The University of Bamberg was founded in 1647 under the name Academia Bambergensis by Prince-Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg and was enlarged in the following century, particularly through the work of Prince-Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn, to attain the status of a full university, including departments of theology, philosophy, law and medicine.
In 1803 the university was closed during the course of the secularization of the diocese. However, Catholic theology could still be studied, thus, the traditional role as university was never actually interrupted.
In 1972 the College for Philosophy and Theology, which was founded in 1923 and was modeled on the tradition of the old university, was combined with the Teachers Training College (established in 1958) to become the Gesamthochschule of Bamberg (i.e. a University and a University of Applied Sciences combined in one institution). In 1979 it was re-designated, having earned the title of University. As all German universities the University of Bamberg is designed as a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. granting institution of higher learning as well as a research university.
The University of Bamberg is known for its focus on the Humanities. The largest faculty brings together various philologies orientated towards Cultural Studies with subjects such as Archaeology, Building Construction Research, Historic Monument Preservation, European Ethnology, Geography, History, Communication Science, and Philosophy. Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration became the second largest focus of study and research in 1978; the Social Studies department is nationally acclaimed for its empirical work. Human learning, experience, behavior and actions are at the center of the Faculty of Human Sciences and Education
The University of Bamberg is mainly located in the more than 1000-year-old Old Town. With more than 2,400 historically listed buildings, the Old Town was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1993. It is easy to feel at ease amidst Bamberg
Studying within the World Heritage
Bamberg is a small, yet energetic university city with a sense of its history and a marked cultural life. Travelling or walking through the picturesque Old Town - which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993 - is easy for the 9,000 students, and the quality of life is enhanced by the intimate nature of the city. Counseling and good organization are of great priority; the student-teacher ratio for the majority of subjects is favorable. This is why students can complete their studies more quickly here than at other universities. Thus, the university has been ranked as offering a
Cultural University Bamberg
The fact that the university is so prevalent in Bamberg and the region is due to its unique profile: On the one hand, its history stretches back to the 17th century, and on the other hand, Bavaria's oldest university is also young in spirit, and is very socially and culturally active. This cultural dedication stems first and foremost from two of the four faculties; the humanities and social science faculties. Linguistics and literature, departments that present numerous literary events, readings and exhibits, as well as the musicology department, which has for years been organizing exciting concert series and orchestral performances, are all part of these faculties. Additionally, there are numerous opportunities for
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