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City of Konstanz on Lake Constance with bridges and lakeside promenades
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Studying in Konstanz

Konstanz offers you 16 degree programmes in English at 3 higher education institutions.

Konstanz is a small town at the southern edge of Germany. It is right next to the Bodensee, a lake bordering Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the small nation of Liechtenstein close by. On a summer day, you can see the snow-covered mountain tops of the Alps while having a refreshing dip in the lake. There are cafés, Weinstuben and local restaurants lining the narrow cobbled streets of the historical old town.

If you choose one of the higher education institutions in Konstanz, you will study on the edge of Germany, however, you will be in the middle of a beautiful holiday region not far from the Alps. Of course, this attracts many tourists, which can be annoying at times due to their sheer number. But you enjoy the same advantages as they do: The lake is not far away, and the Swiss mountains can be reached in a few hours. So you'll find ideal conditions for water and winter sports. The range of sports offered by higher education institutions is just as wide-ranging. In addition to their own gyms and other traditional or trendy sports classes, water sports are particularly popular. But register quickly if you are interested in one of the sailing, diving or motorboat classes. Experience shows that they fill up very quickly.

Studying in Konstanz takes place under relaxed conditions: Some of the student cafeterias and libraries overlook the water. And you can end your evenings at one of the beach bars.

Life in Konstanz

86,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Stuttgart train station in 125 km distance

  • International airport

    Zurich airport in 52 km distance

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 345 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Alps in 65 km distance

  • Other countries

    Switzerland in close vicinity

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Mainau Island in 5 km distance

    • Seestraße in close vicinity

    • Hohentwiel ruins in 29 km distance

3 higher education institutions in Konstanz

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Konstanz

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Konstanz. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Konstanz are mainly offered in the subject group Teaching Degrees, followed by Economic Sciences, Law 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

  • 21

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 25

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 4

    Art, Music, Design

  • 25

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 2

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 30

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 24

    Engineering Sciences

  • 35

    Teaching Degrees

Colourful umbrellas and half-timbered houses in the historic Old Town
©MTK / Leo Leister

Strolling through the historic city centre, you're sure to find beautiful photo opportunities!

The spectacular highlight of the annual “Seenachtfest” festival is the fireworks display – one of the largest in Europe.

Around 15,000 students are among the 86,000 people living in Konstanz – so you can expect something from the nightlife, even if it is a little more subdued than in other, larger cities. When the weather is good, there is a lot going on outside. Whether it's a relaxed picnic or barbecue by the water or a walk along the Seestraße – you can breathe easy here.

Do you like Swiss chocolate? Just stroll over to Switzerland; the border runs right through the middle of the two towns of Konstanz and Kreuzlingen. And there's a factory outlet of a Swiss chocolate brand where you can try it at a decent price point.

Konstanz’s historic city centre suffered less destruction during the Second World War than many other cities. This is why historical buildings such as the “Konzil”, which was the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Europe from 1414 to 1418, have been preserved. If you want to look back even further, you'll find archaeological finds from the Stone Age and Bronze Age in the Pfahlbaumuseum (ancient dwellings raised on stilts in the lake) in Unteruhldingen. And as for modern art, you can't miss the Imperia at the harbour, a satirical statue.

The city’s size ensures that everything is easy to reach. Public transport is well developed. It's even better to get a bicycle. You can cycle along the shores of the Bodensee and reach bathing spots outside the city. Or you can take one of the ferries or the catamaran to cross the lake. A nice destination for an excursion is Meersburg. The town's landmark, the castle, was first mentioned in 988 and the town itself also has a lovely medieval look.

The housing market in Konstanz is tight, partly due to the city's tourist appeal. If you are willing to move to the outskirts (such as Litzelstetten or Dettingen), you can find cheaper housing.

In terms of business, Konstanz focuses on new technologies and modern services. The proximity to the metropolis of Zurich offers opportunities for cross-border business and the development of international networks.

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

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