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Germany’s best agricultural universities

Where can you study agriculture and nutritional sciences in Germany? You will find the most important information here.

The image of a farmer driving a tractor across a field no longer has very much to do with modern agriculture. Agricultural science is the key to many global issues: it focuses on food security, healthy nutrition, preserving resources, climate and environmental protection and animal welfare. Another important topic is the development of seeds and plants that can adapt to climate change. Accordingly, there is a wide variety of university courses and careers in this field.

Germany’s best universities for agricultural science

According to the QS World University Ranking 2018, these five German universities offer the best degree programmes in agriculture:

  1. Universität Hohenheim
  2. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  3. Technische Universität München
  4. Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  5. Humboldt-Universität Berlin

What makes Universität Hohenheim top of the league?

Universität Hohenheim is one of Europe’s leading centres for agricultural research and nutritional and food sciences. Its range of programmes is broad, interdisciplinary and international. The university offers three Bachelor’s, eleven Master’s and one PhD programme with many English-language courses and double-degree programmes. Academics and researchers are networked with roughly 100 partners worldwide. Students gain practical experience on Germany’s largest experimental agricultural area. Academic study and research are closely interlinked: for example, Humboldt reloaded, a project that has received an award for excellence in teaching, already enables undergraduates to participate in research projects.

Information for international applicants

Where else can you study agricultural science in Germany?

From agribusiness and food science to wine studies: an overview of agriculture-related study programmes, degrees and higher education centres is provided by the Professional Association Agriculture, Nutrition, Environment (VDL) in German and English: AGRARstudieren.de

The Higher Education Compass offers a database that enables you to carry out searches for key terms such as agricultural science (Agrarwissenschaft), agribusiness (Agrarwirtschaft), ecological farming (Ökologische Landwirtschaft), environmental management (Umweltmanagement), nutritional sciences (Ernährungswissenschaften), ecotrophology (Oecotrophologie), food technology (Lebensmitteltechnologie), aquaculture (Aquakultur), fisheries science (Fischereiwissenschaften), forest sciences (Forstwissenschaften) and viticulture (Weinbau): www.hochschulkompass.de

Author: Tanja Zech

The article was originally published here and was republished with permission from Deutschland.de.

February 2019


Bettina Onyango
23 April 2019

Dear Junaid Afzal,
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Junaid Afzal
21 April 2019

I am a student of Entomology and looking for a scholarship in one of the top Agriculture Universities in Germany. I wish to study in Germany and looking for any assistance regarding fully-funded scholarships. Thank You.

Dr. Theodora Asiamah
22 February 2019

I am interested in Agricultural Value Chain Financing. Financing for agricultural activities is a major problem for smallholder farmers in Africa. If there is any such project I would be interested. If there is no such project, we can possibly look at that area and receive funding for such a project. I'm a part-time Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin in Ghana.

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