Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
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Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Bavaria, Germany | Public


Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with 38,771 students, 261-degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 579 professors), 199.64 million euros third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application. In winter semester 2014/15 around 39,085 students (including 3,556 foreign students) enrolled in the university in 239 fields of study, with about 2/3 studying at the Erlangen campus and the remaining 1/3 at the Nuremberg campus.

FAU’s outstanding research and teaching are reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure. Globally, the University ranked 299th according to QS World University Rankings. More so the University ranked 191-200th in Graduate Employability Ranking.



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Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg is a public research university in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. Erlangen German pronunciation is a Middle Franconian city in Bavaria, Germany. It is the seat of the administrative district Erlangen-Hochstadt (former administrative district Erlangen) and with 113,164 inhabitants (as of 30 June 2018) it is the smallest of the eight major cities in Bavaria. Together with Nuremberg, Furth, and Schwabach, Erlangen forms one of the three metropolises in Bavaria. Together with the surrounding area, these cities form the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, one of 11 metropolitan areas in Germany. Together with the cities of Nuremberg and Furth, Erlangen also forms a triangle of cities, which represents the heartland of the Nuremberg conurbation.


Friedrich Alexander University has five faculties which cover the entire spectrum of academic disciplines - from the humanities, theology, and medicine through to law and economics, science, and engineering. The individual disciplines are organized into departments and institutes and there are 24 Interdisciplinary Centres which make a significant contribution to collaboration between faculties at University. The University Library Erlangen-Nurnberg is the library system of the Friedrich Alexander University and is a regional library for the region of Middle Franconia. As an academic universal library, it offers its users a wide range of specialist literature from all faculties and a variety of services. With approximately 5.4 million volumes, it is Bavaria's largest library outside the state capital Munich. Large parts of the media stock are also accessible in interregional lending. The University Library is a member of the Bibliotheksverbund Bayern (Bavarian library union).

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The cities of Erlangen, Furth, and Nuremberg offer a very good standard of living This is particularly the case during the period before the start of a new semester. Our guest houses provide rooms for guest researchers from both Germany and abroad for the initial period of their stay to allow them to feel at ease right from the start and to concentrate on their research. All apartments are fully furnished and equipped with cooking facilities including pots and pans, crockery and all necessary household appliances. Bed linen and towels are changed and rooms are cleaned every fortnight.


The University has a faculty to staff ratio of about 1:8. The total number of students in University are 36,941 including 4,474 as International students. Total faculty staff is about 1,109 from which 136 is International staff.

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Friedrich Alexander University continues to support their students after they have finished their studies. University offer help and advice on finding their first job, organize further training and support students with life-long learning. University also helps students stay in touch with their fellow students, professors, and lecturers. Students will find everything they need to know about their Career Service, opportunities for further training and services for alumni.

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