Konstanz: Cultur. Recreation. Science.
Konstanz has 80,000 inhabitants and is the largest City of the Lake Constance region. Due to the direct location on lake and proximity to the Alps, the city offers a high leisure value and a particularly high quality of life. The old town is marked by the history of the Council of Constance and it impresses with many sights, picturesque alleyways, and many cozy cafes. The old town ends at the beautiful harbor. On sunny days you can enjoy there a breathtaking view of the lake and the Alps.
University: Small. Familiar. Excellent.
The old town Konstanz is a young university town. The University of Konstanz was founded in 1966. The university is one of six German universities that have been awarded in the Excellence Initiative and -Strategy. With its overallconcept “University of Konstanz – creative.together” and with its two new Clusters of Excellence “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” and “The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies“, it is successful in both funding lines of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. The university also scores very well in international rankings, such as THE ranking or Shanghai ranking. The professors are taking the absolute top positions on a third-party funds from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the national competition. In 2018, Konstanz achieved the highest third-party funding ratio in relation to the number of scientific staff in Germany. The university offers excellent research and study possibilities.
The University of Konstanz is a classical campus university with short distances and a lively interdisciplinary exchange. Our jurists, sports scientists and biologists meet in the library or in the cafeteria, which has, by the way, a wonderful view of the island Mainau. The university has almost 11,000 students, is relatively small and very familiar. The hallmarks of the university are short distances, an open door policy and personal relationships.
Students and scientists have an excellent infrastructure at their disposal. These include, for example, a very modern 24-hour library, a language teaching institute with a wide range of language courses and a diverse sports program. The University of Konstanz is a family-friendly university and is particularly committed to the compatibility of study and science with family life. It offers a dual-career program as well as a reliable and professional childcare for students and employees.
As a research-oriented and modern educational institution, the university maintains a large network of international cooperations. International mobility in research and teaching is explicitly promoted and the range of global mobility programs are being systematically developed. The International Office supports students and scholars by the exchange issues and looks after the foreign students, who now form 13% of the student body.