One of the main factors defining the international profile of htw saar is its favourable location close to France and Luxembourg. Through its cooperation with the Université de Lorraine in Metz, htw saar is one of the largest providers of joint German-French degree programmes. The Franco-German Institute for Technology and Business (DFHI/ISFATES) administers a broad range of cross-border, fully integrated German-French degree programmes in engineering and in the field of business and economics.

In 2011, htw saar signed the first cooperative agreement with the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) – one of France’s grandes écoles – and established a centre of competence for cross-border professional development in Forbach, which lies very close to the French-German border.

However, htw saar’s international strategy extends far beyond France and Luxembourg. htw saar maintains more than 60 international partnerships with universities, the majority of which are located in Europe (e.g., France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands). But htw saar also has strong ties with universities outside Europe, particularly in Mexico, USA, Myanmar and China. htw saar is one of the partner universities within the Chinese-German Institute of Applied Sciences (CDHAW) at Tongji University in China.

With 21 integrated degree programmes, CDHAW offers students at htw saar the opportunity to acquire experience studying abroad and to acquire a binational double-degree qualification.

Based on the strength of its research activities, htw saar was inducted into the respected European University Association (EUA). In 2015, htw saar acquired third-party funding totalling 9.4 million euros. In 2012, htw saar was successfully audited as part of the ‘Higher education internationalization’ initiative run by the HRK (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz – a leading association of universities and other higher education institutions in Germany).

The internationality of htw saar in figures:

  • International students at htw saar: 16,6%
  • Outgoing students: 6,4%
  • Outgoing professor: 21,2%
  • Foreign partner universities: 63
  • Programmes ERASMUS: 43