Eichstätt is a picturesque town with about 13,000 inhabitants, located in the heart of Bavaria between Nuremberg and the cosmopolitan city of Munich. Eichstätt is a true “university town,” with the academic community comprising one fourth of the town’s population. This, combined with its beautifully preserved Italian Baroque buildings, palazzi, churches, and monasteries, makes Eichstätt an ideal place in which to live and study. A large nature park surrounds the city and offers numerous opportunities for canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing. Skiing in the nearby German Alps is also a favorite pastime. BC students are completely immersed in the language and culture of Bavarian Germany.
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. Intensive German language courses are available for foreign students. Economics and business are taught in English at the Ingolstadt campus, a short train ride away. 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 five semesters of German. Students on this track generally enroll in regular university courses along with their German counterpart. 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, 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. 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.
Upon arrival, international students are met at the train station and taken to their accommodations. BC students participate in orientation programs sponsored by the host university and are assigned a faculty advisor from their academic department.
KUE is considered a “campus university.” Students are housed in individual rooms in dormitories or in flats with local students.
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.