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UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences


What is Liberal Arts and Sciences?

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is a specific approach to Bachelor level education and offers an alternative to disciplinary study programs. We understand LAS education as a process of intellectual discovery and personal development in an interdisciplinary and international learning community. The LAS program at UCF provides a structured opportunity for students to learn broadly about the human and the non-human world, to systematically develop their capacity for high-level academic work in exchange with others, and to gradually unfold their own unique interests and abilities in ways suited to their aspirations. We encourage students to critically reflect on science and knowledge and to become skilled communicators and creative shapers of their environment.

The LAS Course Catalogs can be downloaded here. The LAS Academic Calendar is available here.

Program Features

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences (depending on choice of Major)
  • Duration: LAS is a 4 year program with 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 A2 level (CEFR).
  • Total coursework amounts to 240 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 credits per semester. Most LAS courses carry a 6 ECTS credit workload. One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of about 30 hours.
  • Fees: Registration fee of about €150 per semester for all students. State of Baden-Württemberg tuition fees for non-EU students (€1,500 per semester) and for students seeking a second Bachelor (or Master's) degree (€650 per semester). For more information, please see the Student Service Center
  • UCF does not provide housing or scholarships. Living and accommodation costs amount to ca. €750 per month. For more information, please see 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.
  • The LAS Program is pre-accredited via the quality assurance process of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg and is currently undergoing the system accreditation process at the University of Freiburg.

UCF Course Catalog

Course Catalog Summer Semester 2019

The Course Catalog provides information on all courses on offer in the LAS program. It is published at the end of a semester for the upcoming semester. For the latest information on individual courses, please check on ILIAS. For course registration please carefully read pages 3 and 4.


LAS Online Study-Choice Assistant

Are you interested in studying LAS at UCF? Does LAS fit your academic interests and expectations? The interactive Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) can help you find out if it is the right program for you.