Universities in German Cities

Baden-Wurttemberg, a state located in southwest Germany, is a popular destination for international students due to its highly renowned universities and its beautiful landscapes. As universities here are in smaller cities with less expats, students in this area are often looking for a more immersive study abroad experience.

Heidelberg Castle and Old Town Heidelberg
Expore Old Town Heidelberg on the way up to the castle
 Heidelberg University

Founded in 1386 and ranking 55th in the World University Rankings, Heidelberg University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Western Europe. It performs best in the sciences. More than 20% of the student body consists of international students from around 130 countries. Also, more than one-third of its doctoral students are international students. One thing to note, though, is that many of the university's classes are in German, so make sure to pack that German-English Dictionary if you decide to study here.

 Schiller International University

Schiller International University is a true international university, with campuses in the US and Europe. The main campus is actually in Florida, but the first and largest campus is in Heidelberg, Germany and originally began as a study abroad program in Germany for Americans. It now serves students from over 100 countries. Many study abroad programs utilize the university because it is accredited in the United States and based on the American system of education. All classes on all campuses are taught in English. The programs on offer are generally more career-based, including two-year and four-year programs.

 Hochschule Furtwangen University

HFU is a small university located in Baden-Wurttemberg, focused on the applied sciences. Despite its size, its International Business Management program is ranked second in the country, and it is well known for its computer science and engineering programs. most favorably with its competitors. The university, which is comprised of about 13% international students, ranked first among all universities in Germany in one survey of international student satisfaction, and it has more than 100 partner universities.

 University of Freiburg

With 16% of its student body coming from 120 nations besides Germany, University of Freiburg in Baden-Wurttemberg aims to please international students. The university also offers popular intensive German language courses at its Language Teaching Center, which draws students from more than 50 countries during semester breaks to learn German. The Global Studies Program, a distinguished international master's program in English, is also a big draw for international students.

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