University of Bonn

Bonn, Germany

No. Students: 27,500 (3,700 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 4,030
Funding type: Public
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The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany's and indeed Europe's most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 27,000 students, we enjoy an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad.
The University of Bonn is one of the world's leading research based Universities and therefore it is no surprise that we operate on an international level. We particularly specialize in the fields of research and teaching and this has led to our evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution.


Unquestionably, Bonn tends to leave a considerable impression on most people who visit our city. This line of thought is evidenced not least in the number of students and academics - from both Germany and abroad - who learn, teach or research here.
Those who visit Bonn are seduced by the charm, elegance and sophistication of the city. And with a population of very welcoming, open minded and kind spirited people, it makes a great impression on the visitor.
The most famous son of Bonn is Ludwig van Beethoven but our city gained true global recognition when after 1949 Bonn became the home to the West German parliament and government. This significant change proved to be a catalyst for a large number of international organisations and important companies locating to our city. Today, Bonn is home to Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post as well as several United Nations institutions.

Student life

Newcomers to Bonn soon grow very fond of the city a fact confirmed by thousands of students and academics, both German and foreign, who have come here to learn, teach or research. Since the German Bundestag moved its seat and parts of the government to Berlin in 1999, Bonn has attracted a number of international organizations, especially United Nations bodies. Some major corporations, e.g., Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post, relocated their headquarters to Bonn. Bonn today is a city of young people: almost 1 in 5 of the 310,000 inhabitants is in the 18 - 29 age bracket. For them, Bonn and its vicinity have a plethora of attractions and amenities. The Hofgarten, where students flock in the summer, the Rheinpromenade that links the university to the B-IT building, the Rheinaue Park and across the Rhine the Siebengebirge provide a rich choice of settings for enjoyable leisure time activities.
The city boasts an opera house, several theatres, concert halls and other venues, as well as a fascinating range of museums. Its most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, features prominently in this lively and varied arts and culture scene.

Fees and Finances

Students have to pay a fee of about 180 Euro per semester to the Students Union, which goes to support student activities and provides free public transport in the region. There is a tuition fee of 500 Euro per semester payable to the B-IT or one of the participating universities. A students monthly expenses, including study material, will be about 650 Euro. B-IT or the participating universities do not offer any formal scholarships. For information on funding from German sources please contact the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service . Special funding can be provided in the respective courses: Please check with their sites.

International Students' Guide

If you are looking for more information on living and learning in Bonn have a look at the International Students' Guide to the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn which covers a lot of topics like

* studying in Germany
* accommodation and public transport
* financing your studies
* counselling services
* etc.

Master's Programmes at University of Bonn

Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies

Computer Science Department (Institute for Computer Science)

Bonn International Graduate School Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES)

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