Zeppelin University (ZU) is a highly-selective, top-ranked, privately-funded research university in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The university was founded in 2003. Zeppelin University has the legal form of a non-profit, limited liability organization and calls itself "university bridging business, culture and politics". Thus it stresses the multi-disciplinary character of research and teaching that is an integral part of its self-image. It is named after the German general and airship constructor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, whose foundation is the main financier of Zeppelin University.
Zeppelin University receives neither direct nor indirect support by either Baden-Württemberg or the federal state. Thus, at the moment Zeppelin University is the only private university in Germany that has been financed exclusively by private means, without being a burden to state or federal budgets.