Supplementary Program "Sustainable Development"

Semester fee
71 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

Climate change, flight, global injustice, digitalization, globalization, loss of biodiversity – all these (and many other issues) are closely linked to the challenge of sustainable development.

The supplementary study program in Sustainable Development gives you the opportunity to approach questions of the future in detail during your studies at the KU and link these fields to your study program. You acquire knowledge and key skills for your future professional career and for helping to shape forward-thinking sustainable development.

The program in detail


This supplementary program is open to all KU students from their 3rd Bachelor’s semester and offers a broad range of electives that allows the students to choose their specialization individually. If your selected combination for the supplementary study contains at least two modules from the educational field, you will be awarded the additional title of Sustainability Coach.

For an insight into the pool of available required elective modules, please refer to the statutes or click here.


Structure and contents of the supplementary study program

  • 4 modules worth a total of 20 ECTS credits (10 ECTS credits required modules and 10 ECTS credits elective modules)
  • Can be started from the 3rd Bachelor’s semester, as a rule at the start of the winter semester
  • Is completed as an accompanying study program to your regular Bachelor’s or Master’s program at the KU
  • You can determine the duration of the studies; must be at least two semesters
  • If the supplementary program contains modules from your main degree program or Studium.Pro, these can also be taken for credit in the supplementary program (double crediting)


The required modules include the lecture series "Sustainable Development – from the Perspective of Different Subjects" (module in the Studium.Pro offer) in the winter semester as well as the project seminar "Sustainable Development 2” that builds on the lecture series and in which you can apply your theoretical knowledge in a project.

The required elective module pool offers you a selection of aspects of sustainable development in which you can deepen your knowledge individually: Beekeeping, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovations, Education for Sustainable Development, Migration and Interculturality, Sustainable Environmental Development or Sustainability in Nutrition.

Taking up the supplementary studies

In order to take up the supplementary studies, you must submit the „Application form for adding another degree program“ to the Student Office.


With its orientation towards the concept of sustainability, the KU offers perfect conditions to really integrate sustainable development into everyday life and to help shape the campus in a sustainable way.

In the KU’s garden Kapuzinergarten, students take care of the University's own beehives and learn the beekeeper's trade. In addition, there is the opportunity to carry out practical work in the garden and to get to know, for example, the principles of recycling management.

Students and initiatives involved in the field of sustainability will find a common hub for exchange, networking, continuing education and other joint activities in the „Green Office – the KU’s sustainability office“. Furthermore, the KU maintains close contacts to sustainability initiatives in the town and region, where students can get involved in sustainable development initiatives in practice and implement what they have learned in theory.

KU beehives

The program in awards and rankings

Study sustainability at a sustainable place of learning

Since 2010, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) has its own Overall Sustainability Concept. In this context, it was honored as an exemplary place of learning for sustainable development in the highest category by the UNESCO in 2016, 2018 and 2019. In addition, the KU bears the title ‘Fairtrade University’ and is the first German university to be certified according to the integrated sustainability management EMASplus since 2019.

Students and initiatives involved in the field of sustainability will find a common hub for exchange, networking, continuing education and other joint activities in the Green Office – the KU’s sustainability office“.

Rankings and assessments

The KU is the most popular university in 2022

KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

What students say about the program

Foto Sophie Auernhammer

"For me, the supplementary program in Sustainable Development seems to be a beneficial addition to my main studies and my involvement in the environmental working group. It is especially practical that you can add it flexibly to your studies and sometimes even have it double credited.

This further qualification with a…

"For me, the supplementary program in Sustainable Development seems to be a beneficial addition to my main studies and my involvement in the environmental working group. It is especially practical that you can add it flexibly to your studies and sometimes even have it double credited.

This further qualification with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development (sustainability coach) gives me an additional professional pillar for future applications. I was able to deepen my knowledge and acquire important skills for my professional work and for helping to shape sustainable development."

- Sophie Auernhammer(Bachelor Social Work, semester 8)

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment in a degree program at the KU
Language requirements
Application period winter
Until Jul 31
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

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