Become a designer of the future to make the world a better place.
Are you looking for meaningful studies beyond classical study formats? Are you concerned about the climate crisis? Do you want to use your knowledge and skills for a socially just and sustainable social development? Then the certificate "Transformation - Orientation - Future" is just right for you. It provides the perfect opportunity to embark on a challenging, inspiring and meaningful study journey. The two-semester program is designed to prepare young people for tackling the world's current challenges and help them acquire transformational skills for creating livable, sustainable futures. From day one, you will be encouraged to question the familiar and think and act in a transformative manner. Internships and practical projects, participatory and innovative teaching methods, the transdisciplinary structure, and the wide range of coaching offers will help you acquire a broad range of transformative skills. Completing the certificate can be immediately followed by the study program of the planned Bachelor's degree in "Social-Ecological Transformation" with a focus on "Sustainability" or "Applied Theology". However, certificate graduates are also free to study any other degree program at the KU that is compatible with the skill set and content of the completed certificate.
We can make a difference.
If you are ready to embark on a unique journey of transformation and personal growth, then the “Transformation - Orientation - Future” (TrOZ) certificate is just right for you.
The program in detail
The certificate program focuses on personal development and the practice of skills in the field of social-ecological transformation. In interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary courses, you will learn to perceive and critically reflect on social change, to foresee future developments, to deal with complexities, to co-create transformative processes, and to develop action orientations for complex realities of life characterized by multiple crises.
The study content is diverse and includes, among others, basics of transformation and sustainability sciences, ethical reflections, ethnographic methods, sociological, hermeneutical and religious interpretive knowledge, scenario techniques, project management, intercultural experiences, leadership skills, inter- and transdisciplinary work, as well as various topic-specific contents depending on the chosen specialization and modules.
The certificate places a special focus on personality development. By developing interpersonal skills such as reflective self-expression, mindful team interaction, and responsible behavior, you will not only be able to contribute professional expertise and social understanding to your work, but also gain skills that you will benefit from for a lifetime.
In order to support you in the process, we offer special workshops on "Interpersonal Skills" and "Values". In addition, you can rely on our coaches to provide guidance and advice, in groups or one-on-one, to challenge your abilities and accompany you in growing in your personality.
The program consists of a first orientation semester and a second orientation semester, which, on the one hand, offers familiar study formats such as seminars or lectures, but on the other hand, opens up a variety of experiential spaces and allows for project work in the fields of sustainability, social issues, media or religion.
First orientation semester
Weeks with blocked courses, camps, and internships take place during the first orientation semester . Among other things, students will visit selected transformation sites where they can act as "change agents" and practice sustainable lifestyles and provide impetus for a social-ecological transformation. You experience places of transformation, reflect on what you have learned with coaches and develop background knowledge as well as patterns of interpretation and action in lectures and seminars. At the end of the first semester, you will learn how to develop an idea into a project.
There are four phases in the first orientation semester:
During introductory camp, you will get an introduction to transformational science and transformative ethics and visit transformation sites to gain experience and learn an "art of social change."
During the internship phase, you will reflect on your experiences together with coaches.
In the intermediate camp, you will acquire in-depth background knowledge during the internship phase and learn to develop interpretive and anticipatory skills.
In the final camp, you will work on your ability to act. The focus here is on project management seminars and workshops.
Second orientation semester
In the second orientation semester, you will have the opportunity to enroll for regular study formats. You will also work on various project work in the areas of sustainability, social issues, media and religion. Here you can test your skills and develop your personality further. By working out and implementing independently chosen group projects, students acquire skills relevant for shaping the future ("future skills"). Your individual preferences will be accompanied by critical reflection. At the end of the second semester, students have the option of majoring in sustainability or applied theology and can choose to pursue a Bachelor's degree in “Socio-cultural Transformation”. It is also possible to transfer to another university program and have already acquired ECTS credits accredited there.
Rankings and assessments
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.
You can complete the internships and project work at home or abroad. You can also receive guidance and support during these phases online. The KU International Office has a broad international network and can arrange stays abroad. We also have some internationally active partners on site who are available as internship providers.
You will complete a required internship of several weeks in various fields during the first semester of the certificate program. During this time you will be accompanied by coaches that help you reflect on your experiences.
The second semester includes various project work in the sustainable, social, media or religious fields. These should serve to test preferences and are accompanied by critical reflection.
Career possibilities and professional fields
The certificate is the ideal starting point for a career in a field focused on social-ecological transformation and sustainability. As a graduate, you can then directly enter the planned Bachelor's degree program in "Social-Ecological Transformation" with a focus on sustainability and applied theology, or another degree program at the KU that matches the skill set and contents you have acquired.
The "Transformation - Orientation - Future" certificate and the Bachelor's degree program in "Social-Ecological Transformation" provide skills that ideally fit the growing demand for professionals and managers with transformation and change management skills in education-related and pastoral sectors. This also includes the ability to act and communicate in multi-professional teams and to integrate transdisciplinary research and development processes in planning and conceptualization. There are no clear job descriptions yet that match with this specific skill set. What is certain, however, is that the challenge of a socio-ecological transformation will take on a high priority.
The Y-structure in the planned Bachelor’s program in "Social-Ecological Transformation" allows students to focus on different specializations:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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