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That's why RWU

Why RWU?

Studying in Southern Baden-Württemberg

Lake Constance next door, the Alps on the horizon - an idyllic landscape within the holiday destination of Upper Swabia: RWU is a university of applied sciences located not only in one of the most beautiful regions in Europe, but also one of the economically strongest. We offer a wide selection of degree programs, ranging from technology and business to social sciences.

We are a university for makers- people who enjoy rolling up their sleeves. Everything here revolves around hands-on, real-world experience. Whether it's contacts on campus or in the business world, you will benefit from our networks as well as our many years of experience in both industry and teaching. The word "applied" isn't just in our name- it's part of our DNA.

Nearly 3,500 students from all over the world call RWU their home. Big enough that there's always something going on. Small enough that you are more than just a number here. RWU is a place where you will start new friendships that last a lifetime, discover passions you didn't know you had, and blossom into the person you were always meant to be. And if you ever feel the urge to see more of the world, our global partner universities located on every habitable continent on earth can offer you valuable experiences abroad.


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Testimonial Fabio

Make Friends for Life

"So much has happened since I started at the university. There's been a lot of upheaval, but like in a good way, looking back at it now. Things weren't always easy when I first started, but I found a lot of support really quickly. I've met just the best people here; I discovered a love for rock climbing and also made friends doing that. It's a very warm and friendly environment here and you can also get out into nature really easily. Everything is close by - like the Alps for snowboarding or just to go on vacation."

Fabio Bitzer
Business Informatics PLUS


Testimonial Michelle

Seize Opportunities

"I already had a college degree from before, but we were always in a classroom learning about these abstract theories and I felt like I was missing practical experience. Like how am I supposed to apply all this stuff I've learned when I go to work at a real company? That's why I decided to start working on a second degree at RWU. You get a lot more hands-on experience in class here. You practice using the techniques and tools that you learn about. I feel like I can actually apply the knowledge I get here. And that also motivates me to learn stuff on my own and go beyond the material provided by my professors. College shows you what career opportunities are out there but you have to actually try stuff out for yourself to get a feeling for what you want to do after graduation. Here at RWU, I can try things out on my own and find out where I want to go in life."

Michelle Rizzo
Technology Management

Testimonial Joshua

Succeed Together

"I had done an apprenticeship before I started at RWU. Going to college after that was a step in a very different direction but I wanted to do something more creative, professionally that is, and I was also just interested to see if university was something for me - move to a new city, meet new people, and experience something totally new. We spend most of our time in the Media Design program working on projects. Project work teaches you how to work as part of a team and how to assess your own strengths and weaknesses. How do I allocate my time? Do I bite off more than I can chew or am I not ambitious enough? By the end of the project, something cool always comes out of it. The best part of the semester for me is at the end when everyone sees everyone else's project and you get to show off what you've done."

Joshua Hemsuthipan
Digital Design


Testimonial Maren

Small Class Sizes

"I've learned how to be more organized and also how to motivate myself better. And I can always get help if I need it, whether from the student council or from the professors. It's usually easy to find someone you can talk to because the university isn't some big, bureaucratic labyrinth. I appreciate that. I think the location is great, with all the old buildings and the basilica. I feel like I have a good grip on what's going on here - not just where everything is located, but also personal connections on campus. You don't feel anonymous here and that also shows when you go to lectures. The class sizes are smaller. If you have a question, you're more likely to ask if you're in a small group than if you had to ask in front of 300 people in an auditorium."

Maren Fink
Business Administration and Management

Testimonial Aniket

International Campus

"When I first came to RWU a year and a half ago, two things stood out to me right away - all of the natural green spaces around Weingarten and the international atmosphere on campus. The people at RWU are open-minded and have a global perspective. There are students from so many different countries here and it creates a really cool environment. I'm always happy when I can meet people from different cultures. It feels like the students all stick together. Everyone supports each other and makes sure that no one gets left behind. It's a give and take type of thing here."

