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Studying in Freiburg

Welcome to the "green city"!A scenic overview from the Schlossberg in Freiburg

A. HornungFreiburg Panorama 1000, Urhebername hinzugefügt, CC BY-SA 3.0


Freiburg is located in the south-west of Germany on the western edge of the majestic Black Forest mountain range. The city is a famous old university town, known for its historic medieval centre, its extensive pedestrian zone with lots of cafes and cozy pubs and its high standard of living. Freiburg is also known as 'the green city' for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable development, which it pioneered already back in the 1970s. Its proximity to the Black Forest as well as close destinations in France and Switzerland offer plenty of great possibilities for leisure activities such as hiking, mountainbiking, climbing and skiing. Not surprisingly Freiburg is one of Germany's favourite tourist locations. With over 25,000 students from over 50 nations, almost a tenth of Freiburg's population are students. This makes Freiburg one of Germany's most vibrant student cities with a very lively student life.



The new university library, opened in 2015

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and is now one of the nation's leading research and teaching institutions as evidenced by its consistent ranking among the top European universities and its membership in the League of European Research Universities (LERU). With many different research groups working in neuroscience and numerous large scale initiatives the University of Freiburg offers an excellent environment for research and training in fundamental and clinical research in neuroscience and neurotechnology.



Freiburg leben

The cost of living in Freiburg ranges between 650 and 800 Euro a month. Rates for rooms and apartments will start at 350 Euro, while you will have to spend 100 to 150 Euro on food and 150 Euro on entertainment. Public transportation will be 89 Euro per Semester with the "SemesterTicket" (a student ticket at a reduced price), which takes you across the region way beyond the city limits for a full semester.




The M.Sc. neuroscience program is tuition free to both national and EU students.
Administrative charges and fees amount to 145 EUR/semester (i.e. per half year). 


Please be advised that starting from winter semester 2017/18 tuition fees will be charged to all non-EU-students as well as students in their second degree. For further information, please consult:



Watch a video about what student life is like in Freiburg.