International Programmes 2019/2020

International Doctoral Programme - Environment Water (ENWAT) International Doctoral Programme - Environment Water (ENWAT)

University of Stuttgart • Stuttgart

Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English. Courses are also available in German. Participants can choose to write the doctoral thesis in either language.

Programme duration
6 semesters
Only for doctoral programmes: any time
Application deadline


Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

ENWAT (Environment Water) is facilitated by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences Department at University of Stuttgart. It is an international doctoral programme in the field of Environment Water (ENWAT) and hosts, at present, roughly 50 doctoral candidates. At the moment, five different institutions within the faculty participate in the programme. The course content is very broad and the specific subject of the dissertation depends on the institute. For research subjects, please see our website:
The ENWAT programme itself aims to prepare you thoroughly, as a doctoral candidate, for your dissertation research through classes and workshops taught by faculty or guest lecturers. Participation in a seminar where research progress is discussed with all ENWAT doctoral students and supervisors is mandatory and takes place twice a year. Additionally, recruiting a co-adviser as well as the preparation of a research proposal and framework should be undertaken at an early stage within the programme.

Course organisation

The programme is structured into two phases.
First phase (one to two years): attending courses (at least nine up to 18 ECTS), preparing your research topic, and presentation at the doctoral seminar
The first phase ends with the qualifying exam.
Second phase (two years): mainly research work, attending and presenting at the doctoral seminar
The second phase ends with the doctoral exam (defence).

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Approx. 180 EUR per semester
Costs of living
Living expenses amount to about 750 EUR per month. You will have to demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to cover your living expenses for 12 months. EU citizens may apply for state guaranteed loans during the time of enrolment. For more information, see the links on our websites.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements
  • "Good" or better MSc, Dipl-Ing or equivalent "Diplom" as accepted by University of Stuttgart and a profound knowledge of the fields of environment and water or a relevant dissertation project
  • very good knowledge of English (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS test)
  • consent from a member of the faculty to supervise the thesis (the contacts will be established by ENWAT)
  • two letters of reference by professors who know the candidate well enough to judge her or his ability to perform a doctoral research OR one letter by an ENWAT faculty member willing to supervise the candidate's thesis
Language requirements

Adequate knowledge of the English language is required for admission to the programme. This prerequisite can be fulfilled through the submission of either:
TOEFL test results indicating a minimum score of 213 points (CB)
IELTS test results indicating an Academic Band score of 6.5
Proof that the candidate's native language is English
Proof that the candidate has successfully completed a university course (e.g., BSc or MSc) taught in English
International students without prior knowledge of the German language must attend intensive German language courses preceding the programme.

Application deadline


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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Please be aware that it may be very challenging to finance your whole studies by working. Non-EU citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of 120 days per year. Only students who are employed by the university in one of the institutes or departments (Studentische/Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte) are exempt from this regulation, but other restrictions apply.

For more detailed information, please consult our websites:

International Students: Financing your Studies and Working during your studies


Both the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and the campus in the centre of Stuttgart have on-site halls of residence. Dorm rooms (ranging from 240 to 350 EUR per month) are furnished. Some are equipped with a sink, and all have access to kitchen and sanitary facilities, telephone and Internet. From the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, the city of Stuttgart can be reached by suburban railway within ten minutes.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
Supervisor-student ratio

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