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The university

The Universit�t Stuttgart, founded in 1829, has integrated the social sciences and the humanities with engineering to become an internationally well known future-orientated place of research and study. Today the university is made up of 140 institutes in 14 faculties, with 5.000 employees and approximately 18.000 students of which around 4.000 are international students.

The Universit�t Stuttgart holds a leading position in both basic and applied research and is proud of its tradition of close co-operation with industry as well as with other research Institutions such as the Frauenhofer-Society for Production Engineering, the Baden-W�rttemberg Testing Center, and the German Aerospace Research Institute. These close relationships also stimulate important impulses for teaching at the university.

The university is now also offering various new degree courses, which have come about as a reaction to the continuously changing needs of the global job market as well as the results of globalization in education. The University is made up of two main campuses, i.e. the Vaihingen-Campus and the Stadtmitte-Campus.

The Vaihingen-Campus is located in the suburb of Vaihingen and hosts the faculties of Civil- and Environmental Engineering, Geography, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics; the offices of other international MSc programmes like MIP, WAREM, INFOTECH, PHYSICS, WASTE, GEOENGINE and COMMAS.

The Stadtmitte campus is located downtown Stuttgart and hosts the faculties of Architecture, Geography, Geology, and Biology, History, Social Sciences, Business, Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Surveying, Energy Engineering, Manufacturing; and the administration of the Universit�t Stuttgart.

The school

Civil and environmental engineers are in charge of designing both the build and natural environments. Civil and Environmental Engineers use resources and produce durable goods, which have to be operated and maintained over long periods of time, as well as renewed at the end of their life cycle.

Civil Engineering involves important responsibilities and aspects in the technical implementation and the use of the designed and constructed facilities such as human health, environmental impacts, aesthetics, economics of construction and life cycle assessments. Last but not least, Civil and Environmental engineering is characterized by its broad and diverse fields, as well as by its interdisciplinary collaboration with other engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, as well as natural scientists, legal experts, and economists.

Our faculty consists of 13 institutes with 21 departments and over 400 employees. We offer consecutives Bachelor�s and Master's degrees, Master's programs in English, and two extra-occupational Master's programs. Graduates are also able to participate in an international (D/NZ) Research Training Group, a Graduate School or an international PhD program, depending on the research focus.

The city

Located in a valley with steeply rising slopes, is unique for its topography and pleasant climate. Its fascinating landscape consisting of mountains, woods, vineyards, gardens, meadows and fields impress visitors at their arrival to the international airport.

The state capital of Baden-W�rttemberg is a cultural attraction that extends beyond regional borders. The State Art Gallery, Bach Academy, Opera House and Ballet Company, the Theatre House and Friedrichsbau Variet� are symbols of the cultural diversity of the city of Stuttgart.

In the centre of Southern Germany, Stuttgart is as well an ideal base for excursions to major tourist attractions. The Black Forest, the Swabian Albs, the Lake Constance and other European countries such as Switzerland, Austria and France are within an easy driving distance (2-3 hours).

Other useful information

The two campuses are connected via S-Bahn (subway) S1, S2, and S3. To get to the Vaihingen Campus from downtown, take S1, S2 or S3 in the direction of Herrenberg, Flughafen, Vaihingen, or B\"oblingen and get off at Universit�t. To return downtown (Stadtmitte), take any of the trains (S1, S2, S3) going in the direction of Hauptbahnhof.

There are extensive libraries on both campuses. Also, each campus has its own food court, store, bank, travel agency, copy shop, etc. The food court not only serves as a place to obtain cheap, subsidized food, but is also a place to obtain information on housing, culture, etc.

Obtaining a student visa for Germany usually requires at least two months. Therefore, apply for a student visa immediately upon arriving in Swansea or Barcelona and getting the Letter of Admission. The administration in Swansea and Barcelona will help you to arrange a date. The visa should be valid from January 2008. Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa, since a tourist visa cannot be transferred to a student visa once you have entered Germany.

In your application, please refer to COMMAS, Erasmus Mundus-Program and include a copy of your acceptance letter. If your visa application is delayed, contact the COMMAS office for assistance.

If the Embassy/Consulate requires that you open a bank account in Germany, please get in contact with a German bank for further information. (Please note, these banks are listed only as examples, we leave the final choice up to you!)

Deutsche Bank
Dresdner Bank