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View across a river to houses on the bank, Ulm Minster in the background
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Studying in Ulm

Ulm offers you 15 degree programmes in English at 3 higher education institutions.

The city on the Danube River is not only known for the world’s highest church tower but also for its idyllic old town with winding streets and diverse gastronomy. Ulm is also an ideal starting point for exciting excursions into nature. And in the summer, you will for sure enjoy the “Nabada”, a kind of carnival parade on the Danube with thousands of participants and even more people watching the spectacle.

Ulm is located in Baden-Württemberg directly on the border to Bavaria. With its approx. 130,000 inhabitants, the city has a compact size - but it will seem larger to you. This is due to its twin city Neu-Ulm, which is located on the right bank of the Danube and thus in Bavaria. Together, the cities form a regional centre that works closely together on many issues, such as traffic or events. This means in everyday life, for example, that you have a wider range of leisure activities and are not limited to Ulm when looking for a flat. In any case, you will quickly feel at home - the people of Ulm are welcoming and the short distances within Ulm make the city a place worth living in.

The city's higher education institutions - among them Ulm University of Applied Sciences and Ulm University - are in the so-called "Science City" in the north. Even though they are not directly in the city centre, their location has great advantages. The proximity to companies enables synergies and gives you the chance to make your first professional contacts or gain work experience. By the way, there is a third higher education institution in the twin city of Neu-Ulm: the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences.

Life in Ulm

129,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    Memmingen airport in 50 km distance

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 380 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Swabian Alb in close vicinity

  • Other countries

    Austria in 90 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Konstanz/Lake Constance in 100 km distance

    • Blautopf spring in 16 km distance

    • Fohlenhaus rock and cave in 15 km distance

3 higher education institutions in Ulm

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Ulm

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

  • 10

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 53

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 4

    Art, Music, Design

  • 4

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 6

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 28

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 41

    Engineering Sciences

  • 14

    Teaching Degrees

Many people on air mattresses and in boats are floating on the Danube, the water is barely visible.
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Ulm's Nabada festival is wild, loud, wet and colourful!

Ulm is the hometown of some famous personalities - Albert Einstein was born here and the Scholl siblings grew up here.

The Danube is the city’s focal point - this is where people relax, do sports and keep their traditions alive. One of these traditions and the events surrounding it are not to be missed: It starts with the Lichterserenade. Thousands of candles float down the Danube and transform the boardwalk into a sea of lights. This is the beginning of the weekend before Schwörmontag, a day in July that has a long history and is meant to honour the equality of all citizens - this is a tradition unique to Ulm. The events surrounding Schwörmontag are crowned with the Nabada - for which the whole city gets into a festive mood and goes for a swim in the Danube. Whether in a wetsuit, everyday clothes or bathing suits, whether on foot or on a rubber dinghy, everyone has a lot of fun at the Nabada!

Summer is festival season and there are plenty of them: you can look forward to the cultural festival "Ulmer Zelt" with concerts, cabaret and theatre, listen to music at "Stürmt die Burg" or enjoy the concerts at "Glacis". Every two years the International Danube Festival also takes place: organised jointly by Ulm and Neu-Ulm, it offers an international cultural programme, including live music and dance performances.

But there doesn't always have to be an event or a festival to enjoy yourself. On a normal weekday in Ulm, you can take a leisurely stroll through the Fischerviertel (fishermen's quarter) right in the city centre and forget about your studies. Here you can admire the picturesque half-timbered houses, the mill wheels and small waterways - and take in the idyllic cityscape. After your walk, you can drop in at one of the numerous bars and pubs.

By the way: The Swabian Alb is the perfect destination if you like nature and hiking - numerous caves and caverns, impressive castles and varied hiking or biking routes characterise the area. One highlight is the Blautopf: the crystal blue-green water of the spring attracts many visitors with its almost magical colour.

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

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