htw saar is the application oriented university in the federal state of Saarland. The university is offering more than 45 Bachelor and Master programmes in the following five academic units: Business, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Engineering, Social Sciences and German/French studies. htw saar counts over 6,000 students in the winter semester 2014/15. The percentage of international students (16%) is significantly higher than the national average. Currently, there are ca. 700 international students from over 80 countries learning together. Studies at htw saar are practical-oriented with an excellent combination of hands-on skills along with a strong theoretical knowledge base.
htw saar can also take credit for being the first application oriented university in Germany conducting research. For more than 25 years the University has been carrying out research on an international level and with industry partners from all over the world. With about €9,4 million of third-party funds, htw saar belongs to the top-ranked Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany. Research is fundamental and great importance is attached to applied research and development that is why all students are welcome to participate in the various R&D projects to get a better understanding of German cutting-edge technology and innovation.
htw saar also assumes a pioneering role in shaping the fully integrated German-French degree programmes in conjunction with the partner university in Metz, France. In 1978, long before ERASMUS and Bologna, the two universities founded the unique Franco-German Institute for Technology and Business, called ISFATES in French and DFHI in German, which today offers twelve German-French double-degree-programmes.