Studying and Living in Stuttgart

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General information about the University of Stuttgart and about the life in Stuttgart

University of Stuttgart – A Research University of International Standing

The University of Stuttgart lies right in the center of the largest high-tech region of Europe.

We are surrounded by a number of renowned research facilities and have such global players as Daimler or IBM as our neighbors. The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829 and over the years this technical institution has been developed to the research-intensive university, that it is today. The main emphasis of the University of Stuttgart is on engineering and the natural sciences. However, combining these areas with the humanities and the social sciences adds something special to its profile.

Indicators of the excellent status are the two projects that were successful in the recent "Excellence Initiative" sponsored by both the Federal and the State governments. One project is the Cluster of Excellence "Simulation Technology" and the other, the Graduate School "Advanced Manufacturing Engineering". We are also involved in a number of Collaborative Research Centers and Research Training Groups. The research activities are concentrated around eight interdisciplinary areas, "Modelling and Simulation Technology", "New Materials", "Complex Systems and Communication", "Concepts of Technology and Technology Evaluation", "Energy and the Environment", "Mobility", "Integrated Product Design and Production Organization" as well as "Building and Housing". The University of Stuttgart is going to strengthen its research through interdisciplinary networks of cooperation in order to continue to expand the cutting-edge position in these fields.

The University of Stuttgart is going to increase its international presence and concentrate on themes that are of central importance to the future. Behind this lies the vision of undertaking research on the whole life-cycle of a product. This begins with the molecular model, continues through the material and process levels on thorough design, production and utilization, and ends with the recycling process. This involves not only technical engineering implementation but also the evaluation of the sustainability of technical innovations.

The University of Stuttgart has become one of the most popular educational institutions world-wide for the offered subjects. Around 20,000 students are enrolled in the courses offered by the 150 institutes in the 10 different faculties. We offer some 60-degree programs. 50% of these are at the Bachelor and Master levels in accordance with the Bologna Agreement. The University of Stuttgart also has seven international MSc-degree programs that are taught entirely in English. In addition, we offer numerous activities that are tailor-made for our international partners including double-degree programs with top universities in France and Spain or the Enhanced Summer Semester Program.

The International Centre offers a "Welcoming Service" for international freshmen as well as an "Orientation Week" at the beginning of each semester. New students are picked up on arrival and taken to their accommodation; they are accompanied when they go to the German authorities and are shown the roundabouts of the campus and the city of Stuttgart. They are also given information on excursions and other social activities. The International Centre also offers intensive German language courses for people wishing to gain entrance to one of our degree programs but who do not fulfill the language requirements.

The profile of the University of Stuttgart can be found here.

University of Stuttgart / Luftbild Elsässer

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Information about living in Stuttgart can be found here.


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