” - Summer 2023 - Muenster and Cologne, Germany


Would you like to spend one semester abroad? Study Social Work at a German University of Applied Sciences? Get to know new people, enhance your foreign language skills, and explore the picturesque town of Muenster as well as the vibrant city of Cologne? Then join our program “Social Work and Exclusion”

- Summer term (March to July 2023)

- Classes take place both in Muenster and Cologne (public transport is free for students)

- Don’t hesitate to contact in case of any questions concerning e.g. financing or application procedure at

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