German Universities Abroad


The German Government supports the development of German study programmes and the foundation of universities abroad based on the German model.

The German Government supports the development of German study programmes and the foundation of universities abroad based on the German model. It can provide the start-up financing for such projects within the scope of the budget funds available. For this it uses the promotional instruments under the “study programmes abroad” scheme, which are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

German Academic Exchange Service: Study programmes abroad

The institutions which receive funding must be able to finance themselves in the long run, for example through tuition fees, private outside funding, sponsoring by local industry, including branches of German companies, as well as through state funding by the host country.

Egypt: Deutsche Universität Kairo / German University in Cairo (GUC)

The German University in Cairo (GUC) is a private Egyptian university specializing in engineering, applied sciences and management technology. Classes at the private university, financed by Egyptian investors, commenced in October 2003.

The GUC was established with the support of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The courses are based on German curricula, with the Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart acting as partners. They guarantee the quality of the courses and degrees, which are recognized in Germany. The two universities are supported in this by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

At the start of 2009, more than 8000 students were already enrolled at the GUC. The courses are geared towards new professional fields and provide practice-oriented training.

The lecturers at the German University in Cairo are Egyptians and Germans who were trained in Germany. They are supported by visiting German professors. The courses are conducted in English. German is also taught in order to prepare students for stints at higher education institutions in Germany as well as internships with German companies. On 8 March 2011 the GUC opened a contact office in Berlin to supplement the work of its German office at the University of Ulm.

German University in Cairo

China: Chinesisch-Deutsches Hochschulkolleg (Chinese-German School for Graduate Studies) in Shanghai

One of the most extensive and ambitious German higher education projects in China is the Chinese-German School for Graduate Studies (CDHK) at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Tongji University was founded as the “Shanghai Deutsche Medizinschule (Shanghai German Medical School)” in 1907 by the German doctor Erich Paulun. The CDHK was opened in 1998 as a joint project of the DAAD and Tongji University in Shanghai and offers practical, industry-oriented degrees based on the German model.

German project partners include the DAAD, the Technische Universität Berlin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, TU München and top German business firms.

Tuition fees for the bilingual Master’s courses in electro-technology, mechanical engineering, economics and economic law are approximately 500 euro annually and a German course costs an additional 500 euro (Tongji University has a scaled system that offers tuition waivers to outstanding students). 300 college places are available.

The majority of courses are taught in Chinese, however, the students receive instruction exclusively from lecturers who have studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Germany. Two-week lecture blocks given by German professors in German are envisaged for the students each semester. A dual-degree programme with the TU München has been running successfully for several years; in the future, similar programmes are to be established with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the TH Aachen.

Chinesisch-Deutsches Hochschulkolleg (Chinese-German School for Graduate Studies) in Shanghai

Indonesia: Swiss German University in Jakarta

The private Swiss German University (SGU) was founded in 2000 as a joint project with German, Austrian, Swiss and Indonesian partners. The first Indonesian university under foreign administration now has 1000 students and is operating successfully. The university is located at the German Centre Indonesia in the new Bumi Serpong Damai satellite town near Jakarta. The degree programmes (engineering, business, life and social sciences and law) include two internship semesters, one of which is usually completed in Germany. The Bachelor’s degree programmes require eight semesters of study and in certain fields, an accompanying Master’s degree programme may be pursued. In addition to an Indonesian academic degree, undergraduate students receive a German degree from the Universities of Constance and South-Westphalia. A partnership with Ilmenau University of Technology offers students the opportunity to obtain a doctorate.

The university was started as a private initiative and does not rely on public funding. The DAAD supports the project with short-term lectureships.

SGU has partnerships with the following German higher education institutions: TU Ilmenau, the Universities of Applied Sciences in Constance, Soest, Erfurt, Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Offenburg, Mittweida, Brandenburg, Osnabrück and the Klinik Kloster Paradiese in Soest.

Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn, the German Ambassador to Indonesia, is Chairman of SGU’s Honorary Board.

Swiss German University

Jordan: Deutsch-Jordanische Universität / German Jordanian University

Classes at the German Jordanian University (GJU) began at the start of the 2005-2006 winter semester on the campus of the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, the institution’s provisional location. The GJU plans to start the move to its final location at Madaba, to the south west of Amman, in 2011.

