Founded in 1386, Ruperto Carola is the oldest university in today's Germany and one of Europe’s leading research institutions. Its success across all funding lines of the Excellence Initiative and international rankings underscore its leadership role and excellent reputation in the academic, scientific and research landscape.
Heidelberg University defines itself as an internationally networked research university dedicated to research-oriented teaching. It believes it has a duty to help address the issues facing humanity by crossing the divide between disciplines.
Courses of study at Heidelberg University are informed by its strong research focus and are designed to accustom students to independent research practices early on. With over 160 fields of study, it offers the broad spectrum of subjects representative of a comprehensive university as well as abundant opportunities to acquire a singular and internationally competitive qualification profile.
Promoting equal opportunities and young researchers in the Excellence Strategy
In the Excellence Strategy, Heidelberg University places great value on training young researchers and promoting the diversity and equality of its members. Ruperto Carola emphasises research-based teaching and excellent, structured doctoral programmes and actively advocates for equal opportunity and work-life balance.