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July 31, 2020: Launch of AU-f einer Reise

In the course of the 900th anniversary of the founding of the city of Freiburg, LAS students present perspectives on education in the historic building of the Old University. The project „AU-f einer Reise. Perspektiven zur Bildung an der Alten Uni" is devided into three parts:

AU-f in die Vergangenheit: with an interactive AU-dioguide

AU-f in die Gegenwart: with snapshots of (student) life at Alte Uni

AU-f in die Zukunft: with interviews and surveys to participate

Discover the building and its history with an audio guide about the past of the institution, an Instagram Account about life in the building today and finally interviews and surveys about the future and further development of education on their website. Join us on this exciting journey!

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July 28, 2020: Online Panel Discussion on "Corona and University Teaching"

On 28.07.2020 a panel discussion will focus on the challenges of the digital summer semester and perspectives for the winter semester. Rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Prof. Dr. Juliane Besters-Dilger, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the sinologist Prof. Dr. Nicola Spakowski, the doctoral student Eva Rüskamp from the English Department, and Jann Köster, a law student, will discuss the developments and decisions of the past and coming months.

When? July 28, 2020, 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Where? Livestream

July 20, 2020: Global Order Talk "EU Media Freedom During the Pandemic"


The Global Order Project invites you to their Global Order Talk: "Shrinking Space for Media and Freedom of Speech in Times of COVID? The European Perspective on Media Freedom in the COVID (State of) Emergency".

The joint talk by international relations experts Dr. Rumena Filipova and Dr. Stoyan Panov will focus on the situation of media freedom in Europe during the pandemic state of emergency. Dr. Rumena Filipova and Dr. Stoyan Panov will share their expertise with us and answer our questions.

When? July 23, 5 pm

Where? Online platform BlueJeans. To sign up, go to this URL.

July 3, 2020: News from EPICUR – Student Webinar, Teaching & Learning Survey

1. "Let's Become a European University!" Student Board Webinar, July 15

On July 15, from 2pm-4.30pm (CEST), the EPICUR Student Board is hosting a webinar for interested students from all eight partner universities. 

The program includes a welcome by Michel Deneken, President of EPICUR, University of Strasbourg, general presentations about EPICUR, and, most importantly, break-out sessions on:

  1. Mobility
  2. Program/Study Track Design
  3. What is a (European) University about?

The overarching aim is to inform students about EPICUR and to engage them in shaping this European University alliance. More information is available in the webinar flyer (7mb).

You can register for the webinar at:

2. Mapping EPICUR Teaching & Learning Collaborations (curricular and co-curricular)

An important part of the Work Package 3 is scoping the EPICUR partners for potential collaborations in LAS-based teaching and learning. To this end, the Freiburg WP3 / EPICUR team has put together a Mapping EPICUR Collaborations (curricular and co-curricular) survey

Your participation in this survey enables WP3 to 

  • identify fitting existing offerings,
  • develop new courses and collaborations,
  • ensure recognition of EPICUR courses within existing programs of study, and
  • to connect stakeholders to develop Innovative Learning & Teaching Formats for EPICUR

Join us in this exciting endeavor of international, LAS-based teaching & learning collaboration!

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July 1, 2020: The LAS Application Period Starts

Today the LAS application period starts. Until August 20, prospective students can now apply online for LAS at UCF. We know that applying at a university can be challenging – that is why we have compiled guidelines that help you through the process.

Please note that the interviews for EU applicants will take place from September 7 – 10. They will be conducted online.
If you have any questions on the application and admissions process and would like to speak with us, you can join our Live Q&A Session on July 10.

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We look forward to your application!

June 20, 2020: Prof. Gehrke elected as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Athens

We are very proud to announce, that Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, UCF's Director of Outreach, has now been appointed as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Athens. The Journal of the Government of the Greek Republic (May 25, 2020) states:

The election of Hans-Joachim Gehrke, emeritus professor of Ancient History at the University of Freiburg (Germany), as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Athens in the Literature and Fine Arts class, which was made by the Academy's General Assembly, has been confirmed.

The Minister of Education and Culture
Niki Kerameos

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We congratulate Prof. Achim Gehrke warmly on this honorable appointment!

