This program is for beginner students. Advanced students can learn more about the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt - Advanced program.
With approximately 4,900 students, the Catholic University of Eichstätt (KUE) is the only Catholic university in Germany. A relatively young institution, KUE nevertheless enjoys a long tradition that can be traced back to the foundation of a university for philosophy and theology in the 16th century.
KUE today offers excellent courses across the disciplines with particular strength in history, theology, communication/journalism, sociology, and educational psychology. The business school is ranked 4th in Germany. Intensive German language courses are available for foreign students. Economics and business are taught in English at the Ingolstadt campus, a short ride from Eichstätt.
The university was recently ranked by Germany's news magazine "Der Spiegel" as outstanding in the areas of quality of teaching, facilities, student-faculty ratio, and quality of student life.
The program has an advanced track for students who have completed at least four semesters of German. Students on this track generally enroll in regular university courses ("faculties"
) along with their German counterparts.
The beginner track is for students who have completed two semesters of German. These students enroll in intensive German language courses as well as a selection of other courses taught in English, especially courses in American Studies, English Literature, Politics, Communication, Sociology, and Management.
For both tracks, the semester begins in Munich with an eight-week early start program at the Goethe Institute
that offers intensive language instruction at different levels and an introduction to German culture. BC pays for the program and students pay for their housing
in Munich. The institution’s wide-ranging curriculum enables students to design a discipline-specific program that can be easily integrated into their degree programs at Boston College.
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
+49 8421 93 21069
Ms. Johanna Alberter
International Relations Office
Academics & Support
Please consult the acceptance materials that KUE sends you for the dates of the orientation
. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams. Be aware that you will be required to register on-line at KUE for your exams. Note that students can only study at KUE for the full year or spring semester. Fall semester only is not an option because of the German academic calendar.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a comprehensive orientation program aimed at introducing you to the university system, its students and facilities. During the orientation you will be advised about course selection. BC students participate in orientation programs sponsored by the host university and are assigned a faculty advisor from their academic department.
Course selection information at KUE is available here
for English-taught courses and here
for German courses. Spring semester courses are available beginning in mid-January and KUE will send you information via email about how to register on-line.
- Fall Term: Starts in late September. Ends in February.
- Spring Term: Starts in early April. Ends in July.
In Eichstätt, you will be housed in a student dormitory or in a flat. Housing placements are made by the international office at KUE prior to arrival. You should fill in the room reservation form as early as possible. If you have not received information about your housing placement by one month prior to your arrival in Eichstätt, contact KUE's International Office. Please note that you are responsible for paying your own housing fees; housing costs are not included. Don’t forget to send your contact information abroad to OIP once you’re settled.
KUE has a student cafeteria/canteen, or Mensa
, and you dine on a pay-as-you-go basis; there are also other eateries and dining spots
around campus. There are no meal plans as there are at U.S. universities.
In addition to the numerous sports clubs, students at KUE will find many other organizations
and groups to become involved with. Student groups also plan trips and activities that are open to all.
For more information on campus life, student services and resources go here
Plan to fly into Munich and take the train to Eichstätt. KUE’s International Office provides a transfer service from the train station to your accommodations. Once you know your arrival details you should e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for the transfer service. Upon arrival, international students are met at the train station and taken to their accommodations.