The University of Heidelberg has a strong international atmosphere and orientation. Nineteen inter-university partnerships, numerous cooperation agreements at the departmental and institute levels as well as exchange programmes for undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 universities world-wide demonstrate the University’s extensive involvement in the international academic community. The approximately 5,500 international students and hundreds of visiting scholars who come here every year help to foster the University’s international atmosphere.
The International Relations Office (Dezernat 7) offers a wide-variety of services to the different groups active in international affairs. These include not only the traditional services of an international office such as study abroad advising and support for international students and visiting scholars, but also the administration of exchange programmes, the organization and execution of international partnerships, support for university marketing, advising on funding options and the maintenance of an international alumni network.