SRH Hochschule Heidelberg

Accreditation and rankings

Are your standards high? Ours are too. You can trust the quality of our educational programmes.

Quality that sets your studies apart

We offer award-winning, internationally recognised degree programmes. As a system-accredited university with permanent state recognition, we bear the quality seal of the German Accreditation Council. Our degree programmes occupy top positions in national and international rankings.

State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Permanent state recognition

SRH University Heidelberg is a state-recognised private university. It was first recognised in 1972 by a decision of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts. All degree programmes are accredited according to the provisions of the Federal State Higher Education Act (Landeshochschulgesetz). Our University is one of the few private institutions that enjoys permanent state recognition.

German Science Council

Institutional recognition

In 2003, SRH University Heidelberg became one of the first universities to successfully undergo the institutional accreditation procedure of the Wissenschaftsrat (the German Council of Science and Humanities). The Wissenschaftsrat is the most important advisory body in Germany for academic policymaking. Institutional accreditation demonstrates the University’s scientific rigorousness in teaching and research. In July 2009, the Wissenschaftsrat renewed its decision in a reaccreditation process.

Accreditation Council

A system-accredited university

We are system-accredited and bear the quality seal of the German Accreditation Council – which means that the excellent quality of our degree programmes and the recognition of your degree are guaranteed. The quality seal of the German Accreditation Council acknowledges the high standards of our University’s teaching and learning. Moreover, we are entitled to use our tested quality assurance processes to accredit our degree programmes ourselves. As a result, you can be certain that you’ll graduate from a cutting-edge, hands-on, methodologically tested degree programme. And you’ll have the knowledge that we follow certified procedures in planning, teaching and evaluating your work.

The German Accreditation Council is a joint institution set up by Germany’s 16 states to maintain the high quality of teaching and learning at German universities.

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Genius Loci Award

The Genius Loci Award for Excellence in Teaching

In 2018, Stifterverband and the Volkswagen Foundation honoured our teaching and learning model, the CORE Principle, with the Genius Loci Award, the only prize in Germany awarded for outstanding teaching to institutions. SRH University Heidelberg created the CORE Principle (Competence-Oriented Research and Education) in 2012 as a unique teaching and learning model based on cutting-edge scientific findings from pedagogy and brain research: students delve into a single topic for five weeks – harnessing their own responsibility and working in small groups, and coached by our lecturers. At the end of the five weeks, students are tested to see if they can put the skills they have learned into practice – for example, in the form of mock annual general meetings, presentations or exhibition concepts.

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Top Positions in University Rankings

CHE Ranking

SRH University Heidelberg received top marks from its students in the latest CHE University Rankings. The CHE University Ranking involves collecting information and facts about study, teaching and research at more than 300 universities and universities of applied sciences under review, as well as surveying around 120,000 students to find out what they think about the conditions at their HEI.


In the U-Multirank global comparison of universities, SRH University Heidelberg received very good evaluations for a number of indicators. In the criterion of international orientation, our university achieved an A, the top grade, for the percentage of international academic staff. The mobility of students abroad and the percentage of international master degree programmes also scored above average. Regionally, the private university is very well connected. The U-Multirank global comparison of universities covers the aspects of teaching and learning, research, international orientation, knowledge transfer and regional engagement, along with more than 30 individual indicators. A variety of data sources and statistics are used for the ranking.

CHE Ranking Siegel 2021 2022
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A family-friendly university

For many years, SRH University Heidelberg has been committed to creating a working and studying environment that helps staff and students maintain a healthy family life. In 2020, after our fourth successful “audit berufundfamilie” (audit workandfamily) and “audit familiengerechte hochschule” (audit family-friendly university), our institution earned a long-term “audit familiengerechte hochschule” certificate. In addition to opportunities to work from home and flexible models for working hours, we have set up a parent-child area when employees and students can work or study while their children play. After parental leave or caring for a loved one, SRH University Heidelberg also helps staff return to work smoothly.

Zertifikat Audit familiengerechte Hochschule
Studentin auf Strasse mit Handy

Excellent Start-up Support

The Stifterverband's Gründungsradar 2020, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, places SRH University Heidelberg in the top group in the ranking of universities with fewer than 5,000 students. With a score of 51.9 out of 60, the Start-Up Institute at SRH University Heidelberg is ranked fifth among small universities in the ranking around the topic of start-up support. The university has been actively promoting start-ups since 2010. From the beginning of their studies, the Gründer-Institut supports students who are interested in self-employment or starting a business with practical teaching and advice. Modules on entrepreneurship are offered in almost every degree programme. In addition, the supports students in finding and validating ideas and makes its networks and room capacities available.

Summary of the Gründungsradar
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