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View of the market square and town hall in Bremen from above

Studying in Bremen

Bremen offers you 55 degree programmes in English at 8 higher education institutions.

If the Bremen Town Musicians are the only thing that comes to mind about Bremen, then it's time to take a closer look. The city in northern Germany is open-minded and rich in tradition, metropolitan and a “village with a tram” where you can always meet someone for coffee. Wander through the hip “Viertel”, stroll in the cosy “Schnoor” or relax at the Weser River or in the Bürgerpark! All of this is Bremen.

By the way, the people in Bremen have their very own phrase for meeting others for coffee: kaffeesieren! (It’s the same word even if you prefer tea.) In the metropolis with 560,000 inhabitants, you will quickly find your favourite café. Whether stylish, cosy, traditional or international, the 23 districts in Bremen offer you a lively and diverse selection.

But first you will have to decide where you want to live. Maybe you want to optimise the distance to the lecture halls so that you can hit snooze in the morning? If you study at HSB, the Neustadt would be nearby, for the University of Bremen this would be the districts of Horn-Lehe and Schwachhausen. In the Östliche Vorstadt, on the other hand, you would be in the middle of the vibrant pub scene and can party all night.

Of course, there are differences in price: A big plus for students in Bremen is that the cost of living is generally manageable. But if you want to stay in the popular "Viertel", you can expect higher rents than, for example, in Walle, which is still up-and-coming.

Life in Bremen

569,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    In close vicinity

  • Coast

    North Sea in 55 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Weser Uplands in 85 km distance

  • Other countries

    The Netherlands in 110 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Böttcherstraße in close vicinity

    • Bremen City Hall and statue of Roland in close vicinity

8 higher education institutions in Bremen

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Bremen

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

  • 50

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 63

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 32

    Art, Music, Design

  • 30

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 26

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 75

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 56

    Engineering Sciences

  • 46

    Teaching Degrees

Ship on a river in the sunshine, a promenade on the bank and busy outdoor eating
©Jonas Ginter / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale

Sunny days at the Weser: just perfect for meeting your fellow students.

Probably the most popular photo motif in the city is the Bremen Town Musicians, the statue of donkey, dog, cat and rooster at the town hall.

All higher education institutions in Bremen are easy to reach by public transport. With the semester ticket, students travel free of charge by bus and train – and you can even get to Hamburg or to the coast. Or you use a bike – in everyday student life, it’s healthy to be active. After researching for a term paper all day in the library, riding a bike helps you reduce stress, and you might even get to know new people. In Bremen, the Verein für Hochschulsport brings together all students of Bremen's higher education institutions and offers lots of different classes. At the beginning of the semester, check the website to see if you want to register.

If you prefer to relax in nature after stressful exam phases, you can breathe deeply in the Bürgerpark and the green spaces at the Wallanlagen. Or pack your bathing suit and travel to the sea. Enjoy a day on the white sandy beach in Sahlenburg, take a mudflat hike in Dorum-Neufeld or take a peek at the seal banks at Dangast.

Culturally, Bremen has a lot to offer. And the best thing about it is that with the Kultursemesterticket you get free or at least greatly reduced admission to many theatres, museums and stages in Bremen. All you need is your semester ticket or your student ID.

Bremen has a long maritime tradition. If you want to experience this, stroll along the Schlachte: watch some ships, maybe grab a fish sandwich. Or further downstream in Vegesack, you can leisurely walk along the Maritime Mile and enjoy the extraordinary panorama of large and small ships.

However, tradition does not exclude modernity. Bremen is also a cosmopolitan high-tech location, where companies in the aerospace industry or innovative start-ups are located right next to excellent research. Whether you are looking for an exciting internship or are already ready for your first career step, you will find interesting partners here.

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

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