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Internationalization at a Glance

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University of Potsdam: International und Cosmopolitan

International contacts are important for academic excellence in teaching and research. The internationalization of the University of Potsdam makes an important contribution to the future viability of the university: International students and lecturers enrich everyday university life in a variety of ways and contribute to securing the country's skilled workforce. The University of Potsdam therefore does a great deal to strengthen its relationships with international partner universities and to increase the mobility of its members.

This is achieved through the involvement in the European University Alliance EDUC and the many Erasmus+ contracts in the European research area and worldwide, but also through bilateral university contracts and the UP-internal mobility scheme KoUP.

Last but not least, "Internationalization at Home" is an important component of internationalization: In recent years, the University of Potsdam has consistently expanded its range of English-language master's programs and double degree programs. With regard to postgradual studies the University of Potsdam is also excellently positioned: The high number of international doctoral students and postdocs as well as the high number of Humboldt fellows underscore Potsdam's international attractiveness.

European Universitiy Alliance/European Research and Education Area

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European Digital UniverCity (EDUC)

The University of Potsdam is the consortium leader of the EU-funded University Alliance "European Digital UniverCity" (EDUC), which was founded in 2019.

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EU Projects

Since 1998, the University of Potsdam has participated in research projects funded by the various framework programs of the European Commission.


Mobilities for students and staff within the European Research Area form the core of internationalization at the University of Potsdam.

Other International Projects

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Turkish-German University Istanbul (TDU)

Together with 35 German universities and the DAAD, the University of Potsdam is supporting the establishment of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul.

Internationalization at Home

World Cloud zu COIL.UP

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Based at the Center for Qualitative Development for Teaching and Studies (ZfQ), the project supports international online teaching collaborations.

Internationale Studierende

StudiumPlus Intercultural Competence in Studies and Professional Life

As part of StudiumPlus, students can earn a certificate in intercultural competence.

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Faculties International

The seven faculties of the University of Potsdam each maintain their own international relationships for academic and student exchange.

Certificates and Audits

National Code of Conduct for German Universities Regarding International Students

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

HRK Audit and Re-Audit "Internationalization of Universities"

International Rankings

The University of Potsdam actively participates in the THE World University Ranking and the QS Ranking and also follows the results of other selected renowned rankings (e.g. ARWU Shanghai Ranking) A compact overview of rankings and results can be found here.