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University of Bayreuth

Founded in 1975, the University of Bayreuth is currently one of Germany's most successful young universities. In the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, it is ranked among the best young universities in the world, and in the QS World University Ranking, is in the top ten percent of 5,500 universities from around the globe. Interdisciplinary research and teaching is the main feature of the University's 190 degree programmes, offered by seven faculties covering the natural sciences, engineering, law, business & economics, languages, literature, and cultural studies. The University of Bayreuth has approx. 13,330 students, 274 professors, around 1,350 scientific staff, and about 1,000 non-scientific employees at its campus in Bayreuth and its satellite campus in Kulmbach. It is the largest employer in the region.

The University of Bayreuth focuses on interdisciplinary research and offers excellent opportunities thanks to its modern research bodies and first-class research infrastructure. The University of Bayreuth is proud to be one of the most popular German universities among foreign researchers, and is regularly mentioned as a leading institution in the Humboldt rankings.

The University offers its students and researchers a teaching and research environment with plenty of room for creativity, thereby positioning itself in the area of tension between academic freedom, scientific progress, practice orientation, and social and cultural responsibility.

The University of Bayreuth is a cosmopolitan, respectful, and family-friendly university certified as a "green campus", and was one of the first universities in Bavaria to create a sustainability strategy in spring 2021. This strategy sets binding goals for the campus in line with the UN’s SDGs, to realize our vision of becoming carbon-neutral.

Aspire and achieve your best as part of our tight-knit campus, and enjoy life to the full in Bavaria’s fresh university town of Bayreuth.


  • Mathematics, Physics and Computer Sciences
  • Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
  • Law, Business Administration and Economics
  • Languages and Literature
  • Faculty of Cultural Studies
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
  • Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health

Degree Courses

View full list of degree courses at the University of Bayreuth

The university of Bayreuth also offers a number of international degree courses in English.
View full list of international degree courses in English

International Summer Schools in Bayreuth:

Bayreuth International Summer School
Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies

Contact Address and Useful Links

University of Bayreuth
International Office
Universitätsstraße 30
95447 Bayreuth
Tel: +49 921 55 5275

International Office at University of Bayreuth
Career Service at University of Bayreuth
Welcome Services and Accommodation in Bayreuth


Bayreuth, an 800-year-old city in the north of Bavaria, is home to 73,000 residents and about 12,000 students. Famous for its Baroque buildings and impressive gardens, the former Margraval residence encompasses the Margraval Opera House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Musicians and music lovers from around the world gather in Bayreuth every summer to take part in the Richard Wagner Music Festival.

Apart from its musical attractions the town also offers a wide range of cultural and sports activities year-round, which includes numerous festivals and a variety of sports events and sports facilities. Nestled between the contrasting landscapes of the Fichtelgebirge Mountains and Franconian Switzerland, the surrounding area offers the perfect setting for exciting leisure activities such as hiking and climbing. Known for its culinary specialities and internationally recognised for its beer brewing, the region is home to over 250 breweries.

At the heart of this beautiful landscape lies the university campus itself. Modelled after universities in the United States, the centralised campus design means that buildings for the various academic departments and service facilities are located all within a stone’s throw of each other. The campus also offers plenty of meeting places such as cafes, sports facilities and beautiful green spaces.

A multitude of student initiatives offer a platform for students to volunteer their time and put their creativity to work organising cultural activities that enrich life on campus and in town. Founded in1972 as one of the youngest universities in Germany, the institution is interdisciplinary, international and research oriented with an excellent staff-to-student ratio.

Its innovative study courses and excellence in teaching are reflected in the top rankings received by the university. Thanks to a growing number of courses offered in English, the relatively low cost of living, a high quality of life and excellent services for international students, the University of Bayreuth provides the ideal environment for your studies.

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