The University of Bayreuth is known for its bi- and multi-lateral dual degree programmes. Equally popular are its Summer School and courses taught in foreign languages. The University is also involved in a variety of research projects with international partners and offers joint doctoral degrees in cooperation with several foreign universities.
These are all offshoots of our internationalization strategy, which received a favourable review in an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) in 2012/2013. The audit "Internationalization of Universities" is funded by the federal government and reinforces the University of Bayreuth's objectives of collaborating with the best partners worldwide, attracting promising young scholars, and recruiting outstanding international students.
African Studies – a beacon of internationalization
For over 30 years, Bayreuth's scholars have been conducting joint research with their African counterparts on topics relating to Africa. The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA) – under the umbrella of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) – host researchers in the field from all over the world. They cooperate with more than 30 universities in 25 African countries. International cooperation has been going so well that € 40 million in third-party funding has been acquired for African studies over the past ten years. The IAS receives funding from the DAAD for many of its projects. BIGSAS is funded by the so-called “Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments”, and the BA receives its funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Attractive interdisciplinary projects
Our extensive experience with an array of international projects allows us to act assertively in the face of international competition and to continue forging ahead with the internationalization of the University. That's one reason Bayreuth is able to keep winning over more and more outstanding international scholars. This is also due, in large part, to the focus areas and their exciting interdisciplinary research projects.
Study and carry out research abroad
The International Office is the hub for all matters relating to the University's international network. It is here that strategic concepts are developed and coordinated, that international partnerships are established and maintained. The International Office also provides advising and support for students and researchers interested in going abroad and those interested in joining us from abroad. Last but not least, the university offers welcome services and international mobility and networking opportunities for researchers (and their families). The outstanding work of the Welcome Services has earned many awards for its three service centres: Services for International Students, the Welcome Centre for International Scholars, and the Bayreuth International Alumni Centre.