International Programmes 2020/2021

Liberal Arts and Sciences (BA/BSc) at University College Freiburg Liberal Arts and Sciences (BA/BSc)

University of Freiburg • Freiburg im Breisgau

Degree
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (depending on choice of Major)
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

LAS courses are taught in English. LAS students can take courses in other study programmes at the University of Freiburg that are usually held in German.

Programme duration
8 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Starting the LAS programme is only possible in the winter semester. A week before the semester start, UCF hosts the LAS Welcome Week (12 October 2020).
Application deadline

EU and non-EU applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester

Please note that changes to the 2020/2021 application process are possible depending on further developments and regulations in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Varied
Additional information on tuition fees

Students from EU and EEA countries only pay the semester contribution.

The state of Baden-Württemberg charges tuition fees (1,500 EUR per semester) for non-EU students. For more information including exemptions, please see the University of Freiburg Student Service Center website.

Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is a specific approach to Bachelor's level education. It is a process of intellectual discovery and personal development in an interdisciplinary and international learning community. The Freiburg LAS programme reaches across academic fields while also offering discipline-oriented academic training in a particular Major. It encourages students to critically reflect on science and knowledge and to become skilled communicators and creative shapers of their environment.

Programme features

  • The language of instruction is English. Students who do not speak German must learn German up to A2 (CEFR).
  • LAS is a four-year programme with 240 ECTS credits. It has a progressive storyline covering academic competencies, skills training, academic specialisation, and room for intellectual exploration.
  • LAS is a selective programme with an annual intake of 80 students. 

Contents
The LAS programme has three parts: Core (66 ECTS credits), Major (102 ECTS credits), and Electives (72 ECTS credits).

1. The Core is shared by all LAS students. It includes academic skills and reflections on knowledge and science as well as a curriculum on responsibility and leadership.

2. The Majors provide an in-depth education in a specific academic field that is, in itself, interdisciplinary. After their first year, students choose one of the following Majors:

3. In the Electives, LAS students shape their own study profiles. They can take courses at other university departments and/or at the European Campus, take language classes, study abroad for a semester or two, or undertake internships or independent projects.

LAS graduates are prepared for careers in international environments that come with complex responsibilities and require fast and efficient adaptation to varying challenges. About 85% of LAS graduates continue with Master's and PhD programmes. Potential employers are international organisations, think tanks, political, cultural and social organisations, media and international firms, and research institutions. For more information on what graduates are doing, please see the UCF website.

Course organisation

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at University College Freiburg is not just a programme name but an approach to education. LAS education is an exciting process of intellectual discovery and personal development within an interdisciplinary and international learning community. With its LAS programme, UCF provides a structured opportunity for students to learn about the human and the non-human world, to systematically develop their capacity for high-level academic work in exchange with others and to gradually unfold their own unique interests and abilities in ways suited to their aspirations.

During the first year – the so-called "Foundational Year" – of the LAS programme, students follow the same curriculum and establish a shared basis of knowledge and skills.

After their first year and after having completed three Major introductions, each student chooses his or her own Major. Parallel to classes in the Major, all students take further Core courses, notably on leadership and responsibility. They have substantial freedom to take courses of their choice in the programme's Electives section.

From year two onwards, students have a significant amount of freedom in designing their own study programme. Depending on their choices with regard to the Major, Electives, and study abroad opportunities, individual study trajectories develop quite differently.

LAS students are encouraged to spend part of their studies in a foreign country. About 80% of all LAS students seize the chance to gain experiences abroad – usually during their third year of study. In the last semester of year four, students write a Bachelor's thesis in the area of his or her Major.

LAS testimonials and stories are available here.
For further information, please see the UCF website.

Please note: The LAS programme is subject to change in 2020 in the context of a reform of the study and examination regulations.

Types of assessment

We use a variety of assessments, depending on the design and learning goals of each course. Examples are written exams, essays, reflection papers, portfolios, posters, or reviews. Details on the assessment forms are provided in the LAS Module Handbook and Course Catalogues.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Internationality is an important aspect of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme. This shows in the course contents and in the composition of students and lecturers. LAS students are encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad and about 80% do so, usually during their third year of studies. The University of Freiburg has a broad range of exchange programmes with partners all over the world that are open to LAS students. Furthermore, UCF has structured exchanges with several partners, e.g. 

UCF provides support in organising a semester or a year abroad, especially concerning the integration into your LAS curriculum and credit recognition. In addition to studying abroad, it is possible for LAS students to study at any of the European Campus universities in the Upper Rhone region during their time in Freiburg. Finally, UCF and Freiburg are part of EPICUR, a pilot "European University" with partners across Europe, including Amsterdam University College.

Integrated internships

The Electives section of the programme allows for academically relevant internships, subject to approval by the LAS Board of Studies.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • ERASMUS+
  • Other (e.g. state level)
  • DAAD
Name of DAAD funding programme
Nationales Begleitprogramm EUN
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Yes
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Varied
Additional information on tuition fees

Students from EU and EEA countries only pay the semester contribution.