June 10, 2020: Postponed LAS Application Period: July 1 – August 20

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, secondary school graduation exams and the issuing of school-leaving certificates has been delayed in Germany and many countries worldwide. In order to accommodate for this, the application period has been postponed at German universities. This also holds for the LAS Program at UCF: 

The LAS application period 2020 runs from July 1 – August 20. We have updated the Application & Admissions guidelines and video accordingly. 

We are very pleased with the positive feedback from prospective students for our Online Open Days. The upcoming live Q&A sessions will take place on Friday, June 12 with a special focus on the LAS Application & Admissions process. Please join us!

Beyond our regular live Q&A sessions, we are also offering student-organized and student-only live formats "Talk live to LAS students" on June 19 and July 3.

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May 8, 2020: LAS Online Open Days 2020

Today and for the first time, UCF has started its LAS Online Open Days 2020! Join us for a full overview of the LAS program, the people involved, a series of Q&A sessions, and much more:

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May 4, 2020: New LAS Study and Examination Regulations 2020

The new LAS study and examination regulations (Studien- und Prüfungsordnung; StuPO) will take effect as of October 2020. Changes were necessary for two reasons: (1) compliance with new legal regulations as well as with requirements and suggestions from the 2017/18 accreditation process, (2) further developments of the LAS program based on experiences and ideas at UCF since the previous reform in 2015.

The LAS StuPO 2020 changes were developed and discussed by an interdisciplinary task force, in coordination with further experts and an LAS student working group. The suggestions were continuously coordinated with the LAS examination office and with the University's legal and quality management departments. The StuPO then had to pass several university committees: the LAS Board of Studies, the Council of the Faculty of Humanities, and the University Senate.

Two exemplary amendments are the introduction of a 2 ECTS module Advanced Academic Skills in the LAS Core and the change in title of the Major Earth and Environmental Sciences to Environmental and Sustainability Sciences:

  • In the new 2 ECTS pass/fail Core module Advanced Academic Skills, students enhance their academic skills in a chosen area such as Argumentation, Writing Lab, or R. This module was suggested by the students and offers further choice options in the otherwise rather structured LAS Core.
  • The name change from Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) to Environmental and Sustainability Science (ESS) reflects the gradual content shift towards Sustainability Sciences in that Major that has taken place over the last years. The stronger emphasis on Sustainability Sciences provides more opportunities for interconnections with the other LAS Majors, and benefits from the interdisciplinary sustainability research focus at the University of Freiburg.

April 20, 2020: Information on the Coronavirus and Relevant Policies and Measures

University of Freiburg: For information on the coronavirus and relevant policies and measures, please see the University website (updated constantly). In this video, Rector Hans-Jochen Schiewer explains what the coming summer semester will look like.

University College Freiburg: All offices at UCF are closed to the public, including students. More information can be found on Ilias. In case of questions, please contact:

City of Freiburg: The city of Freiburg website has information and regulations (in German) for Freiburg.

State of Baden-Württemberg: Here you can find the current Corona Regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg. If you scroll down, you can download an English version.

General information on the coronavirus in English:

April 19, 2020: LAS Student Or Shapira writes Children's Book Schulz

LAS student Or Shapira was introduced to the four-sides model of communication by Prof. Friedmann Schulz von Thun as part of a course on aspects of communication with Dr. Büchner. That model not only sparked his interest but also his inspiration.
In the Responsibility and Leadership course with Prof. Lipphardt, Or had the chance to write something creative, and decided to present the four-sides model, based on "Miteinander Reden 1" by Prof. Schulz von Thun, to a new audience: children. Even Prof. Schulz von Thun himself has highly praised the book.

"After long weeks of thinking about what and how I should write, the children's book Schulz was written. Kind Ava Molleson has given life to the world with her minimalistic imaginative illustrations.

The book is about Enno, a child who had a fight with his mother. When he goes to relax in the forest, he meets a magical creature called Schulz, who changes his perception. Through the model, Schulz teaches Enno about communication and listening and helps him to make peace with his mother.

