Bauhaus-Universität Weimar – An international university

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On 7 November 2011, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar was awarded the distinction “International University 2011” in recognition of its international orientation.

The Stifterverband and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have awarded the 50,000-euro prize each year since 2010. The award goes to universities which have positioned themselves at the international level exceptionally well and have implemented exemplary, long-term internationalisation strategies. The focus of last year’s competition was on the international dimension of teaching. The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar took first place among 27 competing universities. At the press conference in Berlin, Dr. Max G. Huber, vice president of the DAAD and chairman of the jury, commended the university for its far-reaching understanding of internationalisation. “At the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, being international is not something they have to do, it’s something they deeply want to do – we all clearly felt that today. Students, professors, employees – everyone supports and identifies with internationalisation. And this commitment radiates far beyond Weimar.”

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar's application  for "International University 2011" (in German)

"International University 2011" award certificate

„The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is international and has been since it was founded. Even in its early years as an art school, it attracted Belgian, German and Swiss artists. The Bauhaus, on the other hand, was based on an idea inspired by the many different nationalities in Weimar. Both traditions continue to influence the university and its members today. Therefore, it is no wonder that internationality runs deep at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and is tangible in all areas.” (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Beucke, President)

 In her excellent presentation before an international jury, Dr. Muriel Helbig, director of the International Office, named five key areas which distinguish the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as an “International University”:

Strategy and flexibility:


Along with the strategic decision to internationalise, flexibility is vital for implementing the strategy into the university’s day-to-day teaching activities. As a small university, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is able to individually cater to its students and offer them flexible solutions that are compatible with the formal structures.


What makes the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar unique is its academic profile, interconnecting art, technology and science and the traditional international orientation. Under the careful supervision of their professors, students participate in interdisciplinary and internationally oriented project work in what is called the “Weimar Model”. In this way internationality plays an integral role of every degree programme.   

High standards:

When it comes to research and instruction, quality is valued more than quantity at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. This entails striving for the highest level of academic quality, preparing students to work on the international market, and instilling social responsibility. Internationalisation is regarded as an integral process of development.  


Embedded in the historic city of Weimar, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar offers instruction which incorporates the city and its controversial past. The conscious reference to Weimar makes the university’s instruction and projects unlike any in the world. It attracts a remarkably large number of international students and partners and provides access to the rest of the world.



The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar aims to internationalise every degree programmes it offers. Fifty percent are internationally oriented at present. The goal is to integrate international elements into the rest in the near future. Furthermore, 16% of its enrolled students and 9% of its teaching staff come from abroad. Those who study in Weimar, study internationally.

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