International networks

Study, research and teach together in Europe and around the world.

In addition to a large number of direct partnerships and exchange programmes which help students to go abroad, the University of Konstanz is also (founding) member of several networks which have worked to expand university connections internationally in the past few years. These networks in both research and teaching nurture new scientific discoveries by creating synergies, involving new perspectives and promoting knowledge transfer.

Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH)

New international students, who will begin their winter semester at an IBH member university, are invited to take an intensive German language course in August at the University of Konstanz. The course is offered at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. An accompanying programme takes place in the afternoon and on individual weekend dates. It includes lectures about history, art, culture and politics as well as (city) tours and excursions to sites in the Lake Constance region. We also visit the participants’ IBH universities. The IBH Summer School is organised by Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule in cooperation with the University of Konstanz’s International Office and Language Institute (SLI).

The IBH-AG Ausland (international working group) organises four annual excursions for international (and local) students at the IBH member universities. These excursions focus on cities, history, culture, politics and nature at rotating locations in the Lake Constance region and offer students new insights into their study location. The International Offices of each IBH member university take turns organising the events. Well-organised logistics are used to take participants from their respective IBH universities to each Cultural Rotation Event. Thus, students from any IBH university can take part, and the travel time gives participating students the opportunity to get to know each other.

Network for Transatlantic Cooperation

The Network for Transatlantic Cooperation was created in the summer of 2004 at the initiative of the rector at the time, Gerhart von Graevenitz. Its objective was to consolidate the existing exchange relationships and cooperation agreements between the humanities at the University of Konstanz and top US universities in a collaborative network.

Current and former partners in the Network for Transatlantic Cooperation are or were:

  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • New York University NYU
  • Columbia University, New York

Franco-German University (DFH)

The Franco-German University (DFH), a network of French and German universities, was founded in 1997. The University of Konstanz has been a member of the DFH since it was created.

Turkish-German University (TDU)

The Turkish-German University has brought Turkish and German research and teaching together since 2013. The TDU has a campus in Istanbul, where students can earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The programmes are taught in German and English. The University of Konstanz is one of its founding members.

Rotterdam Law Network


The Rotterdam Law Network was founded in 1995 on the initiative of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Not only is the University of Konstanz a founding member, but also the only representative of the German academic landscape.

The aim of the Rotterdam Law Network is cultivating existing and establishing new contacts between the law departments of the member universities. Since its formation, the Rotterdam Law Network has grown to include more than 30 member universities. These include universities from EU member states, EU candidate states as well as from the European Economic Area. The Network is steadily growing by gaining new members.

Activities of the Network encompass an exchange on all levels: student exchange, staff and teaching mobility as well as an annual meeting, the “Rotterdam Law Network Meeting”, which in 2016 was held in Konstanz for the first time. Participants of the annual meetings comprise deans, professors and international coordinators of the law faculties of the member universities. These reflect the Network’s aspiration to simultaneously function on a scientific, political and administrative level.