Mentoring programme for students at the KTF

The mentoring programme is addressed to all students of the Faculty of Catholic Theology. In the course of your studies, you may encounter various problems, e. g. at the beginning of the study (e. g. with learning biblical languages) or at the end (e. g. writing a thesis), but also during the study (e. g. problems with a specific test or professor, problems with the recognition of examinations, planning to study abroad or doubts if you chose the right study programme). Together with your mentor you will search for possible solutions and potential contact persons. The mentoring sessions are confidential and all discussed issues remain between the mentor and the student. Even information about who takes part in the mentoring programme is strictly confidential.

Mentors for theological curricula

Mentor for religious studies curricula

Marleen Thaler

The mentor at the Department of Religious Studies is Marleen Thaler. Marleen set herself the task of supporting her fellow students throughout their study routine, which might come along with various challenges and difficulties. As a student and graduate herself, she is familiar with requirements and demands whilst studying. Furthermore, Marleen has an 'inside' perspective on account of her previous position as student assistant within the Department of Religious Studies, which enriched her knowledge of administrative matters and alike.

Marleen Thaler is happy to arrange appointments by email:

Department of Religious Studies

Further Information

Mentor for international students

Michael Weigl

Studying at a university is always a challenge. It takes many resources and requires a great deal of planning, discipline, endurance and sometimes personal sacrifices for the greater good. Successfully going for a degree depends on many of these and more factors.

If you decided to do so at an institution in a foreign country with a different set of prerequisites than those with which you are familiar and a language and culture that are not yours, it appears to be an even more  demanding  endeavour.

I will be the person at our institution to assist you with these and other challenges you might face when arriving in Vienna, taking the first steps in our complex university environment or being confronted with a seemingly unsurmountable conundrum of rules and regulations. I shall assist you in all matters of study routine and provide you with a helping hand  in order for you to find your way around and successfully achieve your goal.

I myself have studied and taught in a variety of different settings: at the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis/St. Paul), the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), the Ècole biblique et archéologique de Jersualem (Jerusalem), the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and several universities in Germany. I have met a lot of challenges and made many enriching encounters during that time, learning through first-hand experience what it means to study and teach abroad. You are most welcome to seek my assistance.


Consultation hours: by appointment
T +43-1-4277-30404
Department for Biblical Studies - Old Testament

Benedikt Collinet

I studied Catholic Theology in Trier from 2008 to 2011. Afterwards, I came to Vienna, initially in the context of a year abroad - therefore, I am familiar with problems and administrative barriers of studies abroad. I stayed in Vienna and studied Catholic Theology as well as Catholic Religious Education from 2011 to 2014. Prior to becoming University Assistant, I have worked as a Teaching Assistant. As a member of the student council and of the studies conference, I have contributed to changes in the curricula. Furthermore, I have completed study-related pastoral care education in Trier and Vienna, so I am familiar with the specifics of theological studies. At the moment, I am employed at the Department for Biblical Studies (Old Testament) und I am writing my doctoral thesis. I invite you to drop by and to make use of the mentoring programme of the faculty. I look forward to meeting you.

Mentoring hours: Thu 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 36e (1. floor, Biblical Studies), Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna, or by appointment
Department of Biblical Studies - Old Testament