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View over the harbour towards Flensburg Old Town and St. Mary's Church

Studying in Flensburg

Flensburg offers you 13 degree programmes in English at 3 higher education institutions.

Flensburg is the ideal base for lovers of wind, water and being outdoors. Seagulls will fly over your head during your first attempt at surfing in the Baltic Sea, while taking a walk through a typical northern German small town and when you meet your fellow students. By the way, you hardly can get any further north than here: Flensburg is right on the border with Denmark, so all signs in the city are bilingual.

And since Denmark is so close, we can certainly say it: of all the German cities, the liveable harbour city of Flensburg, with its approx. 90,000 inhabitants, embodies the Danish attitude to a life of cosiness - hygge - probably the most. Not only is the Danish coast clearly visible from Flensburg's beaches, but there is even a footpath directly into the neighbouring country at the "Schusterkate" border crossing. Accordingly, Flensburg is characterised by a mixture of Scandinavian flair and northern German lifestyle. Perhaps this mixture is the very reason that the people here have a fun, easy-going and warm nature. It is even said that the people of Flensburg are happier on average!

There are several higher education institutions in Flensburg offering a wide range of degree programmes: For example, you can study education, economics, humanities and social sciences, but also technical or maritime subjects - even some German-Danish courses of study are offered. The conditions for success in your studies are excellent: courses are small and personal; distances are short and housing is very affordable. In addition, everyday life is vibrant due to the approximately 9,000 students! Both students and the higher education institutions organise various events, ranging from regular cinema evenings to fancy event parties.

Life in Flensburg

93,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Kiel train station in 70 km distance

  • International airport

    Hamburg airport in 134 km distance

  • Coast

    Baltic Sea in close vicinity

  • Mountain range

    Weser Uplands in 280 km distance

  • Other countries

    Denmark in close vicinity

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Flensburg historical harbour in close vicinity

    • Sylt in 72 km distance

    • Sonderborg (Denmark) in 25 km distance

3 higher education institutions in Flensburg

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Flensburg

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Flensburg. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Flensburg are mainly offered in the subject group Teaching Degrees, followed by Engineering Sciences and Language and Cultural Studies. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 8

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 6

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 1

    Art, Music, Design

  • 10

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 1

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 10

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 12

    Engineering Sciences

  • 113

    Teaching Degrees

The Oluf Samson Gang street with old buildings and green facades
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To be quite honest: Flensburg’s old town has some of the most beautiful streets.

In Norderstraße, numerous shoes adorn the old overhead line of the former tram - and no one knows exactly where they come from!

Fresh air, blue water, green forests and white beaches await you in Flensburg: Here you can study where others go on holiday. In just a few minutes you can get from the lecture hall to the many beaches. Many students take the opportunity to disconnect from everyday life and recharge their batteries here. On the wide sandy beaches, you can not only play volleyball or fly kites but also read a book while listening to the sound of the waves, collect shells or have a cosy picnic with friends. The unspoilt coastal landscape is also ideal for cycling, walking or a long hike. Many routes lead from here to the nature parks and lakes in the area. Do you prefer to be either on or in the water? In Flensburg, you can try out numerous water sports such as stand-up paddling, surfing, sailing or diving. Beginners are sure to have as much fun as the pros!

The city of Flensburg itself is small and not overcrowded. This means that you will quickly get to know many of your fellow students. You can also immerse yourself in the lively cultural scene with your new friends: There are plenty of things to do in Flensburg! The summer festival "Flensburger Hofkultur" is particularly popular, with various open-air events in the form of concerts, theatre and film performances. But the whole town also comes together during the Rumregatta, the Förderwoche or the Flensburger Apfelfahrt. Here you can marvel at sailing boats, dance to live music and sample local delicacies. With a fresh fish roll and a sip of Flensburg beer, you can round off the North German experience perfectly.

One of the highlights of Flensburg is the bustling old town with its narrow streets and numerous cafés, restaurants and bars. Especially in the so-called Rote Straße, you can discover some special features in the restored backyards, quaint boutiques and art and design shops. Here you are sure to have an unusual and individual shopping experience.

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

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