Newcomers to Bonn soon grow very fond of the city – a fact confirmed by thousands of students and academics, both German and foreign, who have come here to learn, teach or research. Since the German Bundestag moved its seat and parts of the government to Berlin in 1999, Bonn has attracted a number of international organizations, especially United Nations bodies. Some major corporations, e.g., Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post, relocated their headquarters to Bonn. Bonn today is a city of young people: almost 1 in 5 of the 310,000 inhabitants is in the 18 - 29 age bracket. For them, Bonn and its vicinity have a plethora of attractions and amenities. The Hofgarten, where students flock in the summer, the Rheinpromenade that links the university to the b-it building, the Rheinaue Park and – across the Rhine – the Siebengebirge provide a rich choice of settings for enjoyable leisure time activities.
The city boasts an opera house, several theatres, concert halls and other venues, as well as a fascinating range of museums. Its most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, features prominently in this lively and varied arts and culture scene.
Here are some links that might be of interest:
- International Office, University of Bonn
- Studentenwerk Bonn (accommodation and more, in German)
Students have to pay a fee of about 270 Euro per semester to the Students‘ Union, which goes to support student activities and provides free public transport in the region. A student‘s monthly expenses, including study material, will be about 800 Euro. b-it or the participating universities do not offer any formal scholarships. For information on funding from German sources please contact the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service www.daad.de. Special funding can be provided in the respective courses: Please check with their sites.
If you are looking for more information on living and learning in Bonn have a look at the International Students' Guide to the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn which covers a lot of topics like
- studying in Germany
- accommodation and public transport
- financing your studies
- counselling services