office of international programs
A powerhouse in every sense of the word, Germany is both a world and European leader, boasting one of the strongest economies in the world as well as a culture and history that both marks and has been influenced by world affairs. A country that has always revered education, Germany is a popular study abroad destination, offering insight and adventure for students of all disciplines.
BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
BC students wishing to study in Germany have the opportunity to study at the Catholic University of Eichstätt (KUE), a short distance from the city of Munich. KUE is a small university of approximately 5,000 students, many of whom come from other parts of Europe. Onsite staff provide advising and support to all international students.
Prior to the semester, BC students are required to take an intensive eight-week language class at the Goethe-Institut in Munich. BC pays for the class and students pay for their housing.
This program is appropriate for both beginner and advanced track Germany speakers. Beginner track students must have completed two semesters of elementary Germna. Advanced track students must have completed Intermediate II.
Approved External Programs
Boston College has over 60 BC programs around the world. To accommodate those students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.
In preparation for your study abroad in Germany, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Germany, your advisor is Sara Brown.
To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Sara, please click here.
As a leader of the EU, the euro has been Germany’s official currency since 2002.
It is important to remember that euros and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Germany, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the German Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can engage in meaningful conversations with the locals. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
Although many classes are offered in English at the host universities, German is the official language of Germany and students should work on their own proficiency while abroad.
German customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.
United States citizens do not need a visa to study in Germany; however, you must register with the municipal authorities shortly after your arrival in Eichstätt to receive a residence permit/green card. US citizens will apply for an eAT (electronic residence permit) which costs € 100.00. To get a residence permit, you must present the following documents: US passport; one biometric passport photo; copy of health insurance; financial statement as proof of sufficient financial resources; copy of rent agreement (provided in Eichstätt); confirmation of enrollment at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (provided in Eichstätt); confirmation that you receive a tuition waiver (provided in Eichstätt); confirmation that you have registered at the Residents Office (provided in Eichstätt). You must prove that you have financial resources of approximately € 4,000.00 per term.
KUE highly recommends using the financial statement form which you can download from the website. The form must be signed and stamped by the respective bank. KUE recommends that Ingolstadt business students open a blocked account.
Vaccinations are not required for U.S. citizens; however, you are required to purchase a health insurance plan with a German provider (usually AOK) shortly after your arrival. The cost currently is about 58 euros per month and includes free medical treatment.