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University of Leipzig

4.3 out of 5 (75 ratings / 41 reviews) Leipzig, Germany
University of Leipzig is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It has a long tradition of globally oriented and culturally comparative historical research and third-level teaching. The university was founded on December 2, 1409 by Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and his brother William II, Margrave of Meissen, and originally comprised four faculties.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Leipzig University was founded in 1409. In the course of its diverse history, it grew to encompass a wide selection of disciplines comprising almost all areas of knowledge. World-renowned scientists have taught or studied in Leipzig, and important impulses for the development of thought originated here. 


The mission, elaborated in the following principles, is both a definition and a challenge and serves as the basis of the University‘s decisions and further development. 


Its establishment was preceded by a process taking around one year, in which, among others, two external commissions of experts examined proposals from research teams. The research performance of the university is to be further developed in a unique manner through third-party funded and highly competitive collaborative research. The nine profile areas signify scientific core growth, attracting academic and scientific excellence from university and non-university research partners alike. 

  • Global Connections and Comparisons
  • Contested Order
  • Language and Culture in a Digital Age
  • Complex Matter
  • Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • Brain Dynamics
  • Molecular and Cellular Communication in Therapy and Diagnostics


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.

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Student services

Students with children can take longer to complete their course. Parents can extend the standard study period by up to two semesters, and can also take six semesters off to look after their child until he/she is six years old. During their leave of absence they can apply to sit exams. Advice on questions concerning part-time study, withdrawing from an exam because your child is ill or on individual leaves of absence for the exams is available at the university. 

Housing services

  • Halls of residence
A room in the Halls of Residence run by the Studentenwerk Leipzig (Leipzig Student Services) has the advantage of already being furnished and enables you to make contact with other students.
  • Shared apartments

Shared apartments, so-called Wohngemeinschaften (WG), are particularly popular among Leipzig students. In a shared apartment two or more students share a whole apartment which includes a bathroom and a kitchen.

  • Temporary accommodation

In general you will only be able to sign a rental agreement (e.g. with the Leipzig Student Services) if you are enrolled at Leipzig University and can produce your Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (Certificate of Enrolment).

Library services

The current stock comprises over five million volumes; 5.2 million media units and around 7,200 current periodicals. Of these about 200,000 volumes are accessible in the open stacks, with 780 reading places available. In addition the library has a number of special collections, including around 8,700 manuscripts, approx, 3,600 incunabula, 16th century prints and around 173,000 autographs. 

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

Migrants who require a doctor or psychotherapist in Leipzig whom they can speak to in their own language can find a list of doctors and psychotherapists in the directory who, besides German, also speak another language. 

Student Life

Campus life

On a guided tour, you can see the buildings of the new Augustusplatz campus and learn about the historic roots of Leipzig University, the ideas and goals behind the design of the new campus, and the art-historical treasures that can be found in the new buildings. 

The focus of the ca. 1 to 1.5-hour tour is the usage of the New Augusteum and the historical pieces of art in its modern foyer. On Augustusplatz itself, the eye-catching and much-talked-about modern “Paulinum Aula University Church St. Pauli” combines an auditorium and a space for religious services under one roof.

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

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


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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