Germany's First University of Applied Sciences EGTC

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation

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Faculty ECRI.

European Campus Rottal-Inn

We are an international and multicultural faculty where all courses are offered exclusively in English for students with global ambitions. Practical exercises are integrated into the lectures and implemented during the practical semester, which is compulsory for all Bachelor students.

Prof. Dr. Georg Christian Steckenbauer, Faculty Dean

Virtual Students' Info Day

Find out more about the faculty ECRI and its study programmes!

On 10 July 2020, our students' information day took place completely virtual for the first time. All live formats were recorded and are still available via the links at least until the end of the application phase in mid-August.

Below you will find the links to the recorded lectures of the ECRI.


Labs & Projects

With the best technical equipment, the labs and workshops offer the basis for modern and practical hands-on education. Modern technology based on industrial standards make it possible for you to deepen the knowledge you've acquired in lectures during all phases of your course. In addition, labs provide the basis for numerous R&D projects and therefore students have a wide range of bachelor's and master's projects to work on.


  • Multifunctional lab for Chemistry and Material Science
  • EHealth and Tourism workshop
  • EcoLab - for Ecology and Economy
  • EEE lab - for Electrical and Energy Technology


Certificate for Intercultural Competence

The Intercultural Competence Certificate offers students the opportunity to learn about intercultural competence from different perspectives and to reflect on their own intercultural skills in practice. In today’s increasingly diverse world, set yourself (and your resume) apart by showing the initiative of working toward becoming more interculturally competent. And you can acquire the certificate at no additional tuition cost. However, it is designed to be completed over several semesters, so please talk to us no later than the 4th semester.

DIT students can acquire this certificate in four steps:

To apply for the certificate, you must first complete the Intercultural Training PLV course at ECRI. This PLV is offered several times per semester from WS 19/20 onwards. In today’s increasingly diverse world, set yourself (and your resume) apart by showing the initiative of working toward becoming more interculturally competent. And you can acquire the certificate at no additional tuition cost. However, it is designed to be done over several semesters, so please talk to us no later than the 4th semester.

When you have completed the course, please send an e-mail to: You will then receive the information you need to register in Moodle for the Intercultural Competence Certificate. Once you have registered for the Moodle course, you will have to upload the proof of completion into the course, and then you are on your way!

Once you have registered for the certificate, you can choose either one of the intercultural projects offered on Moodle or an individual intercultural project. However, individual projects must be approved before they start. The projects should cover a whole semester. These requests can be made via the email And if you are not sure what you can do, talk to us and we can help.

These projects are designed to enable the student to interact with other students of different nationalities or to interact with local communities on an intercultural level.


You will either write a report on your compulsory internship in your degree programme or your semester abroad or instead take an AWP that covers an advanced intercultural topic. Please take a look at the options to see which one is right for you.

Option 1. If you are doing an internship that is considered international because it takes place either in another culture or in an international environment, you can write a report about your intercultural experience during the internship. The report is based on a series of questions that will help you to reflect on your intercultural experience.


Option 2. If you have decided to spend a semester abroad at a foreign school, you can write a report about your intercultural experience during your studies abroad. The report is based on a series of questions to help you reflect on your intercultural experience.


Option 3. If you want to take a course instead, you may sign up for an AWP that covers an advanced intercultural topic. If you are not sure which AWP to take, just ask us for help. However, to get credits for this option, you will have to attend all lectures or sesstions of the AWP.

You will complete an e-learning exercise. The exercise is designed to guide you through different intercultural situations.

After completing all four steps according to the instructions in the Moodle course you will receive a certificate from the European Campus.

The Certificate of Intercultural Competence was developed by Prof. Cummings-Koether at the European Campus. She is Professor of Intercultural Management and has been working in the intercultural field for more than 15 years, both professionally and academically. She has been working with all levels of management in various countries since 2007, and has designed this certificate to help develop interculturally competent leaders of tomorrow. 


