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University of Leipzig

4.4 out of 5 (66 ratings / 40 reviews) Leipzig, Germany
Our university was founded in 1409 and is one of Germany’s leading universities when it comes to top-class research and medical expertise. It offers a unique variety of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and life sciences.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)

About

History

Our university has been making history for over 600 years. Read about the most important historical milestones of one of Germany’s oldest universities, from its foundation in 1409 to the opening in 2017 of the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul. The selected milestones in the University’s history reflect six centuries of political and social change.

Education

We aspire to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Germany. To achieve this goal, in 2018 Leipzig presented a university development plan that describes our strategic goals up to the year 2025 in research, teaching, transfer and administration as well as in the fields of internationalisation, equality and diversity, and digitisation. This strategy revolves around the motto “The Leipzig Way” and aims at interdisciplinarity and the formation of alliances.

Research

On our path to becoming a leading European university, we can rely on a diverse range of subjects and an approach that crosses disciplinary and institutional boundaries. We are concentrating our research strengths in three strategic research fields and their nine research profile areas.

Career

Moreover, by developing networks with potential employers and alumni of the Leipzig University, the Career Service establishes an important link between students and the working environment. Together with our partners, we organise projects and excursions that give students the opportunity to make contacts while they are still studying, and gain experience relevant to their career as well as insights into different vocational fields. At the same time, companies have the chance to make contact with qualified students interested in their line of work.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
201 -50
2018
151
2017
151
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
353 -3
2019
350 4
2018
354
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
531 50
2019
581 -80
2018
501
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

Are you interested in other activities or would you like to get involved yourself? Why not join one of the many student organisations or associations at Leipzig University:

Anti-racism Unit

Foreign Students Unit

  • Leipzig University Student Council

Ag Austausch

  • Leipzig Medical Student Council

Stube Sachsen

  • for students from Africa, Asia, South America and South Eastern Europe

Eurient E. V.

  • Association for trans-Mediterranean cultural dialogue

Vasa

  • Association of Arab Students and Academics

Housing services

Unlike other major German cities, housing in Leipzig is relatively inexpensive and there are plenty of vacant apartments. Nevertheless, as a visiting scholar it can be hard to find an affordable furnished or partly furnished apartment for short- or medium-term rent (between one month and one year). We strongly advise you to start looking for accommodation for yourself and your family several months before coming to Germany.

Library services

With the centuries-old University Library, the university archives, the art collections and the Institute of German Literature, our university permanently enriches cultural life in Leipzig. Germany’s oldest botanical garden, three museums and the Teaching Collections attract many visitors.

ICT services

Internet access is included in the rental price in all student halls of residence and is available 24 hours a day. High-speed connections are available everywhere for this via studNET. Monthly data volumes are currently limited to 80 GB.

Medical services

The City of Leipzig’s guide to the healthcare system is published in several languages and offers information about various aspects of healthcare and prevention:

  • public health service of the City of Leipzig
  • health insurance
  • special regulations on medical care in accordance with Book XII of the Social Code and the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG)

Student Life

Campus life

One special aspect of Leipzig University is its centrally located campus in the heart of the city. Traditionally, our university has been closely linked to life in Leipzig as a city of culture, trade, sport and media. The Neues Augusteum and the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul are two new buildings that have helped transform the modern campus into a landmark of today’s city university.

Sports facilities

Depending on the type of activity, the sport program includes informal meetings, training sessions, courses and camps. Participation is free for activities that do not involve supervision by a professional coach. The university sport program currently offers more than 50 activities ranging from aerobic and aikido classes to African dance, badminton, beach handball, canoeing, chess, football, judo, mountain biking, Pilates, swimming and track and field to volleyball and yoga.

Student clubs

  • WILMA
  • online-Buddy-Program
  • Centre for University Sport
  • University Orchestra
  • University Choir
  • other local clubs and organisations are presented on the webpages

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Student Reviews

Love. Live. Leipzig.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My study experience at the University of Leipzig has been amazing. The University is excellent, offering modernity and tradition at the same time. I had the greates teachers of all time, always keen on helping and supporting me throughout my studies. There are loads of nice and interesting people studying here, so it has never been a problem to meet and befriend new people...

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Falko Richter rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was great, the best time of my life. I met so much nice and interesting people from Europe and beyond. It was not like studying. The most time was discovering the country and a lot of parties and a massive abuse of alcohol, depending on your preference. I liked the native people and the Erasmus. You have to get used a bit to live in a dormitory room with a second...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm really glad I chose the university of Leipzig for my Master of Science.

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