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In the foreground the Old Main River Bridge in Würzburg with people, in the background the Marienberg Fortress

Studying in Würzburg

Würzburg offers you 21 degree programmes in English at 4 higher education institutions.

In Würzburg, student life meets age-old traditions. Situated in one of the biggest wine-growing regions in Germany, the multitude of wine festivals in the city and region displays its centuries-long traditions. The city’s baroque splendour and its countless historical buildings also mesmerise Würzburg’s visitors. Three higher education institutions contribute to the city’s student flair.

Würzburg is located in the so-called Main Triangle in the north of Bavaria. Here you will benefit from both an idyllic and central location in Germany. The city borders several mountain ranges, the Spessart, the Rhön and the Steigerwald. The hillside location and the comparatively mild climate favour winegrowing and the Main River flows between the green vineyards right through the city. Thus, even in the city centre, Würzburg will make you feel like you’re within nature. There is hardly any industry, instead, you’ll breathe clean air and hear little noise. Nevertheless, metropolises such as Frankfurt am Main or Nuremberg can be reached quickly by car or train.

Würzburg's eventful past is still reflected today in numerous buildings in the city centre. The Würzburg Residenz, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is certainly the most famous sight. Unlike the rest of the city, it survived the bombings of the Second World War relatively unscathed.

Compared to other cities, the housing market is fairly relaxed. In Würzburg, you can find affordable rooms in shared flats or in one of the approx. 30 student halls of residence. A special residential feature for students are the so-called "Dencklerblocks". These are blocks of flats where almost exclusively students and young families live. In summer there is always something going on in the courtyards!

Life in Würzburg

128,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    Nuremberg airport in 90 km distance

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 420 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Spessart in 30 km distance

  • Other countries

    France in 155 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Spessart Nature Park in 39 km distance

    • Johannisburg Palace in Aschaffenburg in 61 km distance

    • Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg in 95 km distance

4 higher education institutions in Würzburg

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Würzburg

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Würzburg. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Würzburg are mainly offered in the subject group Language and Cultural Studies, followed by Teaching Degrees 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

  • 38

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 62

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 68

    Art, Music, Design

  • 77

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 19

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 36

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 18

    Engineering Sciences

  • 74

    Teaching Degrees

In the foreground the Main River with a crowded riverside promenade, behind it a row of houses and vineyards
© K Wong

Relaxed summer evenings on the banks of the Main are part of life in Würzburg.

Germany’s first pizzeria opened in 1952 in Würzburg.

Würzburg is a great place for students to live. In summer, you can barbecue or sunbathe with your friends along the Main River. There are also beer gardens, lakes and various other destinations in the immediate vicinity that quickly make you forget the stressful everyday life of classes and papers. If you hike up the pretty trail to Marienburg Fortress, you’ll have an excellent view of the entire city. It’s also a good spot to watch the sunset.

Würzburg is famous for its vineyards. Several of Germany's largest wineries are located here. You can enjoy the famous Franconian wine at the so-called Heckenwirtschaften (local wine-growing estates with attached eateries). Best combine it with a hike through the vineyards! Another special feature of Würzburg culture is that some wine taverns allow you to bring your own food.

Another highlight of Würzburg is the old bridge spanning the Main river. In spring and summer, students and locals meet there every day to relax after a long day. If you want to go out in the evening, you will find numerous student pubs and clubs. Since the city has a relatively large number of students, make sure to start your pub crawl early. Experience shows that the popular pubs fill up quite quickly, especially on weekends.

In addition to Franconian wine and student pubs, the city also offers various festivals and events, especially in the warm summer months. These include the Afrikafestival, Hafensommer, Stadtfest and, as you would expect, countless wine festivals in surrounding villages and wine-growing areas around Würzburg.

Würzburg is a compact and informal city where you can quickly make friends. You are guaranteed to be spared the hustle and bustle and long travel distances. Most places can be reached easily by bike or on foot. You don't need a car to get around the city centre, simply use the trams or buses.

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

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