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View of the blue wooden church in Clausthal-Zellerfeld from above

Studying in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Clausthal-Zellerfeld offers you 5 degree programmes in English at 1 higher education institution.

In Clausthal-Zellerfeld you will easily find your way. The town is rather small, and the distances are walkable. So, you can go home in between lectures or have a coffee downtown. Nature is also close and offers lots of opportunities: In the summer, swim in one of the many lakes or hike and cycle in the nearby Harz Mountains. And in the winter, cross-country or even downhill ski.

Clausthal-Zellerfeld is located on a plateau in the Harz Mountains in the federal state of Lower Saxony. The small town with around 15,000 inhabitants not only captivates with the surrounding breathtaking nature but also with its innovative strength and dynamism. The 3,700 students at the Clausthal University of Technology are key contributors. The university may not be very big, but for years it has been one of the universities in Germany with the highest number of international students. Around 30 percent of the students come from abroad and ensure the city’s internationality and openness.

In the centre of the city, you'll find historic buildings, a market square and the Marktkirche zum Heiligen Geist, the largest wooden church in Germany, which you won’t be able to miss due to its bright blue colour. Thanks to the short distances, you can reach everything in Clausthal-Zellerfeld by bike and spontaneously meet up with fellow students for a coffee after your courses, for example in the colourful Adolph-Roemer-Straße. The conditions here are ideal for students. A big advantage is the low cost of living and, above all, the low rents.

Life in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

15,300 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Göttingen train station in 42 km distance

  • International airport

    Hanover airport in 86 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 225 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Harz in close vicinity

  • Other countries

    Czech Republic in 205 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Brocken summit and railway in 19 km distance

    • Ilsetal valley in 20 km distance

    • Romkerhall waterfall in 11 km distance

1 higher education institution in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

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

  • 1

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 16

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 0

    Art, Music, Design

  • 0

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 0

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 6

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 26

    Engineering Sciences

  • 0

    Teaching Degrees

A calm lake surrounded by green trees and under a blue sky
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Mining tradition and nature: both characterise life in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

The world-famous physician, microbiologist and Nobel Prize winner Robert Koch was born in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Nature and sports enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the city’s excellent options for various outdoor sports. OK, the joke that Clausthal University of Technology is the only university with two winter semesters has a grain of truth, the city does indeed have comparatively a lot of rain and wind. But in winter you'll find a wide network of cross-country ski trails in the area and a small slope in Zellerfeld for tobogganing and skiing. And in summer, with sunshine and pleasant temperatures, there is also a lot to do. By bike, you can explore new cycling routes and forest sections outside the town or go to one of the many lakes for swimming or fishing. And there are many well-signposted trail networks for hiking, mountain biking or Nordic walking.

In Clausthal-Zellerfeld, the traditions of a mining town meet the attractive offerings of a modern university town, creating a wonderful blend of old and new. Even though coal mining ceased in 1930, mining shaped the small town in the Upper Harz for centuries. If you want to learn more about the history of the town and mining, visit the old shafts of the Oberharzer Bergwerkmuseum, the oldest mining museum in Germany, and take a ride on the mine train.

To be quite honest, there aren’t many trendy clubs and bars in Clausthal-Zellerfeld that can offer you a varied evening programme. But there are a few pubs that are very popular with students and offer drinks at reasonable prices. You should also not miss out on other events such as regular Mensa parties, student cultural festivals and concerts! They provide the necessary distraction and balance to your classes.

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

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