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View of Brandenburg an der Havel and the Havel River from above
©Heike Schulze

Studying in Brandenburg

Brandenburg offers you degree programmes at 1 higher education institution.

Brandenburg an der Havel offers lots of green parks and a unique townscape with red brick buildings. After studying, you can take a swim in one of the many lakes nearby or take a train to Berlin – it’s less than an hour away. Another plus for the city: While rent in neighbourhoods close to the higher education institution can be quite expensive, your living costs will still be moderate compared with other cities.

With almost 75,000 inhabitants, Brandenburg an der Havel has a pretty compact size. This, plus the surrounding idyllic nature, makes this place worth living and loving. The city offers short distances and the best way to get to know Brandenburg an der Havel is by bike or on foot. When planning your route through the city centre, let yourself be guided by the numerous horned, flat-nosed forest pugs with curly tails – yes, really! These are 25 bronze figures scattered throughout the three historic city districts – fantastical creations of the famous German comedian Loriot. The search for the figures will not only take you past many of the city's sights but will also lead you to Loriot's works.

Brandenburg an der Havel is home to one higher education institution - the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences. With almost 2,500 students, the overall number of students in town is quite low. But that can also be an advantage: Here you will find small and personal study groups and you can quickly make friends.

Life in Brandenburg

74,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Potsdam train station in 36 km distance

  • International airport

    Berlin airport in 66 km distance

  • Coast

    Baltic Sea in 180 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Harz in 130 km distance

  • Other countries

    Poland in 120 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Möserscher See and Breitlingsee (lake area) in 9 km distance

    • Rathenow Park in 27 km distance

    • Berlin in 60 km distance

1 higher education institution in Brandenburg

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Brandenburg

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Brandenburg. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Brandenburg are mainly offered in the subject group Mathematics, Natural Sciences, followed by Engineering Sciences and Economic Sciences, Law. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 0

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 12

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 0

    Art, Music, Design

  • 1

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 0

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 8

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 8

    Engineering Sciences

  • 0

    Teaching Degrees

People sitting together in the sun on steps by a river
©Stadt Brandenburg an der Havel

A spot to unwind and relax after your lectures!

Almost 20% of the city is covered by water, whether lakes, canals or the Havel River itself - here you can take a swim right in the city centre!

In Brandenburg an der Havel, you study where others go on holiday - you are not too far from the urban hustle and bustle of Berlin and yet surrounded by a picturesque landscape with rivers and lakes. Especially on warm days, the lapping of the water and the chugging of the small boats on the river are part of everyday life. You’ll find it easy to disconnect and relax after a long day at the library, even in the middle of the city. Maybe you'll even go out on the water yourself with friends on a canoe, a sailing boat or a raft. The waterways lead to numerous lakes, where a refreshing dip is sure to do you good.

And to experience even more nature, you don't have to go far: The Westhavelland Nature Park and the Döberitzer Heide heathland are particularly attractive for bicycle tours, hikes or boat trips. If horseback riding piques your interest, then the many local bridle paths are just right for you. During your excursions, you should keep to the designated paths - these places are protected natural parks with rare animal and plant species. If you're lucky, you might even spot wild horses, wisents (the European bisons) or deer! And for those who want to learn more about constellations and enjoy the night sky, the star park is the place to be. If you like, take part in night walks, observation evenings or astro meetings. Of course, you can also gaze at the stars on your own at one of the observation sites.

In keeping with the city's size, its festivals are also fairly relaxed: for example, admire handicrafts and cabaret at the Höfefest, meet regional artists at the hEimWeRTs festival and dance to a wide variety of music at the Havelfest. By the way, one highlight is the Brandenburg Summer of Culture - which certainly offers something good for every taste. For a fortnight, there are numerous performances of different musical genres and film showings. By the way: even if you don't have many to choose from, there are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs! And for an even wider variety of places to go out, you can get to Berlin pretty quickly.

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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