According to the motto displayed in the foyer of the Old University, books of teaching should be “semper apertus”, or always open. “Geared to the future, yet grounded in tradition” – this was the theme of the 600th anniversary of Germany’s oldest university.

These goals have been translated into scientific practice by numerous prominent scholars over the centuries. Founded in 1386, illustrious names have shaped the history of Ruperto Carlo University, from Hegel to Jaspers, from Bunsen to Bosch.

Around 30,000 students are currently enrolled in 12 faculties and 14 special areas of research. Core competencies lie in the field of life science. Recognised rankings attest to Heidelberg’s top positions in medicine, life sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Law and many “more minor” subjects, such as archaeology, Chinese studies, ethnology or South Asian studies also enjoy an excellent reputation.


The fact that 25 percent of the student body consists of international students is testament to the excellent reputation enjoyed by the University.

Excellent standards in both teaching and research have also led to Heidelberg University’s inclusion in the circle of prestigious German “Universities of Excellence”. This has also enabled the University to consolidate its prominent position in the field of international science.

Bus No. 32 takes you from Hauptbahnhof to Universitätsplatz.