Studying at the HCA
Study at a world-class research university
Become part of a premier institute for interdisciplinary research at Germany‘s oldest university; an ideal combination of innovation and tradition. Heidelberg University is one of eleven German universities of excellence. It reliably ranks among the German top three in the Times Higher Education Ranking, and is the country’s highest ranked university in the 2017 Shanghai Ranking.
Enjoy our beautiful campus
The university is spread across Heidelberg’s 800-year-old historic town with social and natural sciences campuses in adjacent Bergheim and Neuenheimer Feld neighborhoods respectively. The HCA is located in a 300-year-old baroque townhouse just steps away from the University Library and the main lecture halls. This setting offers perfect working conditions as well as a welcoming atmosphere for students, scholars, and the public.
Join an international learning community
Heidelberg is home to over 30,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students. The University also attracts around 250 international visiting professors each year.
Benefit from faculty expertise
Accomplished scholars from numerous disciplines teach in the MAS program. Our students have access to the resources of the participating departments, such as economics, geography, history, political science, and theology as well as the English department.
Enjoy a first-rate library
Along with 3.2 million volumes, the university library system boasts almost 95,000 electronic journals, more than 3,000 databases, and almost one million dissertations in full text. For the sixth consecutive year, Heidelberg University Library has been ranked at the top of the renowned BIX Library Index. Heidelberg is the only major academic library to be among the leaders in all four evaluation categories.
Access outstanding research facilities
Our students conduct research at globally renowned institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, a United Nations depository library, and the Schurman Library for American History, among others.
Set in the picturesque Neckar Valley Heidelberg’s beautiful historic center offers a romantic small town atmosphere with a cosmopolitan appeal. Enjoy easy access to the nearby cultural and recreational offerings such as the Black Forest and spectacular castles. With the new express train, Paris is only three hours away. A trip to Strasbourg and the Alsace takes less than an hour. Switzerland and the Alps are a mere two hours to the south.
Latest Revision: 2018-04-05