Aniket Singh
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Testimonial Patrick

Benefit from Experience

"The thing I like most about RWU is that it's like a big family. You can get to know everyone here if you want. And if you want to get involved, you can be a part of shaping the university. We have professors who are unbelievably committed, who are always willing to listen and offer help and advice. The different faculties here are home to some super talented people. And I really appreciate the competence and professional expertise because you benefit from that as a student. Our lecturers have real world professional experience, they're not just teaching us theories. That adds an enormous amount of value to the education you get here."

Patrick Saft
Automotive Engineering

Testimonial Saskia

Friendly Atmosphere

"It's always a challenge to meet new people when you move to a new place. I started at RWU during the pandemic but despite that I was still able to get to know some really great people. There's this group on campus called "kreaktiv" and it's basically like a corporate consulting firm but run by students. I joined my first semester and right from the beginning I felt at home there and it allowed me to make some friends. Getting involved in extracurricular stuff really helps me to learn something new every day, both professionally and personally. I'm able to get a feel for subjects and fields that aren't currently on my schedule. I don't think you have to go to the huge universities with the biggest names just to prove something. I think it's better when everything is a bit more personal and you see familiar faces around campus."

Saskia Teufel
Business Administration and Management

Testimonial Anton

Create Something New

"If you're looking for a space to experiment and develop as a person, you'll find it here. We have a student makerspace called HOME where you can create prototypes; it's all about using your imagination to build something new, to acquire knowledge, and to learn in your own way. Collaborating with other students at HOME has taught me things that I would never have been able to learn inside a classroom.  I've learned a lot about myself - what brings me joy; what really motivates me. I've learned to be open to new experiences and overcome my inhibitions. Then I realized during my internship semester that the lessons HOME has taught me can also be applied to my work life. Now I know that I want to get involved and take some risks, wherever I am."

Anton Gres
Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems

Testimonial Sarah

Collaborate with Industry Partners

"I wanted to go to a small university where you are more than just a number. I like this region, Lake Constance, and also how close you are to the mountains and the city of Ravensburg-Weingarten. It's not too big, not overwhelming, you can get everywhere easily by bike. At RWU we work together in groups a lot on practical projects and together with partners directly from the industry - it's all very closely tied to real-world business scenarios. The team approach is great and the direct feedback really fuels your self-confidence. There are also a lot of opportunities to think outside the box and broaden your horizons outside of class. I've learned a lot through my involvement with the Formula Student racing team. It's exciting to see the cars being built and to work on them. They gave me responsibilities almost as soon as I joined. There's a lot of passion and team spirit behind the whole thing."

Sarah Schmuttermair
Business Administration and Entrepreneurship

Campus Life
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Colorful university life

A university is not just about lectures and seminars. Rather, it is a place of discovery. A small cosmos that holds new impressions, friendships and ideas in store for you. It's not for nothing that it's said that your time at university is the time of your life.

At RWU you have the opportunity to discover new things and step out of your comfort zone. There are also numerous offers outside the timetable to make your studies richer. So: try yourself out, discover yourself anew, find out what suits you, where you want to go.

In Weingarten and Ravensburg, more than 8,000 students study at RWU, PH and DHBW - that's why there are numerous leisure and cultural activities for students.

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Discover new things

What would your time as a student be without the people who accompany you during this exciting time? Many of our students are involved in student initiatives and university groups. Whether it's Formula Student, where you construct racing cars together with other students, or strengthening LBTQIA+ rights with BuntPLUS. No matter what topic you are interested in, you will find it here. A list of all initiatives and university groups can be found here: Associations and Projects

Physical Exercise is important, not only for learning. The University Sports Programis organized in cooperation with the Weingarten University of Education. The offers range from A for aerobics to soccer, karate, swimming and V for volleyball.

At the CLIC Language Center you can refresh and expand your language skills. In addition to English, French and Spanish, courses are also offered in Turkish, Japanese and Russian.


RWU across the world

Whether Canada, Australia or Finland, with partner universities in over 30 countries, you have the opportunity to gain valuable experience abroad.

As an exchange student, you will spend one to two semesters at one of our partner universities outside of Germany.

Would you prefer to gain international practical experience? RWU supports you in your job search and application for an internship aroad or practical semester abroad, as well as with questions regarding financing.


