Kempten and surroundings

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Studying in Kempten and the Allgäu

A unique experience!

After lectures, take a trip into the countryside, the mountains or for a dip in a lake. You can chill on the banks of the Iller before sampling the local nightlife. Or does that sound a little too “quaint” for your liking? Kempten and the Allgäu have plenty to offer. Stunning natural surroundings, a fantastic range of leisure activities (whatever the season!), a wide range of cultural pastimes and, last but not least, an outstanding economic location with plenty of attractive companies. 

Students in Kempten are a mixture of locals who have loved the region from birth and enthusiasts keen to make the Allgäu their home. It’s a lively, compact town nestled in a phenomenal mountain landscape, steeped in tradition and history dating back over 2,000 years. 

You couldn’t ask for more to line up your dream student life!

Experience Kempten: Its theatre, cinema, museums and shops are all within walking distance.

Kempten dates back over 2,000 years, ranking it right alongside Trier as the oldest towns in Germany. It is home to 70,000 inhabitants at the heart of the Allgäu holiday region. Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are all within about an hour’s drive, as is Munich.

There are plenty of options for leisure and cultural pursuits, shopping, wining and dining all within walking distance of campus. You can relax in Kempten’s leisure pool or seek thrills and spills at the ice rink. cinemabouldering and climbing, playing golf or in all sorts of sports clubs. Or catch a gig all year round by one of the big names who swing by bigBOX ALLGÄU on their tours. Of course, there are plenty of pubs and clubs to cater for different tastes and spoil you for choice into the night. 

Culture, art and history in many guises can be found in the town’s museums, its theatre and artistic enclaves, not to mention festivals ranging from Jazz in Spring and the Fürstensaal Classix through to Dance in the Autumn. Every August, Kempten is host to the “Allgäu Festival Week”, a combination of trade fair, summer festival and party marquee, when everyone dusts off their Dirndl and Lederhosen.

Leisure pursuits in the Allgäu – infinite options

The Alps, lush meadows and crystal-clear lakes offer unforgettable leisure and sporting pursuits throughout the year. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter, hiking and mountain biking in summer – there’s no end to the thrills and spills or relaxation that you can indulge in alongside your studies. 

The jewels in the crown of our spectacular landscape are King Ludwig II’s fairytale castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Kempten and the region also boast several culinary highlights, including Allgäu’s trademark milk, outstanding cheese and its local delicacy “Allgäuer Kässpatzen”.

Robust economic location – superb opportunities for internships, etc.

The Allgäu is one of the most popular holiday regions in Germany and a thriving economic location – the perfect combination for enjoying a successful career, family life and leisure pursuits. A broad spectrum of sectors forms the firm basis for the region’s economic prowess and offers a wide-ranging career openings for graduates – whether in technical sectors such as mechanical and automotive engineering, food and packaging technology, energy and environmental technology or in the tourism industry, social sector or health management. The degree programmes at our university reinforce the future outlook and sustainability of our economy. We nurture the upcoming technical experts and business leaders of the region. Internship, dissertation or your first job – our graduates don’t have to leave Allgäu to find great career prospects in SMEs, institutions or global corporations.

360˚ bird’s eye view of Kempten

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Find the perfect programme for you!

Here’s some extra inspiration for activities in and around Kempten:

  • “At Kempten University of Applied Sciences, it’s easy to make good contact with international students, for example via the Buddy Programme or in the Cultshare Clubwould be very happy to help! You go on excursions together, and there are lots of events where international students mix with locals, which I find really nice.

    What’s more, if you’ve ever dreamt of spending time abroad as a student, the International Office (IO) provides excellent support that makes it really straightforward to organise an internship or a semester at a foreign university. You are given very good advice and guided step-by-step through the application process, and if you have any questions at all, the IO is on hand to help.”

    - Maren Hägele (Studying for a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management)
  • “Good things come in small parcels!” is how I’d sum up studying at Kempten University of Applied Sciences. The smaller number of students means closer contact. Even when we were unable to spend time on campus in person, Kempten and its surroundings were a great place to study. In the winter you can go skiing, in the summer hiking or bathing at the many lakes in the countryside, which you don’t even need a car for. Whether you share a flat, have a room in halls, or live on your own – everyone can find their niche here. I particularly value the friendly atmosphere – you meet someone you know wherever you go.”

    - Juliane Schell (Studying for a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering – Technology and Sustainability)
  • “It’s a quiet life in Kempten , everyone’s very friendly, and the Allgäu offers picturesque nature all around. I decided to move from Lower Saxony to Kempten to study, as I’d heard many positive things about Bavaria. The campus at Kempten University of Applied Sciences has an excellent layout, and it’s very easy to find your way around the faculties. It’s always cosy hanging out with the other students on campus in the sunshine. I knew that the groups in the faculties would be smaller, which would make it easier for my to learn. The professors go to a lot of effort and can tailor the lectures more individually. I live with two other people – I found the room easily in a flat-share advert. We chat, cook and even sing together sometimes to take a breather from everyday studies. In my free time, I do a lot of activities with the exchange students, whom I got to know on the university’s Buddy Programme. This helps me to improve my English and learn a bit about other cultures. I am very happy here and couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else.”

    - Jasmin Schmidt (Studying for a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management)
  • “I’m in my fourth semester studying International Management in Kempten, and I’m very pleased with the choice that I made. You can find a flat or room very quickly – if you’re lucky, with a view of the mountains. The atmosphere on campus is friendly, and you feel very welcome, as the university isn’t too huge. That means you quickly make connections and also get to know students on other degree programmes.”

    - Anna Bauder (Studying for a bachelor’s degree in International Management)