PH Schwäbisch Gmünd at a glance


The largely preserved medieval town of Schwäbisch Gmünd has around 60.000 inhabitants and it is only 50 km away from the urban life of Stuttgart, the capital of south-western Germany. Other cities nearby and places of interest for a day-trip: Nuremberg, Ulm, Tübingen, Lake Constance, Munich. Closest international airport: Stuttgart (approx. 1 hour by train)

PHSG by the numbers:~ 2800 students
~ 100 permanent teaching faculty 

Academic calendar:Winter semester : mid-October – mid-February,
Summer semester : mid-April – mid-July

Application deadlines for exchange students:  

May 30th (for the winter semester)
November 30th (for the summer semester)

German language entrance requirements:


Winter Semester:  minimum  B1 (intermediate level)
Summer Semester: also possible for beginners with very good English skills
German language courses:

on-going courses during term (beginners level A1 and advanced level B2 and C1)
Departments:General Education, School and General Teaching Theories, Lifelong Learning, Psychology, Philosophy, Theology/Religious Education, English, German Language and Literature, Speech  Training, Geography, History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology; Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Food and Nutrition, Technical Education, Art, Music, Movement Education and Sports.

Areas of research:
At PHSG research and teaching are closely related to one another. Students may often participate in research projects. Some of our strong areas of research are: Health Promotion, Intercultural Education, Science Education, Early Language and Literacy Development and Disorders, Councelling and Psycho-Social Development

Student housing:


Single rooms at the University dormitories on campus; costs: approx. € 220 / month.
Modules taught in English:English Department (Literature, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, TESL) and Intercultural Studies; + during summer term: selected modules in History, Social Sciences, Education, European Studies.

Practice teaching:Observation of and teaching in German in school classes of all age groups; opportunities to teach English actively in grades 1-4 or 5-9/10.

International students:Each semester we welcome about 30 international exchange students from Europe, the US and Asia. Thanks to this comparatively small number, we are able to meet the individual needs of each of our students. For the summer semester, we also welcome students without German language skills.

International activities:International course week in April (in English) with organized, subsidized social and cultural activities with German and international students on a regular basis.