Positions & Infos



Vice Dean

Dean of Studies

Women's Representative

Course Coordinators

Student advisory

Internship coordinators

Foreign representative

  • Ibrahim Bader

Exam board


Faculty council:

Members by virtue of office

Elected representatives Professors

Elected representatives scientific personnel

Elected representatives non-academic staff

Elected representatives Students

  • Viola Iwuajoku
  • Nancy Nzau




Our courses are accredited or in the process of being accredited by ASIIN or FIBAA. For further information please go to the respective course page.


Sustainability is an integral part of the university operations at the European Campus Rottal-Inn. With a variety of projects and activities we make sustainability a tangible experience. As a university, we train multipliers and thus bear a responsibility in shaping a sustainable future.


Promotion of skills and awareness raising in the sense of education for sustainable development through innovative teaching, actions, fieldwork, excursions and the development of projects related to sustainability.

We use the synergies between our projects and network partners to creatively deal with innovative issues related to economy, ecology & sustainability. The EcoLab is open to all professors, staff & students for project work, teaching and final theses.


Thrown away and forgotten…

Happens everyday as we (as) consumers only bring up high efforts to purchase something but not any further in regards to disposal. Logical consequence: Cigarette butts, glas bottles, plastic packages and lots of other rubbish end up in places they don‘t belong to. Our forests, rivers and oceans with all their wildlife suffer from our indifferent behaviour, causing longterm problems to our planet.

Some serious action is needed • Join the Clean Up Challenge

To coincide with International Clean Up Day, the ECRI Clean Up Challenge will start on 19 September 2020 and will be organised via the Litterati app. Found some litter in inappropriate places? Normally we would pick it up and throw it away in the next public waste bin.* Due to Corona we recommend to get creative and support the Litterati project to gather data of litter hot spots and turn the Litter Grabber into a Data Grabber. This app not only calls for litter collection but can also identify litter types and hotspots via the uploaded geo images. Litterati intends to use the collected data in cooperation with companies and organisations to find more sustainable solutions for materials, waste disposal or infrastructure. So just take a picture of the litter. This way the community can figure out litter hot spots and can take action, like talking to the responsible companies or city councils.

  • Download the Litterati App and join the Clean Up Challenge [Code 254690]
  • Found some litter? Take a picture and upload it
  • We start on 19 September and try to collect 3000 pieces together until mid December
  • For the 3 best collectors of the Challenge there is a surprise from the ECRI Merchandise Shop

*If you want to dispose the litter please be responsible and take full precautions before, during and after the activity. Here are some simple steps: Wear gloves and a mask • Do not touch exposed skin with your gloves • Remove the gloves properly • Wash and disinfect your hands after your litter picking.

View our flyer here.


International days bring together activities, projects and ideas around a single theme and make it accessible to a broad public in a variety of ways. At the European Campus Rottal-Inn, university members use thematically appropriate days as hooks to present study programmes, research projects or current topics in various formats on campus. Whether it's an interview, a competition announcement or a short contribution via the social media channels - there are no limits to creativity to generate attention for this day and provide information.




The European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) invited its partners from Bad Birnbach to the campus as part of the joint INTERREG project "Network for Health Tourism in Forests".

For a joint update on the Bad Birnbach pilot region and the coordination of further steps, the lead partner ECRI warmly welcomed the Bad Birnbach delegation consisting of Director Viktor Gröll from the spa administration, as well as the newly elected mayor Dagmar Feicht and her Managing Director Kurt Tweraser from the municipality to the campus on Friday, 31 July.

In addition to discussing and coordinating the current project, host Dean Prof Dr Steckenbauer and his team also took the opportunity to show the guests from Bad Birnbach the new campus building Sustainability and Innovation Lab Centre (SILC) and especially the techniqual equipment of the new tourism laboratory.

