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Exchange at the University of Freiburg



The Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Already a comprehensive university at its founding in 1457, the University of Freiburg still offers undergraduate and graduate studies as well as professorial qualification in the disciplines: the humanities, natural and engineering sciences, medicine, law, and theology. This diversity also provides an ideal environment for innovative interdisciplinary studies.

Many famous philosophers, top researchers, and Nobel laureates have taught and researched at the University of Freiburg. The university's high position in University rankings testifies to its position as one of the leading universities of the 21st century.

More than 24,000 students from all over the world are matriculated in the degree programs at the University of Freiburg. Professors, lecturers and the other employees of the university put in their effort every day – and experience that family friendliness, equal opportunity, and environmental protection are more than just empty phrases here.


The city of Freiburg

If you’re interested in studying in a typical German university and student town, look no further. Freiburg is situated in one of the most popular vacationing regions and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany – between the fabled Rhine River and the romantic Black Forest. Freiburg and the region are known for their high quality of life and excellent weather: The sun shines here more often than in any other region in Germany.

But Freiburg’s international reputation isn’t limited to its status as the “capital” of the famous Black Forest: It’s also known as the “green city,” where environmental consciousness plays an important role in politics, industry, and daily life. This is also evident in the top two means of transportation in the city: bicycles and trams. The city also boasts an exciting array of cultural offerings and is an excellent location for sports fans: The soccer club SC Freiburg is one of the most well-liked clubs in Germany’s top-flight soccer league, and the nearby Black Forest provides ideal terrain for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

In Freiburg we have a saying: If you come once, you’ll stay for good!


Student life in Freiburg is diverse and colourful with plenty of leisure activities as sports, culture, student clubs, student groups, numorous excursions to discover, educational opportunities and much more...

There are plenty of offers especially for international students to quickly find their way at the university and the city and to find new friends.


Exchange programs at the University of Freiburg

These sites from the International Office give information and overview regarding the University of Freiburg Global Exchange for students from international partner universities of the University of Freiburg.

You can find information for the other exchange programs here:


Application requirements

    • An application for the University of Freiburg Global Exchange program is only possible if a valid, university-wide agreement between the University of Freiburg and the home university exists. You will find a list of the participating partner universities here (please insert "Universität Freiburg" and look for "University Charter" as mode of cooperation at the respective University's profile).
    • The application for the University of Freiburg Global Exchange is exclusively based at the International Office of the home university.
    • Application is possible only for students who are fully matriculated.


Semester Dates and Teaching Periods

All current and future semester dates and teaching periods


The structure of the academic year:

Winter term: 1 Ocober - 31 March

    • Teaching period begins two to three weeks after the 1st of October.
    • There is a two week christmas and New Year break.
    • Teaching period ends at the end of February.
    • Exams take place until up to three weeks after the end of the teaching period.


Summer term: 1 April - 30 November

  • Teaching period begins two to three weeks after the 1st of April.
  • There is a one week Pentecost break.
  • Teaching period ends at the end of July.
  • Exams take place until up to three weeks after the end of the teaching period.

Former exchange students reporting

In the student TV station "Campus TV" three exchange students talk about their experiences in Freiburg here.


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