Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
The roots of the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg reach back to the year 1402. It was the sixth university to be founded in the German-speaking world. In addition to the four classical faculties of Medicine, Theology, Philosophy and Law there are many innovative degree programmes, for example, in Functional Materials Technology, Human Factors and Computing Systems, or Media Communications.
Some 25,000 students study and perform research at the University of Würzburg, some in historical surroundings, many in state-of-the-art buildings. Lectures may take place in the baroque Residence, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, or in the traditional teacher training seminary at Wittelsbacherplatz. Other buildings have only been in operation for a few years, for instance those that house the Pharmacy and Computer Science departments.
As part of its aim to support the careers of young scientists, the University of Würzburg awards doctoral degrees in all subject areas. Supervision by leading scientists, intense tutoring and the availability of interdisciplinary courses offer the best environment for successful research. University of Würzburg Graduate Schools have been established for students who wish to enrol in a structured doctoral programme. The Graduate School of Life Sciences is supported by funds from the German Universities Excellence Initiative.
Academic rankings continue to confirm the top position of our university. With respect to life and natural sciences, Julius Maximilian University is among the top 100 universities in the world and among the top 15 universities in Germany: This is indicated by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Close links exist between the university and several applied research institutions, for example the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) and the Fraunhofer – Institut für Silicatforschung (Fraunhofer ISC) which develops innovative non-metallic materials for tomorrow's products.
Many famous scientists, among them 14 Nobel laureates, have worked here during different stages of their careers, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered the X-rays in Würzburg in 1895.
Excellent medical care and top-level research to the benefit of patients: This is the trade mark of the University Hospital. Science and the treatment of patients are closely related here, permitting patients to profit from the latest standards in medical therapy.
International students are very welcome at the University of Würzburg! They can study for a full-time degree or spend one or two semesters in Würzburg as part of an organised exchange program. The university offers many different services for international students, helping them to feel right at home.
- Catholic theology
- Faculty of Law
- Arts (History, Modern Languages, Culture and Geography)
- Faculty of Human Sciences
- Chemistry and Pharmacy
- Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Physics and Astronomy
The University of Würzburg also offers a number of international degree courses in English:
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Whether you are interested in visiting world heritage sites, wine festivals or events such as the Mozart Festival, Africa Festival or "Umsonst & Draußen" – there are plenty of reasons to choose Würzburg. Living in Würzburg, means living in the center of Germany: The city's exceptional access to highways and railways makes it incredibly easy to get around.
Würzburg lies nestled in the idyllic valley of the River Main, surrounded by vineyards, and not far from the hills of the Spessart, Rhön and Steigerwald. The city is large enough to offer students everything they need, while being compact enough to put everything within easy reach. Some 135,000 people call Würzburg their home and almost 35,000 of them are students, making Würzburg a lively, young city. There is plenty to discover here!
Exchange student David from Colombia: "I like the city a lot. Sure, it’s small, but fascinating. Würzburg offers everything for a great student life, from recreation at the river Main to studying at the university library. The city is also very green. One thing, I like about Würzburg is that you meet so many different students. You get to know people from all over the world. This is priceless."