Young, modern, and focused on the future: Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam already occupies a prominent position among the universities and research institutions of Berlin and Brandenburg. With more than 20,000 students, it is the biggest university in the federal state of Brandenburg.
The University of Potsdam offers a broad range of degree programs in the fields of the arts, economics and social sciences, law, human sciences, natural sciences, and digital engineering. Important research areas are cognitive science, earth sciences, functional ecology and evolution, and plant genomics and systems biology.
Situated in a region with more than 40 research institutions, the University closely cooperates with numerous organizations of international acclaim, such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Students greatly benefit from these co-operations, which open up job opportunities for graduates.
Teaching at the University of Potsdam is always strongly informed by up-to-date research and driven by the latest scientific findings within and outside academia. Study programs are also continuously monitored for quality.
The University of Potsdam is an international community of great diversity. With its numerous English-language Master’s programs, it welcomes international students from everywhere. To help them feel at home in Potsdam, the University offers German courses and a Buddy Program, which matches new students with experienced ones. For advice on how to plan their studies, international BA and MA students can turn to the International Office. PhD students will receive information from the Welcome Center. International students considering a short-term stay are invited to attend one of the University’s summer courses in German or English.