Types of educational institutions

Baden-Württemberg has a very diverse educational landscape. The southwestern German state is home to research universities, universities of applied sciences and many more.

With nine research universities, six universities of education, 23 state universities of applied sciences (HAW), the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University with nine locations, six universities of education and 11 universities of arts and music, Baden-Württemberg has a rich educational landscape.

The universities of Heidelberg, Konstanz, Tübingen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been awarded the prestigious status of “universities of excellence”. There are also twelve clusters of excellence within the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments in Baden-Württemberg. These awards show the outstanding quality of education in Baden-Württemberg.  

In addition to the state universities, there are also several church and state-approved but privately operated universities and universities of applied sciences. The film academy, the academy of performing arts and the pop academy complete the educational picture.

The various universities offer state-of-the-art education in numerous subjects and fields of study, from archaeology to artificial intelligence, from mathematics to material science and from sustainable agriculture to social work. Depending on the course of study and the type of university, theory or practice predominate and there are various degrees to choose from.


Research Universities

Baden-Württemberg’s research universities combine a strong focus on scientific work with high standards in teaching.

Universities of applied sciences

If you want to work on real business problems and see how the solutions from your research may be implemented, a university of applied sciences is a good option.

Synergies from a unique concept

Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University combines the best of both worlds: Practical training and theoretical studies are integrated to create synergies and deeper learning.

Unversities of education

If education is your academic passion, Baden-Württemberg is the place for you.

Universities of arts and music

Aspiring musicians and artist find excellent opportunities at the universities of arts and music in Baden-Württemberg.

World-class research in BW

In addition to top-rated research universities, Baden-Württemberg is also home to many renowned research institutes that often act as a bridge between academic research and applied science.

Private Universities in BW

In addition to excellent public universities and research institutes, Baden-Württemberg is also home to almost 30 private universities.