Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is a university
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 in Oldenburg
Oldenburg is an independent city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated in the western part of the state between the cities of Bremen and Groningen, Netherlands, at the Hunte river. It has a population of 160,279 which makes it the fourth biggest city in Lower Saxony after Hanover, Braunschweig...

, Germany
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. It is one of the most important educational facilities in northwestern Germany and specialises in interdisciplinary studies.


The university was founded in 1973 building on a school for the training of teachers that had existed since 1945. In the summer semester of 1974, the university introduced an education curriculum with 2400 students. In 1991 it was named after the writer and Nobel laureate Carl von Ossietzky
Carl von Ossietzky
Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist and the recipient of the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize. He was convicted of high treason and espionage in 1931 after publishing details of Germany's alleged violation of the Treaty of Versailles by rebuilding an air force, the predecessor of the Luftwaffe, and...

. It crossed the number of 10,000 students in 1991, a number that it has since maintained, and as of 2006, there were about 12,000 students. As part of the Bologna process
Bologna process
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, the university changed its courses to Bachelor-Master degrees in 2004.

University Profile

The university offers over 80 courses of study. 75 percent of students seek a Diplom
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, Magister
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, while 25 percent strive for a teaching certification. One main focus of the university is the schooling of teachers, which was established during the 1970s and remains a strong profile. The campus is split into two locations, the major one being Uhlhornsweg, where the main library, the mensa and the administration along with most of the departments is housed, while Wechloy is home to the studies of natural sciences as well as the library of natural sciences.


  • Faculty I: Pedagogy
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     and Education
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  • Faculty II: Computer sciences
    Computer Sciences
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    , law
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     and economics
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  • Faculty III: Linguistics
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     and Cultural studies
    Cultural studies
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  • Faculty IV: Social Sciences
    Social sciences
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  • Faculty V: Mathematics
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     and Natural Sciences

Cultural and political program

The Studentenwerk of the University organizes the cultural bureau UNICUM and the theatre since 1985. UNICUM includes theatrical groups from the university as well as freelancers. The group Gegenlicht runs a cinema in the Old Aula and on campus during the summer, while the programme zwergWERK is focused on the presentation of short films.

Among other organisations, AIESEC
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 and Attac maintain a presence at the University.


The university participates in the ERASMUS programme
Erasmus programme
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, a partnership for student exchanges in Europe. It maintains relations with over 50 universities on all continents .

Partnership Universities

Universities that have an exchange programme with the University of Oldenburg include:

North America

  • University of Calgary
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     in Alberta
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  • University of Saskatchewan
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     in Saskatchewan
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  • Concordia University College of Alberta
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     in Alberta
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 United States
  • University of Northern Colorado
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  • Northern Michigan University
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  • Oakland University
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     in Michigan
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  • California State University, Long Beach
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  • Florida State University
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  • Towson University
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     in Maryland
  • University of Maryland University College
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  • Indiana University
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  • University of South Dakota
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  • University of West Georgia
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  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wyoming
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Central and South America

  • Universidad Nacional de San Juan

  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz

  • Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
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  • Universidade Federal do Amazonas
  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná

  • Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Universidad de Viña del Mar

  • Antonio Narino University

  • Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría
  • La Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas

  • La Universidad de Quintana Roo


  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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  • Universiteit Antwerpen

 Kingdom of Bulgaria
  • Angel Kanchev University of Rousse

  • Aalborg College of Education
  • University College Lillebaelt
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  • Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
  • Technical University of Denmark
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  • University of Southern Denmark
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  • University of Eastern Finland
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  • University of Jyväskylä
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  • University of Oulu
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 Early Modern France
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  • École Supérieure de Commerce de Bretagne
  • Institut Supérieur d´Action Internationale et de Production
  • Université de Reims Champagne- Ardenne
  • Université du Havre
  • Université Franςois-Rabelais de Tours
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
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  • Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
  • L´Université d´Orléans

  • Ionian University
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  • University of Patras
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  • National Technical University of Athens
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  • University of Crete
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 United Kingdom
  • Imperial College London
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  • John Moores University Liverpool
  • Kingston University
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  • Manchester Metropolitan University
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  • Newcastle University
  • Staffordshire University
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  • University of Abertay Dundee
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  • University of Exeter
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  • University of Warwick
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  • University of the West of England
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 Republic of Ireland
  • National University of Ireland
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  • University of Limerick
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  • Trinity College
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  • Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Università degli Studi di Catania
  • niversità degli Studi di Firenze
  • Università degli Studi di Milano

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