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University of Regensburg

University of Regensburg
Founded in 1962, Universität Regensburg is located on a modern campus at the southern edge of a historic city dating back to the Roman Ages.
Regensburg, Germany
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
American Studies
Communication Studies
Environmental Studies
European Studies
Germanic Languages & Literatures
History of Art
Political Science
Religious Studies
East European & Eurasian Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Take classes in German at the University of Regensburg, a medieval Bavarian city
  • Courses in English also available
  • Open to students with two years of German language experience
  • Live in student housing or apartments close to campus
  • Collins Scholarship available. See Further Reading below for more information
Program Summary: 

Founded in 1962, Universität Regensburg is located on a modern campus at the southern edge of a historic city dating back to the Roman Ages. The university provides a broad variety of academic disciplines, a favorable student-teacher ratio and excellent facilities. Originally designed as a regional university, it has developed into a renowned center of teaching and research with a strong tradition in international cooperation. There are currently around 18,500 students enrolled at Universität Regensburg, including 1,400 international students.

The Universität Regensburg is located on a campus of 150 hectares at the southern edge of the Old Town. All the university's buildings and facilities are within walking distance of each other, and an abundance of trees and lawns between each building creates a relaxed environment for your study and research. Cafeterias are located throughout campus, with the main cafeteria situated in the center of campus. Additionally, there are 28 computer labs on campus, run by the university's computer center, allowing students access to around 700 computers.

Regensburg Exchange Student Information 



The attractiveness of the university is enhanced by the appeal of the city itself, with its ever-present traces of more than 2,000 years of history. Regensburg, which is located in Bavaria, has a population of approximately 150,000 people, 23,000 of which are students. It is very close to Munich and Nuremberg, and from there, students can easily visit Vienna, Prague, and many other major cities nearby. Since July 2006, Regensburg has carried the UNESCO distinction "World Heritage Site", which recognizes the unique character of the medieval city center and its magnificent architecture–above all the Old Stone Bridge over the Danube and St. Peter's Cathedral. Regensburg's townscape still testifies to the economic and cultural vitality and the political eminence of the city during the Middle Ages.

Academic Information: 

Students with 4 semesters (2 years) of college-level German (level B2) proficiency can enroll in any regular course offered by the University of Regensburg after participating in the pre-semester language course. Courses are available in the full range of humanities, social sciences, business and economics, and natural sciences. For most courses, German is the language of instruction and students will do all aspects of the course work in German. 

For students with less than four semseters of college-level German language, there are some courses available in English that can be taken alongside German language courses. The following departments offer a growing number of courses taught in English: American Studies, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, English Literature, and Math.

Course Information

Students typically earn 12 to 18 KU credit hours during one semester abroad. Students are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses and to determine if these courses will meet their academic requirements at KU:

University of Regensburg Course Catalog: Search for courses available in all departments at the University of Regensburg. Catalog can be used in German or English.

University of Regensburg Courses in English: Departmental lists of courses taught in English. 

KU Course Equivalency Database: This is a list of courses currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency) and courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalencies).

Credit Approval Process

Visit the Credit Approval Process page for detailed information on the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad. All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.



Regensburg provides a large number of rooms in subsidized student housing and private student residences. The International Office will assist students in finding accommodations in one of these locations. Meals are not provided by the dorm, but there are shared kitchens in the dorms where you may fix meals on your own. The student cafeterias on campus also provide inexpensive meals.

Life Abroad: 

The program includes a six-week language course and orientation after arrival in Regensburg. This course, worth three hours of language credit, is obligatory for every student participating in the program. The purpose is to prepare students for academic life in Germany.

The RU language center offers both a pre-semester preparatory course and German language courses throughout the semester. Students with less than enough German required to take regular courses on campus will be required to take German language courses until they achieve sufficient proficiency. Students attending Regensburg for an academic year may take language courses in the fall and, if qualified, take regular university courses in the spring.


This program is open to KU students with sophomore status or higher and a 2.8 cumulative GPA who have completed 2-4 semesters of college-level German or the equivalent by the beginning of the program. Students may be accepted with less language on a case by case basis.

Further Reading: 

Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship
Fund created by estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins. Awards up to $10,000 for students on semester or $20,000 for year long programs to Germany.  Open to all majors but preference for students studying music and particularly opera. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CollinsScholarship​



German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
A wide range of scholarships are also available through the German Academic Exchange Service (www.daad.org). Please contact the KU Office of Study Abroad for more information.


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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