Why pursue a PhD at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität of Oldenburg?

Promoting talent, inspiring ideas, and aspiring to tolerance – these are major themes at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. The university was established in 1973, and is among the youngest universities in Germany. The university is named after the Nobel Peace Prize winner Carl von Ossietzky (1889 – 1938), who was among the most distinguished journalists of the Weimar Republic and a leading opponent of the Nazi dictatorship. Naming itself after Carl von Ossietzky, the university acknowledges its ongoing social responsibility and participation in public discourses.

The university contributes to the economic and cultural development of the Northwestern region of Germany. Combining and developing academic achievement and exceptional teaching is its goal for the future - based on internationally visible and interdisciplinary research, focused support of junior researchers, and the complete switch to bachelor and master programs.

Supporting junior researchers is an integral part of the strategic development of the university. This is testified by the successful promotion of coordinated doctoral programs. Third-party funded doctoral research groups (funded, for example, by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur) are supplemented by university-funded research groups. Thus, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg occupies a leading position within the state of Lower Saxony.

In addition, the university hosts a range of high-profile junior research groups (supported by the European Research Council, the Max Planck Institut, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft and others) that allow outstanding junior researchers to qualify themselves for academic leadership in research and teaching.

Oldenburg: the Young University Town in Northwestern Germany


This is a greeting you will frequently hear in Oldenburg.

The university town of about 160.000 inhabitants is a pleasant place to live and work in. Apart from its many educational, economical, cultural, and spare-time attractions, Oldenburg has a beautiful town center with a broad range of cozy cafés. The good feeling Oldenburg offers is also due to its many opportunities to relax: there are some parks, a couple of lakes to swim in, and idyllic rivers around Oldenburg. The logistics are excellent, too: Oldenburg is connected to the A28 and A29 and the (ICE-) rail net, and Bremen Airport is only 30 minutes away.

Living and Working in Oldenburg

Student city, bicycle city, city of the future, the capital of curly kale, City of ScienceOldenburg has many names. The little big-city has around 160,000 inhabitants and is situated in Northern Germany between the North Sea, Hamburg, and the Dutch border. The North Sea strongly influences the climate, and it is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.

With its quarter of a million or so bicycles (1.5 per resident), Oldenburg is a true bicycle city. Roughly 160 km of city bicycle lanes ensure that virtually everything is quickly and easily accessible by bicycle: the large pedestrian zone in the city centre, government offices and public institutions, cultural amenities and meeting points such as the Staatstheater, the Kulturetage, Oldenburg Castle, museums, cinemas, or the many bars and clubs, not to mention the University of Oldenburg itself.

Oldenburg is a green city with many parks and woods in the midst of a rural setting surrounded by villages, small lakes, and bogs. In summer, you will see locals swimming and grilling at the many small lakes in the area, as well as enjoying picnics in the ever-popular Schlossgarten.

There is a great deal to discover around Oldenburg. With the semester ticket, students can travel free of cost to the North Sea coast, the Hanseatic Cities of Bremen and Hamburg, and to the Dutch border. Groningen, Oldenburg's Dutch partner city, is just an hour and a half away, and can be reached cheaply and easily on one of the buses that run several times daily. All of this makes Oldenburg a comfortable place to live!

There are many different possibilities to successfully search for housing in Oldenburg.

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