Studying in Bamberg: General Information

Why Study in Bamberg?

The City

Bamberg is both n historic and a lively city with a population of approximately 70,000 inhabitants. It’s located in southern Germany, in the north of the state of Bavaria, and is roughly 60 km from Nuremberg, the nearest major city. Bamberg, like Rome, is built on seven hills, and like Venice it is crisscrossed with waterways. The old city centre is considered every bit as beautiful as that of Prague, and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Registry in 1993. Bamberg attracts enthusiastic visitors from all around the world.


More information on the city of Bamberg can be found here:

The University

The University of Bamberg can look back on more than 350 years of history. As a modern, forward-thinking university, it currently comprises four academic faculties with over 10,000 students. The main areas of research are humanities, social sciences, economics and applied computer science.

The university’s cultural studies, philosophy, geography, history and education programmes are situated in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Human Sciences and Education. Subjects pertaining to the social sciences and economics are represented by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, and by the Faculty of Information Systems and Applied Computer Science.

Various ranking organisations regularly place the University of Bamberg among the highest ranked institutions of higher education, and the university is distinguished by an exceptional academic reputation.

Another major characteristic of the university and its four faculties is its commitment to international partnership and cooperation. This is evident in the university’s numerous international degree programmes, in its European-focused social sciences and economics programmes, in the university Language Centre.

Over 40 percent of University of Bamberg students spend one year of their studies at a foreign university, and these numbers mean that the university is among the most internationally oriented institutions in all of Germany. And this internationality naturally moves in both directions: the university is also host to foreign students from around the globe.

The International Office is the central point of contact, information and assistance for our many foreign guests.

Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration at the University of Bamberg

Subjects pertaining to the social sciences and economics are represented by the closely cooperating deparments of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and Information Systems and Applied Computer Science.

The Department of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration (SoWi) has approximately 4,000 students, 13 degree programmes and 46 academic departments and it is in fact the university’s largest department. It is located a short distance outside the historic city centre.

The following degree programmes in the social and economic sciences represent cooperative offerings of the two faculties:

Degree Programmes in Economics and Business Administration:

  • Business Administration and Management (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes)
  • International Business Administration (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes)
  • European Economic Studies (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes)
  • Finance and Accounting (Master program)
  • Economics and Business Education (Master program)

Degree Programmes in the Social Sciences:

  • Political Science (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes)
  • Sociology (Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes)
  • Survey-Statistic (Master program)

With these programmes, the SoWi offers a uniquely broad spectrum of degree programmes – and a wide range of individual courses – pertaining to fields of business management, economics, sociology and political science.

Services for Visiting Foreign Students

The University of Bamberg provides the following assistance and informational and advisory services for foreign students:

  • Advisory services provided by the university’s International Office
  • Visiting students (participating in an exchange programme) do not have to pay tuition fees
  • There is no extra registration process in Bamberg
  • The University of Bamberg’s International Office does its best to arrange accommodation in one of the new or recently renovated student dormitories and residence halls.
  • The Tandem Programme: Each exchange student who signs up for the programme is paired with a Bamberg student who will help him or her to get situated in the new city and answer any questions he or she might have.
  • Prior to the start of each semester, there is a special three-week (60-hour) orientation programme that includes an intensive German language course (divided into three groups). Participation in this programme costs €200.
  • Optional language courses, like German for foreign students, are offered throughout the semester.
  • The university is home to an excellent library, as well as an athletics centre, a language and media centre and an outstanding computing centre.
  • During the semester, there are a number of affordable planned excursions to places in the Bamberg “neighbourhood” like Nuremberg or Würzburg, and also trips further afield to cities like Berlin, Munich, Weimar, Heidelberg, Salzburg and Prague.
  • The university regularly hosts various events including presentations, lectures, concerts and parties.
  • The Gruppe ausländischer Studenten (G.a.ST. – or “Foreign Students’ Group” in English) organises a weekly gathering, or Stammtisch, where German and foreign students can get better acquainted in a less formal setting.

So, You'd like to Be an Exchange Student at the University of Bamberg?!

Degree Programmes and Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration

Please see the section titled “Studying in Bamberg – Academic Information”

Academic Schedule

Information on the current semester schedule can be found here

Applying for Exchange Studies

To receive application documents for our exchange programmes, please contact your home university’s designated Erasmus/Socrates coordinator. If there is no official exchange programme with the University of Bamberg, you can request in writing the necessary application paperwork from the International Office via post (Kapuzienerstr. 25, 96047 Bamberg) or via email (auslandsamt(at); please clearly indicate your desired subject of study.

Process Schedule

1. Getting the Ball Rolling – Preparing for Your Stay Abroad

    Registration for preparation course
    Application for accommodation in student housing
    Initial funding
    Looking for accommodation independently
    Visa (if necessary)
    Health insurance

2. Arrival and First Days in Bamberg

Detailed information on individual points above and on many more topics can be found in the International Office’s “Welcome” brochure, as well as online.

Your Contacts in Bamberg

Your first point of contact in all organisational and practical matters is the University of Bamberg’s International Office. The SoWi faculty provides study-specific information and advisory services. We recommend contacting the faculty’s foreign studies representative (and ENBS coordinator) once you have arrived in Bamberg.

The faculty’s current foreign studies representative and ENBS coordinator is:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Muck
Chair of Banking and Financial Control
Kärntenstr. 7
D 96052 Bamberg

Assistant to the foreign studies representative of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration:

Dr. Tobias Kaufmann
Room: KÄ7/01/32
Tel: +49 (0) 951 863 - 2096
Fax: +49 (0) 951 863 - 2092