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Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCF

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UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences

Aim and Approach

Liberal Arts and Sciences is a specific approach to Bachelor level education. It reaches across academic fields while also offering discipline-oriented academic training in a particular Major. LAS in Freiburg covers and integrates the breadth of academic endeavor. 

We encourage students to critically reflect on science and knowledge and to become skilled communicators and creative shapers of their environment. Focusing on the education of the whole person, LAS creates opportunities for personal development into motivated and responsible human beings.

For information on opportunities after your successful LAS graduation with a B.A. or B.Sc., please see here.


Program Features

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences (depending on choice of Major)
  • Duration: LAS is a 4 year program that includes breadth and depth. It has a progressive storyline covering academic competencies, skills training, academic specialization, and room for intellectual exploration. 
  • The language of instruction is English. As part of the LAS program, non-German speaking students must learn German up to the level of A2 (CEFR).
  • Bologna-compliant; total coursework amounts to 240 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 credits per semester. Most LAS courses carry a six ECTS credit workload. One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of about 30 hours.
  • Fees: In general, there are no tuition fees apart from a registration fee of about €150 per semester. The State of Baden-Württemberg is currently preparing legislation to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students (€1,500 per semester) and for all students seeking a second Bachelor (or Master's) degree (€650 per semester). For more detailed information, please see the University of Freiburg Student Portal
  • UCF does not provide housing or scholarships. Living and accommodation costs amount to ca. €750 per month. For more information, please see the university's Student Portal and our here on our website.
  • LAS is a selective program with an annual intake of about 80 students. Starting LAS is only possible in the winter semester. The application period is June 1 – July 15. 


Academic Content

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The Core is shared by all LAS students. It encompasses basic and advanced academic skills, philosophical and descriptive reflections on knowledge and science, and a curriculum on Responsibility and Leadership. 

The Majors provide an in-depth education in a specific academic field that is, in itself, interdisciplinary. After their first year of studies, students choose one of the following Majors:

  1. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Governance
  4. Culture and History 

In the Electives, students can undertake a variety of courses and projects to further shape their profile. 

The current LAS Course Catalog is available here

Academic Calendar

Summer Semester 2017

  • University Semester: April 24 – July 29 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester) (no teaching during university Pentecost holidays)
  • LAS Block III: April 18 – June 9 (Block III exams may take place during the university Pentecost holidays)
  • LAS Block IV: June 12 – July 28
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): October 2 – October 27

Winter Semester 2017-18

  • October Intensive (for 2nd – 4th year students): September 25 – October 6
  • Welcome Week: October 9 – 13
  • University Semester: October 16, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester, no teaching during the university Christmas Break)
  • LAS Block I: October 16 – December 8
  • LAS Block II: December 11, 2017 – February 16, 2018 (no teaching during the university Christmas break) 
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): April 3 – April 27