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Katholische Universität Eichstätt - Ingolstadt


Program Snapshot

Eichstaett is a picturesque city located on the Altmuhl River, in the lower Bavarian region. As the smallest university in Germany, students here can excpect an intimate classroom environment, and easy access to professors. The university is divided into two campuses:

Eichstaett: Just 70 miles north of Munich, this is one of Bavaria's most historic cities. Students can take courses in humanities, language, literature, philopsophy, education and theology!

Ingolstadt: Ingolstadt is home to the faculty of Business and Economics (WFI), which offers a full curriculum of courses in English and is located just a short shuttle bus ride away from Eichstaett.

Eichstaett is situated in the middle of Bavaria, 70 miles north of Munich, an area of rolling hills and valleys which has been designated a national park. The creations in baroque style by architects such as Jakob Engel, Gabriel di Gabrieli and Maurizio Pedetti have helped give 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. The city is an economic, scientific and cultural centre. 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 centre. The cafeteria, residence halls, soccer fields and swimming pools can be reached within a few minutes of each other by foot. The inner city offers many cafes, restaurants and the famous Bavarian beer gardens to enjoy in your leisure time. Therefore, it will not take you long to get anywhere in Ingolstadt. During winter, many students take a trip to the Alps to ski or snowboard.

Photos from Eichstaett
Photos from Ingolstadt

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: early October to late July;
Semester 1: early October to February;
Semester 2: early April to late July

Fast Facts
Eichstätt, Germany (pop. 13,000 and Ingolstadt pop 132,000)
Student Enrollment: 5,000
Language of instruction: German and English
University Home Page
International Office Homepage
Courses in English
Course information
Katholische Universität Eichstätt - Ingolstadt Photo Gallery

History and Society (history [includes folklore], international relations, political science, sociology); Language and Literature (classical philology & archaeology, European studies, journalism, literature; linguistics & translation of English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish & German [includes German as a foreign language & special German courses for foreign students]); Mathematics and Geography (business mathematics & informatics; cultural, economic & physical geography; pure & applied mathematics, tourism); Philosophy and Education (pedagogics, psychology, science of art, science of music); Theology (biblical, historical, philosophical, practical, systematical). Business Administration & Economics (Ingolstadt Campus)

Courses taught in English
The WFI (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics in Ingolstadt) offers courses in English for business students. Courses in English in other faculties may also be available in conjunction with regular university level German courses.

Academic Notes
The university considers its humanities programs especially appropriate for ISEP participants. Eichstaett is particularly strong in modern languages (including computer linguistics) and literature, combined with an interdisciplinary approach to the history, society, and regions in which the languages are spoken. The university library at Eichstaett has been ranked number 1 in Bavaria and number 3 nationwide (after Konstanz and Bielefeld). The WFI (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics in Ingolstadt) has already been ranked among the top German universities in a number of respected polls. Therefore the Ingolstadt School of Management is continuing to prepare tomorrow's managers and executives optimally for economy of the 21st century. Note: US students need to have a minimum of 15-20 US credits in Business/Economics to be admitted at WFI.

KU offers English-taught classes, which might be especially interesting for students with only a basic knowledge of German. Classes taught in English: History, Journalism, Business and Economics, Sociology as well as nearly all classes offered in the department of English and American Studies.


Transcripts are generally released in May for Semester 1, in November for Semester 2 and in November for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: 2 semesters of German is recommended. 3-4 semesters of German is required to follow courses conducted in German. Students wishing to enroll solely in English-taught courses are not required to provide German proficiency (provided courses are available).

Language Notes: German language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year through the university language center. ISEP participants may be able to take additional German language courses by individual arrangement. Note: The Faculty of Business Administration & Economics in Ingolstadt offers English-taught classes in all fields of Business.

Pre-session: A pre-session German language course is offered at all levels and is included in ISEP benefits.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Eichstaett can accept students who are in their second year of studies. Students applying for courses on the Ingolstadt campus should submit their applications as early as possible to guarantee housing close to their lecture halls and indicate their preference on their application.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a German website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study. Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
The university arranges for single-occupancy rooms in university residences. A stipend is provided for meals.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 200 € per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). KU International and your tutor will pick you up from Eichstatt train station and accompany you to your dorm or your apartment. Should you arrive outside business hours, Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English.

The International Office and Welcome Teams of both Eichstatt and Ingolstadt have designed a special orientation program for all incoming international students. The orientation weeks include tutorials on How to register for classes, meet your academic advisors, excursions to famous Bavarian sites, an official welcome reception, movie nights, guided city cours, and other welcome evening events.

Student Activities
The International Office offers an attractive leisure program for international students including excursions to famous Bavarian, Austrian and German sites such as Salzburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Berlin (upon request), and many more. Apart from that international students can join the campus sports center as well as the choir and orchestra.

Excursions:The International Office offers an attractive activity program for international students including excursions to famous Bavarian, Austrian and German sites such as Salzburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Berlin (upon request), and many more. Some excursions will require a small fee.

The university's faculties of philosophy and theology date back more than 400 years. Eichstaett became a state-recognized university in 1980, but retained its independent status as a Catholic university open to students of all faiths. An attractive feature is its personal atmosphere: students, professors and administration officials at Eichstaett enjoy a closer relationship than is typical at many German universities. Total enrollment: 4,700 (460 international).