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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Erlangen Campus)

4.4 out of 5 (45 ratings / 32 reviews) Erlangen, Germany
FAU is one of the most successful universities in Germany. This is reflected not only by its top places in both national and international rankings, and the continuously increasing third-party funding which it receives from industry and public funding programmes, but also in the awards and prizes for researchers at the University.

About

History

Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with 40,174 students, 258 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 579 professors), 180 million euros (2014) third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world.

Education

Studying at FAU is a gateway to new learning experiences and a unique range of subjects to broaden your horizons. At FAU, you can choose from 265 degree programmes – an unparalleled range of interdisciplinary, research-oriented and applied study choices. On the following pages you can find all the information you need choosing your subject, getting started and during your studies at FAU.

Research

Supporting cutting-edge research, strengthening German universities and research facilities and improving Germany’s international competitive position – these are the goals of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments to Promote Science and Research at German Universities. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg has participated very successfully in the Excellence Initiative, being chosen as the location for both the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ (EAM).

Career

At FAU, we continue to support our students after they have finished their studies. We offer help and advice on finding your first job, organise further training and support you with life-long learning. We also help you stay in touch with your fellow students, professors and lecturers. You will find everything you need to know about our Career Service, opportunities for further training and services for alumni on the following pages.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
183 -8
2019
175 -13
2018
162
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
201
2018
201 -50
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
240 -12
2019
228 -11
2018
217
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
319 -20
2019
299 -12
2018
287
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

The diverse range of professional events and consultation services for members of all of FAU’s faculties are designed to support students, graduates and doctoral candidates when planning and starting their careers. This service is available for up to one year after graduation.The services:

  • career advice
  • advice on applications
  • application workshops and seminars
  • career information and talks
The Career Service in Nuremberg supports students of the School of Business and Economics.

Housing services

Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg runs apartment buildings and housing complexes with about 3800 housing places in Erlangen, Herzogenaurach, Nuremberg, Ansbach, and Ingolstadt. International students with a Bachelor’s degree can find information and apply for accommodation on the Student Services website . Information for international students with a Master’s degree, scholarship holders, doctoral candidates and visiting professors from abroad is currently being compiled and will be available shortly.

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg is not able to offer accommodation. The University does not operate any student accommodation and is not allowed to act as an estate agent.

Library services

The university collections at FAU cover a wide range of areas – from instruments and models to organisms and minerals. Some of the collections, such as the Anatomical Collection, are as old as the University itself, while others, like the Computer Science Collection, represent newer areas of research.

ICT services

There are many telephone and internet providers in Germany. Contracts for telephone and internet connections can be either fixed-term or without a set duration (notice period of one month for cancellation). You can choose between a land line or a mobile phone with a pre-paid SIM card. It certainly pays to compare the offers from various providers.

Student Life

Campus life

FAU has five faculties which cover the entire spectrum of academic disciplines – from medicine, sciences and engineering to humanities, social sciences and theology as well as business and economics. The individual disciplines are organised into departments, and there are 24 Interdisciplinary Centres which make a significant contribution to interdisciplinary collaboration at FAU. Management, administration and decision processes at FAU mirror the clear structure of the faculties, making the University’s entire organisational structure effective and simple.

Student clubs

Scholarship organisations

  • Cusanuswerk
  • Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V.
  • Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk e.V. (ELES)
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung
  • Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Accreditation

After submitting an application, FAU was admitted to start the system accreditation process by the accreditation agency AQAS in November 2013.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The journey to be here at this stage was not so easy for me. As a student from Pakistan it was hard to be accepted at an European university but the information and guidance from Study portal and other platforms enabled me to get to my dreams. The various stages for getting admission in a German university enabled me to think in multiple directions for my selected subject....

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Although I had problems with recognizing some of my courses, which I did during my bachelor's degree back in my home country and my department at the new university kind of did lots of unfairness towards me, I must say that it is one of the best experiences in my whole life and I've got lots of upportunities like a position at a well known company and working at labs that...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I came to Erlangen in September and from that day till now it has been an amazing journey and a journey where I have learned a lot and there is more to come. The sense of freedom,a better education model and an excellent library is what I feel is needed where a student feels that he can do his best and contribute and that is what I have got from my program MAOT in...

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