Schulz is a story about the misunderstandings we all know – adults and children alike – and how we can communicate more responsibly with others. I want to publish Schulz as a hardcover book, and am these days looking for a publisher. If anyone knows someone in this field, they are welcome to contact me. A copy of the book will be available in the Reading Room once the Alte Uni will be open for us again." Or Shapira

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"The book is funny, child-friendly, instructive - and the pictures of Mrs. Molleson are lovely! Schulz is cheeky and ingenious at the same time!" Prof. Friedmann Schulz von Thun.

February 27, 2020: Study trip to Geneva: UNEP, WHO and WTO

Recently 29 LAS students visited the environmental and health related institutions in Geneva. The excursion was organized by the coordinators of the two Majors Life Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences. Here are some impressions: How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? It is mainly all about money! This appeared to be a central theme on our visit to the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO). At the UNEP we learned that it is necessary to find ways to value the environment monetarily so that the environment has also a "seat at the table". The WHO has a convening power in supporting the health of the world population. They also explore how strongly health conditions are connected to the environment and the changing climate. However, they could be stronger if they would have more budget than a midsize hospital. Finally arriving at the "palace" of the WTO it was already visible from the outside how money seems to rule the world. The WTO was established to regulate trade over the boarders more transparently and non-discriminating by still keeping exemptions for environmental and health issues. All in all, we got a good insight into these important organizations and the work of some people. Let's hope that they also "walk the talk"!

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February 24, 2020: Dr. Stoyan Panov has been awarded the re:constitution Fellowship

Dr. PanovUCF's Dr. Stoyan Panov has been awarded the 2019/2020 re:constitution– Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe Fellowship.

re:constitution promotes dialogue on the rule of law across Europe between scholars, lawyers and other legal practitioners, as well as journalists in the fields of law, media and politics. The program awards fellowships to young scholars and practitioners of law for every academic year. At UCF, Stoyan Panov is a lecturer in International Law and Jurisprudence and his research interests cover the areas of EU law, human rights law, international criminal law, international law, the rule of law, anti-corruption mechanisms, and international security.

We congratulate him warmly!

February 10, 2020: "Research Design Across Disciplines" – Conference on Feb 13/14

The LAS 4th year course "Research Design Across Disciplines" (RDAD) prepares students for Bachelor thesis research. As part of the course, participants organize an interdisciplinary academic conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their B.A. or B.Sc. theses.

The RDAD conference 2020 will take place on February 13th and 14th. It includes panel sessions on "Advocacy", "Critical Discourses on Sex & Gender", "Improving Human-Environment Interactions", or "At the Edge of Legality" as well as a Poster Session on "Agriculture, Land & Mental Health.

The full program is available here.

RDAD 2020 Program

February 4, 2020: Register for the Creates Conference by February 28th

Creates Conference 2020The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CREATES is pleased to invite you to the one-day conference for university teachers:

Co-creative Learning in Higher Education: the CREATES Toolkit for Teachers

Teacher-scholars from around Europe will gather for this one-day conference in Freiburg to launch the CREATES toolkit of classroom techniques, teaching methods, and best practices for effective teaching and learning in higher education. The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CREATES invites attendants of all levels of teaching expertise, including:
• newer university teachers looking for models for active classroom participation,
• advanced teacher-scholars interested in sharing their experiences with a diverse
  group of colleagues, and
• teaching services and center professionals.

Registration deadline: February 28, 2020

When? March 27, 2020, 8:30-16:30
Where? University of Freiburg, Germany

The conference program will include short introductions to several specific co-creative teaching techniques. At an 'information market', all participants will have the option to share their own teaching project or innovative technique and exchange with like-minded practitioners from different fields.
We look forward to an engaging day of practical exchange and networking with like-minded colleagues from universities across Europe. Here you can find more information, a program, and registration (deadline 28. February).

January 17, 2020: Academia meets Industry with Annette Green

Academia meets Industry Green

Thursday, January 30, Annette Green, Vice president DACH, at SAS Heidelberg, will give a talk about "Transform a World of Data into a World of Intelligence". The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Schneider (Prorektor für Digitale Transformation).

The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers. Here you can find more information.

When? Thursday, January 30, 2020, 17:00 (c.t.)

