Bertha von Suttner Privatuniversität St. Pölten

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The Bertha von Suttner Privatuniversität, founded in 2018 in St. Pölten, offers programmes in psychotherapy and human sciences. The university sees itself as a development area for the society of the future and puts people at the center of all its considerations and activities.

As a modern, open university, it aims to establish a special culture for new learning, teaching and research. Bertha von Suttner Privatuniversität was accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria). Equal owners of the private university are the „Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Gruppentherapie und Gruppendynamik (ÖAGG)“ and the „Hochschulen Holding-Gesellschaft“, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the city of St. Pölten.

Faculties and programmes

Psychotherapy. Psychosoziale Intervention (BA) | Psychotherapie (MA)
Human Science. Soziokulturelle Arbeit (BA)

All programmes are currently only available in German.


Psychotherapie. The bachelors-degree programme Psychosocial interventions is the first step in the academic psychotherapy training. It forms the basis for the postgraduate master's programme in psychotherapy, which will be offered from 2021 onwards. Students will receive two degrees: psychotherapist and psychotherapy scientist - including propaedeutics, specialization and a profound scientific education. After completing the Master's programme in Psychotherapy, the graduates are eligible for a doctoral degree. In its extra-occupational form, this academic programme is unique in Austria.

Sozikulturelle Arbeit (socio-cultural work). The bachelor's degree in socio-cultural work focuses on practice-oriented and innovative contents. It prepares for working fields in the intersection of community-based adult education, the cultural and art scene and the social and human sciences. Main topics are digital media, cultural criticism, democracy research, project development and diversity. Students will deal with fundamental questions about freedom and responsibility for the common good.