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In­ter­na­tio­nal Civil Engineering B.Eng.

Discover the World of Civil Engineering – Build your future!

What do civil engineers do?
As a civil engineer, you are the driving force behind the structures that shape our world. Whether it's the construction of robust high-rise buildings, the building of bridges connecting countries, the development of efficient transportation routes or vital water supply systems.

Sustainable construction for the future
Civil engineers make a significant contribution to achieving the sustainability goals of the 21st century. International cooperation is becoming increasingly important in this regard. Their work shapes our environment and improves people's lives.

What is special about the International Civil Engineering degree program?
Unique in Germany: Our degree program offers you an integrated, tuition-free year of study abroad.

Double degree option
Particularly committed students can obtain a second Bachelor's degree from our partner university Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville in the USA.

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At a Glance

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) 
Standard period of study: 7 semesters
ECTS credits: 210 
Starting semester: summer or winter semester
Language requirements: German B2 / English
Semester fee: approx. 350 € (incl. semester ticket)

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Application period

Summer semester 2024:
November 15th, 2023 to January 15th, 2024
Winter semester 2024/2025:
Estimated as of now for mid-May 2024 to July 15th, 2024

Exchange Student/Free Mover Pathway

Further information for Incoming Students

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What's in store for you

The International Civil Engineering program combines an undergraduate civil engineering degree with foreign language skills and international experience.  This means that some courses are taught in English and you will spend a year studying at one of our partner universities abroad.

In the first section (1st and 2nd semester) you will learn the mathematical and technical basics of civil engineering. In addition to the basics of mathematics, physics and chemistry, this also includes the subjects of technical mechanics, hydromechanics, building informatics and building construction.


In the second section (3rd and 4th semester), you will deal with the core topics of civil engineering. These consist of structural engineering subjects such as structural analysis, solid construction and steel construction, construction management subjects such as construction process engineering and international project management, environmental subjects such as traffic infrastructure/urban planning and urban water management, as well as the interdisciplinary subjects of geotechnics and sustainable built environment.


In the third stage (5th or 6th semester), you will complete your year of study abroad (tuition-free) at one of our partner universities abroad. The choice of partner university depends on your interests, both in terms of the country and the courses offered at the partner university.

At the partner university, you can choose the modules as freely as possible and thus create your own profile. The modules you choose should come from the categories of structural engineering, infrastructure, sustainable construction, geotechnics or construction management. During your year abroad, you will gain valuable experience in a different culture, apply what you have learned in project work and write your academic Bachelor's thesis.

With the Bachelor's thesis, you provide proof that you can independently work on a specific task using scientific methods within a specified period of time.

Double degree option
If you complete your year abroad at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, USA, you have the opportunity to obtain a second Bachelor's degree.


The 7th semester is an internship semester, which you can complete at home or abroad. It enables you to gain practical experience, clarify your career goals and make important contacts.

By applying theoretical knowledge in the real world of work, you not only strengthen your professional skills, but also develop important soft skills such as teamwork and independence.


The curriculum in detail

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Partner universities

You will find our partner universities in countries such as Australia, Chile, Korea, South Africa, the USA and many more - a world full of opportunities!

Studying in Mainz

Mainz offers its students a high quality of life. If you are not yet familiar with our state capital, you will find some interesting and useful information about living and studying in Mainz here.

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What our students say ...

Eva-Maria Schliebs
Study year abroad: Chile

„I wanted to work in a practical project that has sustainability as its primary focus. That's why I decided to study International Civil Engineering.“

Christoph Kissel
Study year abroad: Australia

„The international Civil Engineering study program enabled me to gain a variety of insights into the construction industry during my studies. During my stay abroad, I was able to gain valuable experience and insights into a different culture and way of life.“

Doreen Holzem
Study year abroad: Trinidad & Tobago

„The good thing about International Civil Engineering at Mainz University is the year of study abroad, the Final Year Project and the Bachelor's thesis abroad. I felt well prepared by  my undergraduate studies in Mainz and the year abroad was more than just a great experience. It changes everything.“

Your professional prospects

As a graduate of the bachelor's degree program of International Civil Engineering, a broad range of professional prospects are open to you. The construction and foreign language competency you have acquired enable you to work in the traditional occupational fields in the construction industry, in medium-sized construction companies, in engineering companies focusing on design and planning, and in the public building administration. In addition, new lines of work are emerging at globally operating companies and organizations.

Even when the economic fluctuation of the international construction sector are factored in, work in the construction industry remains oriented towards the future and is characterized by a high level of market stability.

Consecutive master's degree program

For particularly qualified graduates of the bachelor's degree program International Civil Engineering, the University offers the possibility of a higher qualification in the master's degree program Civil Engineering: Construction in Existing Contents. The degree program builds on the bachelor's program and is based on the scientific foundations and methods of civil engineering.

The master's degree program provides you with in-depth expertise in one of the three possible majors: Construction Operations, Construction Engineering or Infrastructure Water and Traffic.

After completing the three-semester program, you are awarded the academic degree of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

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Who to contact

Alfons Buchmann
Prof. Dr. Alfons Buchmann
Degree program director
T +49 6131 628-1325
alfons.buchmann (at)
Claudia Schröder
Degree program coordinator