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Universitat Leipzig

Program Overview 

Location: Leipzig, Germany
Culture: Cooperative, immersive
Neighborhood: Urban, trendy and green
Housing: On-campus apartment, off-campus apartment
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

Leipzig University is ranked among the best Global Universities in Europe and is renowned for its scientists, scholars and musicians that have either taught or studied in Leipzig. Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is the second oldest university in Germany and has a long tradition of cross-subject and cross-faculty cooperation in research and teaching which has enriched the intellectual and cultural life of the city over the past six centuries.

Situated in East Germany, Leipzig is a large, lively urban city (with over 500,00 inhabitants) that is filled with art museums, science research facilities and music theaters. In addition, Leipzig has developed into an innovative business location where companies such as BMW, Porsche and DHL are headquartered.

Leipzig has become popular among students because of its landscape, affordable housing and trendy residential districts and has recently been nominated as the ideal city in Germany to work and study. Although located in an urban city, Leipzig is full of parks, bike trails, and trees, making it the third greenest city in Germany.

Student Profile

Leipzig is a great fit for SAF Scholars who are independent and looking to be fully immersed in German culture, both in their academics and social life. Additionally, SAF Scholars seeking to attend a large, historic and well-organized university for their study abroad experience would find Leipzig fulfilling.

Other Programs at University

Universität Leipzig Language Program

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (Early October - Late March)
Spring (Early April - Late September)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Progression: Students must complete a B2 course and receive official B2 certificate from the language program (Leipzig-InterDaF) to progress to Academic.

There are no concurrent options at Universitat Leipzig.

Program Strengths

With access to about 140 courses and 14 departments, SAF Scholars have a large selection of course offerings to choose from while studying at Leipzig.

# of Credits (per term)

SAF Scholars are advised to take 30 credits or three classes while attending the university. However, credits can vary based on home institution requirements.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars are registered by the international/study abroad office on the University campus.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

There are no restrictions or limitations on classes offered through the exchange program to SAF Scholars.

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are not offered to students.

Housing Type

On-campus apartment, Off-campus apartment 


Meal plan is not required

Type of Room

Single room, shared bathroom and living space
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

Studying at Leipzig also means getting to know life off campus and meeting new people. The Welcome Initiative for Foreign Co-Students, WILMA, organizes events and opportunities that will show SAF Scholars the best spots in Leipzig to maximize their student life. Additionally, the university offers a variety of sports clubs, university choir or orchestra and student organizations in which SAF scholars are welcome to join and participate.

Life on Campus

Leipzig University is a young and dynamic campus that welcomes people from all over the world. The university is dedicated to providing favorable and relaxing studying conditions for its students. The university maintains a serene atmosphere. It is surrounded by green space, libraries and study halls. Many students at Leipzig ride their bikes around campus and throughout the city.

Last Updated: 1/9/19