Welcome to The Newman Institute!

The Newman Institute

The Scandinavian Jesuit School of Theology, Philosophy and Culture

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A learning for life

At The Newman Institute programs and courses aim to explore the unity of the human being in its intellectual, moral, psychological and spiritual dimensions.

Founded in 2001 by the Jesuits in Sweden and the staff of the cultural magazine Signum, The Newman Institute offers academic programs in theology, philosophy and cultural studies to approximately 200 students, representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

The purpose of The Newman Institute is to provide the possibility for students to reflect about philosophical and theological questions in an academic framework. The teaching aims to train students in critical thinking as a pre-condition for any kind of intellectual work. We strive for excellence on all levels.

Between tradition and present

The institute is named after John Henry Newman (1801–1890), a British philosopher and theologian and a Roman Catholic cardinal. He developed a pedagogy centered around the search for truth in each student’s training.

We want the institute to be what Newman was in his country and time: a historically conscious, critical and constructive interlocutor in contemporary debate. This is the spirit that permeates all our educational activities.

International Network

The Newman Institute cooperates actively with other colleges and universities in joint research efforts and student and faculty exchanges. As a member of the European network Kircher and of the broader international network of the Jesuit Universities, The Newman Institute benefits from and promotes exchange opportunities both for students and academic staff.


The Newman Institute is a committed member of the Erasmus+ program, which facilitates exchange of students and faculty with our partner schools.

Erasmus+ partners


Erasmus+ and EU-students
International Officer Lidia Fioravanti
Erasmus+ Program Coordinator Tomas Ekenberg

Other international and non EU-students
International Officer Lidia Fioravanti

Application deadlines

Erasmus+ and other EU-students
April 15th for studies in the fall term (Start: August)
October 15th for studies in the spring term (Start: January)

Other international programs and non EU-students
January 16th for studies in the fall term (Start: August)
August 15th for studies in the spring term (Start: January)

Courses at The Newman Institute

The languages of instruction are Swedish or English. Several courses per term are offered in English. See list of courses in English for the spring term 2021. See all courses for the spring term 2021.

Courses in the Swedish language and culture are offered to our international students and co-workers.

Questions concerning content of the courses
Director of Studies Erik Åkerlund


The Newman Institute offers housing in Uppsala for its international students.

The city campus is located in the center of Uppsala and has a student residence with full-furnished single bedrooms. The students share bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, laundry room and social spaces. Depending on the room, the rent is 3600–5500 SEK a month.

Student life

The Institute is located in the heart of Uppsala, a cultural and educational center with a population of 200,000, including 40,000 students at neighboring Uppsala University. Cultural and social life flourish with many venues for music, drama and other arts, as well as numerous student organizations.

The Student Nations are central to student life in Uppsala. Each of the 13 represents a different province in Sweden providing a space for everything from reading/studying to sports, activities, choir, restaurants and nightlife. All students are welcome to join.


The chapel within the main building of The Newman Institute is open on weekdays for visitors, for moments of peace and contemplation. Catholic masses are normally celebrated on Tuesdays at 12:00 and on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m.

The Catholic parish of St. Lars (Lawrence) is located less than a block away, with daily Masses and active student and young adult groups.