Where? Aula, KG I


January 10, 2020: Key dates 2020 for our prosepective students

For prospective LAS students, we would like to announce the following key dates for 2020:

1. LAS Open Days

Every year UCF opens its doors for prospective students. Our Open Days 2020 will take place on Friday, May 8 and on Friday, June 19. Here you can find more information.

2. Application Period

The application period for starting the LAS program in October 2020, is June 1 – July 15. For more information please see our Application and Admissions page; and please note that we will update our application guidelines in the next weeks.
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December 19, 2019: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays 2019

A big thank you to our LAS student Chiara Giardi for designing this year's christmas card!!

We would like to thank all our supporters – students, staff, professors and many friends – for their commitment over the past year. It was an exciting year with many positive developments for UCF.

We wish everybody peaceful and inspiring holidays as well as a great start into the New Year 2020!


December 4, 2019: EES students met Dr. Robert Habeck

On November 21, Dr. Sabine Sané and 17 LAS students of the EES course "Resources and Sustainability" had the chance to meet Dr. Robert Habeck, federal chairman of the party Alliance 90/The Greens. They talked about different aspects of sustainability such as decoupling economic growth from environmental impact, price regulations vs. prohibition and more financial investments that need to be allocated to a sustainable development.
However, especially interesting got the conversation when they started to talk about the usefulness of a background in philosophy when working in a political environment and the benefits of a Liberal Arts and Sciences education.

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(photos by Peter Allmann)

December 3, 2019: New Webpage of Fachchapter University College Freiburg

We are very happy that the “alumniLAS” organization is now part of the Alumni Freiburg e.V. as the first “Fachchapter” at the University of Freiburg. Gregor Ranft, who is now “Vorsitzender of the UCF Fachchapter”, was presented the official accreditation during the LAS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Have a look at the new Fachchapter UCF webpage. To all our UCF alumni: In case you are not yet a member of the University of Freiburg Alumni Association, please consider joining. Stay in touch!

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18 November, 2019: Lecture by Jean Pütz

Jean PuetzOn November 18, 2019, University College Freiburg and the Studium generale invite you to a lecture by Jean Pütz: "Wissenschaftsjournalismus und Demokratie" (in German).

The science journalist Jean Pütz developed the TV show "Hobbythek", which was broadcast between 1974 and 2004. He is the author of over 80 books with a total circulation of over 6 million. Jean Pütz has been honored with numerous prizes, including the Batelle Prize for Science Journalism, the Prize of the Society of German Chemists for Outstanding Science Journalism and the Eduard Rhein Prize for his lifetime achievement.

When? Monday, November 18, 2019 20:00 h

Where? Alte Universität, HS 1, entrance via Brunnenstraße

28 October, 2019: LAS Graduation Ceremony 2019


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On October 19, 2019, more than 200 people gathered in the Aula to celebrate the 4th LAS Graduation Ceremony. Students, staff, families and friends joined us to congratulate and bid farewell to the LAS Graduates 2019. Here you can find more information and photos.

23 October, 2019: FRIAS Lunch Lecture series WS 2019/20 starts

FRIAS Lunch Lectures WS 2019-20Starting on October 24, 2019, every Thursday FRIAS Fellows and guests offer 25-30 minute lectures for students and the (University) public, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion. The lectures take place during lunch hour in the University´s centre in the middle of town.

This semester’s series is on “"Models and Modelling across Sciences" and the introductory Lunch Lecture will be given by PD Dr. Tobias Henschen: “What is a Scientific Model?

When? 12:15 – 1:00 pm (Thursday, October 24, 2019)

Where? Lecture Hall HS 1009 in Kollegiengebäude I (KG I), University of Freiburg

1 October, 2019: Welcome Week 2019

Welcome Week 2019

On Monday, October 14, our LAS Welcome Week 2019 begins. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our new students.

We have an exciting week ahead of us: we want to introduce you to the people and the structure of UCF and LAS, give you a study outline on your foundational year, and provide some general information such as the modalities of course registration and academic advising. As you can see from our Welcome Week schedule, the UCF Students Council has also numerous fun activities planned so that you get to know each other and Freiburg.

Here you can already have a look at our Course Catalog, the Modul Handbook or get first impressions of Freiburg. This year the university provides an app for beginning students called "Studienstart – Uni Freiburg" that you can download for free for iOS and Android.

