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Welcome to Germany’s most innovative university

Banner image: FAU/Erich Malter

At the heart of Europe lies the metropolitan region of Nuremberg—home to one of Germany's oldest and most distinguished universities: Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU). We offer 37,000 students from around the world the ideal innovation-driven environment to kick-start their careers in Engineering, Business, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law and the Humanities.

Take advantage of our strong partnerships with top global companies and research organisations including Siemens, Audi, Adidas, the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

At FAU, you will not amass huge student debts: under Germany's education system no tuition fees are charged in most courses. You don't have to pay to receive an excellent education!

FAU/David Hartfiel

Springboard to success

Research is a key strength of FAU. In many fields, our university counts among the major global players in higher education with connections to more than 500 universities worldwide. This strength feeds directly into your education because research and teaching at FAU are intertwined, bringing the latest breakthroughs and insights straight into the classroom.

FAU/David Hartfiel

International students thrive at FAU, not least thanks to our broad range of degree programmes taught entirely in English especially at the postgraduate level. You will join a young, bustling community fluent in English and open to cultural exchange, so it's easy to settle in. If you wish to improve your German or English, look no further than FAU's free language courses!

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A world-class region

Nuremberg and Erlangen are situated in one of the most picturesque and economically developed parts of the world: Bavaria. The Nuremberg area is one of the most cosmopolitan in the heart of Europe and has been a cultural hub for centuries. Historic cities such as Prague and Munich as well as sublime Alpine landscapes with fairy tale castles overlooking mountains and lakes are all within easy reach.

FAU/David Hartfiel

Building on its tradition and location, the Nuremberg region has established itself as an industry powerhouse driving Germany's economic success. It is home to innovative start-ups and leading global corporations that have partnered with FAU to form world-class research networks such as Energy Campus Nuremberg and Nuremberg Campus of Technology.

Student interview

Neonila is from Ukraine and studies Political Science at FAU.

What do you like the most about FAU and Erlangen?

'I find the international atmosphere here very accepting and appealing. There are international students in probably almost every program at FAU. In my BA program, for instance, there was usually at least one seminar offered in English attended not only by regular students but also by exchange students. I think FAU’s greatest benefit is its location in the heart of the booming economic region of Franconia. Alone the economic power of the region attracts many investments and interesting people from all over the world. The intellectual life at the University, warm atmosphere of the city, abundance of extracurricular activities yield a fantastic place to study, have fun and experience new things. However, what I like the most about FAU is the support offered to international students—there are orientation courses, welcome events, alumni network and international office, all of which considerably ease the start of one’s studies in a foreign country.'