University of Notre Dame
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Who are we?

The Phoenix Institute is an international educational organization dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the Western tradition among people who are seriously interested in the question “What is it to be human?”

Such question, followed by its social, economic, cultural, legal and political implications, rests at the heart of every Phoenix activity. Knowing that such an important endeavor can only be accomplished by a vast and robust community of friends, the Institute organizes international summer seminars and local activities where the study of disciplines such as political philosophy, ethics, philosophical anthropology, literature and international law serve as the means to achieve such deeper understanding of the Western tradition.

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What we do...

Notre Dame Summer Seminar

The history of the Phoenix Institute Notre Dame summer program dates back to 1991.
Twenty-five years later, the Phoenix Institute has become a regular feature of the Notre Dame summer activities, offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the richness of a multicultural and multidisciplinary program focused on the roots and current situation of the Western institutions.

For anyone looking forward to a truly collegiate experience and where the spirit of the Fighting Irish is never far, join the generations of students whose past is cemented in its paths.

Trumau-Vienna Summer Seminar

Picture yourself at the heart of Europe. Corn and sunflower fields, and centuries of history as far as the eye can see.
Gathered in a medieval palace where echoes of the past can still be heard, we share with one another.
The Trumau-Vienna summer seminar brings to light the artist, the philosopher and the debater in each of us. It is an opportunity to ask those unanswered questions that still haunt humanity and glimpse the vastness of an answer. The multiculturality of the students, professors and staff will encourage your search and support or question your discoveries. Friendship that are forged may become your source of courage and inspiration. This three-week experience is just the beginning, for only you can decide where it leads you to.


"Suddenly I came across people who firmly believe in the values in which I have been educated, that at some point became impossible for me to follow. I have found complete hope, because I am not the only one who thinks that this world needs a change, especially youth. I felt comfortable, full of energy and happiness."
Sofía Clariana
"The Phoenix Institute changed the trajectory of my carrer by reinvigorating my passion for promoting the dignity of the human person."
David Dawson
"An unforgettable intellectual adventure!"
Barbara Kos