23 September, 2019: ΑΡΧΑΙΟΣ ΝΕΩΣ – research project with UCF's Prof. Gehrke

From the Acropolis to Olympia and back

Prof. GehrkeProf. Achim Gehrke is a retired (?) Professor of Ancient History. To this day, he is curious and engaged as a teacher, supervisor, advisor, researcher… And he is an expert in many, if not all matters of classical Greek and Roman antiquity. Since 2015, he is part of a DFG funded historical-archaeological research project on the sanctuary Olympia: The multidimensional space of Olympia (Greece).

The DFG has now approved funding for a further interdisciplinary project that Achim Gehrke is involved in: "ΑΡΧΑΙΟΣ ΝΕΩΣ. Neue Studien zur archaischen Architektur auf der Akropolis von Athen" (The Old Temple. New studies on the archaic architecture of the Athenian Acropolis). This project again focuses on ancient Greece and will study the Acropolis – especially its archaic and early classical architectures and developments as well as its connections to the political history of the polis Athens – the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy.

19 September, 2019: New LAS Stories

In our LAS Stories, we gather all the testimonials we receive: from current LAS students, students who share their study abroad stories, to our LAS alumni who let us know what they are doing now.  Have a look at our newly published stories: Daichi tells us more about his fantastic time at the University of Warwick, where he studied abroad for a year. UCF alumna Swenja is back in her hometown and about to start her own business, after completing a Master’s in Gender and Culture at the Swansea University, UK. Daniel, another UCF alumnus, found his passion in the Social Enterprise sector and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Philosophy and Economics. Thank you all for sharing this with us!

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10 July, 2019: Erasmus Prize Award Ceremony

This year the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded to Lena Kulla, a LAS alumna, and to Alex Giurca, from the Institute of Forest Sciences of the University of Freiburg. Lena Kulla’s prize-winning Bachelorthesis ““Factors Influencing the Incorporation of an Upper-Extremity Prosthesis into Everyday Activities – A Phenomenological Approach to Prosthesis Acceptance and Usage” deals with the socially highly relevant issue of the acceptance or rejection of prostheses. Dr. Alex Giurca undertakes an interdisciplinary analysis of the bioeconomy in his thesis “The Forest-Based Bioeconomy: Actor Networks, Policies and Politics in Germany and Northern Europe” and combines approaches from forestry, political science, economics and management theory with quantitative and qualitative methods. For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release and our website.

We were very pleased and honored that the diplomat Martin Kobler gave this year’s keynote speech. He talked about “Zerfällt die Welt? Erfahrungen mit Nation-Building im 21. Jahrhundert“. This was especially interesting since Martin Kobler was, inter alia, German Ambassador to Egypt, Iraq, and Pakistan, as well as UN Special Representative in Iraq, Congo and Libya.

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(Photos by Patrick Seeger)

26 June, 2019: EPICUR successful – a European-wide campus for 270,000 students

EPICUR logoEight Universities in six countries successfully joined forces for the "European Universities" call from the European Commission. The consortium EPICUR (European Partnership for Innovative Campus Unifying Regions) is now a pilot project for the European University of the future and will receive € 5 millions to design and implement innovative teaching and learning infrastructure and formats – formats that are geared to the new generation of European citizens, to face the great societal challenges of the Europe of tomorrow.
The project's pilot phase consists of several action programs, such as

  • promoting multilingualism and inclusive governance
  • implementing innovative methods of learning and teaching for the European citizens of tomorrow
  • establishing an interuniversity campus, using a student and staff-centered approach
  • strengthening and connecting regions through a European University

The EPICUR alliance is composed of eight partners: 

The EPICUR alliance places "Liberal Arts and Sciences Education" at the center of its project: one of the long-term objectives is the creation of a four-year "European bachelor of liberal arts and sciences", taught in English at several EPICUR universities. Two important starting points for this ambitious goal are the University Colleges in Amsterdam and Freiburg!

More information on the University of Freiburg PR page and at the Université de Strasbourg.


