Living up to a great name – a modern university
Ulrich von Hutten, Thomas Müntzer, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt and Heinrich von Kleist have one thing in common. They were once all registered students at the Alma Mater Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), the first university in Brandenburg (1506-1811). Not until 1991 was a new university founded in the town in the form of the European University of Viadrina. Its mission statement declares that it will operate as an international, interdisciplinary and reforming university and, given its location directly on the border with the neighbouring country of Poland, it also aims to foster German-Polish cooperation in both academic research and culture.
6,300 students from more than 80 countries
Internationality is the trademark of the European University of Viadrina. Its students and teaching staff come from more than 80 countries. Foreign language courses at the university’s Language Centre and study periods abroad at one of its partner institutes of higher education abroad, which number some 250, are a regular occurrence for both staff and students. Since its re-establishment, the European University has become popular internationally. Nearly 6,300 students are currently registered. European aspects of law, business and culture are accorded a particular role in the courses offered in these areas.
The university offers a total of about 20 joint degrees at Bachelor and Masters level. One example of this is the course of study leading to the qualification of “Master of European Studies”, which has been developed and is taught by all the faculties together. Students have the opportunity to acquire a German-Polish or German-French joint degree. Rankings awarded by the Centre for Higher Education show that the European University of Viadrina’s European alignment makes it a top performer in the subject of Business Administration. It also receives top marks for the support it provides to students spending a period abroad and for its EU third-party funding spending per academic researcher and year.
Excellent study conditions
Study conditions are outstanding. Unlike the mass operations of large institutes of higher education, seminars are small and students enjoy direct contact with their teachers. The European University of Viadrina provides up-and-coming academic researchers with personal advice on career planning. The library, the Information, Communication and Multimedia Centre and the Language Centre feature modern technology. All the above provide students with the very best opportunity to complete their studies within the specified timeframe before seeking the assistance of the Career Centre to move into the world of work. The international atmosphere and cross-border living and work on either side of the Oder create a climate of understanding that is in the very best European tradition.