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  • Locations: Eichstatt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic year, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: Creighton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Exchange
Areas of Study: American Studies, English, European Studies, German Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Apartment (Shared), Apartment (Single), University/Student Housing
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: No
Program Description:

Katholische Universitätof Eichstätt-Ingolstadt - KU
Spend a semester or academic year at Catholic University (Katholische Universität of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt -- KU) in the heart of Bavaria, Germany.  The university can trace its history back over 450 years!  KU is approximately the same size as Creighton and is uniquely smaller than most European universities.  It is the largest private university in all of Germany.  CU students can take advantage of relatively small class sizes, and an attractive feature is its personal atmosphere: students, professors and administration officials enjoy a closer relationship than many German universities.

Students will find find the historic, charming city of Eichstätt their home away from home.  It is situated in the middle of Bavaria, 70 miles north of Munich, an area of rolling hills and valleys that has been designated a national park. Lots of hiking and outdoor activities are a short bus or train ride away from the city.  Eichstätt is not a big city, but it still has lots to offer with its beer-gardens, outdoor events, and concerts. Plus, plenty of activities are organized privately by student organizations.  Students can also take advantage of the activities in the neighboring city of Ingolstadt where Creighton business students can study.  With the low cost of living and affordable student prices, students find Germany an ideal place to live and learn.  During winter, many students take advantage of the location to plan a trip to the nearby Alps to ski or snowboard.  Plus, it is easy to travel throughout Germany and Europe by train, bus, or plane.

The baroque style of the city 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. 

What Creighton Students Say
"One of my favorite parts was the amount of contact with local (Germans)!"
"I love having classes with many German students as well as many other European students.  I made great friends."
"The international office puts on a lot of programs for us to travel around Bavaria which is awesome."
"Before coming to Germany you don't have to be a master of German, but learn food, numbers, and how to say I speak English."
"The food in Germany is generally really delicious, but my personal favorite is Schnitzel and Currywurst."

Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Germany
1.  Attend the only Catholic university in the German-speaking world.
2.  Take coursework in English.
3.  Affordable cost of living:  compared to other EU countries, the cost of living in Germany is very reasonable.  Plus, students receive reduced rates everywhere from dining halls to theaters.
4.  Scholarships offered through the German Government:
5.  Campus is located in a very safe area.
6.  Experience diversity in the heart of Europe.
7.  Learn and be exposed to a language that can open many doors.
8.  With the largest economy in Europe, consider adding an internship or practicum to your study experience.
9.  Be connected:  by train, bus, or plane – you easily can travel all over the beautiful country and across Europe.
10. You won’t be alone: 12% of students at German universities come from abroad

Virtual Campus Tour of Eichstaett
Learn German!  Link to language course information.
Cost of Living
Tourist Information
Videos of Study Abroad Students


Courses instructed in English are available in Sociology, Political Science, European Studies, and Theology. There is an International Sociology BA degree that offers most of the curriculum in English.  In addition, nearly all classes offered in the department of English and American Studies are taught in English. German speakers have access to a comprehensive list of courses. 

The University provides semester-long German-language learning courses through the Sprachenzentrum, as well as a pre-semester German course for incoming students.

-  List of Courses instructed in English at KU
KU 2016-2017 Handbook BA Sociology Courses in English (3).docx
-  English-instructed Theology Courses (coming soon)
-  Sprachenzentrum (Language Center) for German language learning before or during the semester

From Fall 2018 onward, courses taken while studying abroad will transfer back to Creighton University with a letter grade.  These grades will be factored into your Creighton GPA.  Grade equivalency charts will be published on the study abroad website in early 2018 to help you understand how the grade abroad will reflect on your Creighton transcript.  This change is in contrast to the former "Pass/Fail" grade policy.

Academic Calendar: Eichstatt Campus
CCAS students are best suited for either Academic Year or Spring exchange.  Fall only exchange is not recommended due to the academic calendar.  Course dates (lecture period) for the Faculty of Applied Sciences (Social Work and Religious Pedagogy) may differ slightly from the calendar below.

