Certificate “Transformation, Orientation, Future” (TrOZ)

Semester fee
71,00 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
2 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible


Turn your passion into action with our new Bachelor's degree program in "Transformation – Sustainability – Ethics"

Are you interested in shaping a sustainable and livable future? The KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is offering a pioneering Bachelor's program: “Transformation, Sustainability, Ethics“. This course is specifically designed to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: Social change towards greater climate protection and sustainability.

Become an innovator and make an impact from day one:

  • Practical projects: Start working on transformative projects and innovative ideas already during your studies.
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation: Benefit from working in interdisciplinary teams that promote diverse perspectives and tangible solutions.
  • Personal coaching: Personal coaching and a solid scientific basis will help you develop the skills needed to achieve significant change.

Make a difference: Are you ready to drive change? In this study program, you do not simply learn about sustainability – you put it into practice. Take the chance to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to consciously make a difference – both in your professional life and for a more sustainable society.

The program in detail


The Bachelor's degree program in "Transformation – Sustainability – Ethics" at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt offers a future-oriented course of study based on an innovative study concept. This program combines current research with practical implementation and prepares students to act as qualified change agents in various professional and social fields.

Core features of the degree program

  • High topicality and relevance: In view of the global climate crisis, the degree program trains future experts who will promote sustainable change in educational institutions, municipalities, church institutions, NGOs and civil society initiatives.
  • Interdisciplinary studies: Students receive a diverse education that encompasses disciplines such as sustainability, ethics, sociology, governance, theology and education. This allows them to analyze complex problems and develop innovative solutions.
  • Practical learning formats: Right from the outset, students work on their own transformation projects and in interdisciplinary teams. Close collaboration with practice partners and the opportunity to acquire transformative skills are at the heart of this study approach.
  • Personal development: The program promotes the development of your interpersonal skills through targeted workshops on social skills and personal values as well as individual coaching. This combination of specialist knowledge and social skills not only improves your professional practice, but also hones your ability to critically reflect on yourself and act responsibly when working as a team.

Flexible choice of focus areas: From the third semester onwards already, the course offers students the flexibility to choose a specialization. The program offers the focus areas "Transformative Learning Processes" and "Applied Theology".

Specialization: Transformative Learning Processes

The specialization "Transformative Learning Processes" prepares you for being able to apply transformative learning concepts in various areas of society. You receive intensive training in disciplines such as environmental education, ethics, sustainable development and participatory educational processes. The aim is to enable you to actively contribute to the socio-ecological transformation and to shape sustainable developments in professional contexts such as municipalities, companies and civil society initiatives.

Specialization: Applied Theology

In the "Applied Theology" specialization, you will focus on work in church institutions. Study contents such as pastoral practice, ethics, transformative education and interreligious dialog prepare you for the challenges in church contexts. You will acquire the skills to integrate sustainable transformation theories into pastoral and community work in a theologically reflective way in order to effectively support change processes.

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2024 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the third time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021 and 2022. The ranking was based on over 78,000 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.

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Studying abroad

Studying abroad

The "Transformation – Sustainability – Ethics" program attaches great importance to students being able to continuously test and reflect on their interdisciplinary knowledge and their own project ideas in practical contexts. This also includes the opportunity to complete internships and practical semesters abroad.

International experience not only broadens your personal horizons and improves your intercultural skills, it also enables you to better understand the complex interdependencies of a globalized world. Global learning and international solidarity in particular are crucial prerequisites for a successful transformation towards sustainability.

The KU Student Advisory Service and the International Office are there to support you throughout your studies in planning and organizing your stay abroad – for example at one of more than 300 partner universities worldwide. The International Internships Service offers support tailored specifically to your needs when it comes to finding international internships.

Practical connection

Practical connection

A key component of the innovative study concept is the close link between science and practice. Active participation in transformation projects and the independent implementation of a transformation project are therefore integral parts of the practice-oriented course.

The program also firmly integrates various internships, guaranteeing continuous practical relevance and a clear career orientation. Required internships include work placements in the orientation year, in the core study phase and in the practical semester. They offer you the opportunity to gain practical experience and develop your professional skills in a targeted manner. In addition, there are regular courses with experts from practical fields who offer insights into current professions and practical contexts.

Career opportunities and professional fields

The Bachelor's degree program prepares you for a wide range of professional fields in which you can contribute to sustainable and future-oriented social development. Thus, a central field of activity is supporting and shaping transformation processes in municipalities, educational institutions, NGOs, church institutions and civil society initiatives.

Graduates of the course therefore have the opportunity (depending on their choice of specialization) to work in the following areas:

  • Sustainability management in municipalities, companies and organizations
  • Educational and advisory institutions in the field of socio-ecological education
  • Development cooperation, civil society initiatives and NGOs in the field of sustainable development
  • Church institutions and congregations in the field of applied theology

What students say about the program

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!

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


Fachhochschule entrance qualification
Subject-specific (FH) entrance qualification or general or specialized university entrance qualification or a completed pedagogical vocational training with at least three years of professional experience
Enrollment period winter semester
Aug 16 - Sep 22
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.