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University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt


With more than 9,300 students and about 200 professors, the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, or FHWS, is one of the biggest universities of applied sciences in Bavaria. FHWS was founded in 1971 with two locations that are successful to this day - in the cities of Würzburg and Schweinfurt.

Degree Programs

FHWS's ten faculties offer more than 40 bachelor's and master's degree programs. The broad and forward-looking programs cover technology, economics, social sciences, computer sciences, visual design, and language. Studying at FHWS is characterized by a particular orientation towards application. A practical semester, project work, and a high share of practical work in laboratories and seminars underline the importance of a practice-oriented approach at FHWS. Students are being perfectly prepared for their future working life and the demands of the labor market.

The teaching standard is monitored by the Committee on Teaching Quality at FHWS were the deans of studies of all faculties and the head of the Campus for Professional Development work together chaired by one of our vice presidents.

Moreover, FHWS participates in the program "Quality Pact for Teaching" by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project BEST-FIT is implementing measures aiming at increasing the rate of passed exams and thus reducing the rates of dropouts.

FHWS is also a part of "hochschule dual", an initiative by Bavarian universities of applied sciences that offers a dual study program, either as a combined studies program (training + studies) or as studies with intensified practice (studies + integrated practical/internship phases).


At universities of applied sciences research is crucial to be able to teach the state of the art in technology and science and new technologies and scientific developments following the research activities of our professors are implemented into teaching. Research activities are undertaken not only in cooperation close to practice with regional companies and institutes but also in national and international research projects.

In many FHWS laboratories, students have the opportunity to apply to practice and intensify skills and knowledge previously acquired theoretically. Moreover, in six institutions of FHWS research is additionally fuelled. As part of the research map of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), FHWS defines two main research areas: Energy technology and efficiency, and mobility and people.

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FHWS focuses on internationalization as its differentiation strategy and has set itself the objective of being an international university where students from many different nations learn and study together. To accomplish this, FHWS has introduced an award-winning model of degree programs unique in Germany. There, bachelor's programs taught in English are offered as Twin-Programmes that are basically identical to their German equivalent. Thus students have the opportunity to switch between the degree program taught in English and the one taught in German during their course of studies.

In addition, FHWS is part of a worldwide network of about 140 international partner institutions where FHWS-students can do a semester abroad.


Digitalization is changing the world of work and will gain further importance in the future. FHWS is embracing this development by its digitalization strategy. It includes a view outside, that is towards its students and imparting the related competence, but also a view inside, that is promoting digitalization within the organizational structure of FHWS.

Additionally, FHWS is a member of the Centre for Digital Innovations Mainfranken (ZDI) which supports and encourages digital business start-ups.

Continuing education

The FHWS Campus for Professional Development and Language Proficiency is cooperating with companies and international higher education institutions to offer an innovative and practice-oriented program in different disciplines geared toward individuals, companies, and members of staff at FHWS interested in continuing education.


  • Würzburg

    Münzstraße 12, 97070, Würzburg

  • Schweinfurt

    Ignaz-Schön-Straße 11, 97421, Schweinfurt