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German universities have started an initiative to more effectively build partnerships with North American institutions of higher education and to directly connect with American students and scientists. Several consortia, representing more than 35 renowned individual German universities and universities of applied sciences, have opened liaison offices in New York to expand and deepen academic exchange between the two countries. The liaison offices (Verbindungsbüros) were inaugurated in Spring 2005 with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Most are located within the building of the German Consulate General in New York City, with additional liaison offices throughout the United States.

Liaison Offices in the German Consulate General New York

German University Liaison Offices
871 United Nations Plaza, 15th floor
New York, NY 10017

Campus OWL

Campus OWL is a network of five higher education institutions in East Westphalia-Lippe, Germany.

The New York based liaison office promotes opportunities for study and research and facilitates collaboration with North American partner institutions. Campus OWL represents a variety of different university types (universities, universities of applied sciences, university of music) with locations in Bielefeld, Detmold, Gütersloh, Höxter, Lemgo, Minden and Paderborn and altogether over 65,000 students and more than 500 study programs in all academic fields.

Member institutions are: Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Detmold University of Music.

Dr. Katja Simons, Executive Director
Phone: +1 (212) 758-3321

Heidelberg University Association

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Heidelberg University Association Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is one of the top-ranking locations in the world of international science and scholarship. In more than 620 years of higher learning and outstanding innovative research, Germany’s oldest university has become an international synonym for academic excellence.

Heidelberg University Association in New York supports Heidelberg University’s strong transatlantic academic co-operations, student and faculty exchange as well as the close ties between Heidelberg and its Alumni in North America.

Amanda Daquila, Executive Director
Phone: +1 (212) 758-3324
Fax: +1 (212) 758-1629
University’s Website:
Heidelberg University Association’s Website:

UAS7 - German Universities of Applied Sciences

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UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) committed to excellence in teaching and research and close cooperation with German businesses and industries.

UAS7 represents a broad variety of about 600 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our 100,000 students, 4000 full-time faculty members and several thousand part-time lecturers study, teach and research in seven of Germany’s most dynamic cities: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Münster and Osnabrück. UAS7 offers degree programs in the fields of engineering and sciences, business and management, economics, social work, as well as architecture, art and design.

The UAS7 Liaison office in New York administers student and faculty exchange programs for UAS7 and North American students (including the UAS7 Study Program (SP),the UAS7 Internship Program (IP) and the Study and Internship Program (SIP)), and promotes Bachelor’s and Master’s degree as well as short-term (summer) programs to students in North America.

Berlin School of Economics and Law :: Bremen University of Applied Sciences :: Cologne University of Applied Sciences :: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences :: Münster University of Applied Sciences :: Munich University of Applied Sciences :: Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Patrizia Nobbe, Director of Liaison
Phone: +1 (212) 758-3369
Fax: +1 (212) 758-1629
Email: nobbe(at)

University Alliance Ruhr

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The UA Ruhr (formerly ConRuhr North America) represents the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), consisting of TU Dortmund University, the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen, in North America. With over 100,000 students and over 17,000 faculty, the alliance represents one of the largest and high-performing research locations in Germany.
 The UA Ruhr New York office supports and facilitates international cooperations between UA Ruhr and partners in North America and assists with the internationalization of UA Ruhr. The office facilitates researcher and student mobility and provides a forum for knowledge and idea exchange virtually and through the organization of workshops and events.
Priya S. Nayar, Executive Director
Phone: +1 (212) 758-3384
Fax: +1 (212) 758-1629

University of Cologne

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The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln), founded in 1388, is a research university at highest level and one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. The six faculties of UoC have developed internationally outstanding research profiles in a broad variety of fields. Its core mission is to create, preserve and disseminate knowledge, to provide a high level of education and to encourage and support top-level research embedded by a scientific environment of four Max-Planck-Institutes and two further research centers in Cologne. Our New York office reports to the award-winning International Office and helps launch partnerships with North American universities. It organizes delegation visits and serves as a first point of contact for faculty and students in the United States and Canada who are interested in UoC. Finally, it implements the University of Cologne’s summer school in New York and reaches out to the University’s network of German and international alumni residing in the United States or Canada.

Dr. Eva Bosbach, Executive Director
Phone: + 1 (212) 758-5893
Fax: +1 (212) 758-1629

University of Freiburg

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Over 25,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Freiburg, enjoying student life in one of Germany’s most beautiful university cities. The University of Freiburg set up Alumni Freiburg to ensure that former students could maintain their academic and personal links with their “old” university even after their studies had ended. The liaison office is a points of contact for former students of all faculties, nationalities and generations. Active and emeritus professors and employees of the university are also part of the alumni community. The aim of Alumni Freiburg is to establish a global alumni network with the university’s some 250,000 former students.

