University of Konstanz

We, the University of Konstanz, are a young reform and campus university with innovation and collaboration at its heart, located at the tripoint of Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. We are one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany and we stand for top-level research, excellence in teaching and learning, as well as a strong international orientation in all university areas. 

Our motto is “creative.together”. Since our foundation in 1966 we have strived for interdisciplinary dialogue and to continuously and critically question existing standards and norms in favour of progress. It is our strong belief that innovation and progress are best achieved when people with different backgrounds and ideas come together and collaborate in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment that fosters everyone’s unique potential.

As a university, we aim to provide such an environment for our researchers and students, our staff and our national and international partners from academia, industry, government and the public. We are seeking to constantly evolve in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – both at the institutional level and regarding our research and teaching. Being part of the EUI and EUniWell is an integral part of our vision for the University’s future as an accessible space for higher education, innovation, and transfer that transcends borders – between nations and disciplines – and contributes to the well-being of all.

Some highlights:

  • Advancement of early career researchers: The University of Konstanz strives to become a European leader with regard to the promotion of early career researchers. Our Zukunftskolleg is a unique project in Germany in this respect. It offers our early career researchers an interdisciplinary working environment with excellent research conditions and the greatest possible freedom. Our Code of Practice for Postdoctoral Researchers is further evidence of our commitment to promoting new talents. 
  • Equal opportunities: The University of Konstanz is committed to gender equality and equal opportunities for all, and offers dedicated family support. Our services and performance in these areas have been commended on several occasions and are unique in Germany. The university’s Kinderhaus, for example, provides 100 nursery and kindergarten places for children between 6 months and 6 years of age. Furthermore, a Code of Practice on Gender Equality was adopted in 2010. 
  • Excellent teaching and studies inspired by research: The University of Konstanz is currently home to some 11,000 students enrolled in around 100 different degree programmes in the fields of mathematics and natural sciences, humanities, law, economics and public administration. Many of these programmes are interdisciplinary, several are international programmes

Our university is deeply rooted in a culture of continuous development of and improvement in teaching that is based on research. This is accomplished through the use of current research results, up-to-date methods in teaching and studies, and through the integration of infrastructural platforms into the teaching environment. As a cross-institutional collaborative centre for teaching and research, the university’s Binational School of Education (BiSE) regulates, coordinates and develops all aspects of teacher education at the University of Konstanz, working closely with institutions for teacher education and our partner schools.

EUniWell responsible persons

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Debus

Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

University of Konstanz

Dr. Daniel Schmidtke

Communications Officer

University of Konstanz

Daniela Kromrey

Coordinator European University Alliance

University of Konstanz

Facts & Figures

  • Students: 10,964 (1,473 international)
  • Teaching and Administrative Staff: 2,085 (414 international)
  • The University campus in numbers: 
    • One campus
    • Three faculties (13 departments)
    • 41 buildings “under one roof” 
    • 6.998 rooms 
    • 0.23 km² of floor 
    • One 24/7-library with more than 700 seats for study