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Study in Stuttgart

By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 1, 2022 Updated July 1, 2022

Stuttgart for students

Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany, and the sixth-largest city in the country as a whole.

Stuttgart is far more than just an industrial city and, as its tourist slogan says, the city ‘offers more’. The cityscape is made up of a range of hills, some of which have vineyards, as well as parks and valleys.

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Best universities in Stuttgart - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 88th

Rank University
=355 Universität Stuttgart
801-1000 University of Hohenheim

More about Stuttgart

Approximately 17 percent of Stuttgart's student population is classified as international, demonstrating the global appeal of the city. In fact, it's ranked 26th for desirability this year, one of two indicators where the city has improved its rank. The other is student view, emphasising further how attractive the city is becoming to international students.

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Universität Stuttgart (ranked =355th)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Stuttgart?

Lots of green spaces

The city’s many parks are dotted with beer gardens and restaurants.

The natural hot springs

Relaxing in one of the city’s hot mineral springs is a favourite pastime among students.

The culture

Live music performances run almost nightly and the city is becoming a highly sought-after destination for those working in the performing arts. The city also has farmers’ markets, Michelin star restaurants and a summer festival.

Cost of studying in Stuttgart

Unfortunately, universities in Baden-Württemberg recently re-introduced tuition fees for non-EU students – however the new fees are still far lower than you’d pay in study destinations such as the UK or US. The average international student will have to pay $4,100 a year in tuition.

Life & culture in Stuttgart

Fantastic views of the city and surrounding area can be had at the viewing platform at the TV Tower, and there are many landmarks to explore in and out of Stuttgart, such as Ludwigsburg Palace, Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Württemberg Mausoleum.

Stuttgart also has a rich cultural heritage with concert halls, sports arenas and Broadway-style musical theatres dotted around the city. It also hosts the world-famous annual Cannstatter Volksfest, a beer festival and traveling funfair, second only in size to Munich’s Oktoberfest. 

Career in Stuttgart

Stuttgart is one of Germany’s strongest industrial regions, making it an ideal choice for engineering and technology students who may wish to stay and work in Germany after their studies.

Stuttgart is known as the ‘cradle of the automobile’ due to its key role in the development and manufacture of cars, and many major companies have their headquarters here, such as Porsche, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler AG, and Dinkelacker.

This article was originally published in April 2018 . It was last updated in July 2022

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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