Münster as a place to study

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The ideal place to study

Three things immediately strike those who visit Münster for the first time: its beautiful old town, the large number of bikes and the many young people. More than 50,000 students shape the historic and simultaneously modern university town with its almost 300,000 inhabitants.

History and Culture

Münster was founded in 805 and came to fame when the 30-Years’ War came to an end in Münster with the Peace of Westphalia of 1648. The town centre with its arcades, churches, gabled houses, narrow alleyways, lively places, traditional pubs and modern cafes is popular with both tourists and Münsterers alike.

Other outstanding qualities of Münster are its ample green areas, with the city’s alameda and a green belt around the old town, and its being embedded into the charming parkland of the Münsterland.

The cultural scene and the museum scene in Münster are multifaceted and well-known beyond the region as they comprise both Münster’s traditional history (Peace Hall, Mühlenhof Open-Air Museum) and the modern arts (graphic art museum Pablo Picasso, sculpture exhibition, Städtische Bühne).

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Most liveable city of 2004

Why did the LivCom judging panel name Münster as the world’s most liveable city of 2004? Because the town convinced them in the five required categories:

1. Enhancement of the Natural and Built Landscape

2. Arts, Culture and Heritage

3. Environmental Best Practices

4. Community Participation and Empowerment

5. Strategic Planning

Münster received the highest possible rating in all of the categories and, in addition, also scored with its focus on a sustainable and integrated urban development

University of Muenster (WWU)

WWU was founded in 1780 and is the fifth largest university in Germany today. The university is known for the high quality of its education in its approx. 250 courses of study, ranging from applied linguistics to sports. WWU enjoys a respectable position on the international academic scene and constantly strives to improve it. International visibility and reputation are important prerequisites both for an involvement in European and global research programmes and, increasingly, for recruiting excellent researchers from all over the world.

Some 550 official partnership and cooperation agreements connects Münster University with universities and academic institutions worldwide. In addition to the approx. 700 visiting scholars who research and teach, Münster University has more than 3,100 international students. As with visiting scholars, international students are also supported by the university’s International Office.


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