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Geography, Department

Fakultät Chemie und Geowissenschaften at the Uni Heidelberg

Geographisches Institut

  • Berliner Straße 48
  • 69120 Heidelberg
  • Phone: +49 6221 54-4570
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Basic information

Total number of students 450
Number of master degree students 136
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 10.0 %

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 11/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 81.5 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 18.8 %

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 3/9 points
International orientation, master's 3/9 points
Outgoing students 2.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 8/12 points
Contact with work environment, master's 6/12 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 10.9 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 24.6 %
Share of professors with work experience


Publications per academic 3.5
Third party funds per academic 81.0 T€
Doctorates per professor 1.2
Research reputation 42.1 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.0
Support in studies 2.0
Courses offered 2.1
Study organisation 2.3
Exams 2.6
Excursions 2.8
Research orientation 2.0
Job market preparation 2.5
Support for stays abroad 1.8
Rooms 2.7
Library 1.7
IT-infrastructure 2.2 *
Overall study situation 1.9

Students' assessments on Teacher Qualification degree courses

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Degree courses with details

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 470
Teacher qualification programmes teacher qualification degree courses are offered
Teacher qualification centre Link
Teacher Qualification Monitor (in German) Link

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department none
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    All fields of geography are well represented (geoinformatics, human geography, physical geography, social/environmental research); Integrative approach in theory, methods and application; English-language classes; Interdisciplinary courses; Courses from the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg Center for the Environment; Modules from the master's degrees Governance of Risks and Resources and Geoarcheology, regional development and spatial planning by Regional Governance junior professorship
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Joint professorship at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Exchange Programme with Illinois from 2018, Master of Science in Governance of Risk and Resources in Chile, Heidelberg Center in Santiago de Chile, Exchange Programme with Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá/Colombia) and Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago de Chile/Chile), joint courses with geography in Prague/Czech Republic, German-Chinese summer school in Turfan, Xinjiang/China, South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg (Department of Geography), teaching abroad (field internships), cooperation with Taiwan (NCKU)
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    University Bergen, Norwegen; Stockholm University, Schweden; Loughborough University, Großbritannien; Charles University Prague, Tschechien; Paris Diderot, Frankreich; Eötvös Lorand University Budapest, Ungarn; Universidad de Salamanca, Spanien; Universitatea Bukaresti, Rumänien; Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Excellent laboratory for soil, water and sediment samples: Including (Solid) AAS, CNS, (fluorescence-) photometry, microscopy with digital image processing, susceptibility determination for sediment cores, soil physics; 48-channel seismic refraction, electrical resistivity tomography (200 electrodes), geomagnetics, total station, DGPS, drilling platform, mobile X-ray fluorescence analysis, drilling equipment, hydrological and climatological field stations; Luminescence lab (dating of soil and sediment), LiDAR lab; 3D measuring systems (terrestrial laser scanner, low-cost 3D scanner), photo flight drone, RTK GNSS; SozioLab
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    General support through the university services, individual advice and guidance by the office of student affairs for Geography throughout the programme, individual adjustment of programme schedules
  • Other special features
    Intensive linking of research and teaching, such as by integrating courses into current research projects, e.g., in the context of field practicals (research-based learning); Innovative university teaching in geography (geography teaching room, e-learning courses), development and implementation of research-oriented teaching concepts at the University of Heidelberg; Interdisciplinary research and teaching, for example in the context of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment; Extensive map collection; annual graduation party for networking with alumni (cooperation with the Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft)
  • Further information on research activities
  • Further information about study entry phase
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Last update 2018: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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