Full Academic Year / Spring Semester Exchange Program
Katholische Universität [Catholic University] of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) has two locations: Eichstätt and Ingolstadt. Seven faculties are settled in Eichstätt, the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics has its seat in Ingolstadt. In both places, lecture halls, the cafeteria, library and computer center are only a stone's throw away.
Eichstätt is situated in an area of rolling hills and valleys which has been designated a national park. It lies in the middle of Bavaria, 70 miles north of Munich. The city was destroyed in 1634 during the Thirty Years War, and was rebuilt in the baroque style. Surviving both of the world wars undamaged, these buildings have given the city a reputation as one of the most beautiful in Bavaria. The central university administration is housed in the former summer residence of the bishops. The newer buildings of the university are situated around the garden of the summer residence and on the bank of the river Altmuhl.
Ingolstadt is situated in the heart of Bavaria between Nuremberg and Munich. It combines tradition and modernity in a charming way and offers students an attractive environment. The WFI campus is conveniently situated close to Ingolstadt's historic city center.The inner city offers many cafés, restaurants and the famous Bavarian beer gardens to enjoy in your leisure time.
Katholische Universität is known for being international and open-minded, yet personal. With about 4,900 students the university is one of the smallest in Germany but nevertheless offers a broad variety of subjects. An attractive feature is its personal atmosphere: students, professors and administration officials at Eichstätt enjoy a closer relationship than is typical at many German universities.
This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local Germans as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at KU. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. To learn more about KU as an exchange student, visit the Incoming International Student webpage!
USD students may participate in this exchange program for a full academic year or the Spring semester only due to the difference in the KU Academic Calendar. Traditionally, the Fall term begins early October and lasts through late February. The Spring term begins in April and ends in mid-to-late July.
View courses offered at KU.
Check the Germany: Katholiches Universitate Eichstatt Pre-Approved Course Listing to learn how KU classes transfer to USD.
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Ali Droster.
Grades awarded during a semester at KU will be transferred back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the GERMANY_Grading_Equivalencies.pdf to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at Italy varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.
Before the lectures begin, the International Office offers a two- or three-week pre-semester language and orientation program. This program includes intensive German language classes, excursions and helps students to register at the university and the local authorities. Students who successfully attend the language program will receive a certificate and ECTS credits.
The International Relations Office Eichstätt offers students a free housing service and arranges furnished accommodation close to the campus, either in private flat-shares, private apartments or residences.
Students also have the option to seek out independent housing should they choose, though housing through KU is recommended. Students will pay for their housing directly to KU or the independent provider selected.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, immigration information will be sent to students from their KU advisor. Currently United States citizens are not required to obtain a visa for semester-long study abroad program participation. Students will, however, need to register with the local German government upon arrival for a residency permit. The KU staff will assist students through this process during on-site orientation.
Members of the student organization KU International are experts in offering all kinds of leisure activities such as excursions to famous sites like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Munich, Salzburg, and many more. The excursions are highly subsidized so that student participants are charged only low fees.
KU also offers a "buddy" program (German students acting as "godfathers") to welcome incoming exchange students. Buddies will plan to pick students up at the train station in Eichstätt and plan other activities together. You can learn more about the various things to do on campus and beyond on the KU Leisure Time webpage.