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People sitting together outside in the evening light, the Stadthalle of Chemnitz in the background.
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Studying in Chemnitz

Chemnitz offers you 9 degree programmes in English at 1 higher education institution.

Chemnitz, the European Culture Capital of 2025, might surprise you! The former Karl-Marx-Stadt is the third-largest city in Saxony and is an important industry and high-tech location with many parks and cultural events at the same time. The relatively low living costs attract many students and if you are lucky, you might find a pretty flat in one of the city’s Wilhelminian style and Art Nouveau buildings.

Welcome to Chemnitz - the "city of modernity", at least that's how Chemnitz describes itself. About 250,000 people live here, around 10,000 of whom study at the city's only higher education institution, Chemnitz University of Technology. Here you can study natural sciences, economics or human and social sciences in a friendly atmosphere - and thanks to the niche degree programmes (such as e-mobility and regenerative energy technology; prevention, rehabilitation and fitness; sensor technology and cognitive psychology), you are sure to find the perfect course of study for you! Another special feature of the university is its openness and internationality: it strives for more acceptance of foreigners by, among other things, openly addressing existing conflicts in the city. Part of these efforts are also its approx. 400 Erasmus partnerships and associations such as the "Club of Cultures". In addition, 28% of the students come from other countries. So, you can meet people from all over the world and make interesting friends.

Speaking of international friendships: Have you ever heard of the European Peace Ride (EPR)? This cross-border cycling tour brings together people from many - especially neighbouring - countries. The tour is pretty challenging, but even those who don't ride can have fun: On arrival in Chemnitz, there will be a big party.

Life in Chemnitz

249,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Dresden train station in 62 km distance

  • International airport

    Dresden airport in 69 km distance

  • Coast

    Baltic Sea in 355 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Ore Mountains in 20 km distance

  • Other countries

    Czech Republic in 40 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Klaffenbach Castle in 7 km distance

    • Rochsburg Castle in 17 km distance

    • Dresden in 63 km distance

1 higher education institution in Chemnitz

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Chemnitz

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

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 27

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 32

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 0

    Art, Music, Design

  • 21

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 6

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 19

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 33

    Engineering Sciences

  • 1

    Teaching Degrees

Christmas market with a decorated Christmas tree in the evening atmosphere
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The Chemnitz Christmas market in December is always worth a visit!

Christmas has a special charm in Chemnitz - at the Christmas markets, for example, you can admire traditional handicrafts from the Ore Mountains.

You will quickly notice that Chemnitz is a colourful city – there is good reason why it was named the European Capital of Culture 2025. Its varied past is particularly interesting: you can not only discover the city’s history in the many museums, but you can also get a little closer to it at various events. For example, you can get to know a number of hidden places in the city at the art festival Begehungen (Walks), such as empty cultural buildings or old breweries, which - reinterpreted through art - tell past stories of Chemnitz. Or immerse yourself in the industrial age of Chemnitz at the Festival of Industrial Culture. Today, many industrial buildings serve as contrasting and exciting venues for many events!

By the way: In addition to concerts in a variety of musical genres, the Chemnitz "City-Jazz" and the accompanying street music format "City-Jazz & Friends" come particularly recommended. The artists perform in participating cafés, restaurants and in the pedestrian zone of the city centre, among other places, and add a certain something to the summer atmosphere. So, you can end the evening with friends in the city centre with good music and delicious food. And if you're in the mood for a good film, then the film nights at Theaterplatz are just the thing for you in summer: Here you can enjoy an unforgettable cinema experience against a special backdrop!

Green oases and opportunities to relax in the middle of the city are never far in Chemnitz: especially on warm days, places like the Küchwaldpark, the city park on the Chemnitz River or the green lawns at the Schlossteich are very popular. Here you can do sports, go out on the water in a rowing boat or simply enjoy a picnic with friends. And if you are drawn deeper into nature, then definitely go to Saxon Switzerland. Discover interesting rock formations, rivers and streams, breathe in fresh air and admire picturesque viewpoints in this unique landscape.

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

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