Hochschule GEISENHEIM University

Hochschule Geisenheim University was founded on 1st January 2013 as a "New Type" Hochschule, following a concept appraisal by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). The new university is a result of the merger between the Geisenheim Research Institute (Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim) and the Geisenheim faculty of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, and has its roots in the "Royal Prussian Institute of Pomology and Viticulture" which was founded in 1872 by Eduard von Lade, a wealthy citizen of Geisenheim.

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Currently there are about 1350 students using of the wide range of opportunities offered by the Geisenheim campus to gain a practice-oriented bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: "Weinbau und Oenologie" (Viticulture and Enology) "Internationale Weinwirtschaft" (International Wine Business), "International Wine Business" (taught in English), "Getränketechnologie" (Beverage Technology), "Gartenbau" (Horticulture) and "Landschaftsarchitektur" (Landscape Architecture), or to complete a research-based master’s degree. In five master’s degree programs the same subject areas are dealt with in greater depth or systematically expanded upon as for example in the degree course "Gartenbauwissenschaft" (Horticultural Science) or in the programs "Oenologie", "Weinwirtschaft" and "Getränketechnologie" which are run in cooperation with the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, or  "Umweltmanagement und Stadtplanung in Ballungsräumen" (Environmental Management and Urban Planning in Metropolitan Areas) - a joint course with the Hochschule RheinMain and Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Three further master’s programs in the field of wine are internationally oriented: the "Vinifera EuroMaster" is available with study locations in four other European countries (Montpellier/Bordeaux, France; Madrid, Spain; Lisbon/Porto, Portugal; Udine/Turin, Italy); a bi-lateral program with university consortia in Italy (Udine/Turin) and with the Universität für Bodenkultur (University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences) in Vienna. Hochschule Geisenheim University has the right to confer doctoral degrees in cooperation with other doctorate-granting universities at home and abroad.

Applied and fundamental research is at the heart of Geisenheim’s research activities. The interdisciplinary research, which has been practised at the Geisenheim site for many years, has now been further intensified thanks to the creation of modern structures. All research activities in the fields "Applied Biology", "Viticulture and Horticulture", "Landscape Architecture and Urban Horticulture", "Wine Science and Beverage Processing Technology", "Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology" and "Economics" are coordinated in six individual research centers. The university has an infrastructure platform for climate impact research on special crops, which is unique in the world: the Geisenheim FACE (Free Air Carbon-dioxide Enrichment) system for simulating future climate conditions in the open field.

The Geisenheim campus offers modern laboratories, media and seminar rooms and lecture theatres. A modern glasshouse area complements our own winery, beverage facility and extensive open-field areas for fruit production, horticulture and landscaping. In the areas of teaching and research Geisenheim offers a diverse, international environment, which also includes a wide variety of language courses. We maintain a total of 114 co-operations with universities and research institutes from 40 countries, 28 of which are Erasmus co-operations for student and lecturer exchanges.

If you decide to study at Geisenheim you’ll enjoy high quality research and teaching as well as excellent quality of life in one of Germany’s oldest cultural landscapes, the Rheingau. The special study atmosphere at Geisenheim allows students and teaching staff to enjoy an almost family-type relationship, and the close proximity of the metropolitan "Rhein-Main" region makes it an even more attractive prospect!