Portrait of Leipzig university

University was founded in 1409, making it one of the oldest in Germany: a comprehensive university with 14 faculties, 460 professorships and 30,000 students.

The Augustusplatz campus is located in the heart of the city. Its Leibnizforum is the perfect place for students and staff to catch up and take a break.


University is among the oldest in Europe. Many world-renowned figures taught or studied here. Time and again, Leipzig has also been the source of major scientific developments. As an outward-looking and modern comprehensive university, it strives to be one of the leading institutions of higher education in Germany. A member of the German U15 network, today it is one of the country’s leading universities when it comes to top-class research and medical expertise.

Comprehensive university with 14 faculties and 5300 employees

Leipzig University comprises 14 faculties with over 130 institutes and centres as well as 17 central institutions. The range of subjects at comprehensive university extends from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, life sciences and medicine.

Around 460 professors and more than 2800 academic staff conduct research and teach at university. The University employs a total of around 5300 people. The proportion of women is just under 52 per cent (university) and 61 per cent (Faculty of Medicine).

Unique variety of subjects

With 155 degree programmes, university offers a unique variety of subjects. It is the most popular institution of higher education in the Free State of Saxony. More than 30,000 students are currently enrolled, with over 7000 young people beginning their studies every year. At 59 per cent, the proportion of female students is above average. Approximately twelve per cent of students are from abroad.

In terms of teaching, university stands out as a centre in Saxony for subjects involving public services of general interest (law, medicine, teaching, pharmacy). More than a third of current students are enrolled in these subjects.

University offers excellent conditions for research and teaching, for example at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

A strong profile in research and transfer

University has consolidated competitive position in research: in the DFG 2018 Funding Atlas, university improved ranking by ten places compared to 2012, climbing to 28th. External funding grew from 53 million euros in 2006 to 118 million euros in 2017.

Profile is concentrated on three strategic research fields:

  • “Changed order in a globalised world”,
  • “Intelligent methods and materials” and
  • “Sustainable principles for life and health”.

University’s strength in research is reflected in one DFG Research Centre, three DFG Collaborative Research Centres, two Humboldt Professorships and seven ERC Grants.

With regard to entrepreneurship, Leipzig is also one of the most successful universities in Germany: in a recent survey university ranked among the top five in the category for “Start-ups involving the transfer of university knowledge” (Gründungsradar 2016 of the Stifterverband organisation).

Part of the Leipzig Science Network

University’s research fields act as the interface for intensive cooperation with the 22 other scientific institutions in Leipzig. In addition to Leipzig University, these include three Max Planck Institutes, two Fraunhofer Institutes, four Leibniz Institutes, two Helmholtz Centres, an integrated research and treatment centre financed by the federal government, and an excellent university hospital.

University is a member of the Leipzig Science Network founded in 2018. This network will deepen the cooperation between higher education and non-university research institutions and at the same time enhance Leipzig’s national and international profile as a centre of science.

Internationally visible and well connected

In terms of its international activities, university is among the most prominent in Germany. University regularly achieves top positions in the funding ranking published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). University cooperates with a wide variety of international partners on every continent and are expanding strategic university partnerships, for example with Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the University of Graz (Austria), into a network of international research and degree programmes.

With its manifold organisations and institutions such as the University Orchestra and University Choir, Leipzig is an enriching addition to cultural life in the city.

Campus in the city centre and a vibrant cultural scene

One special aspect of Leipzig University is its centrally located campus in the heart of the city. Traditionally, 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.

With the centuries-old University Library, the university archives, the art collections and the Institute of German Literature, university permanently enriches cultural life in Leipzig. Germany’s oldest botanical garden, three museums and the Teaching Collections attract many visitors. Thousands of people every year enjoy listening to the University Orchestra, the University Choir and the Unibigband.

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