Heidelberg University

History

The history of Heidelberg is almost as long and iconic as that of Germany itself, having first been founded on 1386 under direct orders from the Pope, Heidenberg has been present in one way or another for most of the nation’s history, and it’s age has lend it to become the oldest university in the country, and one of the oldest universities in the entire world.

Born from the Great Occidental Schism, the division of Christendom in Europe was the main factor which allowed Heidelberg, a somewhat small city for the time, to obtain it’s own university, from there on, through wars, world wars and countless social change the university did it’s best to continue it’s operations for the youth of the nation, it took WWII to stop it, and even that was momentary, as efforts to reopen started it almost as soon as the war ended.

In the present day Heidelberg University is considered one of Germany’s universities of excellence, it is a member of U15, and as a whole the institution has had ties with 27 different Nobel Prize winners.

Programs Offered

Through it’ s 4 faculties Heidelberg University currently offers over 50 courses aimed at undergraduate students, as well as a variety of diplomas and graduate courses that raise the overall offering of the university to over 180 programmes.

Due to the large number of courses available at the institution the following list will only be a small sample of the full selection:

  • American Studies
  • Applied Computer Science
  • Byzantine Archaeology and Art History.
  • Comparative German Studies
  • Education Studies
  • European Art History
  • Historical Methodology
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Political Science
  • Prehistory and Protohistory
  • Translation Studies for Information Technologies

Admission requirements

On top of the required German Language Proficiency admissions to Heidelberg University are mainly based on high school results that comply with the German Abitur, and as such international students will be required to present qualifications equivalent to it. Additionally some courses will also require students to present an entrance exam, which will play a large role into enrollment.

Student Life

Heidelberg is an unique city in Germany, with a combination of all the modern commodities a student can expect, coupled with a landscape and tradition that show it’s old roots, this allows students to both enjoy al the virtues and entertainment of night life alongside the wonders of nature and the culturally charged atmosphere of the entire city.

Part-time work

Part-time work is actually really common for students in Germany, a survey shows that roughly two thirds of all students go to work, Heidelberg University counts with a online job market in the form Studierendenwerk Heidelberg which holds a variety of job listings posted by companies and aimed at students, giving students a wide selection of possible employers and jobs to choose from.

While international students from the EU or EEA have little to no restrictions on work, the situation can be somewhat more limited for international students which do not fit the above, while they are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days in a year, German law prevents them from pursuing freelance work.

Fees

Domestic Students at Heidelberg University will be charged 169.25 Euros at the beginning of every semester as their main tuition fee, for international students that don’t come from a country that belongs to the EU or EEA however, the amount will raise to 1500 Euros per semester.

Ranking

Heidelberg University is currently ranked as the 97th best college level institution in the world, making it the overall best university in it’s home country of Germany.

University Contact

Address:  Heidelberg University, Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54-0

Email: studium@uni-heidelberg.de

Summary

Heidelberg University is  the best university in all of Germany, and it’s fees are barely noticeable too, as long as there’s a course they are interested in any domestic student should consider it and properly prepare for admission, the reduced costs for international students also make it a tempting offer, and one of the best options for those who leave their country to seek a higher education in Germany.