Colleges in Rostock

Studying by the sea is particularly delightful for many young people. In Rostock and the surrounding area there are various colleges that offer a higher qualification in different areas and sectors.
As well as the University of Rostock and the Hochschule für Musik & Theater (School of Music and Theatre), Rostock and the region has other colleges with courses in medical, economic and even media-related fields.

Rostock University

Rostock University

The University of Rostock was founded in 1419 and is one of Germany’s oldest universities, having over 50 degree courses on offer.

Katharinenstift with University of Music and Theatre

Rostock University of Music and Theatre - HMT

At the Rostock University of Music and Theatre (hmt), students not only study diligently, but also give public concerts and presentations.

Hochschule Wismar

Hochschule Wismar

At the Hochschule Wismar (Wismar College), students can learn about seafaring at the campus in Warnemünde.


Rostock University

History and development of the University of Rostock

The University of Rostock is the oldest university in the Baltic Sea region and is one of the German universities with the most tradition. With around 15,000 students, it is currently the largest university in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It was founded in 1419 under the name Alma Mater Rostochiensis. Looking at the founding year, it is clear that Rostock will expect a double centenary in 2019, as the 800-year anniversary of the city coincides with the 600-year anniversary of the University of Rostock. The heyday of the college began in 1563, after the rulers and the City of Rostock negotiated equal status regarding the patronage of the establishment. From the middle of the 17th century, the university became less important. The causes of this were war, a large fire in the city and the collapse of the Hanseatic League. It was only in the 19th century that the university began to recover. During the 20th century, many new buildings and institutes were created, for example in the fields of agriculture and technology. Constant efforts to modernise since the fall of the Berlin Wall have led to the university and its four campuses being a popular place to study for young people from all over the world. In 2000, the first comprehensive WLAN network in Europe was installed.

Comprehensive and modern range of courses

Whether you are interested in natural science, law or humanities, with 70 degree courses in nine faculties, there is an extremely extensive range at Rostock University. As well as bachelor and master’s courses, it is also possible to obtain a diploma in many subject fields. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology offers disciplines such as biomedical technology. Since the beginning of 2014, this faculty has had an endowed chair for wind energy technology. Degree courses in medicine, dentistry and medical biotechnology can be found at the Faculty of Medicine. Young people interested in natural sciences can complete their studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, where they can study biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics or physics. At the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, students can obtain their bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and specialise afterwards in selected fields during their master’s course. At the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, you can also study IT with certification as a teacher. The Theological Faculty offers a master’s course in evangelical theology and a teaching course in this field. Furthermore, there is also a faculty for economic and social sciences, a faculty of law and a faculty for philosophy, culture and languages. In addition, the language centre offers different foreign language courses for all students every semester.

Universitätsplatz Rostock

Appealing place to study by the Baltic Sea

As well as a wide range of courses, the University of Rostock is an important centre for research. For example, there is an interdisciplinary faculty where you can devote yourself to working on complex fields of research spanning all subjects. The university is one of the most founder-friendly colleges in Germany and is involved in many scientific projects. Here, there is a research body for the preparation of an archive of the works of writer Uwe Johnson. There are also further training opportunities at the college. The KOSMOS Project, amongst others, has opportunities for people with different educational and professional backgrounds. The BAAL Project deals with assistance systems that enable a self-determined lifestyle at an old age, and appeals to professionals from the fields of care and medicine. The rector, Wolfgang Schareck, was named ‘Rector of the Year’ in 2010, receiving the highest distinction from the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers. The new buildings on the ‘Südstadt’ campus provide the best conditions for research and teaching. Its laboratories are protected against vibrations and radiation. The library has a large collection of study and research material, much of which is digital. Last but not least, its location in Rostock by the Baltic Sea makes it an appealing place to study.

Other schools in Rostock

Address and contact

Universitätsplatz 1
18051 Rostock
Tel.: 0381 4980

Rostock University of Music and Theatre - HMT

At the Rostock University of Music and Theatre (hmt), students not only study diligently, but also give public concerts and presentations. Be it music, drama or dance, the spectrum is as varied as the courses of study and the students themselves. Also, a cooperation of different fields is of special attraction and full of surprise for the audience. The hmt has its headquarters in one of the most beautiful university buildings in Germany, a former Franciscan monastery from the middle of the 13th century, which has been supplemented by modern buildings. With 300 events a year the university enriches the cultural life of Rostock. Whether summer theatre in the inner courtyard, orchestra, choir or pop concerts or just strolling through the cloisters - the hmt is always worth a visit.

Concert Academy of Music and Theatre Rostock

Adress and contact

Rostock University of Music and Theatre - HMT
Beim St.-Katharinenstift 8
18055 Rostock

Tel.: +49 381 5108-100
Fax..: +49 381 5108-101

Hochschule Wismar

Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design - a long name that clearly outlines our concept: three modern disciplines under one roof - interdisciplinary and practical. The University of Applied Sciences Wismar is working closely with scientific institutions and business partners in the region and around the globe. This opens up space for new fields, perspectives and cooperations.

Anyone who creates something new needs an inspiring working atmosphere and the appropriate support on site. Our students find both in the form of state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops as well as on our online campus, individual support and certified family-friendly infrastructure. The distances on campus are short, whether in Wismar or at the external locations Poel and Rostock-Warnemünde.

City harbour of Wismar with brick gothic

Adress and contact

Department of Maritime Studies
Richard-Wagner-Straße 31
18119 Rostock
Telefon: 0381 4983653

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