The German Jordanian University is a practice-oriented state university with considerable involvement on the part of the business community based on the German model. Students are to complete five-year Bachelor’s courses in industrial and labour-market-oriented fields such as engineering, economics and business administration. The GJU provides English-language instruction leading to B.Sc, M.Sc and MBA degrees, which are accredited in Jordan and Germany. All students begin an intensive German course at the start of their studies. The students also spend one year studying in Germany, during which time they are expected to do an internship in industry in addition to attending a German university of applied sciences for one semester.

German support of the project mainly consists of a transfer of know-how organized with the aid of a generous grant from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research via the German Academic Exchange Service’s export programme. The main funding for the project is provided by the Jordanian side and raised through tuition fees.

Since the 2010-2011 winter semester, 20 courses, including a Master’s course in German as a foreign language, have been on offer. The GJU’s German partner university is the German Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and a consortium that will comprise a total of 70 German establishments of higher education. A number of German companies regularly offer Jordanian students internships.

Around 2100 students were enrolled at the GJU for the 2010-2011 winter semester; some 5000 students are expected once all courses are up and running in 2013.

German Jordanian University – Deutsch-Jordanische Fachhochschule

Kazakhstan: German-Kazakh University in Almaty (DKU)

The German-Kazakh University was founded in 1999 on the private initiative of Kazakh and German lecturers in Almaty with a view to training students on the German model. This private university is run by the non-profit “Fonds für deutsch-kasachische Zusammenarbeit in der Ausbildung” (fund for German-Kazakh cooperation in education).

The Russian and German-language classes are based on German curricula and also take into account Kazakh state education standards. In 2007, the first courses based on the German model were launched. The German project partners are the International Graduate School (IHI) Zittau as well as a consortium of six other universities of applied sciences.

The Federal Foreign Office and the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science support the university.

Some 425 students are enrolled in six faculties. Energy and environmental technology, telematics and traffic logistics are among the most innovative Bachelor’s courses. Master’s courses are offered in international business management and Central Asian studies. In 2010, for the first time, some students will spend two semesters at German partner universities which gives them the option of earning a German-Kazakh dual degree.

Undergraduate courses last four years, while graduate courses take two years.

German-Kazakh University in Almaty (DKU)

Oman: German University of Technology (GUTech) in Muscat

In cooperation with Omani partners, the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) Aachen established the German University of Technology (GUTech) in Muscat in 2005. The aim is for the university to become the leading technical university in the region while pursuing the highest standards in teaching and research. RWTH Aachen offers GUTech its support in all academic matters and makes available the expertise of the department chairs at RWTH Aachen. In addition, RWTH Aachen monitors the implementation of quality management guidelines and principles in order to ensure the quality of instruction and of the degree programmes overall.

Tuition fees for the Bachelor’s courses are approximately 4100 euro per semester. Some 400 students are currently enrolled at GUTech. The goal is to have 2000 students by the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to four-year Bachelor’s courses in six subjects, two Master’s courses are now on offer for students already in work.

Degrees are offered in the fields of applied geosciences, applied information technology, regional management and tourism, and urban planning and architectural design. Courses are taught in English, but German classes must also be taken either beforehand or at the same time.

Oman: German University of Technology (GUTech)

Singapore: German Institute of Science & Technology – TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia)

In 2002, the Technische Universität München (TUM) founded the first genuine international branch of a German university in Singapore, the German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia).

Market-oriented Master’s courses that meet the Technische Universität München’s (TUM) excellent standards are being established in Singapore. Students from Asia are the primary target group. The programmes are tailored to the needs of companies located in South-East Asia, particularly German firms.

Most degrees awarded in Singapore are joint degrees from the TUM and the local partner universities, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). GIST-TUM Asia continues to cooperate closely with German corporate partners (including BASF, EADS, Infineon, Siemens, Wacker, etc.).

The Master’s programmes offered in English are in the fields of industrial chemistry, integrated circuit design, microelectronics, aerospace engineering and transportation and logistics. Further study programmes are planned in the areas of environmental engineering and computational science.

