Why Thuringia?

Why Thuringia?

The German National Theater in Weimar (Photo: Marcus Glahn)

Good reasons for studying in Thuringia:

Thuringia is a perfect place for your studies abroad. Located in 8 idyllic cities, the Thuringian universities offer you numerous forward-looking study programs. Thuringia’s universities do not charge tuition fees and are very well connected internationally. Not to forget: Culture and nature are never far away in Thuringia – no matter where you are.
Photo: Marcus Glahn
Photo: Jens Hauspurg

1st Reason for Thuringia

First-class education in the Land of Ideas

Germany is an outstanding location for education and research. A German university degree opens up first-rate career prospects for you on the international labour market.

Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences Jena (Photo: Jens Hauspurg)

Excellence in Research

Germany is home to some of the best and most prestigious research institutions in the world, e.g. the highly regarded Max Planck and Leibniz Institutes, but also the institutes of the Fraunhofer Society and the Helmholtz Association. They are so autonomous that their groundbreaking research achievements are not even taken into account in international university rankings – even though they cooperate very closely with German universities.

The designation of origin "Made in Germany" enjoys a excellent reputation worldwide. This ist true not only for industrial goods and cultural offerings, but also with regard to academic degrees and educational certificates.

Raul:

“I decided to come here because Germany is well known for its quality of engineering and for designing not only cars but machines in general. It is a dream come true to be here.”

Raul is from Honduras. He studies Scientific Instrumentation at the University of Applied Sciences Jena.

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
More than just the land of poets and thinkers: Germany is the land of... innovation, free education, art and technology, research and science.

Did you know?

With a funding volume of 3.6 billion euros, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: DFG) supported more than 31,600 ongoing research projects in Germany – in 2021 alone.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Media, Virtual Reality Lab (Photo: Henry Sowinski)

2nd Reason for Thuringia

Impressive
range of study programmes

Thuringian universities offer hundreds of degree programmes, providing you with a wide range of opportunities to develop your personal and professional education. More and more courses and study programs are also being offered in the English language.

University of Erfurt (Photo: Marcus Glahn)
Yavor Minchev

Yun:

„Compared to other cities, big cities, we have fewer students here. So in a seminar or a tutorial we can really ask what we don't understand and the teachers can take care of every one of us.“

Yun is from Malaysia. She studies Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau.

In Thuringia, you can study every subject that interests you and advances your career - from agricultural management, biochemistry, classical history and renewable energy, to scientific instrumentation and urban resilience. Thuringian universities are not only excellent in their distinctive research atmosphere and state-of-the-art equipment, but also offer optimal conditions for studying.

Did you know?

Depending on the course of study, you can earn a wide variety of degrees at Thuringia’s universities: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, but also, for example, diplomas, state examinations or doctorates. Many courses of study are highly practice-oriented!

10 Universities
8 Charming cities
> 500 Courses of study
Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences (Photo: Marcus Glahn)

50:1

Thuringia is the German federal state with the best ratio between professors and students.

Forestry students in the forest (Photo: Jens Hauspurg)

3rd Reason for Thuringia

Familiar
atmosphere

Perfectly sized cities, numerous cultural and leisure activities and an excellent instructor-to-student ratio - as part of the 'campus family', you are more than just an anonymous student number.

Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (Photo: Jens Hauspurg)

Strangers become friends

Most universities in Thuringia have programmes and initiatives that bring international students into contact with locals. They help you break out of the bubble of your international peers, so you can really experience what this country has to offer.

In the Thuringian university cities, the distances between residence halls, seminar and lecture rooms, dining halls and student clubs are very short. This makes it very easy to make friends and also to meet them regularly - even if you only move around the city on foot or by bike.

University of Technology Ilmenau (Photo: Marcus Glahn)
Dominique Wollniok

Raul:

“I decided to come here because Germany is well known for its quality of engineering and for designing not only cars but machines in general. It is a dream come true to be here.”

Raul is from Honduras. He studies Scientific Instrumentation at the University of Applied Sciences Jena.

Dominique Wollniok

Koorosh:

“Sometimes I attend the university sport groups. On Tuesday we go jogging, at eight o'clock, with a group of students and also professors. It is very good that the professors also join us.”

Koorosh is from Iran. He studies Renewable Energy Systems at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

Unite!

Germany is a country of associations and clubs. There are not only countless sports clubs here, but also cultural associations such a music, photography and dancing associations. For international students, these associations are an excellent way to quickly make connections.

Typical leisure activities of students in Thuringia (Illustration: Katre Steinbrück)

4th Reason for Thuringia

Affordable
studies

The public universities in Thuringia do not charge tuition fees. In addition, the general cost of living, e.g. for rent and food, is particularly low in Thuringia. You will find the best conditions to complete your studies without financial worries!

(Photo: Moritz Wehrmann)

Did you know?

