The University of Stuttgart is an internationally recognized research university that cultivates global culture. This includes giving its students the opportunity to continue their education at universities in other countries. It supports its researchers in global research teamwork with scientists in all disciplines. At the same time, it supports talented individuals from abroad who want to study at the University of Stuttgart or pursue their research here.
The International Office (IZ)
The International Office at the IZ on the Vaihingen campus coordinates all programs, counseling, and events for:
- incoming students and researchers from abroad
- outgoing students: University of Stuttgart students interested in studying abroad
- refugees who want to study at the University of Stuttgart
- everyone at the university, to support and enrich interculturality
"The University of Stuttgart produces outstanding university graduates with highly developed intercultural skills who know how to meet their responsibilities as global citizens in exemplary fashion in a globalizing world.”From the University of Stuttgart Mission Statement, February 2015.
For University of Stuttgart students
A study stay abroad does not only produce benefits that last a lifetime. Since it shows a willingness to get out of a personal comfort zone, studying abroad can also boost career chances while also conferring many new experiences, realizations, and discoveries. These include:
- New or advanced language proficiencies
- Insights into other ways of life and cultures
- Questioning own life circumstances and habits
- International networking opportunities
- Expanding perspectives on subject knowledge and methods
The University of Stuttgart is deeply interested in an optimal study experience for its students. That also means expanding our vision beyond our own borders. The University maintains numerous relationships with foreign university on six continents for research and teaching exchanges.
Double Master's programs
Students at the University of Stuttgart can enroll in so-called Double Master's programs. These programs offer the chance to obtain Master's degrees from two universities.
Students looking for help in planning a stay abroad are invited to contact the International Office via e-mail.
The University of Stuttgart maintains partnerships with universities and colleges all around the world. Therefore, it offers a wide range of exchange programs and international cooperation.
For international students and applicants
At the beginning of every semester the International Office offers an orientation program for all international students.
Staff members of the International Office offer organizational counseling as well as individual advise in case of social or psychological problems.
The University of Stuttgart’s academic offerings for international students are truly wide-ranging. Students from abroad who want to do all or part of their studies in Stuttgart are free to choose from regular studies as degree students, single semesters as freemovers, or as exchange students. In addition, the University of Stuttgart offers short-term programs like the Summer University or Winter University for its international partners.
The ready.study.stuttgart buddy program refers volunteer Buddies (contact and support persons) to students from abroad. As part of the program, we organize orientation events at each semester start, provide guidance on formalities, organize events and arrange excursions. Meetings around a pub table every six weeks provide a congenial venue for sharing experiences.
One-on-one counseling is part of the Intercultural Mentoring Program. Designed to help reduce the number of international student dropouts, it offers intensive counseling and support, helps improve subject knowledge and language proficiency and fosters social integrations and cultural exchanges. The mentoring program also includes introductory seminars, intercultural training, weekly classes and practice groups as well as a multi-faceted framework program.
We have several special offers for refugees interested in studying at the University of Stuttgart. These services comprise introductory programs, everyday life support, German language courses, tandem learning and various options for studying at our university. For detailed information contact the Welcome Campus coordination office.
For doctoral students
The International Office helps PhD students from abroad with all questions about formalities and everyday life in Germany. Studying for the doctorate leads to a doctoral dissertation and is a first research activity after graduating. It is also a step in a scientific career. Organizationally, PhD students at the University of Stuttgart are classified as students. As such, they apply for doctoral degree study and enroll at the university.
For the duration of your doctoral studies at the University of Stuttgart, a network of committed employees will stand ready to support and advise you.
For international scholars
The University of Stuttgart helps scientists from other countries establish themselves in Germany and concentrate on their research without bureaucratic obstacles.
The Welcome Center in the International Office functions as a first point of contact and includes personal contact, as well as a virtual platform with all relevant information, plus seminars and field trips. The support begins with planning the stay and immigration formalities and extends to the stay in Stuttgart until the day of departure, after which it evolves directly into an intensive alumni contact.
International research with Humboldt award winners at the University of Stuttgart
Over the past 15 years, almost 200 Humboldt scholars chose a research stay at the University of Stuttgart. What drew them here was an infrastructure at a top international level, the exceptional networking opportunities with institutions outside the University as well as an intensive, inspiring climate for discussion.
All subject areas are popular: You can find portraits of some of the researchers in physics, engineering sciences, mathematics, and literary sciences who have been guests at the University of Stuttgart on our Research with Humboldt web page.
Expanding research horizons
Whether it is networked geodesy research, production engineering and automation in Joint Research Labs in Shanghai, civil engineering at the foot of the Himalayas, mind-machine interactions in Lombardy, a European-wide study of porous media or the most precise observation of droplets: researchers at the University of Stuttgart are networked around the world. Their border-spanning collaborations on diverse projects adds up to high quality research.