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The University of Konstanz

We, the University of Konstanz, are a young reform and campus university with innovation and collaboration at its heart. We are one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence and proud to be a member of the European Reform University Alliance – ERUA.

Our motto is “creative.together”. Since our foundation in 1966 and the opening of our actual campus in 1972 we have strived for interdisciplinary dialogue and to continuously and critically question existing standards and norms in favour for progress. It is our strong belief that innovation and progress are best achieved when people with different backgrounds and ideas come together and collaborate in an environment that fosters and supports their potential.

As a university, we aim to provide such an environment for our students, our staff, and the public. Being part of the European University Initiative and ERUA is an integral part of our vision for the University’s future as an accessible space for higher education, innovation, and transfer that transcends borders – between nations and disciplines.

What does being part of ERUA mean for us?

• Tackling the social, ecological, and economic challenges of the future across disciplines, languages, and national borders

• Envisioning research and teaching in a networked way in order to shape the European Universities of the future together with our international partners and friends

• Fostering international exchange of students and staff through mobility programs, virtual joint campuses, and joint study programs

• Constantly reinventing ourselves together, remaining flexible and ready for reforms and courageous experimental approaches

• Actively fostering constructive communication and lively interaction between university members and society by intensifying the exchange with the public and by facilitating access to knowledge

• Seeing Europe’s diversity as a strength and an opportunity while at the same time representing common values and the European idea

Four things you should know about the University of Konstanz

Where are we located?

  • In the city of Konstanz
  • On the shores of Lake Constance
  • At the tripoint of Austria, Switzerland, and Germany
  • Germany’s southernmost university

What are we known for?

  • We are one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany
  • We are a research university with research-oriented teaching
  • Interdisciplinarity is one of our key concepts
  • The Zukunftskolleg is our flagship project in the promotion of young researchers

What are our research priorities?

  • Cultural Studies
  • Social and Cognitive Sciences
  • Collective Behaviour and Ecology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Nano and Material Sciences

Who are our international partners?

  • Students from 100 different countries
  • 297 international partner universities
    • 235 in Europe
    • 62 outside of Europe
  • 74 state-to-state programs
  • 16 Yerun partners
  • … and, of course, 4 ERUA partners

Greetings from Prof. Katharina Holzinger,
Rector of the University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz in Numbers (2020)

Students: 11.230 (1.296 international)
Staff members – total: 1940 (334 international)
Staff members – academic/research: 843 (243 international)
Staff members – professors/lecturers: 213 (38 international)
Staff members – academic support: 884 (53 international)

The University in numbers
One campus
Three faculties (13 departments)
39 buildings “under one roof”, 6.947 rooms, 0.22 km² of floor area
One 24h-library with more than 700 seats for study


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