Was founded in 1402, is one of the oldest German universities with a long tradition in research and teaching excellence. So far, 14 Nobel Laureates have worked here during different stages of their careers, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who iscovered X-rays in Würzburg, and Harald zur Hausen. The latter received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering that viruses trigger cervical cancer.
More than 28,000 students, including 2,300 young people from abroad, are enrolled at ten faculties. 10,000 people work at the university and its hospital, among them 2,400 academic staff members and 400 professors. In order to provide optimum conditions for interdisciplinary research, in the 1990s the university started to implement research centres in the fields of medicine, science and the humanities, as well as a graduate school. A considerable number of these research centres, graduate schools and research groups are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Academic rankings continue to confirm the top position of the University of Würzburg.
With respect to life and natural sciences, the university is among the top 100 universities in the world and among the top 30 universities in Europe. The university welcomes highly qualified students from all nations for graduate studies.
As an important element in the career of young scientists, the University of Würzburg awards doctoral degrees in all study areas, provides supervision by leading scientists, intensive tutoring, interdisciplinary courses and advice. The university hospital provides both excellent medical care and top-level research. The university maintains numerous international partnerships with universities in Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Exchange agreements allow our students to explore the world for some time during their studies and in return, exchange students from abroad can experience German culture, lifestyle and student life while spending some time in Würzburg. As they contribute to a multicultural atmosphere on campus and inside the classroom, international students are always very welcome to study at the University of Würzburg.