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View of the Donau River and a bridge, in the background are houses and a church in Deggendorf.

Studying in Deggendorf

Deggendorf offers you 21 degree programmes in English at 1 higher education institution.

Are you looking to study in a small city? Then you should have a closer look at the Bavarian city of Deggendorf. Everything is walkable, dormitories are close to campus and bars and beer gardens can also be quickly reached. The "Gateway to the Bavarian Forest" is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities, offering skiing or snowboarding during winter, and hiking or cycling as well as relaxing on the Danube during summer.

In Deggendorf in Lower Bavaria, idyllic nature and small-town feeling meet student life. Of the nearly 35,000 inhabitants, around 7,000 are students. This adds a young and dynamic vibe to the very cosy town.

Deggendorf's city centre is characterised by old half-timbered houses, small shops and cobblestone streets. The centre of the city is Luitpoldplatz with its old town hall. There you can take a look around the large weekly farmers market or pop into one of the many fashion shops. Deggendorf's only university of applied sciences is also located near the city centre. Especially in the evening, the town centre comes alive with young people.

People in Deggendorf benefit from a good job market. Although the city does not have many residents, it is an important location for companies in the textile, light metal construction and manufacturing industries.

A big plus is that, compared to other student cities, the housing market in Deggendorf is quite relaxed. There is a wide range of affordable shared flats and studio apartments. Nevertheless, you should look for a place in good time.

Life in Deggendorf

35,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Passau train station in 47 km distance

  • International airport

    Munich airport in 103 km distance

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 340 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Bavarian Forest in 30 km distance

  • Other countries

    Czech Republic in 35 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Großer Arber summit in 34 km distance

    • Regensburg Old Town in 67 km distance

1 higher education institution in Deggendorf

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Deggendorf

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Deggendorf. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Deggendorf 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.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 6

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 21

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 0

    Art, Music, Design

  • 0

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 13

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 21

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 29

    Engineering Sciences

  • 0

    Teaching Degrees

Three young people sit on grass by a river.
©THD -Technische Hochschule Deggendorf

With the campus right by the Danube, making plans for breaks is easy!

The port of Deggendorf is Bavaria's only free-trade port on the Danube.

Deggendorf has a high quality of life, especially due to the surrounding nature. The Danube and Isar rivers meet here. In addition, the city is close to the Bavarian Forest. Winter sports, in particular skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and tobogganing are very popular. In summer, being near the mountains means that you can also go hiking, cycling or simply go and find a nice spot in the countryside where you can put your feet up.

But Deggendorf also has a lot to offer outside of sports: Deggendorf has numerous buildings in the baroque architectural style. Recommended highlights are the baroque church tower, the oldest Bärwurz (an herb schnapps) distillery in the world and Lower Bavaria's only handicraft museum.

And numerous traditional Bavarian inns invite you to enjoy special Bavarian "Schmankerln" (delicacies). Traditional dishes include roast pork or dumplings with fresh "Rahmschwammerl" (a mushroom cream sauce). Deggendorf, by the way, is often called the dumpling capital of Bavaria. To this day, the locals tell their guests the story of the dumpling thrower who is said to have saved the town from attack by Bohemian soldiers in 1266. Today, the dumpling is available in many different variations in Deggendorf, as a sweet praline or as a savoury side dish with meat.

There are also cultural attractions: Well-known Deggendorf events include the Spring Festival and the Folk Festival. However, the range of clubs and pubs in Deggendorf is very modest. This has the disadvantage that the popular places fill up quite quickly. However, this makes the student scene very informal, so you can quickly make friends. Passau, Regensburg or Munich are easy to reach by train if you want to spend some time in a larger city.

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

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