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Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCF

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 enables 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 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.

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UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences


Program Features

The LAS Course Catalogs can be downloaded here.

The LAS Academic Calendar and semester dates are available here.

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences (depending on choice of Major)
  • Duration: 4 year program with a progressive storyline covering academic competencies, skills training, academic specialization, and room for intellectual exploration.
  • 240 ECTS credits total coursework, 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.
  • Language of instruction is English. Students who do not speak German must learn German up to the A2 level (CEFR) as part of their LAS program. 
  • Fees€150 registration fee 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
  • Living and accommodation costs: ca. €750 per month; for more information, please see our website. UCF does not provide housing or scholarships.
  • Accreditation: The LAS Program is pre-accredited at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and is currently undergoing the system accreditation process at the University of Freiburg
  • Application & Admissions: 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.
UCF Course Catalog

The LAS Course Catalog (Winter Semester 2019-20) provides information on all LAS courses. It is published at the end of a semester for the upcoming semester. For updates on individual courses, please see ILIAS. For course registration, please carefully read pages 3 and 4.

Are You Interested in Studying LAS at UCF?

Please see our information for prospective LAS students: