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Universität Leipzig

The Universität Leipzig is an interdisciplinary, international, comprehensive university. On its ambitious path to becoming a European top-level university and internationally recognized seat of research and learning for young scholars the University draws on an extensive range of subject areas. Crossing boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, international collaboration, networking with non-university research institutes and business are not just traditions of the University, but are also the basis of its academic excellence. Leipzig University was founded in 1409. In the course of its diverse history, it grew to encompass a wide selection of disciplines comprising almost all areas of knowledge. World-renowned scientists have taught or studied in Leipzig, and important impulses for the development of thought originated here.

Leipzig is one of the liveliest and most dynamic cities in Germany. Whether as a musical city, trade fair mecca, or city of books – Leipzig has been an important European center for hundreds of years. Famous poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, Gottsched, and Goethe moved here. Philosophers such as Leibniz, Nietzsche, and Bloch influence thinking in the city to this day. Leipzig is especially well known across the world for its musicality, with a long tradition stretching back to the works of Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy in particular.

Art, science, and culture are still main features of the city, which was founded in 1165. After the Peaceful Revolution, Leipzig developed into a booming region of East Germany, and is now experiencing a renaissance as the logistics and high-tech center in the heart of Europe. Present-day Leipzig stands out due to its economic dynamism, its high level of culture, its many green areas within the city and, last but not least, the outstanding quality of life for families, for children, and also for the growing number of older people in our society. Taking a walk through the city is very worthwhile.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15.


Contact person for incoming students

Jane Moros
International Centre
Goethestrasse 6
04109 Leipzig
Tel: 0049-341-9732032
Fax: 0049-341-9732049

Contact person for outgoing students

See above

General University Website

International Office/Website for Incoming Students

Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

All regular subjects (ca. 130) offered by the University are open to exchange students;
For some subjects it can be difficult to find a placement, such as Medicine or Dentistry.

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

Other (please specify) American Studies: British Studies:


Are graduate areas open for exchange?


Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

All regular graduate courses offered by the University; except the graduate course: Small Enterprise Promotion Training, Global Studies and Urban Management

Open graduate areas of study taught in English

International Physics Study Program:
American studies:
British studies:
Economics (partly taught in English):
Chemistry: and
African Studies (partly taught in Englisch):  
European Studies:

Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses?


Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses?


Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties


Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students

Small Enterprise Promotion Training, Global Studies and Urban Management

Websites for course offerings (only available in German -> find you department, choose your institute, find the relevant course list);
courses especially open and easy to access for exchange students under:

Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?


Orientation session(s) for incoming students

Language and orientation course three weeks prior to the start of the semester with German language instruction, interactive tasks, exploring university, cultural events and field trips (no fees, only material costs 105,00 €)
Welcome Week about one week prior to the start of the winter semester: support for administrative tasks, guided campus and city tours, party etc.

Academic Calendar

Wintersemester: October 1 to March 31 (winter term)
Sommersemester: April 1 to Sept. 30 (summer term)

Examination period(s)

February (winter term)
July (summer term)

Application deadline for each term

January 15 for the summer term
July 15 for the winter term

Application website.

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates?


Course registration deadline

After arrival and enrollment

Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

Upon Arrival

Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country?

No (registration as an international exchange student after the arrival)

Language Requirements

German taught courses: German level B2
English taught courses: English level B2, German A2

Language test certificate required?

Part of the application package

Preparatory language course for incoming students?

Yes (optional)
Language and orientation course three weeks prior to the start of the semester with German language instruction, interactive tasks, exploring university, cultural events and field trips (no fees, only material costs 105,00 €)

Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

Relevant information will be sent with acceptance letters.

Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

Minimum: ca. 15 ECTS credits
Maximum: ca. 45 ECTS credits
(the regular workload for one semester is 30 ECTS credits, undergraduate and graduate)

Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?

Yes, students apply under: – exchange students are offered places in the dorms, every applicant gets an offer, but it is not guaranteed

Housing options

Single and shared apartments in student dormitories provided by Studentenwerk
Private apartments that can be rent at varying prices as shared households. 

Housing Website and Contact Person(s)
Mrs. Langhammer:

Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

Separate application

Is housing available between breaks in the term?


Is there a campus meal plan?


Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)

Ca. 700 EUR


180-300 EUR


200 EUR


50 EUR

-Local Transportation

9 EUR (with semester ticket, otherwise more expensive)

-Health Insurance

70 EUR

(please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)

150 – 200 EUR (general semester fee 124,50 EUR, private travels, culture etc.)

Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?


Are health facilities available at the university?

The University of Leipzig is part of the city of Leipzig, excellent health care infrastructure in the city (various hospitals, practitioners, medical specialist, dentists etc.). Most medical services are covered by German health care insurances.

Are internships available?


Are student jobs available/allowed?


Other important notes

Please check our webpages for exchange students:
Online course catalogues for the current semester:

Last updated

December 2013