Universität Leipzig was founded in 1409 and is thus the second oldest university in Germany where teaching has continued without interruption. Today it offers a wide spectrum of academic disciplines at 14 faculties with more than 150 institutes.
From A for African Studies to W for West Slavic Studies, Universität Leipzig is a classic university with the whole range of subjects from natural sciences through law, human and veterinary medicine to numerous arts degrees. 28,000 young people from all over the world are currently studying on more than 140 courses. A variety of co-operation programmes with foreign partner universities and an internationally oriented choice of subjects make Leipzig attractive for students world-wide. The University has exchange programmes with over 350 ERASMUS partner universities in some 150 European cities and with more than 60 universities outside Europe.
The traditionally broad range of subjects also constitutes the basis for interdisciplinary research of the highest ranking. This is reflected particularly in the six top-level research areas in which several faculties together co-operate with non-University research institutions. Under its slogan of “A Tradition of Crossing Boundaries”, the University is proud of its internationally recognised academic achievements, especially in the fields of biomedicine, regional sciences and intelligent materials.
The great tradition of Universität Leipzig is illustrated by its prestigious scholars and Nobel laureates, such as Wilhelm Wundt, Wilhelm Ostwald, Ivan Petrović Pavlov, Werner Heisenberg, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Gustav Hertz, Hans Mayer or Ernst Bloch. Its famous students include Thomas Müntzer, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Felix Bloch, Edward Teller, Wang Foh-san, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Angela Merkel. The Universität Leipzig currently boasts more than 150,000 alumni.
Leipzig has the unique flair of a contemporary metropolis with a wide-ranging cultural life, lively residential districts and a wealth of sporting and leisure facilities. The cultural scene is further enriched by the University’s museums and collections and the “Leipzig University Music” society.
The new campus on Augustusplatz at the heart of the city will shortly be completed. It provides an outstanding environment for study, with its up-to-the-minute lecture-theatre and seminar building, the first 24-hour library in Saxony, its future Auditorium Maximum and Paulinum, the University Computing Centre and the Refectory by the park.
(Status: July 2011)