The University of Potsdam was formed in 1991 by the amalgamation of the Karl Liebknecht College of Educationand the Brandenburg State College.


Young, modern, oriented towards the future: With its just 21 years the University of Potsdam has already achieved an outstanding position among the universities and scientific institutions of Berlin and Brandenburg.

It convinces with its great variety of programs and courses as well as with its distinct interdisciplinary research profile. Students can develop their individual aptitudes and talents in numerous one-major programs or combination courses.

Some subjects you can study only at the University of Potsdam in this form. Among them are Jewish Studies, Patholinguistics or IT Systems Engineering at the affiliated Hasso Plattner Institute of Software Systems Engineering.


The University of Potsdam is not only well connected internally but also to institutions outside.

The university has found scientific partners of international standing with the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and the German Institute of Human Nutrition, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics as well as the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Close cooperation and joint professorships also exist with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, and many other research institutions.


In addition to education in their subjects, students can acquire important skills that help them to start their career. The Career Service, some institutes, and Potsdam Transfer, the short form for “Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Knowledge- and Technology- Transfer”, support them with their expertise in seeking a job or setting up a business.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (5)
Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

The International Relations Office is your central service point for all international issues.

Housing services

  • Potsdam and nearby Berlin are very attractive places to live. There is a lot of demand for apartments and furnished rooms. We therefore recommend that you deal with accommodations in a timely manner. Guest Houses
  • Dormitories
  • Private Residences & Apartment-sharing Communities
  • Unfurnished Apartments
  • Pensions, Hostels & Hotels

Library services

Potsdam’s University Library is responsible for supplying the entire University with literature and information. The campus libraries offer many spaces for reading, studying, and working.

Student Life

Campus life

Embedded in Potsdam’s unique cultural landscape, in close proximity to the Prussian palaces and gardens, the still relatively young University of Potsdam has established itself at three locations.

The campus Am Neuen Palais, which is in the immediate proximity of the Park of Sanssouci, is home to the Faculty of Arts. In rural Golm, where one of the largest science parks of the region has grown, there are the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Human Sciences.

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Law Faculty are in Griebnitzsee, not very far from Babelsberg with its historical film studios.

Sports facilities

The University Athletic Department offers services and educational opportunities for students, staff, trainees and alumni of the University. School children and guests of the University are also welcome.

The programs range from fitness clubs and courses to aquatics and competitive sports, and they include the possibility of acquiring key competences during bachelor studies.

More than 100 sports courses provide an active counterbalance to scholarly work, no matter whether you are interested in team sports, cardio and weight training, or workshops on relaxation.