University Health Day on 4 October 2023
Talks, information stands and workshops on various topics of physical and mental health
University of Freiburg among the best ten universities in Germany in the QS World University Rankings Europe 2024
Ranked 4th in sustainability - 6th among comprehensive universities - 3rd in citation rates
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An inspiring environment
Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is situated in the heart of the city. As one of the ten best universities in Germany, offering a full spectrum of disciplines at eleven faculties, we have attained many distinctions for our outstanding research and teaching in nationwide competitions. From the humanities and engineering to medicine at the University Medical Center, one of the largest medical facilities in Europe, we offer our 24,000 students as well as our numerous researchers and other employees an environment in which it is a pleasure to study, to research, and to live.
Students experience practical relevance and ideal preparation for their career both during their studies and in programs accompanying their studies. Our degree programs are theory-driven, challenging, and promote teamwork and academic culture. As a part of Eucor – The European Campus and a large worldwide network, we have an international orientation: International and intercultural experiences are integrated into our degree programs.
In close cooperation with its European partners, the University of Freiburg strives for excellence in research, innovation, teaching, and with regard to the social impact of science and research. We aim to realize the European idea of cooperation for lasting peace and prosperity on the basis of innovative, values-based research.
- Eucor – The European Campus
The regional, cross-border campus
- EPICUR – European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions
The European network of research regions
- KTUR – Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine
Trinational Network for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in the Upper Rhine Region
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- The Online Study Choice Assistants (OSA) are a free service of the University of Freiburg. Subject-specific sample tasks, videos and an expectation comparison offer you a realistic insight into the everyday life of studying and teaching a particular subject. After completing the tasks, you can better assess whether a subject really fits your expectations and wishes.
- Studienziel Lehramt — FACE School of Education
- The Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) is available to help you with all problems and questions that may arise before, during, or after your studies.
- SWFR: Whether it’s a question of financing your studies or finding a roof over your head, catering in our refectories and cafeterias or competent advice on all aspects of studying, whether a job is needed or a place for the next generation, whether you prefer to spend your free time doing sports or using it creatively: We are here to make everyday life at university easier.
- Student services:
- Overview of Faculties, Departments, Resources, and Services
- About us: We regard the career and personnel development of our researchers and our administrative, service, and technical employees as a central strategic task.
- Academic Personnel Development: Supporting academic careers and offering academics excellent prospects.
- Administrative, service, and technical personnel: We ensure the basis for the successful operation of the university and help shape it as a partner in research, teaching, studies and further education.
- Job offers
At 17 scientific centers, more than 100 scientific facilities of the faculties and in numerous collaborative research centers, researchers from different disciplines are dedicated to one topic. From medieval studies or research into renewable energies to materials science and the life sciences: scientists benefit from the shared infrastructure. In addition, they cooperate in their projects with national and international non-university partners.
As a fully comprehensive university offering a wide range of disciplines, the University of Freiburg regards the task of pooling research interests across the boundaries of several disciplines to forge new links in research and teaching to be part of its institutional identity. Research at the University of Freiburg is also strengthened by regional partnerships with non-university research institutions such as Max Planck Institutes and Fraunhofer Institutes, which participate actively in several collaborative projects.
As one of the research universities with the most third-party funding in Germany, the University of Freiburg offers a multitude of research programs:
State-of-the-art technologies and their further development are of fundamental significance for top-level research. The University of Freiburg has thus given high priority to a continuous development of research infrastructures in the past years. In order to guarantee professional and efficient operations, we have established so-called technology platforms and core facilities.
Scientists in the qualification phase are of outstanding importance for every university. They provide a significant part of the scientific performance and are important for the own innovation and renewal ability. The University of Freiburg therefore strives to provide the best possible support for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on their career path and to offer them an optimal research and teaching environment.
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Society in focus
With the transfer of ideas, knowledge, and technology, the University of Freiburg uses its expertise for the benefit of society and strengthens the exchange between science, industry, culture, politics, and the public sphere.
The University of Freiburg understands transfer as a mutual exchange and dissemination of knowledge that benefits the university, society, and industry in the same measure. This understanding of transfer does not include technological transfer alone. Following the Science Council and its extended transfer concept, we also understand transfer as the “dialogical communication and transfer of scientific findings from all fields of science to society, culture, the economy, and politics.”
The transfer at the University of Freiburg is based on three pillars:
The societal relevance of knowledge transfer and science communications has greatly increased in the past years. The university’s science communications activities include public events, media relations, and all other formats of digital and analog communication.
The University of Freiburg also supports its researchers and advises them on all questions concerning knowledge transfer and science communications. For this purpose, we are currently building up a systematic qualification program for researchers from all disciplines and different career stages. Among other things, the topics include working with media and conducting one’s own active and dialogical communications work.
The University of Freiburg is among the most innovative universities at the regional and national levels, and now also at the international level.
The Center for Technology Transfer (ZFT) is the interface between the University of Freiburg, the University Medical Center, and industry. The Contract Office helps University of Freiburg researchers to prepare research contracts with industry partners by providing them legal advice and assistance in structuring and concluding the contract. The support focuses on questions concerning intellectual property rights and the implementation of the University of Freiburg’s intellectual property (IP) strategy.
The Patent Office is the central office for registering inventions at the University of Freiburg.
Finally, the team at the Entrepreneurial Office of the University of Freiburg advises all university members on questions concerning self-employment and founding a company.
Educational transfer is an integral part of studies and teaching. In transfer-oriented learning settings, the university and society come together to develop solutions for challenges on topics of strategic relevance for our future (such as sustainability, digitalization, or peacekeeping). The Department of Educational Transfer is managed by the University of Freiburg’s vice president of academic affairs and includes both continuing education and the Center for Key Qualifications.
Continuing education is a core responsibility of the university. Our continuing education unit supports mutual transfer with society as well as industry and uses the positive interactions with undergraduate university teaching, master’s programs, and research to design a diverse and innovative program of in-service module and certificate courses for targeted qualification and transfer-oriented networking among specialists and managers.
The practically oriented course program of the Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS) for the acquisition of professional skills is a recognized strength of teaching at the University of Freiburg. More than 250 experts from industry, science, and society – one-third of them alumni – design a program of around 360 courses per year. In transfer-oriented formats like service learning or the Sustainability Certificate, students receive direct insight into the possibilities for shaping our society and learn to take on responsibility.
Our goal: Trinational – European – Global.
Gender and Diversity
Plurality, open-mindedness and international exchange
On the way to a cross-border campus
Insights into teaching practice and teaching success at the University of Freiburg
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