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Leibniz University Hannover


In 1831, founded by the scholar Karl Karmarsch, the Higher Trade School of Hannover started with only 64 students. Today there are around 21,000 students in the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and social sciences as well in law and economics


Shaping the Future with Knowledge – as one of the nine leading Institutes of Technology in Germany, Leibniz University is aware of its responsibility in seeking sustainable, peaceful and responsible solutions to the key issues of tomorrow. Our expertise for this stems from the broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from engineering and natural sciences to architecture and environmental planning, from law and economics to social sciences and humanities.


Interdisciplinary pooling of outstanding individual achievements at Leibniz Universtät Hannover characterises our approach to making excellent research internationally visible. This is reflected, for example, in our fundraising and participation in two clusters of excellence (EXC), six DFG-funded collaborative research centres (CRC), ten DFG-funded research training groups (RTG), and five ERC grants.


With more than 4.800 employees, Leibniz University Hannover is one of the largest and most attractive employers in the Hannover region. In addition to positions in teaching and research, there are numerous job opportunities in Central University Administration as well as in other central facilities.

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Student services

The International Office is responsible for Leibniz-Universität’s exchange programs and can give you advice on scholarships and other forms of support. We are also in charge of developing internationalization at Leibniz-Universität and expanding cooperation between post-secondary institutions. Therefore we depend on the national code of conduct on foreign students.

Housing services

There are 14 halls of residence managed by Student Services and many other student halls in Hannover that offer good value accommodation – some are located in close proximity to the university. Students enrolled at a university in Hannover are eligible to live in one of the halls of residence managed by Student Services.

All rooms are furnished and have high-speed internet access at moderate prices. Rent usually ranges between 200 and 300 euros per month. Rooms in the THE FIZZ hall are available from 450 euros per month, meravis student apartments are available from 395 euros per month.

Library services

As the world’s largest specialised library in its subject areas, TIB has outstanding collections of fundamental and highly specialised literature on science and technology. In order to optimise the services it offers, TIB conducts applied research and development. TIB is a public-law foundation of the Federal State of Lower Saxony. It is a member of the Leibniz Association

ICT services

Leibniz Universität IT Services has been providing IT services and IT infrastructure for research, teaching and administration since 1978 as the central institution of Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH). The data center offers a comprehensive and always up-to-date offer from all areas of information processing. 

Medical services

Students are liable to insurance deductions for health and long-term care insurance. For this reason, proof of health insurance coverage is required at enrollment. More information on insurance can be found here.

Campus life

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover is very influential in shaping the image of the state capital of Lower Saxony. Not only buildings such as the “Welfenschloss”, the university's main location, but especially people contribute to this: approximately 28 000 students are currently enrolled. They have chosen one of the largest universities in Germany, known for its international excellence in teaching and research.

Sports facilities

The University Sports Centre - in cooperation with the Student Union Sports Office (AStA) - offers all students and members of the various higher education institutions in Hannover a wide and extensive range of sporting opportunities. During the semester, the sports programme encompasses more than 500 events in over 90 sporting disciplines. The programme is slightly reduced during the non-lecture period.

Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

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