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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 one particular Major. The Major Culture and History is based in the humanities, Governance in the social sciences; two Majors, Life Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences, are from the natural sciences. LAS in Freiburg thus covers and integrates the breadth of academic endeavor and takes the "S" in LAS seriously. It encourages 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, it creates opportunities for personal development into motivated and responsible human beings.

For information on opportunities after graduating from the Freiburg LAS program with a Bachelor of Art or of Sciences, 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: There are no tuition fees (non-EU prospective students – please see current information here!) apart from a registration fee of about €150 per semester. 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 ~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 choose from a variety of courses and projects to further shape their educational profile. 

The current LAS Course Catalog is available here

Academic Calendar

Please note: the university is closed on public holidays

Winter Semester 2016-17

  • October Intensive (for 2nd – 4th year students): September 26 – October 7
  • Welcome Week: October 10 – 14
  • University Semester: October 17, 2016 – February 11, 2017 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester)
  • LAS Block I: October 17 – December 9
  • LAS Block II: December 12, 2016 – February 17, 2017 (no teaching during the university Christmas break) 

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 (Examinations of Block III 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)