Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

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    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
    World Rank: 201st by Academic Ranking of World Universities
    Established on: 1743

    The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, or Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, is a public research university located in the German states of Bavaria and Nuremberg.

    Friedrich-Alexander is a combination of the names of the university's first founder, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and its benefactor, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach. 

    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg ranks as the state's second-largest university. The university has five faculties, 24 departments, 25 clinical departments, 21 autonomous departments, 3 457 research staff members, approximately 14,300 workers, 579 professors, and 5 faculties. 

    There were approximately 38,771 students enrolled in the university during the winter semester of 2018–19, including 5,096 international students. Among these, about 2/3 studied on the Erlangen campus, and the remaining 1/3 on the Nuremberg campus. According to these figures, FAU is one of Germany's top 10 universities by enrollment. In 2018, 840 doctorates and 55 post-doctoral theses were registered, and 7,390 students received their university diplomas.

    Additionally, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg received 201 million Euros (2018) in outside funding in the same year, ranking it among the top German universities supported by external sources.

    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) is the first German university to open a satellite campus in the South Korean city of Busan. Its campus project was given the go-ahead by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in November 2009. The FAU Busan Branch Campus Graduate School has a master's degree in chemical and bioengineering and a research center. Also, the university declared in 2014 that it would work to establish the Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone as a center for education. FAU Busan collaborates internationally with numerous businesses and academic institutions. In addition to many of the top universities in the world, such as the University of Cambridge, Duke University, UCL, Imperial College London, and many more, FAU has connections with about 500 universities worldwide.

    The faculty at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is very accomplished and knowledgeable. The faculty team also includes experts and researchers in related fields. The university maintains a top-notch infrastructure, including cutting-edge labs, art studios, computer labs, and libraries that provide research-driven education.

    The university's senate decided to restructure into five faculties in February 2007. The FAU has these members as of October 2007:

    • Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
    • Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law
    • Faculty of Medicine
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Faculty of Engineering

    The following faculties were part of the university (sorted in the order in which they were founded): Theological faculty, Law faculty, Medical faculty, Philosophical faculty I (philosophy, history, and social sciences), Philosophical faculty II (languages and literature), Science faculty I (mathematics and physics), Science faculty II (biology, chemistry, and pharmaceutics), Science faculty III (geography, geology/mineralogy/paleontology), Business- and social sciences faculty (1961) in Nuremberg, Technical Faculty (1966), Pedagogical faculty (1972) in Nuremberg.

    University Highlights 

    University Type

    Private Institution

    Established Year

    1743 AD



    Number of Courses

    5 Faculties

    Tuition Fees

    Friedrich Alexander University doesn't charge tuition fees


    October and April 

    Main Intakes

    The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg's main intake occurs in October as a winter semester intake and in April as a summer semester intake.


    Friedrich Alexander University supports its top students as part of the Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium) program. The most talented students are given scholarships worth 3,600 euros each semester, good for one year. The distinction of this scholarship is that while the German Federal State contributes the remaining half, the other half is provided by businesses, donors, friends of the university, and alumni.

    A Germany Scholarship application is accepted by Friedrich Alexander University students once a year. The funding, which totals 300 euros per month, is initially provided for two semesters (the winter semester and the summer semester that follows). Still, it can be extended yearly (starting with the following winter semester) until the end of the degree program's typical length. Students who need an extension must reapply.

    Application Process

    Eligibility for Masters or Ph.D. Courses

    A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required for admission to a master's degree program. All international degree programs and degree programs offered in English are listed separately.

    Students will then be required to submit detailed descriptions of their previous academic achievements and their application. The faculty will decide whether to recognize your achievements and which semester you can continue your studies.

    Eligibility for Bachelor's degrees

    Candidates may apply to study at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg if

    • The students must have completed secondary education.
    • The foreign applicant should be successful in their country examination. 

    The Studienkolleg foundation course in Germany or having attended an academic institution in your home country may also be required in some cases by the students.

    Documents required:

    • Official or Citified copies of High School Transcripts
    • Educational History Form 
    • Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT/ACT) are accepted.
    • English Language proficiency test score
    • Motivation Statement
    • Recommendation letter (optional/upon request)


    What are the different intakes at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg?

    Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg's main intake occurs in October as a winter semester and in April as a summer semester.



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