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UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum combines academic breadth and depth and provides students with choice and development opportunities within a structured framework and interdisciplinary learning community.

Academic Content

The Foundational Year is the starting point of your LAS studies and includes many LAS Core courses. Starting in the second year, students have significant freedom in designing their own study program. This means that LAS students' academic goals and paths will be quite individual.

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In the Electives, students can undertake a variety of courses and projects to further shape their profile and / or use these credits for courses taken during their study abroad.

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. Culture and History
    2. Governance
    3. Life Sciences
    4. Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

All students take the introductions into two further Majors.

Core courses are taken by all LAS students. The Core encompasses basic and advanced academic skills, reflections on knowledge and science, and the a curriculum on Responsibility and Leadership.

The LAS curriculum is organized in modules. You can find the complete module descriptions in the Module Handbook. The corresponding LAS courses are published every semester in the Course Catalog:

UCF Course Catalog

Course Catalog Winter Semester 2020-21

The Course Catalog provides information on all LAS courses. It is published at the end of a semester for the upcoming semester. For course registration, please carefully read pages 3 and 4. Updated informationfor individual courses can be found on ILIAS

LAS Online Study Choice Assistant

Are you interested in studying LAS at University College Freiburg? Does LAS fit your academic interests and expectations? The interactive Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) gives you an impression about what it is like to study LAS and can help you decide if it is the right program for you. 

Academic Calendar

Please note the changed semester times due to the Coronavirus. For information on the Coronavirus and relevant policies and measures at the University of Freiburg, please see our News & Blog.

Winter Semester 2020-21 (Changes are possible in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.)

  • Pre-Block: September 28 – October 9 (additional dates possible)
  • Welcome Week (for new LAS students): October 26 – 30
  • University Semester: November 2, 2020 – February 12, 2021 (courses for advanced students may start earlier; semester-long LAS courses run according to the university semester, no teaching during the university Christmas break)
  • LAS Block I: November 2 – December 18
  • LAS Block II: December 21, 2020 – February 19, 2021 (no teaching during the university Christmas break)
  • Christmas break: December 23, 2020 – January 6, 2021
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): April 6 – April 30

Summer Semester 2021 (Changes are possible in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.)

  • Pre-Block: March 15 – March 26
  • University Semester: April 19 – July 24 (semester-long LAS courses run according to the university semester, no teaching during university Pentecost holidays May 24 – 29)
  • LAS Block III: April 7 – May 21 (7 weeks) (Block III exams may take place during the university Pentecost holidays)
  • LAS Block IV: May 31 – July 23 (8 weeks)
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): October 4 – 30