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Study geography at the KU

The Bachelor’s degree program in Geography offers students the opportunity to gain fundamental knowledge and methodological skills in various areas of geography, as well as core skills and advanced analytical skills in their chosen specialization. In 2013, as in previous years, the degree program was among the top geography programs in Germany in the CHE ranking.

The following specializations are available in the Bachelor’s degree program in Geography:

Leisure, Tourism, and Environment

This specialization focuses on human behavior that is related to space and is relevant for the environment, leads to a diverse range of phenomena in leisure and tourism, and is linked to sociocultural and economic processes and developments. Students gain core skills in management and marking, learn how to deal with new media, and acquire fundamental methodological skills, ensuring that they are prepared for a successful start to their future careers.

Physical Geography

In the Physical Geography specialization, students develop an understanding of natural earth systems and ecosystems and how they change, and the complex connections between human behavior and the environment. Key topics include natural hazards as a consequence of climate change, environmental processes, conservation, and ecological restoration.
In addition to academic theory, students are taught how to use state-of-the-art technical equipment and take a range of practical courses. Field survey methods are combined with computer-aided evaluation techniques, equipping students with the skills they need to enter the world of work or pursue further study.

More information on the Physical Geography specialization is available in German at

General Geography

General Geography combines the specializations in Physical Geography and Leisure, Tourism, and Environment and enables students to learn a broad range of methods. The specialization focuses on connecting general issues in geography with the various sub-disciplines and opens up a wide range of career prospects.

Graduates are prepared to adapt flexibly according to the demands of the changing job market. They may work in a wide range of areas, such as spatial analysis, regional development, spatial planning, conservation, and environmental impact assessment.

Career opportunities are also increasingly available in tourism, sustainable environmental planning, geoinformatics, and geographical information systems (GIS).

In addition, geographers may work for organizations that are involved in development projects and international collaboration, as well as in publishing and the media.

The Geography department has an excellent range of technical equipment. It also has its own computer lab with state-of-the-art specialist software for analyzing and evaluating geographical data.

The mobile GIS lab and the geomedia lab provide students with the opportunity to learn how to use the latest measurement techniques and to create audiovisual projects.

They are able to experience the theory that they have learned in a real environment in a wide range of field trips to many different parts of the Earth.

Students also have the option to study abroad – an important personal experience that also plays a key role on the job market. In addition to the KU’s network of over 200 partner universities, students also have exchange opportunities at the Geography department’s 25 partner institutions in various European countries.

Further information is available in German on the Geography website.