Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU)
The KU is an excellent place of teaching and learning, and it is also a community. It combines the advantages of being a small university with an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The KU offers much more than academic fields of study: At this University, key focus is placed on personal development and acquiring social skills.
With around 5100 students, the KU is currently the smallest university in Bavaria. Studying in Eichstätt means working in a friendly atmosphere where small groups instead of crowded lecture theaters and individual consultation are the norm. The short distances between university buildings and the excellent library and computer center also contribute to the high-quality study conditions.
Our approx. 530 international students from 75 countries currently studying at the KU also benefit from these advantages. The International Office at the KU provides a comprehensive support and consultation offer for international students. Furthermore, many KU students volunteer as tutors. The KU maintains an extensive network of more than 260 partner institutions worldwide. Many degree programs offer an integrated semester abroad. Binational degree programs have a specific international focus during the entire course of study.
Founded in 1980, the KU is a young university which can look back on a long academic tradition going back to the year 1564. The university offers more than 40 degree programs, many of them in the field of humanities, social sciences or business and economics.
The KU is the only Catholic university in the German-speaking world. However, students do not have to be Catholic to study at the KU: It is open to students of all faiths. The Catholic character of the university is reflected by its commitment of practicing awareness and taking over responsibility for the human being and society as a whole. Interdisciplinary initiatives and activities invite students to think outside the box and broaden their horizons beyond their fields of study. Like this, young people are encouraged to take over responsibility for themselves and the world they live in. The KU actively promotes social involvement.
The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt cooperates with many social, cultural and Church institutions and companies. Teaching at the KU is characterized by its practical focus. Seminars on current issues, lecturers who have actually worked in the respective professional fields, internships which are integrated in the course of study as well as accompanying programs offering career counseling prepare students for their future careers.
- Philosophy and Education
- Languages and Literatures
- History and Social Sciences
- Business Administration and Economics (Ingolstadt)
- Mathematics and Geography
- Religious Education and Ecclesiastical Educational Work (School of Applied Sciences)
- Faculty of Social Work (School of Applied Sciences)
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Eichstätt and Ingolstadt
Studying at the KU means living in one of the regions in Germany with the best quality of life. Eichstätt is located in the heart of Bavaria. With a population of around 13,400, it is the smallest university town in Europe. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt; but if you ever feel like a change from the small-town feel in Eichstätt, the cities of Munich or Nuremberg are just an hour’s drive.
However, there is plenty to see in Eichstätt too: Imposing baroque buildings give the old town an element of Italian flair. The Willibaldsburg castle with its famous Archaeopteryx fossil towers over the town. The university buildings’ modern architecture has won many awards. The town is framed by the Altmühltal natural park – a paradise for nature lovers with many opportunities for cycling, hiking, climbing and canoeing. The green spaces of the Hofgarten, the outdoor swimming pool and traditional beer gardens are popular destinations in summer.
Approximately every fourth Eichstätt citizen is a KU student - a fact which has a strong influence on the town. You can find numerous bars and cafés in the town center. According to a ranking by the German news magazine ‘Focus’, the district of Eichstätt is the best place to live in Germany. For many years, the unemployment rate in Eichstätt has been the lowest in Germany and the town is very safe.
Ingolstadt, where the Ingolstadt School of Management is located, is one of the youngest of Germany’s large cities with a population of 135,000 and a very strong economy. Several world renowned companies such as Audi, Airbus, Media-Saturn and Hipp have their headquarters in the Ingolstadt region. The city’s theater and numerous museums are just some highlights of the diverse cultural offer. The city’s architecture is influenced by its history as ducal seat and home of the first Bavarian university.