Why study in Elsfleth?

Studying in a small town?


At first sight Elsfleth, with a population of just 10,000, can seem very small and quiet to people used to big cities. Its connection with seafaring and port economics is not immediately obvious. But when you get to know it, as students here will testify, you will appreciate the advantages of the small town with the biggest maritime university in Western Europe! For most of our graduates, if they were to start all over again, Elsfleth would be their first choice for their chosen subject.

Advantages – an overview

  • Student numbers:
    There are only approximately 700 students in the Maritime faculty and town, which means that people know each other and new arrivals are quickly integrated into the student body. Average class sizes are 20 to 25.
  • Direct contact to teaching staff:
    Giant anonymous lectures, often a problem of larger universities, are unknown here. There is close contact between students and staff, during and after classes, and, in particular, support during work experience phases and dissertation preparation. Staff and students generally get to know each other quickly.
  • Qualified specialists:
    Between them the members of our teaching staff have gathered a wealth of experience in private enterprise, be it as seafarers, in shipping, port management or in logistics, which means that the knowledge they can pass on is practice-related.
  • Attractive range of courses offered:
    It is no accident that our student numbers have increased from 48 to 700 in recent years. The new courses in Maritime Economics and Port Management (SHW) and International Port Management (ITM) have particularly contributed to this development. The considerable demand for a new generation of academically qualified personnel in the field of shipping and logistics means that there are excellent career prospects for our graduates.
  • Studying abroad:
    The faculty maintains numerous links to universities abroad and helps students to organise their stays abroad. Approximately two thirds of students take the opportunity integrate a semester at a foreign university into their studies. No time is wasted, since exams passed abroad can be recognised here. For students of International Transport Management a semester abroad is mandatory and is usually spent at one of our partner institutions.

  • Close contacts with business:
    From small businesses to global players, the Maritime faculty in Elsfleth maintains good links with industry. Almost 90% of our graduates in Nautical Science, Maritime Economics and Port Management, and International Transport Management move directly on to relevant jobs.
  • Latest technical equipment:
    Students have access to a state-of-the-art ship handling simulator. Classrooms are equipped with computers with access to our intranet and to the internet, and most of them have digital projectors. Our computer centre and the IT poolrooms are equipped with high-performance computers.
  • Sailing ship:
    The “Grossherzogin Elisabeth” (affectionately known locally as the Lissy) is a gaff-rigged schooner, rich in tradition, belonging to the sailing ship association of the same name. It is used every semester for training voyages by the nautical students, but other students can also take part.
  • Lectures in English:
    An increasing number of classes are held in English, emphasising our international profile.
  • Applied research:
    e.g. Ship Dynamics, Simulator Training², SOOP, SQUAT
  • Low cost of living:
    One advantage of living in a small town like Elsfleth should not be overlooked - rents and the cost of living are relatively low. But if the big city calls, Oldenburg and Bremen are easily reached by car or rail.