University of Konstanz

University of Konstanz

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The University of Konstanz is a modern research-oriented university located in one of Germany’s most attractive regions. Recognised as one of the top eleven universities in the country, our university ranks internationality as a top priority. The fact that more than 40 % of our students either study abroad at one of the 300 international partner universities or opt for an internship abroad is proof positive that the University of Konstanz excels at internationality. For more information go to  Have an Experience Abroad.

Our internationality is also defined by the 1,200 international students at the University of Konstanz. Whether they study here through an exchange programme or intend to complete a degree, our university strives to ensure that all internationals feel that they are welcome and well supported. Our International Office is pleased to have received confirmation and positive feedback regarding our support and guidance for our international students via the International Student Barometer. For more information go to International Students.

Internationality is also highlighted through our master’s and doctoral programmes. The University of Konstanz offers a wide range of master’s and double degree programmes through which students develop into highly qualified scholars and are encouraged to explore the cutting edge of international research.

Guest lecturers and visiting scholars from abroad are essential for the internationality of the University of Konstanz. To ensure optimal conditions for teaching, research and living at the university and the city, we have established a Welcome Center that provides individual support and guidance regarding all non-academic matters before, during and after the stay in Konstanz.

Worldwide partnerships and networks in research and teaching not only promote the interpersonal exchange of students and scholars, but they also advance new scientific insights through interdisciplinary synergies, perspectives, and transfers of knowledge and experience. We strive to strategically engage and coordinate our efforts with the University Executive, the faculties, as well as the individual scholars in order to continue to establish, develop, and support partnerships at the University of Konstanz. We are here for you!

ince its foundation in 1966, the University of Konstanz has distinguished itself through its top-level research, excellence in teaching and studies, internationality and interdisciplinary collaboration. Even our architecture highlights this visionary founding principle: the short distances on our campus university sustain an environment that enables communication, that unites scientific disciplines in a natural way, and benefits a culture of creative collaboration.


Short distances and open doors

The University of Konstanz is comprised of thirteen departments that are divided into three faculties: the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Politics – Law – Economics. According to its original foundation as a reform university, the University of Konstanz does not have institutes or chairs.

The reform principle is also mirrored in the administration and the organisation of the University of Konstanz: Unique features are the services, standards, and achievements in the areas of equal opportunity for women and men as well as family support: from the university’s own Kinderhaus (childcare centre) to the Code of Practice on Gender Equality, through which the university commits itself to gender equality and family-friendliness on all area and levels.

Researchers and staff members have access to numerous support services, like the staff unit Communications and Marketing, which is responsible for the internal and external communication at the university. Or our Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM), which includes our library that is open 24 hours per day and 7 days a week.

At the international level, the University of Konstanz focuses on select and sustainable partnerships for the scientific collaboration and the exchange of students with over 70 research-focused universities.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Faculty of Sciences

  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology

Faculty of Humanities

  • Philosophy
  • History and Sociology (with Educational Sciences, Empirical Educational Research and Sports Science)
  • Literature with Art- and Media Studies
  • Linguistics

Faculty of Politics, Law and Economics

  • Law
  • Economics
  • Politics and Public Administration


In 1965 the founding committee of the university developed the concept of a reform university with new forms of study and teaching, a central administration and central facilities for technology, computers and language training. New forms of self-administration replaced traditional university structures. In 1966 the university began its work in a wing of today’s Inselhotel, formerly a Dominican monastery. Professor David Daube, Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, gave the inaugural lectures.

The beginning was makeshift – in the middle of Sonnenbühl on the edge of the town quarter Petershausen on the right side of the Rhine, with only a handful of professors and a few dozen students. Starting in 1967, today’s campus was developed through individual construction projects on the hill known as the Gießberg. Until today, the university has continued to be structurally altered and expanded. In 2007 the University joined the German Universities Excellence Initiative competition and succeeded in becoming Germany’s smallest and youngest University of Excellence. The University secured funding for its institutional strategy “Towards a Culture of Creativity”, the graduate school “Chemical Biology” as well as the cluster of excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration”. This result was reconfirmed when the university succeeded in the second programme phase (2012-2017) with all projects and additionally was granted the “Graduate School of Decision Sciences”

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