Founded in 1386, Universität Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university. It is consistently ranked first or second place among the top German universities, and is home to a number of Nobel laureates. The university’s excellent reputation has attracted top research institutions such as German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCTS), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), as well as three Max Plank Institutes (MPI) in the areas of Medical Research, International Law, and Astronomy.
The wide range of study programs makes Universität Heidelberg an attractive choice for students from all over the world: more than 5000 of the university’s 30 000 students are international students.
Most traditional university departments are centered around the Universitätsplatz in the heart of the Old Town. The natural sciences and medicine, the athletic center and the computer center are located on the modern campus across the Neckar River.