The "Interdisciplinary Track" (IndiTrack) was a UCF project that was run during the academic years 2012-13 until 2014-15. This program enabled Bachelor students from all disciplines at the University of Freiburg to undertake an additional year of interdisciplinary studies between the third and fourth years of their Bachelor programs. The project was funded by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (the Business Community’s Innovation Agency for the German Science System) and the Kultusministerkonferenz (the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany) in the national Exzellente Lehre competition.
IndiTrack students could participate in classes in almost all of the departments of the university and put together an individual curriculum that reflected their goals and interests. The program also included interdisciplinary core courses at UCF that gave the students an introduction to theories of knowledge, an overview of the German and European research systems, and some practical experience with comparing and presenting knowledge from different subject areas. After completing the IndiTrack year, the students were awarded a certificate and received a transcript listing all of the courses that they took within the program.
Every year that it was offered, students from all three main areas of science – social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities – participated in the IndiTrack program. The students had many different reasons for wanting to participate in IndiTrack, including broadening and deepening their knowledge in other disciplines, having the freedom to study according to their own interests, and in order to prepare themselves for an interdisciplinary Master's program or career.
The feedback from the students about the program was overwhelmingly positive. Some students reported that during IndiTrack they were introduced to subjects that they continued to pursue in their Bachelor theses or in their Master's degrees. Nearly all of the IndiTrack students reported that they gained new perspectives on their own fields of study. In addition, they valued the experience of becoming familiar with other disciplines and methods, as well as having had the chance to get to know students from different disciplines.