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© Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Motto: Die Weisheit hat sich ein Haus erbaut
Official name Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Alberto-Ludoviciana)
Founded 1457
School type State university (Baden-Württemberg)
Rector Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jäger
Location Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Enrollment 20,000 students
Sports teams USC Freiburg

Kollegiengebäude I,
as viewed from the library
The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg University) was founded 1457 in Freiburg im Breisgau by the Habsburgs and is one of the old and traditional universities in Germany. It is known for humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Table of contents
1 Campus
2 Students
3 Faculty
4 Organization
5 Noted Alumni and Professors
6 History
7 External link


As an old university, Freiburg University is deeply entwinned with the city of Freiburg. There are three greater ensembles of university buildings (the university centre next to the historical city of Freiburg, the institutes quarter and the applied sciences campus), but other buildings can be found nearly anywhere in Freiburg.


Today there are c. 20,000 students at Freiburg University, graduate as well as post-graduate. C. 10-15 % of the students are foreigners.


In 2001 c. 360 professors, c. 2,800 scientific employees and c. 7,700 non-scientific employees were working at Freiburg University, making it one of the biggest employers in Freiburg.


The university is headed by a rector and divided into 11 faculties:

  1. Faculty of Theology
  2. Faculty of Law
  3. Faculty of Medicine
  4. Faculty of Economics and Behavior Sciences
  5. Faculty of Philology
  6. Faculty of Philosophy (incl. history, sociology, ...)
  7. Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
  8. Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Geo-sciences
  9. Faculty of Biology
  10. Faculty of Forestry and Environmental science
  11. Faculty of Applied Science (mainly computer science and microsystem science)

It is part of the regional EUCOR federation with Karlsruhe, Basel, Mulhouse and Strasbourg.

Students eating in the central mensa

Noted Alumni and Professors


The university started with four faculties (
theology, philosophy, medicine and law). At the founding, the university was named only after Erzherzog Albrecht I. In 1820 the future of the university was unsure, and Großherzog Ludwig von Baden saved it by co-financing it. Since then the university is named Albert-Ludwigs-Universität.

Since the 1880s the number of students and faculties started to grow quickly. Just before World War I the university counted 3,000 students. In the beginning of the 20th century a lot of new university buildings in the inner city of Freiburg were built. After WW II the university was re-opened. New buildings for natural science were erected in the Institutsviertel (institute quarter).

In the 1960s, Freiburg university was part of the mass education campaign. Student numbers climbed to 10,000 students, arriving at 20,000 students in 1980.

In the 1970s, the faculty structure was changed to 14 departments, with the Faculty for applied science becoming the 15th faculty in 1994. In 2002, the number of faculties was reduced to eleven.

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