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  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Founded in 1743, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) today is one of the top comprehensive research universities in Germany with approximately 39,700 students. With five faculties, the University offers classes and research opportunities in a wide range of subjects. At the master’s level in particular, many subjects are taught entirely in English.

FAU is dedicated to research into the most important issues affecting society today and in the future through its interdisciplinary key research priorities such as Future Energy Systems, Optical Technologies and Medical Engineering that connect research at the faculties and represent the entire spectrum of academic disciplines offered by the University. Strategic topics such as artificial intelligence which involves over 70 professorships from Computer Science and Engineering to Sociology and Law are top of the agenda at FAU. The Department of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering (AIBE), founded in spring 2020, provides a structural framework for AI research at FAU. Not least thanks to its expertise in AI in medicine, the Bavarian state government has designated Erlangen as a Digital Health Hub as part of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria.

FAU offers outstanding research conditions for graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers. It provides state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure as well as intensive research mentoring and support. FAU students receive world-class training in an inspiring environment with access to exciting international exchange opportunities and excellent career prospects.

FAU benefits from collaborations 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 Centers.


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

Degree Courses

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FAU also offers a number of international degree courses in English.

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Contact Address and Useful Links

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)
Schlossplatz 3
91054 Erlangen
+49 (0) 9131 85 24444

Central Office for International Affairs
Career Service at FAU
Accommodation in Erlangen and Nuremberg

Erlangen and Nuremberg

FAU is located at the core of the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, one of Germany's most dynamic economic areas with over 3,5 million inhabitants. As a powerhouse for innovation, the university contributes to identifying and addressing technological, social and cultural challenges.

Both Erlangen with its approximately 100,000 inhabitants and Nuremberg with half a million inhabitants have their own charm and offer ample opportunities for sports, cultural and leisure-time activities. Especially in Erlangen, students and young researchers from all over the world as well as employees of globally operating companies create a vibrant, international atmosphere. The region's lively cultural scene and events such as the famous Erlangen beer festival ("Bergkirchweih"), the Nuremberg Christmas Market ("Christkindlesmarkt") and FAU's "Schlossgartenfest" attract visitors from near and far. In Nuremberg the historic city centre is a major tourist attraction. Nature lovers will find Franconian Switzerland – a paradise for climbing, mountainbiking and rambling – just a stone's throw away. FAU graduates profit from the Metropolitan Region's perfect professional and academic career opportunities. Among FAU's co-operation partners are global companies such as Siemens, Audi and Adidas. In addition, numerous medium-sized companies offer a great variety of job opportunities, for instance in health technology.

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