Leipzig University was founded in 1409 and is the second oldest university in Germany. Its motto "A Tradition of Crossing Boundaries" has been pursued ever since the university's foundation more than 600 years ago. Today, Leipzig University is home to over 29,000 students. More than 2,400 of these made their way to Leipzig from about 120 foreign countries. 14 faculties offer 140 study programmes taught in German and, to some extent, in English and other European languages. The Research Academy Leipzig is actively contributing to the process of internationalisation at the PhD level. The commitment of the faculties and institutes working hand in hand with the International Centre has resulted in the implementation of five Erasmus Mundus programmes. Altogether, they are embedded in 28 international programmes at the Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral level, also including summer schools and trainer courses. Yet Leipzig University does not only cross boundaries in geographical terms. It also focuses increasingly on interdisciplinary research both within the university's departments and with external research institutes and business partners such as Max Planck Institutes and the BioCity Leipzig. Over the past years, Leipzig University has fully implemented the Bologna process. A growing number of international degree programmes gives internationalisation top priority at the university. Furthermore, Leipzig University is internationally engaged as a member of the Utrecht Network - a global network of 31 European university partners with cooperation extended to 21 partners in the United States and Australia. The Alma mater Lipsiensis has attracted world-class scholars in every century. Its famous former students comprise philosophers, poets, composers, and politicians. Prominent examples of a long list include Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the current chancellor, Angela Merkel. Join in and become a member of Leipzig University yourself!
Leipzig is a lively and student-friendly metropolis. With roughly 500,000 inhabitants it is a culturally active community looking back on outstanding achievements. Leipzig is marked by its central positions as a city of composers and thinkers as well as an early centre for trade and fairs, and as the cradle for the peaceful revolution in 1989. Both modern and traditional tastes will easily be satisfied by the city's cultural offerings. These comprise numerous museums like the "Gewandhaus" (Leipzig Concert Hall), the famous boys' choir "Thomanerchor", and the Leipzig Opera as well as modern festivals like the film festival "DOKFilm" and the modern dance and theatre performance "euro-scene". Leipzig is known for its engaged student population and its free-spirited cultural scene. Open podium discussions, literary readings and a myriad of concerts, pubs and night clubs characterise the scene. To relax in between studies and events, beautiful parks are spread all over the city. Berlin, the German capital, is only one hour away by train. In addition to Leipzig being a city of cultural interest, the university itself makes treasures available to public. The Museum of Antiquity, the Custodian Art collections and the University Library are some examples of this heritage. With its own orchestra, big band, and choir, Leipzig University contributes actively to the dense cultural landscape. Living in Leipzig is very affordable. Accommodation can be found from 160 EUR upwards and living expenses are very reasonable in comparison to other European cities. Leipzig was the trade fair and industrial centre of the former German Democratic Republic and the place where, in the wake of 1989, the peaceful revolution began which ultimately led to the fall of the "Wall". Nowadays, Leipzig has one of the most dynamic economies in the region. It is still host to a very active trade fair and has attracted renowned international firms such as Porsche, BMW and DHL to the region, to mention just a few.
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