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University of Bayreuth

4.3 out of 5 (22 ratings / 14 reviews) Bayreuth, Germany
The University of Bayreuth is characterized by academic freedom, scientific progress, and practical relevance, all of which are understood in the context of social and cultural responsibility.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



In retrospect, it is now clear how prudent it was back in 1975 to establish a university based on combining strong subject areas with interdisciplinary research and teaching. The questions facing our globalized society are becoming more and more complex. The right answers can only be found through close, cross-disciplinary cooperation – one of the University’s main assets.


The University of Bayreuth has six faculties, whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations are to thank for the university’s national and international reputation – ideal conditions for those who want to teach and conduct research with the best and brightest.

One thing is certain: on this unique campus, interdisciplinary thinking goes well beyond the usual forms of interdepartmental cooperation. Proof can be found in our many interdisciplinary programmes of study. We offer students bachelor's and master's programmes that are one-of-a-kind in Germany. An excellent study environment awaits you.


The University of Bayreuth is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. Its research facilities and infrastructure provide an ideal setting for scientific work. Foreign scholars rate Bayreuth as one of the most attractive universities in Germany, consistently placing it among the top institutions in the Humboldt Rankings.

Research Centres:

  • Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geo-Chemistry & Geophysics
  • Bayreuth Institute for Macromolecular Research
  • Bayreuth Center for Colloids and Interfaces
  • Research Centre for Bio-Macromolecules
  • Bayreuth Centre for Materials Science & Engineering
  • Bayreuth Centre for Ecology & Environmental Research
  • Institute of African Studies
  • Bayreuth Institute for American Studies


Career Services offers a range of courses and workshops for personal development, in addition to one-on-one advising, covering everything from application documents to mock interviews.

In addition, the office supports the University of Bayreuth’s Job Portal by posting vacancies for permanent positions, academic employment, part-time jobs, and internships. If you are looking for internship opportunities, Internship Services is also happy to help.

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University Ranking

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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The International Office is the hub for all matters relating to the university’s international network. It is here that strategic concepts are developed and coordinated, that international partnerships are established and maintained.

The International Office also provides advising and support for students and researchers interested in going abroad and those interested in joining us from abroad.

Last but not least, the university offers welcome services and international mobility and networking opportunities for researchers (and their families).

Housing services

To feel at home in your new surroundings, you’re going to need a comfy place to stay – a place where you can kick back, relax, and have your friends over. We’ve collected some tips to help you find the room or apartment that’s right for you.

  • How about a room in a dormitory?
Many dormitory rooms available in Bayreuth are offered by the local Association for Student Affairs.
  • Student apartments, shared apartments, etc.
How about a one- or two-bedroom apartment, a student apartment, or a room in a shared flat?
  • Housing associations
Some of Bayreuth’s housing associations reserve a segment of their apartments for students.

Library services

Bayreuth’s University Library is an important scientific library in the region. It contains around 2 million books and periodicals and almost as many e-books and online periodicals, and is open not only to students and staff, but also to the greater community of Upper Franconia.

ICT services

Our IT Service Centre supports the University of Bayreuth’s research and teaching in all computer-related matters.

Thanks to the efforts of the IT Service Centre, each new network user is allocated a large amount of disk space and given access to wide variety of peripheral devices as well as other IT and printing services.

Student Life

Campus life

Whether you came to the University to study, work, or conduct research - there is one point on which we can all agree: newcomers feel at home here in no time at all.

The campus is both the heart of the University and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived - and there is always something going on!

A wide array of over 40 different pubs, cafés and beer gardens invite everyone to become acquainted with the remarkable diversity of Franconian beers and local culture. For a change-of-pace visit the newly constructed cinema, the Upper Franconia Hall for rock and pop music concerts, the 27 museums and several theatres with alternating performances.

Sports facilities

If you need to recharge ...

...the University of Bayreuth provides an array of opportunities to help keep your body and mind in balance.

For example, you can choose from: aikido, badminton, ballet, basketball, archery, Budo Kobudo Ryu, Capoeira ,football, High Intensity Training, Jujutsu, Karate, kickboxing, gymnastics, running, maxxF, modern fencing, mountain-biking, Middle Eastern dance, Qigong, cycling, rugby, self-defence, Step & Style, Tae Bo, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, tennis, table tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo, and yoga.

Student clubs

The reputation that the University of Bayreuth has achieved over the past several decades is winning over more and more domestic and international students every year. Among these students are many who have made major contributions to the positive atmosphere on campus through their personal dedication and involvement in various activities.

Perhaps you are interested in becoming more politically active or joining the Student Parliament, Campus TV, Web Radio or the Christian Student Associations. Everyone is invited to make their mark on campus – including you.


The national Quality Assurance Institute ACQUIN has accredited this degree program since March 2004. The latest round of successful accreditation took place in 2015.

Student Reviews

Best uni for international students!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University of Bayreuth is a great university that provides a good and well-structured environment for the students and staff to develop their activities. Everyone is kind and helpful, which is very important as this uni hosts so many international students. Me, coming from Brazil, I have to say I am very pleased with my experience!

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Studying in another country has been hands-down one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of my life. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Life in Germany is at least 10% cheaper than in France. During my mobiity I allocated a budget for travelling and discovering the cities and territories around: all students must remember to save money for this part of the mobility game. The german teaching method seems to be more participative than the french one. As a result the international student will gain autonomy...