"Globalization changes [...] the content and methods of teaching and learning and requires intercultural sensitivity, a global overview and versatile language skills."

(Strategy Wissenschaftsminister/innen von Bund und Ländern für die Internationalisierung der Hochschulen in Deutschland 2013)

International teaching at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The teaching at Bauhaus-Univesität Weimar is characterized by international elements:

_50% of all degree programmes are internationally oriented (International Degree Programmes)
_about 23% of the students come from abroad (profile data)
_about 200 international partners form a global Network

The goal is to prepare graduates for the global job market and to train them to be individuals who think on a cosmopolitan level. "Bauhaus-Universität Weimar purposefully orients all degree programmes internationally, taking into account the respective subject culture. Under particular consideration are those degree programmes which provide double and joint degrees. Furthermore, quality standards are being developed for this matter." (Internationalisation Strategy)

For what has been already achieved and also for its ambitious visions, in 2011 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar was granted in 2011 the award “The International University” from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft). Special attention was given to the "international dimension in the coursework”. This award is a prominent acknowledgment of the international orientation of the university and is also a major stimulus for the further internationalisation. As a result, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has set the agenda to orient all its degree programmes with international elements in its internationalisation strategy.

Currently being developed a teaching strategy under the auspices of the Vice-President (Prorector) Academic Affairs and internationalisation. A field of action relates to the internationalism.

Quality development and future viability

Internationalisation can be an instrument of quality enhancement of a university. The future viability to gain high-quality offers in research and coursework, the hospitality and service orientation, depend upon the adequate implementation of internationalisation. Therefore, internationalisation should be systematically taken into consideration in all areas of the university. 

To meet its high quality requrements, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has committed, inter alia, to the National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students. This is a voluntary commitment towards the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). For international students, the quality of the areas of information and advertising, admission, service and follow-up should be ensured and improved.

According to the Thüringer Hochschulgesetz the Bauhaus University promotes international, particularly European cooperation in higher education and exchanges between German and foreign universities. It takes into account the special needs of foreign students (§5, paragraph 6 ThürHG).

What is a "internationally oriented" degree programme?

Till now, there is no precise definition of "internationally oriented degree programmes." Insteat of a definition there are certain criterias to “internationally”:  

Features of internationally oriented degree programmes

_ to a large degree, include international references in the curricula
_provide the opportunity to stay abroad
_integrate international guest lecturers 
_are directed explicitly at the students from abroad
_provide with foreign language competences, or are completely/mostly conducted in a foreign language
_offer internationally recognised degrees and are accredited
_provide special service for international students, additionally

Internationalisation caters to all students; it is not a question of the country of origin, or of the language in which the courses are taught per se. it must be decided within the departments, which international elements are suitable for the respective degree programme.  Within the departments then have to decide which international elements are suitable for the respective course.

*The features of international degree programmes  were taken from the template of the self-evaluation report of the HRK-Audit “ Internationalisation of the Universities”.

Please also notice our brochure for expert forum II „Successfully internationalizing programmes of study“. (in German)

How to orient a degree programme "internationally"?

The following information about the internationalization of study programs have been prepared for you (in German):

_checklist for internationalization
_Expert Forum II “Successfully internationalizing programmes of study“ (in German)
_Information on the  drafting of international agreements of cooperation

The “supreme discipline” are those programmes that lead to jointly awarded degrees (double and joint degrees).

The adjustment of a degree program requires new study and examination regulations. For that matter, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs.

More information (in German):

10 Golden Rules of German Recotrs‘ Conference (HRK)
DAAD information for Double Degrees


Support services

The following support services are offered by the International Office:

_service for students (advising and
_finding new cooperation partners
_possibilities of financial support
_support with third-party funding applications (e.g. DAAD)
_preparation and implementation of double degree programmes


We offer the following meetings for an exchange among Bauhaus-Universität Weimar faculty and staff:

_International Meeting (4x annually)
_Academic Affairs Committee
_Expert Forums
_Work Group “BeSt”