The University of Freiburg (colloquially German: University Freiburg), officially the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (German: Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg), is a public research university located in Freiburg in Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The university was founded in 1457 by the Habsburg dynasty as the second university in Austrian-Habsburg territory after the University of Vienna. Today, Freiburg is the fifth-oldest university in Germany, with a long tradition of teaching the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and technology and enjoys a high academic reputation both nationally and internationally. The university is made up of 11 faculties and attracts students from across Germany as well as from over 120 other countries. Foreign students constitute about 18.2% of total student numbers.

The University of Freiburg is part of a global network encompassing over 300 partnerships with prestigious higher education institutions on all five continents. In the 2015/16 winter semester more than 4000 international students from around 130 countries were matriculated at the university more than ever before.

University Ranking

  • 83th World University Rankings by Times Higher Education (2021)
  • 101th Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2020)
  • 168th Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report (2021)
  • 175th QS World University Rankings by Top Universities (2021)



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 all important disciplines today: the humanities, natural and engineering sciences, medicine, law, and theology. This diversity also provides an ideal environment for innovative interdisciplinary studies.


The University of Freiburg is one of Europe’s strongest research universities. Thanks to its broad spectrum of academic fields, the University of Freiburg has great potential for innovative fundamental research – both at the core of individual disciplines and in collaborative interdisciplinary research. Freiburg researchers maintain close contact with other researchers at all levels – both locally and worldwide – at other universities and research institutions, as well as with industry partners.


The University of Freiburg's "Freiburg Career Advancement" (FCA) program combines various institutions and departments focusing on career development. In addition, the university has also shown its support for providing excellent conditions for research, teaching, and qualification at the national and European levels .


Subject Area

Undergraduate Programs

College of Business and Economics

Curriculum & Instruction

Physical Education

Special Education

Architectural Engineering

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

College of Food and Agriculture

College of f and Social Sciences

Media and Creative Industries

Computer and Network Engineering

Computer Science and Software Engineering

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

General Education


Master's Programmes


Social Sciences

Engineering & Technology

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Business & Management

Medicine & Health

Agriculture & Forestry

Arts, Design & Architecture

Computer Science & IT

Education & Training

Application process and the cost of tuition.

The academic year is divided into semesters. The tuition fees for bachelor’s programs rarely exceed 1000 USD. A year of master’s studies will cost you less than 1000 USD. In addition to full time programs, the university also offers a wide range of online courses.

The composition of the university

University of Freiburg is classified as a large university with more than 23,000 concurrent students. The university accepts both local and foreign students. The ratio is 1 foreign student to 7 local ones. To ensure that the quality of education stays high the university has an academic staff consisting of more than 2000 specialists. The majority of academic staff at University of Freiburg consists of foreign specialists. University of Freiburg has exchange agreements with many educational institutions.

Student’s Residence

The Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk SWFR) offers rooms in various student residences. The rooms are always rented out for a whole semester (winter semester: October 1 to March 31, summer semester: April 1 to September 30). Applications are submitted online.

Program rooms are rooms in student residences that are only available for certain study programmes or other international students. These rooms are fully furnished and are rented out for one or at most two semesters.

 Freiburg Global Exchange

As an exchange student in the program Freiburg Global Exchange, you are guaranteed a room in a student residence if you apply for it in your application.

Service Package for international students

The Student Services Freiburg offers a service package especially for international students which includes a furnished room in a student residence, a health insurance, intensive personal support by international student residence tutors, membership in the International Club and much more.

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