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12 June, 2019: UCF Speaker Series "Models Across Disciplines"

UCF Speaker Series on ModelsAcross the disciplines, scientific models are of central importance. We use computational models to predict the climate for some future period; the ideal gas model to explain certain thermodynamic processes of gases; the double helix model to describe DNA molecules; dynamic-stochastic general-equilibrium models to justify economic policy decisions and so on. The immense importance of scientific models raises questions that do not necessarily surface in scientific practice, but can be quite perplexing. What is a model? What does it represent? How does it relate to theory? What purpose does it serve? Is it true or false?

The UCF Speaker Series, organized by PD Dr. Tobias Henschen and Dr. Simon Büchner, invites professors from different disciplines to talk about their "favourite" models. The talks and the models they cover are supposed to provide a starting point for discussions on intricate questions regarding the ontology and epistemology of models, their functions, and their use in research.

When? Wednesdays, 6:15 pm – 8 pm

Where? UCF, HS 01036a

If you are interested in attending the series, please contact Silvia Stößer.

3 June, 2019: LAS Students at the National Model United Nations

A few weeks ago, the LAS students Yigit and Linnea were part of the Freiburg University delegation to the National Model United Nations 2019 conference in New York. Prior to the conference, they visited the UN Secretariat, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre. They also spent time with the University of Freiburg's North America alumni chapter, networking with them and promoting their project. 

At the conference, Yigit represented the country of Colombia as a delegate at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) while Linnea took part in the board of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a rapporteur. Linnea also held a speech at the UN General Assembly Hall on behalf of the Freiburg delegation, aiming to raise awareness about humanitarian aid workers who suffer from mental illnesses. The Freiburg delegation received a Distinguished Delegation Award at the end of the conference for their collective NMUN performance.

We enjoyed our time in New York City and had an amazing opportunity to experience a realistic setting of the UN. It was thrilling to have a practical involvement in the arenas of international relations as well as global politics, and we truly appreciated the international atmosphere of the conference. Linnea and Yigit

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24 May, 2019: LAS Students at the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Last month, four LAS students, coached by UCF's Dr. Stoyan Panov, took part in the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC), an international human rights competition, intended to focus on the human rights activities of the Council of Europe and in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. The EHRMCC is one of the most competitive and prestigious moot court competitions.

The 7th edition of the EHRMCC took place in April 2019 coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights, the main juris corpus of the Council of Europe. The case concerned cyber harassment, hate speech and gender equality within the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The UCF team was among the 20 teams that qualified to participate in the highly competitive Final Oral Rounds Competition in Strasbourg on 15-19 April 2019. Kasia Schwartz, Nathalie Kornet, Julius Nebel and Paul Weber represented the UCF at the Competition. The UCF team reached the quarterfinals of the Competition and placed 5-6 overall from out of more than 100 registered teams in the Competition this year.

We congratulate the UCF team warmly!

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The skills we acquired during this project can be used in all different sorts of situations in our lives, be it at job interviews, at stressful situations at work or at oral presentations in university. All of this taken together made this project simply incredible and one of the best experiences I had during my time in Freiburg! UCF team

May 21, 2019: 4th Liberal Education Student Conference in Berlin (May 2-5)

4th LESCOn May 2-5 2019, the 4th Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC) was held at Bard College Berlin. This conference engaged students with the question: "Liberal Education: In Conversation with Today's World of Tomorrow". Featuring invigorating conversations, guest lectures, and the core text: Nietzsche's "On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life", participants from around Europe explored ideas from each others contributions and addressed questions on the role and future of liberal education in the following four domains: education, society, technology, and politics. Participants discovered differences and similarities which surround liberal education, and addressed varying views of what liberal education is and why such a conference as the LESC exist.

The 2019 LESC also featured the launch of angLES, a "trans-european, inter-university" liberal education students journal, a project designed to continue spreading and sharing ideas within and beyond the circles of liberal education. This journal provides a platform to extend the conversation about liberal education beyond the conference, as well as providing a close network for students with its imbedded peer-review process. Closing with stimulating questions, further knowledge, and inspirations, the LESC was a great advancement to the liberal education community in Europe.

