Profile of Coburg University
Coburg University in Germany is a public university financed by Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts. As its English translation “University of Applied Sciences and Arts” suggests, a Hochschule is characterized by practice-related teaching and research as well as a strong practical bias. Its educational philosophy is designed to enable its students to apply their theoretical knowledge and methodological know-how to solving concrete problems in their professional careers.
During their studies the students at Coburg University are systematically trained to develop those skills. To make sure that students never lose sight of the practical relevance of what they are learning, both full-time and part-time faculty are required to have gained ample experience in leading positions of business and administration.
With the exception of art-related programs, the standard length of bachelor’s degree programs is seven semesters, one of which is, as a rule, in an internship.
The practice-oriented approach to teaching is demonstrated by
- a required internship
- the small size of classes allowing individual attention to be given to students
- lab and field work, simulation games, project-centered education, and field trips
- the faculty’s wide range of practical experience
A Few Numbers
- 7 academic departments
- 1 Academic Center for Sciences and Humanities
- 7 scientific institutions
- 25 bachelor’s programs, including 8 dual programs
- 20 master’s programs, including 2 international master’s programs
- 97 international partner universities
- 4.890 students (50 % female, 50 % male)
- 100 scholarship recipients
- 1000 graduates (per year)
- 135 professors
- 2 endowed professorships
- 500 staff members in teaching, research and administration
Practical Experience while Studying in Coburg
As recent studies on the career of university graduates show, only those who have combined theory with practice while studying are prepared for a positive start in their career.
At the Coburg University all undergraduate programs include a required internship. Project work – oftentimes across disciplinary boundaries – is part of student life. And seminars and projects with companies and social institutions are common components of our programs of study.
The Coburg University is in intensive contact with professionals. In addition, all professors must have worked for several years in their field before being appointed to the university. The professors’ practical experience benefits the students, especially in their projects and theses, in which they must solve problems with a high degree of practical relevance.
The Big Picture
At the very core of science and education are curiosity and the joy of exploration. The wider the field of vision, the more there is to discover: The Coburg University is doing its part to ensure that students can develop to their full potential. The Academic Center for Sciences and Humanities offers a wide range of lectures and seminars in various academic fields, such as philosophy, history, natural and human sciences, and languages. Experts and periodically report on their fields. Learning about culture – and learning through culture itself – is something our students do in a variety of initiatives. These include the cultural offering “Caution Feeling”, the university choir or the debating society.
Family at the University of Applied Sciences
“We all need a family friendly environment.” Therefore, the Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a member of the club “Family at the University”, in which universities and universities of applied sciences all over Germany have joined together to lead the way to a greater orientation toward the family and appreciation of diversity.
The topic "Compatibility of family and studies or work" is a central concern of Coburg University. By improving the conditions, students and university staff who take on family responsibilities are equally supported. Family friendliness is not only aimed at families with children. Rather it also includes the increasing proportion of families who assume responsibility for the care of relatives. Students and staff receive support in the Family Office of the university.