Application deadline

15 January (summer semester)
July 15 (winter semester)

Study time

7 Semester

Study title

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Why study surveying and geoinformatics?

The earth! It is the workplace of engineers in surveying and geoinformatics, or "geodesists" for short. It is their job to record, map and visualize the world in 3D.

As diverse as our earth is, as comprehensive are the fields of application of geoinformation engineers. On the page "What is surveying and geoinformatics?" you can find a compilation about the diverse professional field.

The bachelor's degree program in surveying and geoinformatics teaches all the basics needed to perform these exciting tasks responsibly. You will learn about different measuring instruments, measuring and evaluation methods and software programs.

This is achieved through lectures and practical exercises. The study program can be customized in many places, e.g. through electives. The integration of external lecturers as well as modern measuring equipment and software support an up-to-date, practice-oriented study.

For further profile enhancement, three master's degree programs are offered at the HFT Stuttgart. Our graduates have excellent career prospects and are ingreat demand both at home and abroad!

Good reasons to study Surveying and Geoinformatics!
  • Studies with high practical relevance
  • Core areas from surveying, geoinformatics and land management
  • use the latest technology
  • extremely diverse career opportunities
  • working indoors and outdoors
  • participate in exciting projects
  • excellent career prospects
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We accompany your studies

The course of study is particularly characterised by the diversity of the profession, the manageable semester size and the modern instruments.

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Patrick Woll Surveying engineer at Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co.KG

Professors teach with competence and experience, manage laboratories and drive research


Employees support teaching and exercises with their specialist knowledge, supervise laboratories, measuring equipment, hardware and software


Assistant lecturers for even more practical relevance in teaching


Study structure








Individual deepening


Mathematics and physics


Key Qualifications

Basic studies

In the 1st and 2nd semester, the basics of surveying technology, GNSS and geoinformation systems as well as scientific content and key qualifications are taught. The latter already prepare students at the beginning of their studies for later seminars, project presentations and possible stays abroad.


Main studies

In the 3rd and 4th semester the specialist knowledge is extended and deepened. Laser scanning, photogrammetry, geodetic networks, adjustment calculation and web technology are the keywords here. For this purpose, an insight into civil engineering is given. An integrated surveying project, in which contents from several modules are to be applied, rounds off this part of the course.


In the 5th semester, one or more study projects are worked on in the supervised practical semester in close cooperation with practice. This semester is also ideal for gaining experience abroad. The degree course in Surveying and Geoinformatics expressly supports stays abroad and offers ideal conditions for this due to the numerous international contacts to partner universities, companies and institutions.

The supervised practical semester can also be carried out within the framework of the Practical training centres that specifically want to support prospective students can conclude contracts with these organisations for working hours in the company during the course of their studies.

The supervised practical semester can also be carried out within the framework of a "study-accompanying education contract". Practical training centres that want to specifically support prospective students can conclude contracts with these for working hours in the company during the course of studies.


In the 6th and 7th semesters, the programme includes planning, land readjustment, valuation and official surveying. Other important qualifications for engineers are taught in legal, economic and management modules. Students can also set individual focal points in this stage of their studies. For example, in the processing of an interdisciplinary geoinformatics project, the choice of specialisation modules and an individual scientific project work as preparation for the Bachelor thesis.

With the bachelor thesis the students should show that they are able to work independently on a chosen project in a given time and to complete it successfully. Tasks result from research work of the professors or from cooperation with practice. The Bachelor thesis can of course also be completed at partner universities or companies abroad. The Bachelor thesis must be presented in a seminar.


Our professors encourage us to carry out experiments independently and also to take paths that are not considered to be common practice. In this way we can learn from our tasks and grow from them. Even if one or the other measuring process does not run as expected, we are always driven to keep trying and learn from our mistakes, I appreciate that very much.

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Anna-Maria Kunzi Students in Bachelor Surveying and Geoinformatics


What is it actually? - Can I study surveying and geoinformatics dual?