The state of Baden-Württemberg charges tuition fees (1,500 EUR per semester) for non-EU students. For more information including exemptions, please see the University of Freiburg Student Service Center website.

Semester contribution
155 EUR per semester
- Student services fees (including the initial contribution for the "Semester Ticket"): 78 EUR
- Administrative fees + student government fees: 77 EUR
Costs of living
Participants must ensure that sufficient funding to finance their participation in a course of study is available. The average cost of living in Freiburg for one month is currently approx. 824 to 994 EUR. Some details:
- Student accommodation costs approx. 280 to 450 EUR (monthly).
- Private expenses amount to around 350 EUR (monthly).
- Health insurance is available for approx. 100 EUR (monthly).
- Transport: A special student ticket for regional transport costs approx. 94 EUR (per semester).
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
For more information on financing your studies and on scholarships, please see the Student Service Center website on scholarships:
http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/en/counseling/scholarship-advising
Academic admission requirements

The LAS programme has an annual intake of 80 students. The programme is selective. The grade-, motivation- and interview-based selection focuses on academic achievements, personal motivation, and the match between the LAS programme and interested students. Our target group is students with intellectual curiosity and responsibility who are looking for breadth and depth in their academic training. The application requirements are:

  • University entrance qualification: school leaving diploma and transcript of grades

  • Proof of English proficiency at min. B2 (CEFR)

  • Application essay (250-350 words)

  • Letter of motivation (max. 650 words)

  • Curriculum Vitae (in English) and attestations for voluntary services, internships, etc. (non-EU applicants only)

  • Study-orientation test, e.g. the LAS Online Study Choice Assistant (OSA)

For details on these requirements and the application and admissions process overall, please see the UCF website.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills at level B2 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Application deadline

EU and non-EU applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester

Please note that changes to the 2020/2021 application process are possible depending on further developments and regulations in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Submit application to

Applications to the LAS programme at the University of Freiburg must be submitted online. For more information and access to the application portal, please see the UCF website.

Please note that changes to the 2020/2021 application process are possible depending on further developments and regulations in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

The city and the University of Freiburg offer a broad variety of jobs for students, ranging from catering to academic student assistant positions. As Freiburg is a university town, the job market for students is quite competitive.

Accommodation

As Freiburg is an attractive city, finding a suitable and affordable place to live can take a little while. The University of Freiburg offers all newly enrolled international students the possibility to apply for student housing via the International Office. In addition to these dormitories, which are run by the Studierendenwerk Freiburg (www.swfr.de), several independent residence halls are listed on the university website (http://www.housing.uni-freiburg.de). The Studierendenwerk Freiburg and the International Office also offer a list of available private rooms.

Career advisory service

The University of Freiburg offers career advising in cooperation with the federal employment agency.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Accompanying programme
Support programmes for international students
Please see the information and offerings for international students on the UCF website: https://www.ucf.uni-freiburg.de/prospective-students/international-students

University of Freiburg

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The University of Freiburg was founded in 1457 as a classical comprehensive university, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Germany. Awarded for its excellence in both research and teaching, the university also boasts a long history, with numerous Nobel laureates. Brilliant scholars and creative thinking distinguish it today as a modern, top-notch university, well equipped for the challenges of the 21st century. As an organisation with around 24,500 students, 288 degree programmes, and 6,738 employees, the University of Freiburg is committed to family friendliness, equal opportunities, and environmental consciousness in its day-to-day operations. The structure of the university is multifaceted, ranging from 11 academic faculties – from the humanities and the social and natural sciences all the way to engineering – to 19 research centres. This goes to show that we are a dynamic, large-scale institution with a diverse educational offering. As studies, research, and continuing education are all an integral part of this offering, we maintain a close relationship with the city and the region as well as with the international academic community. Bilateral partnerships, research projects, joint study courses and memberships in international networks such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and of EUCOR – The European Campus are examples of the university's strong transnational relations. All our students, including those from abroad, can take courses at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France) without having to enrol. Via the EUCOR – The European Campus mobility grant, they also receive allowances for travel expenses to their partner institutions.

University location

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in south-western Germany on the edge of the Black Forest. Freiburg was founded by Konrad and Duke Bertold III of Zähringen in 1120 as a free market town – hence its name, which translates as "free town". Freiburg holds a central position in Europe at the trijunction of Switzerland, France, and Germany, and is the city with the most hours of sunshine per year in Germany. It is nestled in one of the oldest cultural landscapes north of the Alps, a location which has had an unmistakable influence on the town. The university plays an essential part in the quality of life in Freiburg; both in the academic sphere and in the perception of the general public, the activities of the university are of central importance. Since its founding, teaching, learning and research have formed an indivisible whole.

With approx. 230,000 inhabitants, Freiburg has a friendly size, offering the safe surroundings of a smaller city whilst at the same time excelling in terms of culture, shopping and infrastructure. Both the inhabitants and the city government of Freiburg attach great importance to ecological values and sustainable development. This "green city" atmosphere influences many aspects of city life – from the numerous cyclists on the streets to cutting-edge solar energy research. Surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Black Forest and the wine-growing regions of the Rhine Valley, Freiburg is a popular destination for tourism and leisure activities.