Zeppelin University is a unique and fascinating university to attend. ZU is known as a “Pioneering University” which focuses on the special interests and skills of students and researchers. Their objective: “the uncompromising pursuit of academic curiosity and excellence.” ZU has a highly motivated student body consisting of about 1,000 students, 10% of them being international exchange students. ZU defines itself as an individualized, international and interdisciplinary educator of well-rounded decision makers and creative innovators in the fields of business, culture and politics, as well as a multi-disciplinary research institution exploring issues relevant to society.


ZU is located in a charming part of Germany, on the banks of Lake Constance. The University boasts a beautiful view of the Swiss Alps and is only a 90 minute train ride to major cities Munich, Stuttgart, and Zurich. For more information about the ZU campus location, click here.

Program Dates

Fall 2018
Orientation Week: September 1-September 7 2018
Start of Classes: September 10 2018
Exam Period: December 7- December 22 2018

Spring 2019
Orientation Week: January 19- January 25 2019
Start of Classes: January 28 2019
Examination Period: May 13-June 1 2019
More information and updated academic calendars can be found here:

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 or above cumulative GPA**
  • Your major OR minor must be one of the following: Business, Political Science, Economics, Communication
  • Although CI students do not need to have German language units to be eligible to apply, students who are accepted must take a German Language course at Zeppelin University during their study abroad semester.

**Students with a cumulative GPA below the stated GPA will be considered when special circumstances exist. Please contact the Study Abroad Advisor at international@csuci.edu for more info. 

Application Documents

Before beginning the application please read the 1-Semester Exchange Application Process (PDF, 448KB)  worksheet.

Upon Acceptance Required Paperwork

  • International CSU Healthlink Coverage (i.e. must be covered for the entire duration of the study abroad program). Your admittance status is dependent on the purchase of the CSU Healthlink Insurance.