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University of Bremen Welcomes around 5,000 New Students

Around 5,000 students will begin their studies at the University of Bremen in the winter semester 2019/20 with a mix of preparatory courses, information events, guided tours, as well as parties.

The first preparations for new students, such as preparatory courses in electrical engineering, accounting or computer science, already started as early as September. At the beginning of the month, the workshops "Neuland Universität" (New Territory: University) for orientation on campus and the “First Time Seminar” followed. However, the real kickoff for all new students is the orientation week, which includes subject-specific and interdisciplinary events, the central information exchange on October 10, and many welcome activities for students.

“I am pleased that students continue to show great interest in us and that we can offer improved conditions for a successful course of study with a reformed introductory phase using research-based learning approaches and support services,” says Thomas Hoffmeister, vice president academic at the University of Bremen.

Teacher Education Program still Popular

Around 3,500 students begin to study with the aim of obtaining a bachelor’s degree or taking the first state examination in law. Given the Germany-wide renewed decline in the number of applicants, most of the students were able to secure their first choice of university. It was only in the teacher education programs, psychology, and media and art studies that the university had to issue many rejections due to limited resources.

As usual, the largest first-semester groups are business and law with 400 and 260 new students respectively, followed by computer science with 230 new students. Over 450 students are taking up teacher education; two-thirds of them are to become teachers at secondary schools. For the first time, the courses offered include sociology as a minor and major subject – prospective students were thus able to choose whether to begin their studies in sociology in combination with another subject or as a single major subject.

Number of Master’s Students on the Rise

Once again, the University of Bremen has recorded a slight increase in the number of applications and first-semester figures for its more than 60 master’s programs. Around 1,500 bachelor’s graduates will start their master's studies to specialize or add an interdisciplinary extension to their first degree, among them 300 master’s of education students. The University of Bremen is pleased that there are many international students among them and warmly welcomes them with its welcome activities. In total, over 19,000 students will be enrolled at the University of Bremen in the winter semester.

As in recent years, slightly more women than men are taking up a degree course; in 2019, 45.5 percent of students in first-degree courses were men. Around 13 percent of all new students have a non-German nationality. The University of Bremen is happy with this interest and the vote of confidence in the cosmopolitan and tolerant study culture with international orientation offered by the University of Bremen. In addition, a further 250 young international students are starting a guest, language, or preparatory course of study.  

Further information:  (in German only) 


Christina Vocke
Administrative Department for Student Affairs
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218 61000
Email: cvockeprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Eine Gruppe Studierender bei einer Campusführung
During orientation week, new students were able to get a first overview of the University of Bremen during a campus tour.