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Welcome to the University of Regensburg!

The university’s Welcome Center would like to extend a warm welcome to international visiting scholars, researchers, and doctoral candidates!

The Welcome Center’s goal is to help you during your stay at the University of Regensburg. We want you to feel at home here. We can help you take care of formalities and find a place to live. No matter how long you’re planning on staying or whether you’re coming to Regensburg alone, with a partner or with children, the Welcome Center is your central contact.

The Welcome Center offers:

We offer assistance in the following areas:

  • Looking for an apartment
  • German classes (also for partners)
  • Information and guidance regarding visa, bank account, insurances
  • Comprehensive information about researching at the University of Regensburg and life in Regensburg
  • Additional support for family members:
    ⇒ German courses at UR
    ⇒ Information about pre-school, kindergarten, or school registration
    ⇒ How to apply for child and parental monetary benefits
    ⇒ Lists of doctors and accountants with foreign language services
  • Organization of events to get to know one another and the culture:
    ⇒ Reception dinner for international scholars
    ⇒ Excursions in and around Regensburg
    ⇒ Get togethers (1-2 times per month)
    ⇒ Concerts, sporting events, holiday gatherings

 If you have questions, please contact any of the advisors at the Welcome Center.

Regensburg: a city full of tradition...

Regensburg is located in the very scenic Danube landscape and close to the Bavarian Forest. The city can look back at a more than 2,000-year history, traces of which are as present as ever.

Regensburg's urban development began with the foundation in 179 AD of the Roman legion's camp "Castra Regina." Even today it is possible to visit the remains of the Roman camp in different locations in the city.
L Obere Bachgasse Peter Ferstl

L Obere Bachgasse Peter Ferstl

At the beginning of the Middle Ages, Regensburg became a very important player in the heart of the Bavarian Duchy and as one of the most prominent cities of the Holy Roman Empire. The two landmarks, the Stone Bridge and St. Peter's Cathedral, are evidence of Regensburg's economic and political power during this period of time. While the economic influence disappeared at the end of the Middle Ages, the city attained great political significance all over Europe, as it became the seat of the Perpetual Diet (from 1663 to 1806). After that Regensburg also lost its political power.

Photo: Regensburg Tourismus GmbH

Not until the foundation of the Universtiy and the settlement of new seminal businesses, did Regensburg experience a new revival. Today the city has one of the highest productivity rates in Germany and is undergoing a constant population growth with more than 150,000 inhabitants.

The thoughtful renovation that the almost intact city center has undergone over the centuries makes this neighborhood very attractive indeed. Regensburg also attracts many guests thanks to the big variety of music festivals and other cultural events. The lively old town with its cafés, restaurants and bars invites tourists and residents alike to enjoy every moment.

In 2006 the UNESCO awarded the city of Regensburg the title of "World Heritage." The committee based its decision on the fact that the almost 2,000-year old history of the city and the very well preserved medieval old town, which features a wealth of buildings and small alleyways dating from the 11th until the 13th century, give Regensburg its one-of-a-kind character. Together with the Stone Bridge, which was considered a world wonder in medieval time, and the gothic cathedral, which took over 600 years to be built, you will discover many strong fortifications, medieval patrician towers und uncountable churches from the rich institutional and religious history of Regensburg, which was for a long time the seat of the Holy Roman Empire.

...Universität Regensburg: a modern university

The University of Regensburg, founded in 1962, is a modern campus university located at the southern edge of a historic city dating back to the Middle Ages. Its broad spectrum of disciplines, a favorable student-teacher ratio and its excellent infrastructure make the UR an insider's tip. Originally conceived as a regional university, it has developed into a renowned center of teaching and research with a strong tradition in international cooperation.

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The University Hospital, founded in 1992, is at the disposal of the Medicine Faculty both for research and teaching purposes. Main research areas are immunepathology and immunetherapy, intergrated functional genomics as well as transplantation medicine, among others. The UR hospital is one of the leading German university hospitals in regards to the indicator for severity for hospital cases, with a case mix index of 1.87.

The UR is distinguished in the research field by six DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centers, DFG Research Groups, Research Training Groups and the involvement in collaborative research networks as well as in EU projects. The high networking degree inside the research areas as well as between them is characteristic for the UR. An example of this is FUTUR, an interdisciplinary establishment for research and technology transfer, with which the UR is well equipped to eingage in dialog with business and science alike.

Film: The Place for your Ideas"


The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and the Federal Foreign Office present a new film on Germany. Bearing the title “Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas”, the film introduces a range of people of varying nationalities, all residents of Germany, and depicts them in their work and living environments. Germany is more than simply a travel destination or trading partner. The film provides viewers around the world with impressions of an attractive country in which to work and study but also of a place where a person can feel at home in the long term. For highly qualified, skilled workers as much as anyone, Germany presents itself as a positive location in which to realise one’s professional and private aspirations.

Please click on the"Land-der-Ideen" logo located above to view the film, which can be seen in 17 languages.

You may also find a great deal of information about how working and living in Germany through the following website: Make it in Germany.


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