You are applying or already studying regularly in the study program Surveying and Geoinformatics at the HFT Stuttgart. At the same time, you have successfully applied for a study-accompanying education contract with one of our STUDY & WORK partners. This allows you to work during your studies, earn money and gain valuable practical experience at the same time. The contract specifies the dovetailing of studies and in-company practical phases. Typical practical phases are the semester breaks, the practical semester and the bachelor's thesis. In addition, if possible, one day per week is kept free during the lecture period for working in the partner company. Other contract contents are the remuneration and further rights and obligations.

The study of surveying and geoinformatics is designed as a full-time study. The STUDY & WORK program offers conditions similar to those of a dual study program. Students can work during their studies, earn money and gain additional practical experience at the same time.

The program largely corresponds to the "study with in-depth practical phases" model, which is also offered by other universities and used by numerous official agencies for funding.

The Surveying and Geoinformatics program is designed as a full-time study program.

STUDY & WORK requires special commitment, personal responsibility and time management.

Provided that you can cope with the course material and the tasks, it is realistic to work no more than one day per week during the lecture period.

During the three-week exam period (incl. exam preparation week) per semester, we recommend focusing exclusively on the exams.

During the lecture and exam-free period, there are hardly any restrictions regarding work activities.

You are applying or already studying regularly in the study program Surveying and Geoinformatics at the HFT Stuttgart.

In parallel and independently, you apply for a study-accompanying education contract with one of our STUDY & WORK partners. Inform the Dean of Studies, Prof. Dr. Hardy Lehmkühler, if you have concluded a corresponding contract.

There is usually a clause in the contract that it becomes invalid without a study place or only comes into effect later (when the study place is obtained).

As a rule, you currently get a study place if you apply and fulfill the formal conditions.

As a rule, you currently get a study place if you apply and meet the formal requirements.

Applying for a STUDY & WORK contract has no influence on this.

Yes, many partner companies are also open to "after the fact" contracts.

In general, all surveying or engineering offices, planning and consulting offices, surveying and geoinformatics departments in the public sector at the federal, state and local levels, in construction companies, in industry (e.g. mechanical engineering, plant construction), in equipment development, in software companies or in research institutions are eligible.

Possibility 1: The company offers something similar under a different name.

For example, ask for a "study-accompanying education contract", "study with in-depth practical phases", "working student activity", etc. Such contracts are similarly designed and can also be combined with the study program Surveying and Geoinformatics at the HFT Stuttgart.

Possibility 2: The company does not currently offer anything comparable.

If the company is interested in STUDY & WORK, it is welcome to contact us - see FAQ entry "How does a company become a STUDY & WORK partner?".

Please contact the faculty advisor Matthias Roth.

We will be happy to provide companies with a sample contract upon request and advise you on this.

We would be pleased to name you as a partner company on this website.


Stays abroad

For students, it is more important than ever to acquire additional qualifications through their own experience abroad during their studies.

A stay abroad

  • offers the chance to enrich individual education,
  • offers the opportunity to make contacts and expand networks
  • leads to many new experiences,
  • promotes the examination of cultural traditions,
  • improves intercultural competence and foreign language skills
  • strengthens personal character traits such as the ability to work independently, flexibility, initiative and assertiveness.
Studentin mit Rucksack bereit für Auslandserfahrungen

So you can be abroad

  • either for a study semester
  • and/or for the supervised practical study project
  • and/or to do your thesis there.

A stay abroad is explicitly supported by the course of studies! In the field of surveying and geoinformatics at the HFT Stuttgart there are numerous international university partnerships and other foreign contacts to companies and institutions.

To prepare and plan a semester abroad, you can contact the International Office of the university, or the International Officer of the Surveying Department, Prof. Dr. Paul Rawiel.

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Einsatz in der Polarfoschung

South Tyrol is the short holiday country par excellence and I was also 4 years before my internship already once a week in South Tyrol. However, it makes a big difference in how you perceive the country and its people, whether you "only" look at holiday there or lives and works there.