Start your career

Practice early! Career Service advises all RWU students on how to make a successful start to their careers. The service covers almost everything that has to do with your career: from career orientation and job applications to job application training.

You have a brilliant idea during your studies? The GROW Lab offers you space to develop your ideas, hold workshops and create collaborations.

The startup center LAB4DTE advises students on how to start a business, from the initial idea to the successful launch. In the affiliated Innovation lab you have the opportunity to try out your ideas and develop them further. For this purpose, modern applications and tools in the field of artificial intelligence, 3D sensor technology, Internet of Things and business intelligence are available to you. Drop in 2 start up!


There for you

Anyone starting a course of study or anyone who's already in the middle of it is confronted with many questions that go beyond university and teaching. Where can I live, what are the BAföG regulations and what can I eat in the canteen at lunchtime? The Studierendenwerk Seezeit takes care of these and even more questions.

The Verfasste Studierendenschaft represents the interests of the students in committees of the university and mainly organizes cultural, social and sports events.

Sometimes life doesn't work out the way you want it to. If you have any difficulties - in your studies and all around - the Psychotherapeutic Counseling Centerof the Studierendenwerk Seezeit provides support at any time and free of charge.

For international students there are a number of offers to support them when they arrive in Weingarten. Click here for the Support Services.

Last but not least: Our University CatFräulein Luise can usually be found in the main building and often supports our students during their studies, for example by strechting out on the tables and demanding to be petted. Petting animals is known to help relieve stress.



Already sure which RWU degree program is right for you? It only takes a few steps to fill out and submit your application. An overview of the application process, answers to the most frequently asked questions, and a direct link to the RWU application portal can be found on our applications page.

Not quite sure which of the programs you're interested in is really the one for you? Take advantage of our personalized, one-on-one student counseling. Our Central Student Advisory Office can help you schedule a private appointment.

Do you already have your eye on a particular degree program and have specific questions about it? Then subject-specific counseling is what you're looking for. Each degree program has its own student advisors. Sometimes they are other students, sometimes the deans, but all of them can give you an authentic impression of what it's like to be in that field.

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A lot of questions come up during the application and enrollment process and in fact you'll likely have quite a few throughout the rest of your time at RWU as well. You are probably not the first person to ask most of these questions. You can often find the answers you're looking for in the FAQ on our homepage.

If you aren't able to find what you're looking for on the FAQ page, the good people at the Student Administration Office will be happy to help you. As the name implies, The Student Administration Office is responsible for all questions related to the administrative aspects of studying at RWU. This includes things like enrollment, examinations, credit transfers, applications, student aid (BaföG), and so on.

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Equal Opportunity at Education

We want you to reach your full potential at RWU. We want to accompany you on the path to doing so. We know that life circumstances are just as diverse as our students themselves. That's why equal opportunity is an important topic at RWU.

RWU is a certified family-friendly university. Special arrangements are in place to meet the needs of students who have children or other caregiving responsibilities. More info is available here.

Respect, diversity, and accommodating families are all part of our mission statement. We want to be a university where everyone can be at home, feel safe, and develop as individuals. It doesn't matter where you come from, what you believe, or whom you love.

If you ever feel discriminated against, please get in touch with the appropriate person. You can find contacts here.


Contact & People

General contact details

Opening hours The Student Administration Office can currently be reached via email or per telephone Monday through Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 14:15, as well as Fridays from 9:00 - 12:00.
Postal address RWU Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
University of Applied Sciences
P.O. Box 30 22
88216 Weingarten

Student Advisory Service

Jana Schön M.A.

Admissions Office Team

Fabienne Damasch

Admission Office
English-speaking Bachelor's and Master's programs
Fabienne Damasch

Sandra Gmeinder

Admission Office
Lehramtsstudiengänge, Mediendesign, PEM, UVM
Sandra Gmeinder

Lucia Mengis

Admission Office
Faculty Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Lucia Mengis

Marina Schneider

Admission Office
Faculty Technology and Management, Semester & Tuition Fees
Marina Schneider

Emine Kalin

Admission Office
Faculty Social Work, Health and Nursing
Emine Kalin