In our inaugural ‘City Focus’, GISMA Business School’s Stephan Ziegler shares with MasterAbroad why students looking at Germany should look to study in Hannover.
An increasing number of students are seeking to fulfil their academic potential abroad, and Germany is often a top study choice for international students from all corners of the world. There are many places to choose from as a future graduate student and they often include big names such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg or Cologne. Yet other cities like Hannover in central Germany are often, unjustifiably, overlooked.
Study in Hannover, a hub for German industry
Being the first and only German city to host the international EXPO trade exhibition in 2000, and as the home of many major international fairs like the CEBIT, Hannover Messe or Agritechnica, Hannover is regularly labelled the “Messestadt” (exhibition city). While this is true and these exhibitions are an integral part of Hannover within the German landscape, it does not do justice to this unique city and the relevance of the capital of Lower Saxony.
Hannover offers unique opportunities for international students to grow and excel. Geographically speaking, it forms a regional cluster that inhabits roughly over two million people as well as many international companies. The job market is huge and apart from the big global players like Volkswagen, Continental and TUI, many small and medium-sized businesses also have an international outlook and are eager to secure the right talent. Many international students choose to remain in the area after their studies and drive their career forward.
Home to a fast-growing startup scene
Even for the entrepreneurial-minded Hannover is steadily evolving into a hidden gem. Already roughly six per cent of German start-ups stem from the region and this number is growing. Many local initiatives foster the start-up scene and create a very conducive environment for founders and entrepreneurs.
These offers are often very closely linked to the higher education institutions in Hannover. With institutions such as the Leibniz University, the MHH medical university, the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and business schools like GISMA Business School, Hannover has a very diverse educational landscape. The number of students in the city is steadily growing and is quickly approaching up to 50,000.
Unlike other cities, Hannover’s schools keep close connections to one another and have set up the “Initiative Wissenschaft” as a platform to mutually promote education and science. One of the key initiatives is the November of Science, which takes place bi-annually and attracts many international visitors to Hannover.
It is a great place to live
While offering a unique history, Hannover is a modern city that has plenty to offer for all ages. Offering living costs that are still significantly lower than other major cities, its roughly 550,000 inhabitants flock to the various events and festivities that take place all year round. Whether it is the Maschsee Lake Festival, the international Firework Competitions or the second largest October Fest in the world, there is plenty to do and enjoy.
For all those that like a more intimate atmosphere, the district of Limmer and the old town are home to a growing scene of art and independent culture. The 46,000 students who study in Hannover are especially drawn to these more relaxed attractions outside the bustling city centre.
Hannover can also draw on an immense historical background, which still shapes the city and its surroundings today. Once a proud kingdom, the city holds a unique set of sites and architecture. Take, for example, the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen in the north of the city, or the old and new town hall buildings. A true secret gem is the Marienburg Castle, the family residence of the Guelph family that looms over the countryside only 20 km south of Hannover.