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The bustling Stuttgart Schlossplatz under a blue sky, with the Jubilee Column in the centre
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Studying in Stuttgart

Stuttgart offers you 46 degree programmes in English at 20 higher education institutions.

When people hear "Stuttgart", many often think first of Mercedes, Porsche and Bosch. But the city is also a cultural heavyweight. You can enjoy everything here, from museums to musicals including a diverse shopping and nightlife scene. And in case you need some fresh air: Over 400 "Stäffele" (narrow stairs) lead directly into the vineyards surrounding the city. Studying places with a view are guaranteed!

More than 600,000 people live in Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, which is often referred to as a "Kessel" (a kind of cauldron) because of its location surrounded by hills. From the green vineyards that picturesquely frame the city, you have a beautiful view over the rooftops and into the distance. Unfortunately, the cauldron shape also means that the city's air pollution is higher than in comparable places – but since just under half of the area in Stuttgart is parks, forests and fields, you will quickly find a favourite spot in nature where you can breathe deeply and relax after class.

Since Stuttgart was devastated during the Second World War, the city's architecture today is largely dominated by 1960s buildings. If you want to see traditional German half-timbered houses, nearby Esslingen is the place to be. The town's Christmas market is especially recommended for its atmospheric ambience!

Today, Stuttgart is one of the most important economic centres in southwest Germany. With its numerous shopping opportunities as well as its vehicle and mechanical engineering industries, the city is a strong business location. Unfortunately, this also affects the housing market and Stuttgart is now one of the most expensive cities in Germany. The rent for rooms or flats in the city centre is usually very high. You can find cheaper alternatives in the surrounding towns – or you can apply early for a room in a student hall of residence.

Life in Stuttgart

633,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    In close vicinity

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 440 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Black Forest in 30 km distance

  • Other countries

    France in 70 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • TV tower in 3 km distance

    • Bear Castle in 7 km distance

    • Schorndorf historic old town in 26 km distance

20 higher education institutions in Stuttgart

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Stuttgart

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Stuttgart. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Stuttgart 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.
  • 19

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 72

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 113

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 74

    Art, Music, Design

  • 48

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 22

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 199

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 142

    Engineering Sciences

  • 45

    Teaching Degrees

View from a vineyard down onto Stuttgart
©SMG Stuttgart Marketing GmbH - Sarah Schmid

Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the surrounding vineyards.

The world's first television tower was built in Stuttgart.

If you prefer to take the escalator instead of climbing stairs, Stuttgart may not turn out to be your favourite place. Hardly any other city in Germany has more open-air staircases or, as they say in Stuttgart, "Stäffele". These provide easy access to higher streets and neighbourhoods. The countless stairways were originally built to cultivate the vineyards. Today they are popular with Stuttgart residents as viewing and meeting points.

Stuttgart is located in one of the largest wine-growing regions in Germany. The modern and dynamic city centre is framed by numerous green vineyards that invite you to go for a walk or a picnic. You should absolutely stop by one of the Besenwirtschaften (vineyard with wine pub attached). There you can enjoy Stuttgart's many culinary highlights, especially in summer. These include Maultaschen (filled pasta pockets), Kässpätzle (narrow or round egg noodles with grated hard cheese) or Flädlesuppe (sliced pancakes in soup).

Another regional characteristic of Stuttgart is the Swabian dialect. Admittedly, this might be a little difficult to understand in the beginning. If you don't want to stand out as a "Neigschmeckte" (newcomer), you should order "a Brezle" or "a Weckle" at the bakery instead of the High-German Brezel and Brötchen. In Germany, Swabians have a reputation for being practical, down-to-earth and, above all, thrifty.

The Cannstatter Wasen, the second largest festival in Germany after Oktoberfest, is famous throughout Germany. As the name suggests, the 17-day festival takes place in Stuttgart's Bad Cannstatt neighbourhood every year in autumn. There, you can party with your friends on beer benches in one of the tents, sample regional food and drinks and get your adrenaline pumping on the various rides.

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

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