En Zittau/Görlitz as Place of Study

Aus Study in Dresden

Studying in the border triangle

The Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz (University of Applied Sciences) and the Internationale Hochschulinstitut Zittau (International Graduate School Zittau) also offer a variety of major subjects and courses. Under the slogan „Studying without borders“ prospective students of the Hochschule in Zittau/Görlitz have the choice between different fields of study such as: architecture, communication psychology or cultural studies and management. Approximately 3,500 students, many of whom come from Eastern Europe are currently enrolled at the institutes of higher education in Zittau and Görlitz. Due to the relatively small number of students enrolled both institutes can ensure a student-orientated intensive workload and supervision on an individual basis.

Unique is the degree course that is offered by the Neisse-University. where students spend one semester in Breslau/Poland, one in Liberec/Czech Republic and one in Zittau/Germany and use English as working language. The regular period of study for the major subject "Information- and Communication-Management" is three years. Students complete their course of study with the first academic degree, the Bachelor degree. Working language is English, too.

An important aspect, characterizing Zittau/Görlitz as place of study is the close vicinity of the Czech Republic and Poland. Both colleges are actively engaged in inter-cultural exchange with both neighbouring countries. Knowledge transfer, concerted research and cooperative projects, lively cultural exchange, scientific association and border-crossing local traffic are just a few examples outlining the international cooperation between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Through this international cooperation students benefit, too. They are given the opportunity to gain knowledge regarding language, culture and science and to put it immediately into practice. The vicinity of the borders as well as the great number of international fellow students give ample opportunities for the exchange of experiences. The cooperation of the colleges makes it possible to easily organize excursions and/or study stays abroad; several research projects offer opportunities for practical trainings or student co-operations.

The Studentenwerk cares

The Studentenwerk Dresden maintains a branch office in Zittau/Görlitz. Several halls of residence are available to students; where German and Polish students reside alike. The Studentenwerk aims at accommodating every student in a student hall who wishes to do so. The catering has also been taken care of.

The catering has also been taken care of. Zittau offers its students nicely renovated university refectories as well as extra food counters and cafeterias to satisfy thirst and hunger.

As in Dresden, advice and counselling services are also available for students in Zittau and Görlitz. The promotion of cultural activities is likewise on the agenda.

Worthwhile Extracurricular Activities

Apart from academic facilities, the cities of Zittau and Görlitz ave a lot to offer as far as cultural specialities and facilities for recreation are concerned. Embedded in the hilly Upper Lusatian countryside and the Zittauer Gebirge (Zittau Mountain Range) the city of Zittau is situated in close vicinity to the Polish and Czech borders. The Zittauer Gebirge – the smallest German mountain range – offers excellent opportunities for walking and hiking. During winter time, the mountain range turns into a popular winter sport resort with its well-known tourist centres in Oybin, Jonsdorf and Waltersdorf. "Green" border passages to the Czech Republic make it to possible to enjoy the world famous Bohemian beer in the nearest rural inn.

In June 2005 Zittau celebrated its town jubilee, since the Bohemian King Ottokar II visited the still rather young city in 1255, deeming it so important that he ordered a considerable enlargement of the settlement and the fortification with city walls. As was the custom, he circled Zittau on horseback, having a plough that marked the tracks of his horse with a furrow to ascertain the future circumspection. Since that time the city border has been where the now so-called green belt is situated.

To anyone interested, Zittau offers ample sights and attractions to spend the day. The historical museum, located in the Franciscan abbey and the Museum of the Church of the Holy Cross house the town treasures: the small and the large Fastentuch (Lent cloth). The historical market-square with the storehouse, the town hall and the theatre as well as gastronomic facilities of all kinds are well worth a visit.

In Görlitz you can find 3,600 historical buildings from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque period as well as a coherent Gründerzeit ensemble (architectural style of the newly unified German Empire, 1871-1873) and several art nouveau buildings. The charming historical flair of the town invites to strolling up and down the streets, to visiting the museums and galleries and to spending time in cafés and restaurants. You wish to go to the theatre, the cinema or want to enjoy a pub crawl tour? Görlitz has something on offer for almost everyone. Regular events and festivals such as the street theatre festival "ViaThea" and the Altstadtfest, (annual festival in the historical town centre) make the city even more vibrant.

What is moreover exceptional about Görlitz is the fact that it is a border town and that the Polish neighbouring city of Zgorzelec can be reached on foot across the old town bridge.

Görlitz is a city in the heart of Europe. Already in the Middle Ages important trade routes between Western and Eastern Europe and between Southern and Northern Europe led through Görlitz. Bohemia and Silesia were influential in shaping the city. The First and the Second World War interrupted the steady rise of Görlitz. In 1945, Görlitz lost the East City and the eastern district and for the first time became a border town. In the last 50 years, the population has diminished by a third. Nevertheless, the diligence, the toughness and the loyalty of the people of Görlitz to their home town prevented a complete breakdown of the economic vitality and culture and avoided a serious structural deterioration of the historical buildings in the town centre. The re-unification in 1990 brought new hope and opened up possibilities for a renewed flourishing of the city as a mediator between East and West, helping to bring Europe closer together.

Together with its Polish neighbour Zgorzelec, Görlitz applied for the title of the "Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2010" (cultural capital of Europe) and, respectably, ranked second place. The „Arbeitsstelle Kultur 2010) has since then been evaluating and further developing Görlitz-Zgorzelec’s application projects as well as the concept „Kulturstadtdekade“ Görlitz-Zgorzelec 2010-2020.

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