Bremen has developed into a city of high technological expertise and innovative strength – right in the heart of Europe. Bremen is the first city in Germany to be awarded the title of »City of science« in recognition of its optimal combination of science and economics.
The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is a city with a free and cosmopolitan spirit and a history of sea travel and merchantry spanning 1,200 years. Guests to the city quickly feel at home here as they feel the spirit and welcoming nature of the city. Bremen is a lively, pulsating city, rich in tradition and history. Future-oriented science and research are an integral part of this mix, as are industry, commerce and cultural diversity.
As per the motto of the University of Applied Sciences Bremen – “Science in the City” – the International Graduate Center is located directly in the heart of Bremen, only a few minutes walk from the city’s historic center.
… a city of short distances
In Bremen, they say everything is just around the corner! Whether you use the bus, tram, or bike – most destinations in Bremen are easy to reach without having to cope with the annoyance of finding a parking space.
Student life in the heart of the city
The ICG campus building is located in the heart of the city. With over 35,000 students, Bremen is well-known as a student city in Germany. A wide range of cultural and social events, museums, concert halls and theaters provide Bremen with a fair share of culture. A great variety of cafés, bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs also add to the city life. The river Weser is just a stone’s throw away, providing recreation and leisure activities in a wonderful natural habitat. Beside the studies the IGC also offers a leisure program with city trips in Germany, company visits, events and a tutoring service.
… the sixth biggest industry location in Germany
As a Hanseatic city, trade has a long tradition in Bremen dating back to the Middle Ages, when the association of trading cities along the coasts of the Northern and Baltic Seas was founded.
City of Science
Bremen has developed into a city of high technological expertise and innovative strength - right in the heart of Europe. Over the past few years, Bremen has been able to take the top spots in a series of locations comparisons rating economics dynamics. Bremen has an international presence – due to its high profile as an location for the automotive industry, aeronautics and astronautics, foodstuffs and luxury foods, mobile technologies, life sciences and logistics.
Leisure and sports
Bremen offers various leisure activities
In addition to the Werdersee, which is located in the middle of the city, various Bremer bathing lakes invite you to swim every summer. The music and culture festival "Breminale" on the Weser takes place every summer. In autumn, the Bremer "Freimarkt" invites you to go carousel riding. From cycling through the Bremer "Blockland", kayaking and canoeing on the Wümme and inline skating around the Werdersee, there are many attractive outdoor activities. Bremen also has a historic old town, a vibrant nightlife and a great promenade in the Bremer "Viertel" to offer, which enrich student life.
Bremen University Sports Association
The HSB is a member of the Bremen University Sports Association. Its program ranges from A for Aerobics to Z for Zumba. Here you can try out new sports or compete. Registration takes place online for the winter semester from the beginning of October and for the summer semester from the middle of March:
Fit and active
There are around 430 sports clubs in the state of Bremen, which offer a wide range of sports, from gliding to soccer and chess. An overview of the clubs is available online:
If you feel comfortable in the wet element, you won't stay dry in Bremen. There are outdoor and indoor pools in several districts as well as swimming lakes with and without supervision. Many swimming pools have discounted prices for students. An overview of swimming opportunities in Bremen is available online:
The city offers a wide spectrum of cultural institutions and events including: prestigious museums, theaters and philharmonics, countless sights, a historic city center (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the Weser Stadium with exciting Bundesliga football matches.
The Bremen theater landscape has a varied program to offer, from Shakespeare classics to modern dance theater. Students who visit the Theater Bremen, the Bremen Shakespear Company, the Schwankhalle or the Schnürschuh-Theater can experience the variety on Bremens stages at reduced prices.
The spectrum of the Bremen museums ranges from past epochs to modern art, from local history to distant cultures and from history to technology. The following museums in Bremen offer reduced admission for students:
- Weserburg - Museum of Modern Art
- Kunsthalle Bremen
- Museen Böttcherstraße
- Deutsches Schifffahrts-Museum Bremerhaven
- Deutsches Auswandererhaus in Bremerhaven
In Bremen there are both large multiplex houses that show current blockbusters, and smaller program cinemas such as the Bremer Filmkunst Theater, the Cinema im Ostertor or the City46, which mainly show films with higher artistic standards. All cinemas offer discount prices for students.
In addition to the State and University Library (SuUB), students can also use the city library free of charge. Anyone who has not studied and has already paid for the SuUB card simply pays the difference in order to be able to borrow from the city library.
Boredom? Not in Bremen!
Throughout the year there is a varied cultural program in Bremen with exhibitions, music, film and literature festivals. An overview of facilities and current events can be found on the website of the city of Bremen.
The Studierendenwerk and the AStA of the HSB support and accompany student cultural projects.
Bremen is divided into two parts by the Weser river, as well as known having for many wide fields, parks and forests. There are 18 nature reserves, which account for almost 7% of the city area with a total of over 2000 hectares. The "Bürgerpark" and the associated city forest, are located near the main railway station and cover more than 200 hectares of green space; both are well known and perfect for long strolls on sunny days.
In the immediate vicinity of Bremen are other attractive cities like Hanover and Hamburg, as well as the North Sea with the Frisian Islands and their unique Wadden Sea. All students receive a semester ticket, which allows them to use the well-developed tram network within Bremen as well as the trains of local traffic throughout Lower Saxony and sometimes even beyond. Furthermore, Bremen has an airport in almost walking distance, which also allows for easy travelling.