History, Affiliations and Rankings
Freiburg Cathedral was the site of the founding of a university in 1457. The "Albertina" was established as a complete university that included all of the time's significant faculties, including theology, law, medicine, and philosophy. It was created with the intention of educating young theologians and administrators. Freiburg is now Germany's fifth-oldest university, with a long history of teaching the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technology, as well as a national and international academic reputation. The university is affiliated with U15, European University Association (EUA), International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU) and League of European Research Universities (LERU). The University of Freiburg's research and teaching quality is routinely recognized in national and international university rankings. It is now regarded as the ninth best German university by QS World University Rankings (fifth best comprehensive university, ranked 169th internationally). It is ranked 76th globally and 5th nationally in the latest Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Freiburg is known around the world for its ancient old town, the Black Forest mountains, recreational value, strong environmental requirements, and, of course, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität. The university is situated in the city's core. Students will be a part of one of Germany's greatest universities if they study in the sustainable and green Black Forest Metropolis of Freiburg: 290 degree programs will prepare them to address future social and scientific issues in the best possible way. The university offers bachelors and masters programs in various disciplines.
Accomplishments and Alumni
It has won numerous accolades as one of Germany's greatest universities in national contests for its outstanding research and teaching. The institution provides a creative and inspirational environment in which to learn, research, and live for its approximately 25,000 students. At the University of Freiburg, a number of well-known philosophers, renowned academics, and Nobel laureates have taught and conducted research. The university's recent achievement in the "Excellence" contests, in 2007 for research and 2009 for instruction, affirms its status as one of the world's premier universities. Approximately 80,000 alumni from all over the world are in contact with the University of Freiburg. Some of the notable ones are: Martin Heidegger, German philosopher, Mario Molina, Mexican chemist and Hans Krebs, German-British physician.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Over 24,000 students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in 180 degree programs across 11 faculties of the University of Freiburg. Every day, over 7,000 professors and lecturers, as well as many other staff, put in their best effort. The university offers a really global and diversified culture with around 3,500 international students. For the energetic student, the area surrounding Freiburg offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including skiing, hiking, cycling, and mountain riding, to name a few. In addition, the university sports club offers a variety of sporting activities and courses to students. Some of the top recruiters of the university’s graduates are Roche, Selbständig, Novartis and Bosch.