May 13, 2019: Identifying the Blind Spots – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability

The complex issue of sustainability necessitates cooperation of different actors and disciplines: In the light of current socio-ecological crises, a shift towards interdisciplinary approaches is indispensable. The lecture series "Identifying the Blind Spots – Or what we don't know: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the issue of sustainability" shall create a room for open dialogs, where the confrontation of different perspectives leads to the identification of their respective blind spots.  

Identifying the blind spotsThe goal of this lecture series is to determine and critically reflect the ignorance resulting from isolated views of individual disciplines and, further, to make room for synergies. Not only do we want to address questions, which we as a society may or may not have an answer for; rather, the focus shall lie on finding those questions that are usually not even asked – the blind spots.

Next lecture:
"Sustainability and Politics", Monday May 13th, 6-8pm, Veranstaltungsaal UB

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt (Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik)
  • Walter Kahlenborn (adelphi Berlin)
  • Moderation: Dr. Steffi Ober (Forschungswende)

Organized by the student initiative "Nachhaltigkeitsbüro Uni Freiburg" and sponsored, among others, by the UCF Students Council.

May 8, 2019: New Project at UCF "Wissenschaft – Technologie – Gesellschaft"

Starting in winter semester 2019/20, UCF offers three seminars entitled "Wissenschaft – Technologie – Gesellschaft". The seminars are taught in German and open for bachelor and master students of all faculties. In these seminars, students explore together with experts how science, technology and society are mutually dependent and which social-ethical questions accompany new scientific and technological developments. The seminars offer students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary teams with selected scientific and technological developments, to examine their social implications and to present the resulting findings in a generally understandable way. Here you can find more information on "Wissenschaft – Technologie – Gesellschaft".

We warmly welcome Dr. Marie Muschalek, the new coordinator for the project, at UCF!

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April 23, 2019: FRIAS Lunch Lectures on Intelligences

Lunch Lectures 2019

It's Lunch Lectures time again! Starting this Thursday, April 25, FRIAS Fellows and guests offer 25-30 minute lectures for students and the public, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion. This semester the FRIAS Lunch Lectures deal with "Intelligences. A multidisciplinary exploration of human and artificial intelligence."

When? Thursdays, 12.15  – 1.00 pm

Where? Lecture Hall HS 1009, KG I

Here you can find more information on the Lunch Lectures.

March 25, 2019: LAS 2019 Application and Admissions Information

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We know that applying at a university can be challenging. To make the LAS application and admissions process as understandable and transparent as possible, we have updated our guidelines for you.

The application and admissions section of our website provides information that guides you through the process of applying to the LAS Program at UCF.

Please note: The application period for the LAS Program is June 1 – July 15, 2019. But, of course, you can and should start preparing all necessary documents as early as possible. And we encourage you to join us for our LAS Open Days on April 12 and June 7, 2019 and/or get in touch with us with your questions.

We look forward to your application!

March 18, 2019: Virtual Reality in Toulouse

Ivan, student of the Major Life Sciences, did an internship as part of his Electives at the University of Toulouse in winter semester 2018/19. We are glad that he shares his experience with us:

"During their studies at UCF, Life Sciences students must complete the Lab Practice module. This module gives insights on practical aspects of research in natural sciences, students experience lab’s everyday life and get the idea of main approaches to experiment design, while participating in current research or conducting their own. In my case, I wanted this module to be tightly connected to my bachelor thesis, that is why I was very happy to be accepted to complete my lab practice at Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw lab for Animal Physiology, Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Freiburg. […] Imagine my surprise when I was invited to continue my work at the University of Toulouse within CNRS. Dr. Antoine Wystrach and Dr. Sebastian Schwarz study ant's navigation and were very interested in building a system similar to Dr. Straw’s Virtual Reality arena…" Read more.

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Pictures by Ivan Sukhov. Thank you.

February 27, 2019: EES Study Trip to Geneva

Recently a group of 25 students participated in a study visit of the Major Earth and Environmental Sciences to the environmental institutions of United Nations: the World Meteorological Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme. They learned from experts in the field about the opportunities and challenges they face with global environmental governance as they fight starvation, promote green technologies, manage disaster risks, collect geospatial data, and combat climate change. More pictures and info on the two-day study trip can be found here.

The study trip was possible thanks to support by the Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg.

