Eight reasons why...
1. Spoilt for choice
Baden-Württemberg has the largest density of higher-education institutions in the whole of Germany: Nine research universities, 23 universities of applied sciences, 11 universities of music and arts, six universities of education and the unique Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University with its nine sites offer a huge variety of subjects, research and career opportunities.
13.9 per cent of Baden-Württemberg’s university students and 11.3 per cent of the research staff come from abroad. Over 170 degree programs are conducted in English and the international centers at the universities make sure to support international students at the beginning, during and towards the end of their studies. A broad network of welcome centers in Baden-Württemberg offer additional support to new students and citizens from abroad.
3. Outstanding support for international students
Wherever you come from: The International Offices of the universities in Baden-Württemberg are there to help you in word and deed. Introductory events, German courses and buddy programs will help you get used to your new surroundings.
4. Great funding opportunities
In the German Southwest, the density of scholarships is especially high. Besides the unique Baden-Württemberg Stipendium, which furthers international student exchanges, many universities and regions offer their own scholarships with a focus on varying subjects and target groups. For further information please see Finance and Funding.
5. Highly ranked
Four of Germany’s eleven Excellence Universities are based in Baden-Württemberg. The Universities of Heidelberg, Tübingen, Karlsruhe and Konstanz have the status of an „Elite University“. Seven of the nine research universities in Baden-Württemberg rank among the top 200 and three among the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.
6. Excellent Prospects
Many global players such as Bosch, Daimler, Porsche and SAP have their headquarters in the German Southwest and offer interesting career opportunities. Baden-Württemberg has an unemployment rate of only 3.2 per cent (2019), one of the lowest in Germany. Also, it has the lowest youth unemployment rate.
7. Top Science Location
Over 100 non-university research institutions, among them 13 Max-Planck and 17 Fraunhofer Institutes, turn Baden-Württemberg into one of the top locations for science in Germany. Around 30 per cent of all German patents come from Baden-Württemberg.
With 5.6 per cent of the gross domestic product being spent in research and development annually, the German Southwest is the leading region for innovation in Europe.
8. A wealth of nature and culture
Germany’s third largest state is home to a huge range of different landscapes such as the Black Forest, Lake Constance and the Swabian Alb. It also has a vibrant student life in the university towns and many traditional customs, festivals and markets take place all year long. More than 1,300 museums and 59 stately homes, castles, and monasteries lure into cultural and historcial excursions.