Selected Cooperation at the University of Konstanz

Cooperating with research and teaching partners, as well as with those in the economy is an integral objective of the University of Konstanz. We highly value international partnerships and exchange programmes for students and staff. Our university students, employers and employees profit from the close cooperation with regional and international partners.

Cooperation takes place on various levels. Our departments, professorships and working groups cooperate with institutes, scientific partners and companies. The research platform of the University of Konstanz (SciKon) provides information about current national and international research projects, researchers and publications. Through internal cross-references, SciKon makes interdisciplinary relationships, cooperation and multidisciplinary research projects, in short, the professional bundling and connection of scientific competencies, visible and comprehensible.

We collaborate with various partners in science, business, politics, culture and society. Please visit our Society and business pages to learn more about the university’s partnerships and connections. In its position paper on self-perception and vision regarding knowledge and technology transfer, the University of Konstanz declares its commitment to the continuous development of knowledge and technology transfer as well as a culture of innovation. The spectrum of this transfer work at the University of Konstanz is deliberately very broad: it ranges from diverse channels and measures relating to science communication all the way to the scientific consultation of policy makers, the provision of expert evaluation reports as well as the creation of spin-offs.

Knowledge exchange through public events at home and abroad in the form of presentations, conferences, seminars and lecture series, as well as summer schools and member publications is promoted here at the University of Konstanz.


Career Service

Close cooperation between the teaching staff, the Career Service and the Alumni service ensures a wide range of services and opportunities - the internship and job-placement service, the university-wide mentoring programme and the involvement of alumni in teaching.The Career Service is a join-initiative of the University of Konstanz, the Hochrhein-Bodensee Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Agentur für Arbeit (job agency) Konstanz

Hochschuldidaktikzentrum (HDZ)

The Hochschuldidaktikzentrum Baden-Württemberg (centre for university didactics, HDZ) was established by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK) and Baden-Württemberg’s nine state universities, which have financed the centre since 2007. Each state university runs its own university didactics service.

Universities outside of Germany

For the students and staff at he University of Konstanz, the world lies at their fingertips: Opportunities include a semester abroad as an anglicist in London, a research stay as a biologist in Tel Aviv, or an internship at the United Nations in New York and many more. At the International Office, students, academics and staff can find out all they need to know about our exchange programmes.

Our partnerships and networks

Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH)

The University of Konstanz is a member of the Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule (IBH). The university co-operative makes university study and teaching across borders easier. The IBH network was created in 1999 and strives to establish better conditions for higher and continuing education in the Lake Constance region.

Cooperation with Switzerland

Scientific work at the University of Konstanz reaches beyond national borders. As a direct neighbour, Switzerland is an important cooperation partner in many projects. Through our close cooperation with the Swiss Canton of Thurgau, two institutes have been established:

Secondary teacher education

Our partners in teacher education are the Staatliches Seminar für Lehrerbildung (Gymnasium) (state seminar for teacher secondary teacher education) in Rottweil, the University of Education Weingarten and the PH Thurgau (university of education Thurgau). The Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Konstanz coordinates the partnerships.

Mentoring programme for women

The mentoring programme brings together female students from the university and the university of applied sciences in Konstanz with successful women in leadership positions. The programme is a pilot project of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Network for university staff development (UniNetzPE)

Our Academic Staff Development offers advice and support on human resources development, the promotion of junior researchers and teaching competency development to researchers and lecturers at all career stages. It is one of the founding members of the network for university staff development (UniNetzPE), which connects staff developers at German universities on the federal level and promotes cross-institutional collaboration on matters of staff development.

University partner of top sports

Top athletes are supported at the University of Konstanz in their studies and their sport training: Since 2007, the University of Konstanz is university partner of top sports. The German University Sports Federation (adh) coordinates the project.

Studium Generale at the Salem Kolleg

The orientation year at Salem Kolleg allows students to research and study, live and experience the same things they would at university, but in a much more intimate setting. The orientation year starts in September and consists not only of several courses taught both on campus and at the University of Konstanz, but also encompasses exciting extracurricular activities designed to develop and consolidate the students’ character and personality.