As a comprehensive university, the Alma Mater Lipsiensis covers the entire spectrum from natural sciences, law and medicine to a wide range of study programmes in the humanities and social sciences. Currently, close to 29,000 students are enrolled at the Universität Leipzig.
After the conversion to Bachelor and Master degrees, the University currently offers around 136 degree programmes. In addition to its multitude of consecutive Bachelor/Master programmes, the University offers many advanced Master and postgraduate programmes, plus distance learning courses, making its educational profile unique in Saxony.
Interdisciplinary teaching, modern equipment, one of the largest university libraries in Europe, committed and experienced lecturers and on top of that a convenient and exciting city – there are many good reasons for studying at the second-oldest university in Germany.
The University is a place of international cooperation in research and teaching. Fostering an international profile forms a substantial part ot the University's Mission Statement. 50 bilateral agreements on the university level and approximately 350 ERASMUS agreements associate the University with universities all over the world while 43 agreements on the faculty level and 39 binational postgraduate degree agreements supplement the university’s international radius of engagement. The Leipzig Alumni International network encompasses more than 1,800 committed graduates of the UL from more than 110 countries who are actively associated with their alma mater.
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 centre for hundreds of years.
Famous poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, Gottsched or Goethe moved here. Philosophers such as Leibniz, Nietzsche and Bloch influence thinking in the city to this day. And 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, with several thousand academics carrying out research in almost 20 non-university research institutions, at the University and in six other colleges in the city. The “Leipzig School” and the “Baumwollspinnerei” are leaders in the world of art. The St Thomas Boys’ Choir, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the many museums and a lively theatre scene all characterise the cultural life of the city.
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 centre 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.