Engineering and business degrees with a high level of practical content and the aim to prepare for a career in an international work environment.


Campus Soest, North Rhine-Westphalia
Founded 1824
Students ca. 12.500



Academic Studies

Location of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Soest

A high level of internationalisation is the common denominator between all of the South Westphalia University of Applied Scienes’ campuses. This applies to the student body, the faculty and also the degree programmes. Particular to the Soest campus is the study environment, which the old Hanseatic city that is steeped in history offers its students. The campus itself contains several historic buildings, wherefore students can always alternate between surrounding themselves with an environment that tells from the region’s past or one that is highly modern.

Distinguishing factors

Ensuring successful career opportunities for graduates in an increasingly globalised work environment is the declared aim of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Therefore, all degree programmes are designed with practical relevance in mind. Moreover, all classes are kept small to allow for every student to be supported individually. The international outlook of all studies further contributes to the ideal preparation of students for their later work. In addition to enabling a better incorporation of relevant project work, the close industry relations are also very advantageous for students who seek to gain work experience outside of their regular studies. Through its partnerships, the university is capable of regularly arranging research placements and internships with German and international businesses for its students. 

Specialisations of the Soest Campus

The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences’ branch in Soest has particularly excelled at achieving a high rate of internationality amongst its campus population, as currently around 17 percent of its members come from abroad. Many of its partnerships are also with international partners and the majority of the degree programmes on offer are taught at least partially, if not entirely, in English. Consequently, the research carried out in Soest often has a high global relevance. The recent work in the area of Electrical Energy Engineering, for example, is recognised by national rankings, e.g. from the Zeit magazine, as amongst the best in Germany.

Campus life

The variety in the countries of origin of the approximately 3000 students in Soest becomes especially noticeable in regards to the campus culture. One example for this is the plethora of languages that can be heard on campus. The social event programme tries to further highlight and combine the multitude of cultural backgrounds. However, Soest’s surrounding area, e.g. the Münsterland, also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the region’s own traditions.