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Heidelberg University

"A Tradition for the Future". This motto is an apt reflection of the pride with which the University looks back on six centuries of scholarly and scientific achievement making it not only one of the oldest universities in the world but also one of the most renowned and forward-looking centres of learning in existence.

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In the centuries since its founding, Heidelberg University has experienced many ups and downs in connection with its scientific reputation, its intellectual charisma, and its attractiveness to professors and students. In the 16th century Heidelberg evolved into a centre of humanism. 


In the QS World University Ranking for 2013 it edged ahead to take 50th place in the world and the top spot in Germany. In the 2013 Shanghai Ranking of World Universities, Heidelberg University ranked second of the four German universities included in the worlds 100 best.


Heidelberg University defines itself as a research university with a strong focus on research-oriented teaching. Its self-appointed task is to investigate the major issues facing mankind through interdisciplinary cooperation.


With its long tradition as a research university, Ruperto Carola is a prominent academic, scientific and research centre. Firmly rooted in the Rhine-Neckar region, scientists and employees work together to seek concepts and solutions to meet the society’s future challenges. Heidelberg University values an optimal working environment, one that offers the freedom to develop new ideas.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Heidelberg hosts 34 student corporations, which were largely founded in the 19th century. Corporations are to some extent comparable to the fraternities in the US. As traditional symbols (couleur) corporation members wear colored caps and ribbons at ceremonial occasions (Kommers) and some still practice the traditional academic fencing, a kind of duel, in order to "shape their members for the challenges of life". 

Housing services

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Library services

The Enquiry and Reference Services of Heidelberg University Library (Main Library and Neuenheim Branch Library ) offer access to an extensive reference collection of general, biographical and bibliographical reference books. You will find workstations to use the electronic services of Heidelberg University Library (catalogues, databases, e-journals, e-books) and get access to the Worldwide Web.

ICT services

To students and staff of Heidelberg University we provide WLAN internet access for laptops in the whole area of our Multimedia Centre. A library card is required. 

Medical services

Presently, the “Genetische Poliklinik” employs three physicians specializing in human medical services, three physicians in specialization training, two social workers and four employees in the secretarial/administration section as well as in the out-patient registration.

Student Life

Campus life

Heidelberg is not least famous for its student night life.Besides the various parties regularly organized by the student councils of the faculties, the semester opening and closing parties of the university, the dormitory parties, and the soirées of Heidelberg's 34 student fraternities, the city, and the metropolitan area even more, offers night life for any taste and budget. Adjacent to University Square is Heidelberg's major night life district, where one pub is placed next to each other. 

Sports facilities

The university offers a broad variety of athletics, such as teams in 16 different court sports from American football to volleyball, courses in 11 different martial arts, 26 courses in physical fitness and body building, 9 courses in health sports from aquapower to yoga, and groups in 12 different dance styles. Moreover equestrian sports, sailing, rowing, skiing in the French alps, track and field, swimming, fencing, cycling, acrobatics, gymnastics, and much more. Most of the sports are free of charge.Heidelbergs competition teams are particularly successful in soccer, volleyball, equestrian sports, judo, karate, track and field, and basketball.

Student clubs

Moreover, the university supports a number of student groups in various fields of interest. Among them are the student parliament AStA, the student councils of the 12 faculties, four drama clubs, the university orchestra Collegium Musicum, four choirs, six student media groups, six groups of international students, nine groups of political parties and NGOs, several departments of European organizations of students in certain disciplines, four clubs dedicated to fostering international relations and cultural exchange, a chess club, a literature club, a debate society, two student management consulting groups, and four religious student groups.

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