Marta Millar, Program Officer
Liaison Office North America
University of Freiburg
Phone: +1 (212) 758-5731
Fax:+1 (212) 758-1629


Additional Liaison Offices in the United States

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences developed out of the chemical laboratory founded by Carl Remigius Fresenius in 1848 and can look back on more than 160 years of private educational tradition in Germany. It is the oldest educational institution of its kind in the field of chemistry. In the spirit of its founder, the university unites teaching, research and practice. The name Fresenius stands for practice-oriented teaching with closely linked applied research and development. This applies to the traditional department of Chemistry & Biology as well as to the two newly established faculties of Health & Social Affairs and Business & Media in 1997/98, as well as to the new Design Department, which was integrated in 2013.

German Higher Education Bridge Inc. is the North American liaison office of Fresenius University of Applied Sciences which has campuses in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Idstein, Munich and Wiesbaden and a study center in New York City. Inaugurated in 2016, the study center in midtown Manhattan runs integrated semester abroad programs with our institutional partners, administers student and faculty exchange, as well as develops short-term programs for outgoing and incoming students.

Priya S. Nayar, Director
Fresenius University of Applied Sciences | German Higher Education Bridge
12 E 41 Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 1.212.731.2606
Website: and

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The University also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. The 15 departments and six Integrative Research Centers of TUM provide an excellent environment for research and the education of 42,705 students, 36% of them women. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

TUM’s North America Liaison Office in San Francisco is one of six liaison offices in addition to Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, Cairo and São Paulo. Its mission is to promote TUM’s educational, scientific and technological excellence in the United States and Canada. The Liaison Office serves as a hub connecting scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to facilitate research cooperation and knowledge exchange, and it helps to intensify exchange relationships. It also maintains the relationship between TUM and its alumni across North America.


Mr. Jeff Ouimet

Technical University of Munich
Liaison Officer – Senior Regional Manager North America
101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 1.415.248.7816
Email: sanfrancisco(at)

Technical University of Darmstadt

TU Darmstadt has built a high quality network of 20 well-chosen international universities on the North American continent; that is in Canada and the US. The initiation of the TU Darmstadt North America Office in January 2019 marked a new level of cooperation and engagement on the continent.

After a first successful year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT) in 2019, the North America Office moves to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as of January 2020.

In this second year, the office’s focus lies on research collaborations with UTSA and other US/Canadian partners. Fields such as Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Future Energy Systems and Entrepreneurship are global topics of the future. Through transatlantic co-operations, it will be possible to enhance the access to better lives on both sides of the Atlantic as well as to add to the education and training of the future generation of leaders in science, economy and politics.

The second year thus ties in seamlessly after a first year of foundational work in the field of student mobility. Through the proximity to the US/Canadian partners, it was possible to think student exchange with all partners in North America more holistically, to streamline application processes and to newly develop formats of exchange.

The office’s function will remain to serve as the contact point for all partners in North America. It is able to dedicate time and space for visionary and consolidating dialogues and talks. Its goal is to strengthen and deepen the existing partnerships and to make them more visible.

Thus, the office assists in developing programs and projects, initiating research cooperation and advertising student exchange. Furthermore, the North America Office represents TU Darmstadt at conferences, fairs and networking events, as well as via university visits and other activities in the region.

Philina Wittke, Director
TU Darmstadt North America Office
University of Texas in San Antonio, Global Initiatives
San Antonio, 78249
Phone: 1.210.458.8115

Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI)

The Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI) is Germany’s university center of excellence for digital engineering, advancing research and education in IT systems engineering, data engineering, cyber security, entrepreneurship, digital health, and Design Thinking. The Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai is a research institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, enabling collaboration and co-innovation across health care and digital engineering initiatives of the Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany, and the Mount Sinai Health System, United States.

HPI’s New York office is responsible for enhancing HPI’s global outreach through a variety of activities, including conferences, symposia, panel discussions, workshops as well as the establishment of strategic partnerships in academia and industry. It is also the headquarters of the Global Design Thinking Alliance. The office shares information about HPI’s research, teaching, and learning opportunities, including its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), career possibilities, scholarships, and more.


Dr. Joann Halpern, Director
Phone: +1 (917) 654-1744