Victor was a genius and from a tender age showed interest in myriad subjects, grasping intricate concepts very easily. He attended the University of Ingolstadt where he studied natural science under the guidance of his two professors; M. Waldman and M. Krempe. During his two year stay at the university, he endeavored at the creation of life and earned recognition from both his teachers and fellow students. Victor succeeded at bringing a creature to life although he was so devastated by the outcome that he actually fell ill with a brain fever. After the creature came to life, Victor’s life was filled with a series of misfortunes beginning with the murder of his beloved brother and subsequent execution of their years’ long servant. Unfortunately, the creature was behind all those misfortunes and eventually also strangled Elizabeth, Victor’s new bride on their wedding night.
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein attends the University of Ingolstadt in Germany, where he, under professor M. Waldman, studies the sciences interrelated to creating his Monster: biology, electricity, Galvinism, pseudo-genetic engineering, and early genetics.
At the beginning of Chapter 3, Victor begins the frame story, narrating thusly:
When I had attained the age of seventeen, my parents resolved that I should become a student at the university of Ingolstadt. I had hitherto attended the schools of Geneva; but my father thought it necessary, for the completion of my education, that I should be made acquainted with other customs than those of my native country. My departure was therefore fixed at an early date; but before the day resolved upon could arrive, the first misfortune of my life occurred--an omen, as it were, of my future misery.
He leaves Geneva and arrives at the University of Ingolstadt in 1788. Four years later, in the Spring of 1792, after four years of study, Victor discovers the secret to animating life.
After the creature is "born," Victor's friend Henry Clerval will rescue Victor from Ingolstadt and nurse him back to health in Geneva.