ECRI's expertise and the training of its students in the field of "health sciences", "tourism" and "sustainable construction" quickly led to the identification of many other points of contact for joint projects and cooperation with the thermal spa town of Bad Birnbach - synergies for both sides which they would like to make greater use of in future.

As one of the five specific pilot regions, the municipality of Bad Birnbach is a partner in the "INTERREG Project AB291 - Network for Health Tourism in Forests", in which ECRI has taken on the role of lead partner in Pfarrkirchen. Other pilot regions in the project area between Bavaria and Atria are Neureichenau, Braunau - Simbach, Traunsee - Almtal and Tennengau.

In an interdisciplinary, cross-border project consortium consisting of a total of 14 well-known partners, this ambitious project approaches the subject are of "forests, health and tourism" from various perspectives and jointly develops sustainable approaches in the five pilot regions on how local forests and associated natural areas can be used for health tourism. 


If you want to study at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) from the winter semester onwards, you should make your choice now. The application period ends on 20 August, 2020. Until then, everything is possible.

Due to the corona pandemic and the late graduation from high school, the application period for studying at DIT and its English-speaking European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) in Pfarrkirchen has been extended this year. But in just under three weeks, time will run out. Only a few days ago, Science Minister Bernd Sibler announced the modalities for the winter semester. Of course, this is always subject to the current infection situation. However, the goal is to start the semester as analogue as possible; after the summer semester has been completely digital. At DIT, as at many other universities, priority is given to first year students. "It is especially important for first-year students to get used to their university and campus. Presence is simply the most important part", says DIT's president Prof Dr Peter Sperber. He is very much looking forward to welcoming new students to his university. First semester day is 1 October, 2020.

Until then, however, it is time for all those who are undecided: Check the course offerings and apply. DIT offers an enormously broad portfolio ranging from successful classics, such as Business Administration, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, to new courses of study, such as E-Mobility, Artificial Intelligence or Nursing. At ECRI, an English only Campus, the focus lies on Tourism Management, Digital Health, Engineering and Healthy and Sustainable Construction. All embedded in a strong network of regional and supra-regional research and diverse cooperation with numerous partners from the industry. These are the best conditions for a successful career. Here you go: . 


On Tuesday, 28 July, representatives of the European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) met with the managing director of the Euregio office in Freyung, Kaspar Sammer, and the European Commission’s expert for territorial cooperation, Dirk Peters, to plan further steps of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC).

During the campus tour at the ECRI, the guests were able to see for themselves the first university in Germany to be approved as an EGTC. The next steps were then discussed with President Prof. Dr. Peter Sperber, Head of Campus Prof. Dr. Horst Kunhardt, Dean Prof. Dr. Georg Christian Steckenbauer and University Coordinator Georg Riedl.

The main topics were the planned kick-off event in autumn together with the founding members of the EGTC, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and the Salzburg-based Alma Mater Europea, and the establishment and development of the EGTC in general. The main focus was to fill the existing structure with life in the future and to advance the goal of ECRI as a pioneer in bringing nations together. This underlines again ECRI's own claim to peacefully unite people of different nationalities under one roof, emphasised Dean Prof. Steckenbauer.  

With the EGTC, ECRI is not only more visible within the EU, but can also cooperate with other institutions across borders more easily than before. For this reason, the discussion focused on universities in other EU countries as future partners of the EGTC and the intention to establish and expand this partnership in the coming years. In this context, events on politics, economics and culture are also planned at ECRI in Pfarrkirchen, which will transport the "European spirit" to the region and convey European values to students.  

According to Euregio Managing Director Kaspar Sammer, the fact that the international campus is widely perceived positively by the population deserves special attention. This shows that the concept of territorial cooperation through the EGTC at ECRI is the proper step into the future.  

The EGTC is an instrument of the EU, which serves to promote cross-border, transnational or interregional cooperation within the EU. The EGTC acts as a legal entity and usually has members from at least two EU Member States, who define the objectives and tasks of the EGTC in a cooperation agreement.