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Study in Stuttgart, Germany

Population: 600,000

City Overview

Situated in southern Germany, Stuttgart is a city with a thriving cultural scene and a large student population. Best known as a centre for the automobile industry, Stuttgart is now a hub of technology, and is the base for many of the world’s best known corporations. It is the sixth largest city in Germany, the capital of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, and boasts many places of historical importance. They include Stuttgart Old Castle, one of two castles in the city, and as a result of the damage caused to the city in the Second World War, some of Germany’s best post-war architecture.

Education profile

Stuttgart’s history as a centre of the automobile industry means that it has always had a reputation as an innovator in applied research. Today it has a number of well established higher education institutions that offer graduate programs. They include:
Masters programs in Germany tend to last between one and two years. Doctoral degrees (or PhDs) are longer (around three years) and require an extended period of independent study, usually coupled with exams and a dissertation.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate course in Germany without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:
  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which will normally be issued for an initial three month period before being extended on arrival. You cannot come to study in Germany on a tourist visa.

Life in Stuttgart

Stuttgart often places highly in surveys measuring quality of life, both within Germany and the rest of the world.

The city is known for its cultural heritage – the State Opera and the Stuttgart Ballet have both won multiple awards, and there are numerous museums, art galleries and theatres staging plays and Broadway-alike shows.  The Cannastatter Volksfest, sometimes referred to as the Stuttgart Beer Festival, is also a popular event, taking place every autumn.

Stuttgart has a light-rail system in order that residents can easily make their way around the city, as well as over ground rail links to other parts of Germany and internationally to cities including Paris and Vienna. Stuttgart Airport, offering international flights, is half an hour’s drive from the city centre. 

Working In Stuttgart

Stuttgart claims to be ‘the new heart of Europe’ as well as the place ‘where business meets the future.’ The international companies that have made the city their home – including IBM, Bosch, Porsche and Hewlett-Packard – suggest that this is not an exaggeration.

There is no doubt that Stuttgart is a hub of hi-tech industry. Its main industries include electronics, engineering and, historically, automotives.


The University of Stuttgart can offer those studying postgraduate courses a space in a mixed ‘dormitory’ (essentially a flat with other students), which will have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The course director of your graduate program will be able to assist you in finding a dormitory room once you have received your letter of admission.

Another option is to live in student accommodation than is run privately, and so is independent of your university. These residence halls will be shared with other students and may cost you around €200 per month, with all utilities included. A good place to look is through Studentenwerk Stuttgart.

Weather and Climate

Stuttgart has an oceanic climate, with slightly more intense weather than is often expected of Western Europe. Depending on the area of the city you are in you may experience days of continuous snow in winter (December to March), and severe heat or thunderstorms in the summer (May to September).

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