Participating Colleges and Universities
The three most famous and oldest are the UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG, the UNIVERSITY OF FREIBURG, and the UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN. All three are located in beautiful, picturesque cities and were founded in the 14th and 15th centuries. Because they developed along with the cities in which they are located, they are not contained in a central campus facility. Rather than having one central location, their buildings are interspersed throughout the cities with whose history they are intertwined. All three offer a large variety of courses in the liberal arts and have a fully developed program of study in Deutsch als Fremdsprache - German as a Foreign Language. The Deutsch als Fremdsprache programs offer courses in language (grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary building) and content courses in German literature and German culture. In addition to taking Deutsch als Fremdsprache courses, you can take regular university courses. A small number of regular university courses are taught in English (for example, courses in American studies).
The UNIVERSITY OF KONSTANZ has a profile very similar to the three traditional universities described above. The largest program of study in Konstanz is political science/public administration. Unlike the others, however, Konstanz is a campus university and is housed in ultra modern structures in close proximity to each other. Konstanz was founded in 1967. It lies on the shores of Lake Konstanz (German Bodensee) which shares its borders with Switzerland and Austria.
The UNIVERSITY OF ULM was founded in 1967 and, like the University of Konstanz, is a campus university housed in ultra modern buildings. Ulms curriculum centers on medicine, mathematics and the sciences (including electrical engineering and computer science). Ulm does not have courses of study in the humanities and social sciences with the exception of economics. Ulm is situated on the banks of the Danube River and borders on Bavaria. To get to Stuttgart from Ulm takes one hour; to get to Munich, one hour and a half.
The UNIVERSITY OF KARLSRUHE (1967) opened its doors in 1825 as a polytechnic school to 250 students. With 20,000 students today, it is a major technical university comparable to MIT or California Polytech. Karlsruhe offers degrees in 40 different fields. Its largest programs are in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; computer science; and the natural sciences. It also has offerings in the humanities and social sciences.
The UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART began life in 1829 as a high school of commerce and trade. By 1890 it had developed into a technical college. In 1967, it was elevated to a full university. Today Stuttgart boasts 120 departments housed in 14 schools. Some of the best known are the school of architecture and city planning and the school of aeronautical and space engineering. It is highly regarded in all branches of engineering and has an especially strong profile in the natural sciences and mathematics. Liberal arts students would do well to consider Stuttgart. The course offerings in the humanities and social sciences are impressive as well. Like Karlsruhe, the University of Stuttgart has much in common with MIT or California Polytech.
The UNIVERSITY OF HOHENHEIM is Stuttgarts other university. Its roots reach back to 1818 with the founding of an agricultural research and teaching institute. This institute later became a college of agriculture and a full-fledged university in 1967. While emphasis at Hohenheim University remains on the biological and agricultural sciences (including animal science), economics (including business administration) and the social sciences are well represented.
The UNIVERSITY OF MANNHEIM began as a school of commerce and business in 1907. A university since 1967, its largest program is in business administration and economics. It is also highly regarded in the social sciences (including history and education) and has excellent programs in the humanities (including modern and ancient languages). Mannheim is an excellent choice for many fields of study. As a school of business, Mannheim has consistently received the highest ranking not only in Germany but also throughout Europe.
If you are studying dance, art or music, you may register at one of the universities described above and also attend classes at a music conservatory or art academy.