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Leipzig University


Our university has been making history for over 600 years. Read about the most important historical milestones of one of Germany’s oldest universities, from its foundation in 1409 to the opening in 2017 of the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul. The selected milestones in the University’s history reflect six centuries of political and social change.


We aspire to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Germany. To achieve this goal, in 2018 Leipzig presented a university development plan that describes our strategic goals up to the year 2025 in research, teaching, transfer and administration as well as in the fields of internationalisation, equality and diversity, and digitisation. This strategy revolves around the motto “The Leipzig Way” and aims at interdisciplinarity and the formation of alliances.


On our path to becoming a leading European university, we can rely on a diverse range of subjects and an approach that crosses disciplinary and institutional boundaries. We are concentrating our research strengths in three strategic research fields and their nine research profile areas.


Moreover, by developing networks with potential employers and alumni of the Leipzig University, the Career Service establishes an important link between students and the working environment. Together with our partners, we organise projects and excursions that give students the opportunity to make contacts while they are still studying, and gain experience relevant to their career as well as insights into different vocational fields. At the same time, companies have the chance to make contact with qualified students interested in their line of work.

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University Ranking

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Student services

Are you interested in other activities or would you like to get involved yourself? Why not join one of the many student organisations or associations at Leipzig University:

Anti-racism Unit

Foreign Students Unit

  • Leipzig University Student Council

Ag Austausch

  • Leipzig Medical Student Council

Stube Sachsen

  • for students from Africa, Asia, South America and South Eastern Europe

Eurient E. V.

  • Association for trans-Mediterranean cultural dialogue


  • Association of Arab Students and Academics

Housing services

Unlike other major German cities, housing in Leipzig is relatively inexpensive and there are plenty of vacant apartments. Nevertheless, as a visiting scholar it can be hard to find an affordable furnished or partly furnished apartment for short- or medium-term rent (between one month and one year). We strongly advise you to start looking for accommodation for yourself and your family several months before coming to Germany.

Library services

With the centuries-old University Library, the university archives, the art collections and the Institute of German Literature, our university permanently enriches cultural life in Leipzig. Germany’s oldest botanical garden, three museums and the Teaching Collections attract many visitors.

ICT services

Internet access is included in the rental price in all student halls of residence and is available 24 hours a day. High-speed connections are available everywhere for this via studNET. Monthly data volumes are currently limited to 80 GB.

Medical services

The City of Leipzig’s guide to the healthcare system is published in several languages and offers information about various aspects of healthcare and prevention:

  • public health service of the City of Leipzig
  • health insurance
  • special regulations on medical care in accordance with Book XII of the Social Code and the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG)

Campus life

One special aspect of Leipzig University is its centrally located campus in the heart of the city. Traditionally, our university has been closely linked to life in Leipzig as a city of culture, trade, sport and media. The Neues Augusteum and the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul are two new buildings that have helped transform the modern campus into a landmark of today’s city university.

Sports facilities

Depending on the type of activity, the sport program includes informal meetings, training sessions, courses and camps. Participation is free for activities that do not involve supervision by a professional coach. The university sport program currently offers more than 50 activities ranging from aerobic and aikido classes to African dance, badminton, beach handball, canoeing, chess, football, judo, mountain biking, Pilates, swimming and track and field to volleyball and yoga.

Student clubs

  • online-Buddy-Program
  • Centre for University Sport
  • University Orchestra
  • University Choir
  • other local clubs and organisations are presented on the webpages

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

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