One of the major benefits of having a house of priestly formation in Rome is that it gives seminarians a much broader experience of what the Church has to offer in terms of academic formation.
The city is home to a wide variety of pontifical universities and faculties, some offering a broad range of courses, other more specialized. A student here will normally study philosophy for two years at the Dominican run Angelicum university, then theology for three years at the Jesuit run Gregorian university. The student will then go on to specialist study, normally for two years, leading to a licentiate. This may well be at the Gregorian or Angelicum university, or it may be at one of the specialist faculties, such as the Augustinanum for Patristics, the Biblicum for Scripture, or San Anselmo for Liturgy. Returning to England, the students provide their bishops and dioceses with an expertise in their area of specialisation.
As well as seminarians, there are always a number of priests studying in the College for such specialisations, having been sent by their dioceses, some of whom will be studying to doctorate level.
To support this learning the college has a well-stocked library employs a librarian, and subscribes to a wide range of appropriate journals. Internet access is available in the library and in a dedicated computer room, and there is an academic tutor to support the students in their study. Overall we encourage the students to be serious and diligent in their study, while at the same time making sure that they balance this with the other areas of formation.