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View of the Experimenta facility, a science centre in Heilbronn
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Studying in Heilbronn

Heilbronn offers you 11 degree programmes in English at 3 higher education institutions.

With the Bundesgartenschau 2019 and an expansion of study options in recent years, Heilbronn in the north of Baden-Württemberg has become an attractive place to study. Located directly on the Neckar River and surrounded by vineyards, the region offers many leisure activities. And due to the region’s economic power, there are several great career options for you – during and after your studies.

You'll feel right at home here. Heilbronn combines big-city vibes with Swabian cosiness amid vineyards. It is known as the "Tuscany of Southern Germany". The mild climate has made Heilbronn one of the oldest wine towns in Württemberg, with around 30 vineyards. Whether you want to take a relaxed walk through the vines, enjoy the view with a glass of wine in your hand or try a regional wine - you should definitely make a trip to a Besenwirtschaft or "Besa"; these are the rustic eateries of the vineyards themselves, where you can taste Maultaschen or other hearty regional delicacies to go with the wine. Typical Swabian dishes include lentils with spaetzle and sausages or Flädlesuppe.

If you like to shop locally, check out the market in front of the town hall. It takes place three times a week in the open air and offers fresh food directly from the producers. The town hall, like most of the city's historic buildings, was destroyed during the Second World War and later rebuilt. Even though this makes the cityscape look rather young overall, these replicas also create an important piece of Heilbronn's identity. In addition to the town hall with its beautiful arcades, the Kilianskirche is also one of the city's landmarks.

Life in Heilbronn

128,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Stuttgart train station in 41 km distance

  • International airport

    Stuttgart airport in 51 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 460 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Swabian Alb in 60 km distance

  • Other countries

    France in 80 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Experimenta science centre in close vicinity

    • Wartberg hill in 3 km distance

    • Neckarmeile promenade in close vicinity

3 higher education institutions in Heilbronn

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Heilbronn

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

  • 5

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 18

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 0

    Art, Music, Design

  • 2

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 2

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 41

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 26

    Engineering Sciences

  • 0

    Teaching Degrees

People in deckchairs on the Neckar River sandy beach, surrounded by green nature
©Heilbronn Marketing GmbH/Roland Schweizer

Experience that holiday feeling right here at Neckar beach

The Festival of Lights on the Neckar, which takes place in summer, not only brings a party atmosphere to the city but also a light and laser show.

Made in Heilbronn: The Heilbronn-Franken region has a strong economy. Mechanical engineering, vehicle manufacturing, packaging, food and electrical engineering are particularly important. Even if you don't know the names of the companies, small and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of this dynamic region. This can also help you later in your career. You can already make plenty of contacts during your studies: ascertaining a spot for your practical semester, a thesis or a seamless transition from degree to job.

In Heilbronn, you have a choice: you can study at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, at the campus of the Technical University of Munich or as part of a dual study programme at the DHBW. All of these higher education institutions emphasise small groups, so you won't find overcrowded lecture halls. This guarantees intensive support, and you can make friends that will last beyond your studies. These higher education institutions not only share the same city they are also bound together in friendly competition: As part of the Böckinger Dragon Boat Cup, their students compete in exciting races on the Neckar every year. Maybe you'd like to join in!

The Neckar is the city's main attraction. Whether you stroll along the Neckar Mile with its restaurants, cafés and bars, rent a pedal boat or a stand-up paddleboard, or simply sit in the shade of the trees and watch the hustle and bustle on the river - especially in summer, this is where city life happens.

Heilbronn is also green. Pack your picnic blanket and meet up with fellow students on the lawns in the Pfühlpark, Wertwiesenpark or Ziegeleipark, in the Botanical Orchard or on the former Bundesgartenschau grounds. Here you can enjoy nature or study together. And shopping opportunities are never far away. Heilbronn is a city of walkable distances and in the centre alone there are 450 shops, so you're sure to find everything you need.

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

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