Fulda University was founded in 1974 and has undergone continual expansion ever since. Over the years, new departments and study programmes have been established and student and staff numbers have increased significantly. Since 2008, Fulda University doubled its student population from 4,750 to 9,600, making it one of the fastest growing universities in Germany.
The University currently comprises eight departments with 65 study programmes.
The number of international programmes is growing continually. They include Bachelor´s programmes in International Health Sciences, Science and Engineering or International Business and Management, and Master´s programmes like Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society and International Food Business and Consumer Studies. Fulda University also offers preparatory and short-term programmes, summer and winter universities as well as semester and academic year exchanges. Soft skill trainings and a Careers Service complement the learning opportunities.
Fulda University is one of the most research-oriented universities of applied sciences in Germany. Research is carried out in three main areas: "health care, nutrition, food", "interculturality and social sustainability" and "computer science and systems technology".
This research orientation is reflected by the fact that Fulda became the first German university of applied sciences to receive the right to independently confer doctoral degrees.Besides its interdisciplinary focus, Fulda University attaches great importance to a practical and application-based orientation. Research projects are therefore developed and carried out in close cooperation with partners from industry and business.
Fulda University's study programmes have a strong practical orientation. This and long-standing links to business and industry promise graduates excellent career prospects on the German and global labour markets. The nearby Rhine-Main region and city of Frankfurt/Main offer excellent job opportunities and have one of the strongest employment records in Germany.
The University's Careers Service helps international students and alumni develop successful job search strategies and achieve their career goals.The Careers Service provides:
The International Office provides an all-round service for international students:
Many different types of accommodation are available in Fulda. Students usually decide to live either in student residences run by the local student services or in a shared apartment. Rent costs between approx. €220 and €300 for a single room in a shared flat or €300 and €400 for a studio apartment.
The International Office can help you find accommodation at special terms and conditions – in student residences or private apartments. This accommodation is fully furnished and equipped with bed linen, towels, cooking utensils and cutlery, so that you do not need to bring all these things with you.
Students have a personalised ID and login data which allow them to access Wi-Fi on campus and in all University buildings as well as to use the library's services, e-learning platforms and e-mailing systems. Moreover, students can use the university´s Wi-Fi network to print material from their smartphones with compatible wireless printers on campus.
There are no healthcare facilities on campus, but the International Office supports you in healthcare related matters. Please note:
The University has a pleasant campus with attractive buildings grouped around a central plaza. All facilities are within a short walking distance of each other.
A large cafeteria as well as café, snack bar and food truck can be found directly on campus. A bakery and supermarket are located just across the street. The city centre is a 20-minute walk away, but a bus that stops just outside the campus provides a direct service to the city.
Fulda University has sports facilities for football and basketball directly on campus, and it also offers students, employees and the general public its own programme of sporting activities.These include aikido, badminton, volleyball, cricket, belly dancing, boxing, fitness, golf, fencing, judo, lacrosse, Pilates, swimming, table tennis, yoga, and much more.
According to the Higher Education Act in the state of Hesse, all study programmes at public universities have to be accredited. Most of Fulda University's study programmes have been accredited by the Accreditation Council, the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany. Others are accredited by AQAS, AHPGS (Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences) and ACQUIN.