Fall Semester (called Winter Term) traditionally runs from 1 October through February.
Winter Term Orientation 2018 : 24 September - 13 October
Winter Term 2018: 16 October 2017 - 10 February

Spring Semester (called "Summer" Term) traditionally runs from late March through mid-July.
Summer Term Orientation: 1 April - 18 April
Summer Term 2019:  23 April - 27 July (subject to change)

Summer School takes place from mid-July through mid-August and offers special German language courses.
Summer 2017: 17 July - 11 August (Campus Eichstätt)

Housing in Germany
The International Office (IO) has relationships with housing organizations.  Participating exchange students coming to KU will be assisted in locating appropriate housing, and students need to register for housing through the KU application portal.  Students will also need to provide a housing search deposit which can be returned to you  following the completion of your housing contract.  Students are housed in single student residences or in shared apartments (with your own bedroom).  The accommodations are modern, clean, equipped with kitchens, and conveniently located near the university.


On-Site Assistance
The International Office (IO) in Eichstätt will assist students during their stay.  The IO 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 more. Some excursions may cost a small fee.  In Eichstätt, international students are encouraged to join the campus sports center, as well as the choir and orchestra.  Student organizations assist newly arrived exchange students in their transition to German student life. On Campus Eichstätt, the AK INTERNATIONAL Network looks forward to welcoming you! 

Information on contacting the Officer for Students with Disabilities.

How to Apply
Students must first complete the Study Abroad Application and be nominated for student exchange.  Like all other study abroad programs, approved students will then be invited to complete KU's online application. It is important that instructions and deadlines are strictly adhered to.

-   Register your exchange student application.
-   Receive an e-mail with login credentials to the complete application system, "Mobility-Online."
-   Log in to Mobility-Online to complete your details.
-   Download, save, and carefully read your Welcome Package.
-   Upload your application documents (in chronological order).
-   Complete before the announced deadline.

Students must meet all Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements as outlined in Creighton's Study Abroad. Policies & Procedures, hold a 2.75 GPA, complete an application process, and be accepted by the university.

Insurance Requirement
Upon arrival, you will receive assistance in purchasing German National Health Insurance for the duration of your stay in Germany (including any language courses occurring before the start of the official semester).  The German National Health Insurance offers full coverage for all medically necessary treatments. Students are free to choose their own doctor, however, for the first time they must visit a general practitioner. The approximate monthly cost: € 65.00.

Visa Considerations
US residents may apply for a visa after entering Germany and securing accommodation.   The fee for the visa is approximately 100 Euro.  The Foreigners Registration offices in Ingolstadt requires an official guarantee that students have enough financial means to support their stay in Germany. You will learn more about this procedure from the International Office after your application.  In the meantime, information can be found here.

  Pay to Creighton Pay to University Student Responsibility Not Applicable
Tuition X      
Room   X    
Board       X
Fees X      
Housing Deposit   X    
Visa     Approx. $70  
Flight     X  
Local Insurance     X  
Creighton Traveler Security Program $100      
A breakdown of all costs abroad - including telephone, copy cards, etc. - is available from the GEO.  Curious about cost of living?  Check here for details.

Upon arrival, you will receive assistance in purchasing German National Health Insurance for the duration of your stay in Germany (including any language courses occurring before the start of the official semester).  The German National Health Insurance offers full coverage for all medically necessary treatments. Students are free to choose their own doctor, however, for the first time they must visit a general practitioner. The approximate monthly cost: € 65.00.

Student Union Fee 
After arrival, students will need to pay € 44.50 per semester as a student union fee as required by law.  This fee is not collected by Creighton.

Financial Aid
If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable. Please consult with the Creighton Financial Aid Office for questions on your specific program and situation.

In Effect for All Fall 2018 Participants and Beyond
Students may only participate in study abroad programs that are pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as part of an employee benefit remission program. Such participants must pay the difference between their employee benefit remission program and the special cost to Creighton University for the study abroad program. Regular registration and fees in addition to the tuition remission fee and any additional fees for special Creighton University programs (i.e. Global Scholars) are applicable during each study abroad semester. Short travel courses are not covered under the employee benefit remission program.  This program is pre-approved for FACHEX students.
For questions, please e-mail, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.
To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Cupich”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 07/27/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative; do not book travel arrangements until semester dates are finalized by the International Office.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.