Freiburg, Germany is often called ‘the Greenest City in the World’, mainly thanks to its attention to recycling and protecting the environment. It is also a very student-friendly city, attracting numerous international students with the research-friendly atmosphere. It is culturally rich, situated at the crossroads of ancient trade routes across Europe. It has since transformed into a pioneering research centre in the field of high technology, adapting to the international competition. Therefore, the warm weather, rich architecture and green attitude have made Freiburg the most attractive student destination in Germany and even Central Europe.
The universities in Freiburg offer many study option, with a large focus on environmental sciences. You can enrol for a Bachelor’s degree in geosciences, geography, or for a combined, interdisciplinary programme in liberal arts and sciences. There are also corresponding Master’s programmes in environmental governance, geology, forest sciences. Combining business management with IT and environmental sciences, you can apply for a Master’s in Renewable Energy Management. If you are interested in humanities, you will find several programmes for literary studies, language studies and area studies. For more technical subjects, you can join a Master’s in Computer Science or obtain Master’s of Science in Physics. For those already working, the universities offer distance learning courses in teaching English or an interdisciplinary Master’s of Science in Intelligent Embedded Microsystems. The teaching style is usually practically-oriented, but there are also courses with a more pedagogical approach.
Career opportunities in Freiburg
Freiburg has an economy centred on recycling, environmental development and high technology. The largest number of jobs is in industrial processing, mechanical engineering and logistics. However, most graduates have the possibility of joining the teaching staff of the local universities, as well as the research staff of organisations and think-tank corporations such as Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Medical school graduates are in high demand for local hospitals, as well as private healthcare providers such as MLP. The large software companies like Haufe Gruppe and Bechtle are in constant search for computer science graduates, as well as auxiliary staff with degrees in business, management or law. Internships are also a way of preparing for work during the study year and most companies and universities accept it.
Freiburg city life
Given Freiburg’s long history and traditions, it has become a very desirable tourist destination in the area. Here are some of the main landmarks and tourist attractions:
Freiburg Munster (Cathedral)
Schauinsland (panorama vantage point)
Colombischlössle Archeological Museum
German Clock Museum
Being called ‘the greenest city in the world’, there are several parks and green areas in Freiburg for those interested to retreat and have a picnic or to ride their bike:
Freiburg Botanic Garden
Freiburg has two soccer teams which play in the national league, as well as an ice hockey team and an entire regional rugby league.
International atmosphere in Freiburg
Freiburg is a diverse city with many immigrant communities and international students. Apart from the official language – German, most of the people living in the city speak English, as well as French. There are significant communities in the city which speak their specific languages such as Italian, Romanian, Turkish, Serbian, Polish and Russian. The local universities attract international students from across the globe, adding to the permanent multitude of cultures already established.
The weather in Freiburg is fairly warm throughout the year, with some frost being observed in winter. The average temperature for January is 2.8°C (37°F) and for July it is 21°C (69.8°F). The amount of precipitation is, on average, of 911.9 mm (35.901 inches)/year.
Accommodation costs in Freiburg
There are many accessible housing options in Freiburg:
Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is 640 EUR, while three bedrooms cost 1,283 EUR/month.
Rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre is 500 EUR/month and three bedrooms reach about 1,108 EUR/month.
On-campus housing is limited, with prices ranging between 250 and 400 EUR/month for a single room.
Living costs in Freiburg
Freiburg is a reasonably affordable city, with average living costs ranging between 700 and 800 EUR/month, excluding accommodation. The budget for food will cost about 147 EUR/month, while utilities cost around 226 EUR/month. A monthly local transport pass is 54 EUR and a one-way ticket is 2.2 EUR.
The University of Strasbourg is a public higher education institution with a scientific, cultural and professional vocation. The University of Strasbourg fosters innovation and positions itself for future excellence in education and research. Our projects are fueled by our determination to achieve international prominence and to assert our position as a research leader.
The University of Freiburg is part of a global network encompassing over 300 partnerships with prestigious higher education institutions on all five continents. In the 2015/16 winter semester more than 4000 international students from around 130 countries were matriculated at the university – more than ever before.
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