University of Münster (WWU)

With about 45,000 students, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany. Its broad offering of studies and variety of lines of research, as well as the atmosphere and quality of life of the city of Münster, make it an attraction for national and international students and scientists. Different from modern university campuses, the University of Münster did not come out of nowhere, but has developed over its two centuries of history. The institutes and departments are spread throughout more than 200 buildings scattered around the city.

More than 120 subjects in 280 undergraduate courses
The study program offers more than 120 subjects in the areas of Social and Human Sciences, Medicine, and the Exact Sciences. Large colleges with excellent reputations, like Law, Economy and Administration, Philosophy, or Medicine annually attract thousands of students to Münster. But the University of Münster is also outstanding for its numerous smaller subjects, which can be studied in only a few universities in Germany, for example, Islamic Studies, Geoinformatics, and Environmental Ecology. In addition, the University of Münster has a wide range of master’s programs, structured postgraduate courses and doctoral programs.

Top-level research
The profile of the university research studies is quite varied. With its two clusters of excellence – “Religion and Politics“ and “Mathematics Münster” – the university has positioned itself among the top-level German universities within the so-called “Excellence Initiative”, created by German State and Federal governments. Another area with a renowned scientific reputation is basic clinical research, in which doctors and scientists study chronic heart and inflammatory diseases. Organic Chemistry, Cellular Biomedicine, Surface Analysis, Planetology, Nanoanalysis, Reproductive Medicine, and Centre for Dutch Studies are other central research areas of the university.

The scientific contacts of the Münster researchers reach all of the continents. Official partnerships and cooperation agreements interconnect the University of Münster with more than 550 universities and research institutes worldwide. With Brazilian organizations, there are 18 institutional agreements, including the funding agencies – CAPES and FAPESP – and numerous scientific partnerships. Around 3,600 foreign students from over 100 countries are currently matriculated in the University of Münster, including many scholarship winners of the “Science without Borders” program. The University of Münster also maintains a Brazil Chair with the support of CAPES.

280 undergraduate courses, 15 faculties, 45,000 students, 7,500 students graduated in 2019, 569 Chairs, 4,700 scientific collaborators, 10 structured national Ph.D. courses, among those 1 international, 15 centers for collaborative research, 2 clusters of excellence.

The Brazil Center of the University of Münster
For over 50 years, the University of Münster has been in close contact with researchers and universities in Brazil. There are currently about 40 cooperation agreements with more than 20 Brazilian universities, including, among others, the areas of biology, law, geoinformatics, information systems, and pharmacy. To that end, in 2010, the Brazil Center of the University of Münster was founded. The mission of the Brazilian Center is to deepen the levels of cooperation of the University of Münster with Brazil in the areas of education, research, and transfer of knowledge, as well as to counsel and support the people and institutes of the University in these fields.

The Brazil Center, working from its office in São Paulo, also provides support for Brazilian universities and students who are interested in studying and doing research in Germany. At the same time, within the university and before the general public in Germany, it presents a more authentic image of the scientific and economic potential of Brazil.

The functions of the Brazil Center comprise:

  • Establishing and developing institutional cooperation agreements
    • Initiating and following up on research projects
    • Identifying research partners in Germany and Brazil
    • Analyzing funding programs
    • Supporting knowledge transfer
    • Arranging the exchange of scientists and students
    • Coordinating a contact office in São Paulo

Priority areas of WWU Münster for cooperation in science and with companies in Brazil

  • Cluster of Excellence: “Religion and Politics in the Cultures of the Pre-Modern and Modern Eras”
  • Cluster of Excellence: Mathematics Münster
  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Bacterial Research
  • Nano(bio)technology
  • Evolution
  • Planetology
  • Neuro-medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Inflammation and Infection
  • Agency for Knowledge Transfer (AFO)


Laura Redondo de Campos