Offenburg University of Applied Science’s location in southwest Germany has led to the forging of partnerships with the numerous internationally active companies in the region. Thus the university benefits from and at the same time contributes to the internationalization of the region. In 1998, our University was one of the first institutions of higher education in Germany to introduce international master’s degree programs through our Graduate School.
Offenburg University is a research-rich, high-performance institution in the Black Forest, a German economic powerhouse. We are among the top five in applied research in the south-west and an active member of the European University Association. Offenburg is a highly-ranked university according to the CHE ranking.
The university is widely recognised for its international reach and was one of the first German universities with international Master's programmes.
Around 4,300 students study at its two campuses. International students account for 12% of the student body. They benefit from the advantages of a smaller institution with an excellent student-teacher ratio and personal attention from instructors. State-of-the-art media, electronic, and mechanical laboratories and facilities help students put their ideas into practice. WiFi access is provided throughout the campus.
The university is known for its emphasis on practical skills and applied research. Its close ties to the regional business community include many world-renowned companies. It is also strongly committed to providing an internationally oriented education. In particular, the English-taught Master's programmes of the Graduate School have won a number of awards, including the DAAD's quality label "TOP 10 International Master's Degree Courses Made in Germany".
The Graduate School's staff offers ongoing support throughout the programme:
extensive assistance in finding accommodation
"senior buddy" system (personal mentor for the first few weeks)
assistance with immigration services and authorities
guided tours of Offenburg and Gengenbach
individual support and advice from the coordinators of each programme
individual academic advising
German language course in September
ongoing language courses during the lecture period
cultural and social programme (excursions, get-togethers, company visits, etc.)
"Senior Service" (an initiative bringing together local senior citizens and international students)
International students from all five continents choose to study at Offenburg knowing that their cultures will be respected and appreciated.