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Information for International Students

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Welcome to the University of Bonn!

The University of Bonn is one of 11 Universities of Excellence in Germany and also ranked among the top univerities in the world (rank 114, Times Higher Education Ranking 2021 and rank 87 in Shanghai-Ranking 2020). Proportionately we have more than 5.500 or 14,2 percent foreign students from 141 countries (winter semester 2020), it means in effect every seventh student comes from abroad! That is not a coincidence, the University of Bonn offers international students a wide range of education and training possibilities, in a high quality economic region and comfortable environment for life and living.
On the following pages, you will find information about studying or the study-abroad programs at the University of Bonn, as well as relevant hints on how to improve your German and/or to acquire intercultural experiences and competencies.

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Degree and Doctoral Programs

  • Are you interested in one of our undergraduate or graduate degree programs? You can submit an application in about 200 study subjects at the University of Bonn, see study for a degree.
  • Would you like to study at the University of Bonn in one of Bonn’s specially designed International Programs (BA, MA, PhD/Doctorate)? These programs are taught in English or in a bilingual setting, see International Degree Programs.
  • You already have a degree and would like to undertake doctoral research at the University of Bonn, as a PhD student.

Short-Term, Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

Would you like to spend part of your studies in Bonn? You can come to Bonn for a whole year, a semester or for only a few weeks with one of our many programs, such as:

German Language Courses

The University of Bonn offers international students different possibilities to improve and extend their German skills.


Support measure for refugees

The FdIS (Förderung der Integration in das Studium) program is meant to offer suitable refugees, in a largely non-bureaucratic way and free of charge, the opportunity of taking up a “pre-study” course at the University of Bonn, which prepares them for possible enrolment to studies and integrates them into the academic environment.

Experiencing German Culture

Intercultural exchange is part of Campus International at the University of Bonn. Students have many opportunities for gaining intercultural experiences and skills! Discover our additional and colorful offerings for international students, such as:

or in language tandems and in student clubs and initiatives or the like.

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