UVM Exchange Program with the Universität Augsburg, Germany

Old Mill Building, University of Vermont, with Ausburg exchange student University of Augsburg, Germany

Information on Augsburg and its University

Founded by the Romans, who named the city after the emperor Augustus, from the fourteenth century until 1806 Augsburg enjoyed the status of Free Imperial City within the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Around 1500, Augsburg was noted as a printing center; artists such as the Holbein family, Albrecht Dürer, and Titian worked there. In 1518 Martin Luther defended his theses in Augsburg, and during the Imperial Diet of 1530 the Augsburg Confession was proclaimed, which is still one of the articles of faith for Lutherans all over the world. The Mozart family came from Augsburg, which is also the birthplace of Bertolt Brecht, one of the great dramatists of the twentieth century. The art and culture of 2,000 years can be found everywhere throughout the attractively restored Old City.

Augsburg industries have long enjoyed a good reputation. The MAN machine plant and the Messerschmidt Aircraft Co. are world renowned. Today this southern German city between the Lech and Wertach rivers is Germany's third-largest producer of computer systems.

With its 250,000 inhabitants, Augsburg is one of Germany's most attractive cities, where students find living relatively inexpensive. While some students prefer to live in the picturesque old town, others take one of the 1,200 fully-furnished and self-contained study-bedrooms in a residence hall situated in the city or near the university--naturally also open to foreign students.

Founded in 1970, the University of Augsburg is the choice of more than 15,000 students. There are many reasons why local students, as well as those from the rest of Germany and abroad, are glad they came. The University is, first of all, not oversized; it has human dimensions. It has favorable working conditions with a high standard of teaching and research, and--last but not least--opportunities for recreation and leisure in the surrounding areas. Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is only 40 minutes from Augsburg by train; two hours south of Augsburg lies the "fairy tale" castle of Neuschwanstein, at the foot of the Romantic Road of which Augsburg is a part.

Members and visitors to the University of Augsburg may visit the Seminar and Vacation Center of the Kurt Bösch Foundation in Sion, Switzerland. Its three houses, situated in the northern part of the Rhone valley in the Valais region of Switzerland and with a view of some of the highest peaks in the Alps, is an ideal place for exchanging ideas and getting to know students and professors alike.

For further information about Augsburg, please click on Augsburg Online and its university, please click on Uni-Augsburg


Fact Sheet on the Exchange