Thimo Harder Student in Bachelor Surveying Geoinformatics

Partner universities

Especially studying at a partner university during an exchange semester offers the following advantages:

  • simple application procedure
  • regulated recognition of services
  • no tuition fees
  • facilitated access to student accommodation
Federal University of Paraná Curitiba Brasilien
University of El Salvador San Salvador El Salvador
Cundinamarca University Barrancabermeja Kolumbien
Technologico de Monterrey Monterrey Mexico
Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) Yucatan Mexico
Anna University Chennai (Madras) Indien
CEPT University Ahmedabad Indien
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Trivandrum Indien
University of Kerala Thiruvananthapuran Indien
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Jahor Malaysia
Istanbul Technical University Istanbul Türkei
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy Sofia Bulgarien
Ecole Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes (ESGT) Le Mans Frankreich
Università degli Studi di Parma Parma Italien
Technical University Riga Riga Lettland
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography Moskau Russland

Other foreign contacts (companies and institutions)

Strydom & Associates Land Surveyors Windhoek Namibia


Hughes Surveys & Consultant Inc. New Brunswick Kanada
Cyra Technologies Oakland USA
Flatirons Surveying Inc. Boulder USA
Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc. San Francisco USA
Woods Land Surveying San Diego USA


Ed. Züblin AG Singapur Singapur Singapur
United Surveyors Pte. Ltd. Singapur Singapur
Wang & EF Tan Associates Singapur Singapur


Qasco Surveys Pty. Ltd. - seit 2013 übernommen von der AAM Group South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management St. Lucia, Queensland Australien
ERSIS Australia South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
Survey 21 Pty. Ltd. Camberwell, Victoria Australien
Yasco Northern Surveys Pty. Ltd. Stuart Park Australien
Trimble New Zealand Riccarton, Christchurch Neuseeland


Aalborg University, Department of Development & Planning Aalborg Denmark
GEODE Chambery France
Jaques Boch - Geometry Expert D.P.L.G. Chambery France
APR Services Ltd. London United Kingdom
Initial Land Surveys, Central Depot Sheffield United Kingdom
European Academy Bolzano Bolzano Italy
Geometer Josef Raffeiner Appiano Italy
SISCAM S.r.l. Florence Italy
Societa Generale Di Topografia S.r.l. Reggio Emilia Italy
Vorarlberg Illwerke AG Bregenz Austria
Engineering consortium surveying AVT ZT Imst Austria
GIS Market Support Association Moscow Russia
NAVGEOKOM Moscow Russia
Trimble Nordic Danderyd Sweden
Leica Geosystems AG Heerbrugg Switzerland
Terra Vermessungen AG Zurich Switzerland
University of Zurich-Irchel, Institute of Geography Zurich Switzerland
STRAT geodetse storitve d.o.o. Velenje Slovenia
Catalonia Carographic Institute Barcelona Spain


Funding / Scholarships

In addition to BAföG, scholarships can also contribute to the financing of studies. The HFT Stuttgart supervises two scholarships:

  • HFT scholarship
  • Germany Scholarship

Further information can be found under "Financing".

Application & Admission

The application for the bachelor's programme Surveying and Geoinformatics is done online.

Prerequisite for admission is the certificate of the general higher education entrance qualification, the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification.

No pre-study internship is required! If you have no relevant training, it might be worth considering the future job description and doing a short internship before you start studying. Possibilities for this exist in surveying or engineering offices, in planning and consulting offices, in the public service at federal, state and local level, in construction companies, in industry (e.g. mechanical engineering, plant construction), in equipment development, in software companies or in research institutions. Address such places in your place of residence. They will usually be happy to help you.



have a suitable job immediately after graduation


additionally do a Master degree

Graduates of "geodesy courses" have the best prospects for an exciting and versatile job. The reasons for this are:

  • In the field of geodesy, state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. drones/UAVs, satellite navigation, geoinformation systems, laser scanning) are used, which on the one hand have led to rationalisation in individual professional fields, but on the other hand have opened up many new fields of activity (e.g. quality assurance in industry, creation of 3D city models, development of navigation and control systems).
  • Due to the very broad spectrum of tasks in geodesy, numerous jobs are available in the most diverse areas of public administration, free enterprise and research.
  • The environment in which we live is changing ever more rapidly. This must continue, but increasingly more comprehensively and more precisely, to be geometrically documented ("the world in 3D"). At the same time, the requirements for engineering services (e.g. tunnels, bridges, skyscrapers), quality assurance (e.g. dimensional accuracy of industrial products), planning bases (e.g. for political or company-strategic decisions) etc. are also increasing.
  • An enormous wave of retirements, especially in the public sector, is also providing sufficient job potential. Even though many jobs have already been cut through rationalisation measures, the need for qualified specialists cannot be met - not even in the long term.
  • Engineers in the field of geodesy have special opportunities to work abroad, especially in developing and emerging countries.

After the Bachelor's degree you also have the possibility to continue with a Master's degree. The HFT Stuttgart offers the following advanced Master programmes:

Master Surveying (M.Eng.)

Master Vermessung Vorlesung Projektsteuerung

Master Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics (M.Sc.)

lectures in Master Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics

Master Urban Planning (M.Eng.)

Vorlesung im Master Stadtplanung

Facilities & Laboratories

  • Laboratory for Geodetic Measurement TechniquesDetails
    Messungen beim Integrierten Mess Projekt (IVP)
  • Laboratory for Building Information Modeling in Surveying and Geoinformatics (BIM-VG)Details
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik BIM 3D-Modell
  • Laboratory for Geodetic Data ProcessingDetails
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Laserscanning
  • Laboratory for Engineering Measurement TechniquesDetails
  • Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab)Details
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Geoinformationssystem (GIS)
  • Laboratory for Image Understanding and Earth Observation Sensors (LIMES)Details
    Studierende an Bildschirmen
  • 3D Fabber-LabDetails
    Studenten der Informationslogistik am 3D-Drucker
  • Industry 4.0 LaboratoryDetails
    Messkammer Virtual Reality Industrie 4.0 Labor
  • Laboratory for Sensor and Identification SystemsDetails
    Schlauer Klaus Industrie 4.0 Labor Informationslogistik
  • Advisory Board Geodesy of the HFT StuttgartDetails
    Gruppenbild Fachbeirat Geodäsie der HFT Stuttgart


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Since 2009 lectureship of the company topometric GmbH at the HFT Stuttgart

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The startup PrintToScan receives a coveted EXIST Founder Grant of €125,000 for a newly developed measurement process.

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Full success in the NeMDa workshop in NYC and Rincon

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Übergabe des Harbert-Buchpreises 2022 an Herrn Hiller

Handover of the Harbert Book Prize

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Elias Pantle und Jonas Marquart, HFT Alumni des Studiengangs Vermessung und Geoinformatik, mit Moderatorin Annette Krause vom SWR bei den Dreharbeiten in der Kolbinger Höhle. Die Aufnahmen sind Teil einer neuen Folge „SWR Expedition in die Heimat“ und sind am 17.06.2022 um 20:15 Uhr im SWR Fernsehen zu sehen.

HFT surveying and geoinformatics alumni filming the SWR series "Expedition in die Heimat"

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I decided to study Surveying and Geoinformatics because at a training fair it was said that I could "play around" with expensive technology.

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Patrick Woll Surveying engineer at Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co.KG

The study course Surveying and Geoinformatics is characterised by its versatility. It is reminiscent of business studies - nowadays, especially due to the influence of information technology, one has the opportunity to work anywhere.

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Fabian Müller LBBW Immobilien Kommunalentwicklung GmbH

Contact person

Hardy Lehmkühler
Hardy Lehmkühler +49 711 8926 2611
Susanne Hilligardt +49 711 8926 2606