Tuition fees range from 13,500 euro (for the Transportation and Logistics programme) to 22,500 euro (for the Industrial Chemistry programme). 150 students were enrolled for the 2009-2010 winter semester and the Institute plans to expand to 400-500 students and offer Bachelor’s study programmes.

There are also plans to increase research activity. To this end, TUM and NTU have already signed an agreement on a joint doctoral programme.

German Institute of Science & Technology (GIST)

Hungary: Andrássy Gyula German-language University in Budapest (AUB)

Andrássy University Budapest (AUB) was established in 2001 by two German Federal States, Baden‑Württemberg and Bavaria, as well as by Austria and Hungary. It is the only university outside the German-speaking world that operates entirely in German. A “public foundation for the German-speaking university in Budapest” was established to run the university, of which the partner countries Hungary and Austria, as well as the Federal States of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, are members. The Federal Government is represented in the foundation by Germany’s current ambassador to Hungary. The Swiss Confederation, as well as the Autonomous Province of Trento and South Tyrol, are among the patrons of AUB.

The Federal Foreign Office supports AUB through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In particular, it provides support for the Diplomacy focus of the International Relations master’s degree programme (among other things, through an endowed professorship under the auspices of the Chair for Diplomacy Studies II).

Currently (as of March 2017), 250 full-time, visiting and Erasmus students from more than 20 countries are enrolled at AUB in eight master’s and postgraduate programmes:

  • Danube Region Studies
  • MA in European and International Administration
  • MA in International Economy and Business
  • MA in International Relations (in addition, two double master’s programmes are offered, in cooperation with Leipzig University and the University of Passau)
  • LLM Programme (Master of Laws) Vergleichende Staats- und Rechtswissenschaft (Comparative Politics and Law)
  • MA in Central European Studies – Diplomacy (Cultural Diplomacy)
  • MA in Central European History
  • MA in Management and Leadership

AUB also has an interdisciplinary PhD programme titled “The Future of Central Europe in the European Union”, with specialisation options in four subjects:

  • Political Science
  • History
  • Comparative Law
  • Economic Sciences

Andrássy Gyula Universität

UAE: German Graduate Faculty of Logistics (GGFL) in Abu Dhabi

The Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi and a consortium of three German universities of applied sciences will, from September 2011, run a joint four-year modular Bachelor’s programme in logistics at the German Graduate Faculty of Logistics in Abu Dhabi. The HCT and the German universities of applied sciences are building on the logistics expertise of both Germany and the UAE, and have created the strong programme as a key foundation for responsible and successful management. Logistics is a field of great strategic significance for both countries. This important higher-education project thus represents the start of more intensive cooperation under the Strategic Partnership launched by the two countries in 2004.

The importance of this cooperation is underscored by the fact that the German Government is co-financing the project. It is thereby helping the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and the Jade University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven Oldenburg Elsfleth to pool their expertise in logistics and supply chain management in order to give UAE students, who will be taught by predominantly German staff, an internationally recognized dual German-UAE degree. Internships with German and UAE companies during the course of study will ensure that students’ theoretical knowledge is put to the test in practice, so that graduates recognize the interdisciplinary nature of work in the branch.

German Graduate Faculty of Logistics. PDF / 1 MB

Turkey: German-Turkish University (DTU)

The German-Turkish University in the Beykoz district of Istanbul is a state university jointly established by the Republic of Turkey and the Federal Republic of Germany. It is still being set up; teaching is due to start in the winter semester 2011-2012 on selected courses. The university will have a student body of some 5000 students once it is fully up and running.

The planned establishment of the DTU was an important element of the Ernst Reuter Initiative for Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding adopted by the two countries. The German funding for the DTU comes from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The foundation stone was laid jointly by the two countries’ Presidents, Christian Wulff and Abdullah Gül, on 22 October 2010.

Five faculties are planned: law, natural sciences, engineering, humanities and cultural studies, economics and social sciences, as well as a language centre. Courses will be taught primarily in German and Turkish, possibly with some English. Students should have the opportunity of spending one or more semesters at German partner universities. A consortium of German universities, led and coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is responsible for the German side’s tasks in the establishment and running of the DTU.

German-Turkish University

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