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A waterway in Oldenburg with moored boats, buildings on the shore
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Studying in Oldenburg

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

A bicycle is a must-have in Oldenburg. Everybody is cycling in the city. It is even said that there are more bicycles than people. In Oldenburg, there is always something to do: Go to an open-air concert in the summer, take a swim in a lake or in the nearby North Sea. And in the autumn or winter, you should trade in your bicycle for a handcart for one day and go on a kale hike with your friends. You'll have a good time!

Oldenburg is a cosy student town in Lower Saxony with northern German charm and just about 170,000 inhabitants. Over 16,000 students at two higher education institutions in the city ensure a young and open atmosphere. 

Short distances, inviting cafés and wide pedestrian zones with many shops and shopping opportunities await you here. The bicycle-friendly city has a picturesque city centre with numerous historic buildings. Oldenburg's Lappan, a 35-metre high bell tower and the city's landmark, is located near the magnificent Oldenburg State Theatre, the old town hall and the lively market square. If you've just arrived in the city and want to feel at home quickly, be sure to take a leisurely stroll through the old town.

Thanks to its proximity to the North Sea coast, the student town gives you the feeling of being on holiday all year round. You can reach the sea quickly by train. Many students go to the North Sea at the weekend and enjoy the beach and the fresh sea breeze.

Life in Oldenburg

173,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    Bremen airport in 40 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 30 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Weser Uplands in 115 km distance

  • Other countries

    The Netherlands in 65 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Osenberge dunes in 13 km distance

    • Old town harbour in close vicinity

    • Hude abbey ruins in 16 km distance

    • Cloppenburg open-air museum in 35 km distance

3 higher education institutions in Oldenburg

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Oldenburg

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Oldenburg. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Oldenburg are mainly offered in the subject group Teaching Degrees, followed by Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 1

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 26

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 40

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 5

    Art, Music, Design

  • 24

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 8

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 15

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 25

    Engineering Sciences

  • 100

    Teaching Degrees

View of Oldenburg from above, with water and green trees in the foreground
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Lakes, canals and the nearby North Sea: water will be all around you in Oldenburg.

Oldenburg is a business-friendly city and is considered a centre for information technology.

Oldenburg is not only located close to the North Sea but the city is also crossed by the Hunte, a tributary of the Weser. After a busy day, many students like to sit down by the canals in the city centre to enjoy the sunset with a cool beer. Here you can also take a boat trip with friends to discover the city from the water. And many lakes around Oldenburg are particularly suitable for swimming. Visit the popular Woldsee on a day off in the summer and don't forget your bathing stuff!

Beautiful parks and palace grounds invite you to linger in Oldenburg. When the weather is nice, you should definitely visit Oldenburg Castle and the castle garden inspired by traditional English landscaping. In the Botanical Garden of the University of Oldenburg, you will find many different plants and even animals to admire on a sunny afternoon. It's not for nothing that the Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Oldenburg.

To avoid focusing solely on your studies, you can visit the many exciting events and festivals that take place in Oldenburg every year. The famous Kohlfahrt is the social highlight of the year and is reminiscent of the Cologne carnival. Here, many people march together through the cold to eat kale together afterwards. (Yes, it sounds strange, but give it a try!) Another highlight during the cold season is the Lamberti Market, a large Christmas market that takes place in the city centre and attracts many visitors. Enjoy some mulled wine or the non-alcoholic version of children's punch with friends and taste your way through the many regional delicacies.

In addition to colourful festivals and events, Oldenburg has many different bars, clubs and pubs that offer you a colourful evening programme every weekend. Wallstraße is known as a pub mile and is very popular among students, as there are many pubs and bars here to enjoy an evening out with your friends!

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

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