A Black Forest city with a famous clock-making heritage

Furtwangen Uni


A Black Forest city with a famous clock-making heritage

Located in the Black Forest in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Furtwangen once exported musical cuckoo clocks all across the world. Today, the small city retains its spirit of innovation, with a popular Applied Sciences University.

More about Furtwangen

Foreign-Born Population

Furtwangen is a city of just over 9,000 permanent residents, found on the River Breg, within the Black Forest. Tourism and education dominate the city's economy, and the local university houses over 3,000 students.

Studying and Working in Furtwangen

Furtwangen's small University of Applied Sciences (HFU) enrolls around 3,000 students and offers a surprisingly diverse variety of degrees. Far removed from traditional clock-making, students can study business information systems, electronic engineering, media studies or international business.

Those from other overseas are welcome to apply, with students from 90 countries enrolling at any given time. Visitors can choose to spend time learning German, or they can begin English language degrees in management, "smart" technology, biomedical engineering or consultancy - both at Bachelor's and Master's levels.

In terms of careers, the university runs a useful Innovation and Research Center, and regional companies work closely with the HFU Job Market portal. This links the university to local companies in sectors like microelectronics or precision engineering, while regular career fairs allow students to meet potential employers face-to-face.


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