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February 20, 2019: Discussion with UCF’s Dr. Plumley and UCF Alumna Stella Rutkat

At the round of talks on “Perspectives on 20 years of Vagina Monologues“, organized by the maniacts, the English department drama group, both UCF’s Dr. Ryan Plumley and LAS Alumna Stella Rutkat took part. Together with Dr. Esther Gaertner, gynecologist and co-founder of the mentoring network of the Deutschen Ärztinnenbund, and Simone Thomas, women’s representative of the City of Freiburg, they openly talked about how far we have come along, 20 years after the Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. What about the rights and self-determination of women today - sexually, politically and legally? The discussion was moderated by Maria-Xenia Hardt, who was also a UCF Teaching Fellow last summer semester. Here you can find more information on the event.

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Pictures by Simon Sahner

February 6, 2019: Fourth-year Students Conference

Programm Research across DisciplinesAt the Research across Disciplines Conference fourth-year students will present their research designs and potential Bachelor's theses within panels, like:

Climate and Technology / Values / Environmental Justice / Fast Fashion / Gold Mining / Food and Health / Migration and Minority Protection / Security of Basic Needs: Energy, Income, Food / Political Criticism / Feminism and Gender / Colonialism and Warfare / Cultural Controversies

Here you can find the program of the conference with all topics and short descriptions.

When? Friday, February 8, 2019, 8:15 – 18:20

Where? KG 1023, after the lunch break KG 1139, KG 1132, Peterhof Room 3, Conference Conclusion: KG 3042, 17:20 –18:20


February 5, 2019: Internship and Practical Projects in LAS Showcase

Internships and Practical Projects

The Electives allow students to supplement their Major and to shape their specific academic profile. Some students use the Electives for an internship or a practical project. By doing so, they show remarkable initiative and creativity. To celebrate the successes of the past year and get inspiration for new adventures, we invite you to the Internships and Practical Projects in LAS 2019 Showcase.

When?  February 6, 2019, 18:30 – 20:00

Where? KG II, room 2004

Students will briefly present their experience and take questions from the audiance. The event is followed by a wine reception.

February 1, 2019: 4th Liberal Education Student Conference calls for Proposals

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The Fourth European Liberal Education Student Conference will take place from 2–5 May 2019 in Berlin. Students interested in participating should submit their proposal by February 3, 2019.

This year LESC will deal with "Liberal Education: In Conversation with Today's World of Tomorrow".

Here you can find more information.

January 30, 2019: Job Offers at UCF

UCF is seeking to hire two Tutors for the introductory statistics course "Dealing with Numerical Information" and a Teaching Assistant for the Major area of Culture and History. Interested? Here you can find more information.

We are looking forward to your application.

January 28, 2019: Talk by Dr. Ingmar Hoerr, MBA

Academia meets Industry Hoerr 2019

Next week Dr. Ingmar Hoerr, MBA, Supervisory Board Chairman of CureVac AG and its CEO til 2018, will give his talk on "RNA, 3 D Printing and Mass Data: Not a vision but reality". The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers. Here you can find more information.

When? Monday, January 28, 2019, 17.00 (s.t.)

Where? Lecture Hall Otto Krayer Haus
            Albertstrasse 25



January 16, 2019: LAS goes Robot

Curious what happens in the course Robot Design – Theory, Practice, Philosophy? Have a look:


More information on the course Robot Design – Theory, Practice, Philosophy can be found in our course catalog. The course is kindly supported by Stura, thank you very much.

January 7, 2019: Key Dates for 2019

For prospective LAS students, we would like to announce the following key dates for 2019:

1. LAS Open Days

In spring 2019, UCF will again open its doors for prospective students. The Open Days 2019 will take place on Friday, April 12 and on Friday, June 7. More information is available here.

2. Application Period

The application period for starting the LAS program in October 2019 is June 1 – July 15.

3. Interview Week

The LAS selection interviews will take place from in the week of July 29 – August 2. Please see our Application and Admissions page for more information; and please note that we will update our application guidelines early 2019.

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December 19, 2018: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

We would like to thank all our supporters – students, staff, professors and many friends – for their commitment over the past year. It was an eventful year with many positive developments for UCF.

We wish everybody peaceful and inspiring holidays as well as a great start into the New Year 2019!



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