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University College Freiburg (UCF) was founded in 2012 at the University of Freiburg and is situated in the historical buildings of the Alte Universität. Here, the medieval Artes Liberales were taught centuries ago as a cornerstone of university education at the time. Today, the Alte Universität is the site for exciting new explorations in higher education.

As the three main parts of its mission, UCF facilitates interdisciplinarity, internationalization, and didactic-methodological innovation in higher education. UCF provides a platform for projects that support and complement existing initiatives within the university or break new ground in areas from which the whole university can benefit. It is thus an integral part of the university's self-understanding as a comprehensive, internationally competitive research and teaching institution.

The four-year, English-taught Bachelor program in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is UCF's major offering. It emphasizes a broad interdisciplinary education, while at the same time providing for individualized academic concentrations on a high academic level. Applying interdisciplinarity, reflections on science, and cutting-edge research to undergraduate instruction is not a simple matter.

In order to provide a framework and didactic guidance for interdisciplinary higher education, the University of Freiburg has established two new chairs: Epistemology and Theory of Science and Science and Technology Studies. Together with UCF Teaching Staff and Teaching Fellows from within and beyond the university, these professorships are the backbone of the first Liberal Arts and Sciences study program in Germany. 

Liberal Arts and Sciences programs and University Colleges are new to the German higher education system. By taking up these concepts from the North American and Dutch contexts and adapting them to the specific situation in Germany and Freiburg, the University of Freiburg is breaking new ground. Our initiative is not isolated, but part of a larger debate on the future of higher education in Germany after the Bologna Process. Documentation and publications on the development of UCF and on its context in higher education can be found under Media & Publications.

We invite you – prospective and current students, colleagues, and anybody interested in higher education – to explore our website and to learn more about University College Freiburg, the people involved, and the programs and projects we offer.


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