The Collegium Augustinianum is committed to a classical education that emphasizes primary works and the importance of the original language of the text. Thus, in order to understand a text, our hermeneutical approach must first situate the work within its historical, philosophical, philological and cultural context. With this larger context in mind, we attempt to reach the conceptual origins of the text by a critical examination of its terms, structure and propositions. Now, at the Collegium Augustinianum, this is fundamental to every course since the professor is constantly guiding the student to go deeper into the meaning of the text at hand. Thus, for the Ph.B. course and for those students seeking a foundation, our pedagogy is focused on the tutorial where a professor leads a student or group of students in the reading of various texts in the history of philosophy and theology. In this way, the student and the professor form a bond in their common love of learning and of the works they study; and students become colleagues with one another and with the professor. In the tutorial system, the student or group of students meets with a professor once a month in order to discuss the work or works at hand. Most of the time, the tutorials are conversations about the texts. Students may also read their essays to the professor and their fellow students in order to initiate conversation. At the Collegium Augustinianum, we are a community of scholars in conversation with one another and with some of the most important thinkers who have shaped the Western world.
However, most of our degrees are, in fact, traditional research degrees, which do not have a residency requirement since the degree involves independent research under the supervision of a professor who will also direct and guide the student in his or her Master's thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Thus, our students are from around the world, and we have a highly accomplished and renowned faculty who can direct research degrees from all over the world, making the Collegium truly a global university. Our professors have earned their degrees at the some of the finest and most ancient universities in Europe, and our students will enjoy all of the benefits of a cosmopolitan education at our institution.