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View of Pforzheim from above under a blue sky
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Studying in Pforzheim

Pforzheim offers you 8 degree programmes in English at 1 higher education institution.

Welcome to the "gold city" on the northern edge of the Black Forest. The friendly city of Pforzheim offers you a close-to-nature yet urban experience; here you can discover hidden herb gardens as well as numerous bars. By the way, from the library of the university of applied sciences, you have a wonderful view of Pforzheim itself, especially at sunset - you'll enjoy studying into the evening.

With around 6,000 students, Pforzheim is home to one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which enjoys a first-class reputation. In addition to your studies, you can also gain valuable practical experience directly on site, e.g. if you look for a job for working students or an internship during the semester break. Based on the traditional jewellery and watchmaking industry, which has long characterised the city’s economy, Pforzheim's current key industries are precision engineering, mechanical engineering, wood and plastics technology. As an economically strong location and centre of the Northern Black Forest region, Pforzheim is also home to renowned companies in the media and IT sectors. You have a good chance for an exciting start to your future career!

But your studies don't just consist of learning and working – all the better that the student initiatives in Pforzheim are active and party-loving! The Pforzheim campus is not only used for lectures, but also as an event space. Especially at the beginning of the semester, there are not only the kick-off parties, but also the so-called O-Phase for first-semester students. This is three weeks with ten different events where you can meet fellow students from your degree programme and make friends: You get to know all the best bars in the city, play in a quiz night or bingo, sing karaoke – no event is quite the same.

Life in Pforzheim

128,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Karlsruhe train station in 25 km distance

  • International airport

    Stuttgart airport in 44 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 460 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Black Forest in 5 km distance

  • Other countries

    France in 40 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Maulbronn Monastery in 15 km distance

    • Pforzheim Jewellery Museum in close vicinity

    • Wallberg mountain in 3 km distance

1 higher education institution in Pforzheim

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Pforzheim

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

  • 0

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 6

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 12

    Art, Music, Design

  • 0

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 0

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 27

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 17

    Engineering Sciences

  • 0

    Teaching Degrees

Some ducks are swimming on a river, there are buildings on the banks.
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In Pforzheim, nature and city life come together.

Don’t miss Oechsle Fest, the city’s traditional wine and specialty festival at the end of August/beginning of September!

The city of Pforzheim is located in the Northern Black Forest region in the heart of Baden-Württemberg, between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. A total of three rivers flow through the city, whose banks are ideal for running, walking or inline skating. If you prefer to move in the cooler shade: a really well-developed network of paths and trails crisscrosses the Pforzheim Forest. You can not only relax in nature, but also discover interesting places. For example, a few kilometres along the Würm you can explore the Liebeneck castle ruins.

Due to the destruction during the Second World War, Pforzheim cannot boast a historic city centre – but the city rightly bears the name Goldstadt. The jewellery and watchmaking trade has been established in the city since the 18th century and it is still a paradise for lovers of high-quality jewellery and watches. In the city centre, but also in one of the industrial parts of town, you will find a wide variety of jewellery and gemstone shops and goldsmiths' manufactories. (And if you just want to have a look, there is a jewellery museum in Pforzheim). If you're looking for everyday necessities, you'll find everything you need in Pforzheim's pedestrian zone, on Leopoldplatz or Bahnhofstraße; and for more individual products that not everyone has, take a look around Sedanplatz in the small owner-managed shops there.

While you can enjoy shopping and culture in the city, a few kilometres away you will find cosy Black Forest half-timbered villages where centuries-old traditions are cultivated. All around, gentle hills, rivers, vineyards and forests invite you to go hiking and cycling. In winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing. The Black Forest is one of the most famous holiday regions in Germany, and rightly so. Many things you might associate with German culture originate from the Black Forest: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake, Black Forest ham...

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

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