The Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu (Monastery of our Lady, Throne of Jesus) was built by Duke Albrecht II of the Habsburg family in 1330. Carthusian monks inhabited the monastery until the late 18th century. It remains the largest existing Carthusian monastery of the 15th century.
Students take classes in philosophy, theology, history, language, and art and are taught by English-speaking professors.
In the fall of 1991 the Kartause became the site of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Study Abroad Program. Every semester about 200 students participate in the program.
The Kartause is also home to the Language and Catechetical Institute, which trains eastern Europeans to re-evangelize their formerly Communist countries. Over the past 25 years, LCI has trained 489 young people from 29 countries.

Studying abroad allows students to broaden their understanding of the world by being immersed in new languages and cultures.
Every day at noon, activities cease so the faculty, staff, and students can come together for Mass and lunch.
Students’ intellectual and spiritual lives intersect in a unique way by combining academics and travel. Students experience first-hand the sites and beauty of Europe first learned about in their studies.

Austria’s proximity to other European countires makes it easy to travel on long weekends and breaks during the semester. The Franciscan Program offers opportunities to travel to Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Assisi, and more.
Even students who attend other universities are welcome to participate in the unique and life-changing experiences of Franciscan’s Study Abroad Program in Gaming. Click here to learn more!