According to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), students in Germany spend an average of 867 euros per month on rent, food, clothing, leisure activities, etc. In Thuringia, you can get the most value out of such expenditures. As a student you also benefit from great discounts on cultural activities and public transport.

Compared to the German metropolitan regions, Thuringia offers its students a very high quality of housing at affordable prices. In no other German federal state are so many student residences subsidised by the state.

Dominique Wollniok

Karla:

“I think it's super cheap to live in Thuringia, compared to, for example, Berlin or other big cities.”

Karla is from Mexico. She studies Media and Communication Science at Technische Universität Ilmenau.

The library of the University of Erfurt (Photo: Thomas Müller)
Dominique Wollniok

Koorosh:

“One of the best benefits of Germany ist the cost of the universities: most of them are free.”

Koorosh is from Iran. He studies Renewable Energy Systems at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

(Photo: Guido Werner)

5th Reason for Thuringia

Central location

Students in Thuringia benefit from the perfect location in the heart of Germany. Would you like to see the German coast today? Or hike through the mountains of the Alps tomorrow? If you study in Thuringia, all of this is possible!

(Photo: Jens Hauspurg)
Portrait photo of Roc, who is dressed in a black turtleneck sweater, smiling kindly
Dominique Wollniok

Roc:

“I like to travel around Germany. I mean, by taking the train in two hours you can almost reach everywhere in Germany.”

Roc is from Spain. He studies Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

Thuringia is a good starting point for your educational trips in Europe. Even without getting on a plane, you can visit cosmopolitan cities like London or Paris, Rome or Vienna without much effort.

The central location of Thuringia in Europe (Illustration: Katre Steinbrück)

Did you know?

Thanks to the semester ticket, students can travel through Thuringia free of charge and sustainably: by bus, tram and train!

In the Weimar hinterland (Photo: Jens Hauspurg)

Right in the middle

By public transport you can travel to Munich in less than 3 hours, to Berlin or Frankfurt in about 2 hours, to Halle or Leipzig in less than 1 hour.

On a tour of discovery (Photo: Jens Hauspurg)

6th Reason for Thuringia

Open society and safety

Modern Germany is proof that security and open society do not have to be contradictory. You can move freely and feel safe in the university towns of Thuringia.

Students at the University of Erfurt (Photo: Marcus Glahn)

Diversity Network

University members who feel discriminated against can quickly find professional support from the diversity and equality officers at their university. Thuringia’s universities have even founded their own diversity network.

Germany is not only stable and legally secure, but also diverse. Here you can be and live how you want - regardless of origin and religion, gender and sexual orientation.

Yavor Minchev

Sakshi:

“Thuringia as a place is huge. It has a lot of of diversity, a lot of people are coming from different backgrounds and different countries.”

Sakshi is from India. She studies Public Policy at the University of Erfurt.

Dominique Wollniok

Raul:

“It's a good thing that you can come here. You will find a nice place, a nice, clean, safe place.”

Raul is from Honduras. He studies Scientific Instrumentation at the University of Applied Sciences Jena.

Yosra:

“Since I came to Germany, I feel totally safe. I am very calm at the moment. My head is clear and life is beautiful.”

Yosra is from Syria. She studies Medical Technology at the Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences Jena.

Did you know?

In no other German state do so many women study as in Thuringia: 54.9 %.

One out of eight students in Thuringia comes from abroad, in some places even every fourth.

7th Reason for Thuringia

Wide range of recreational opportunities

Mountains, rivers, lakes and untouched forests - the green landscape of Thuringia is ideal for anyone who wants to recharge their personal batteries in nature during their studies. But there is also a lot to see here for lovers of culture.

Sport at the TU Ilmenau (Photo: Michael Reichel)

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Right now, Thuringia has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Wartburg Castle, classical Weimar, and the Bauhaus. The idyllic, often medieval towns of Thuringia also captivate friends of the fine arts through countless first-class museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls.

Outdoor enthusiasts get their money's worth in Thuringia. Would you like to go climbing, mountain biking or skiing in the Thuringian Forest? Or would you prefer canoeing or paragliding? In every season, there are numerous opportunities for you to discover the green heart of Germany under your own steam.

Dominique Wollniok

Karla:

“You have the Thuringian forest around you all the time. So at least in Ilmenau you can go hiking when you need to think more about your life or just to take a rest. It's super nice.”

Karla is from Mexico. She studies Media and Communication Science at Technische Universität Ilmenau.

Dominique Wollniok

Roc:

“Germany is the country with most orchestras and opera houses in the world. Even a city like Weimar has an opera house and an orchestra. They are doing concerts in the Weimar-Halle and also in the Theater very regularly. And this is only Weimar. 20 kilometers away you have Jena which has another orchestra. You have Erfurt with another orchestra and if you go to Gotha you get another one.”

Roc is from Spain. He studies Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

Sport, sport, sport: Thuringia's universities have their own sports centres and sports clubs. You can easily make new friends there. A perfect balance to everyday study life!
Symphony concert at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Photo: Guido Werner)