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UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum reflects the program's interdisciplinarity. It combines academic breadth and depth and provides students with choice and development opportunities within a learning community and a structured framework.

Academic Content

The Foundational Year is the starting point of your LAS studies. Many of the LAS Core courses take place in the first year of your studies. From year two onward, students have a significant amount of freedom in designing their own study program, meaning students' individual LAS trajectories will develop quite differently. 

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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 on a semester or year 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. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Governance
  4. Culture and History

The Core is shared by all LAS students. It encompasses basic and advanced academic skills, philosophical and descriptive reflections on knowledge and science, and the a curriculum on Responsibility and Leadership.


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

UCF Course Catalog

Course Catalog Winter Semester 2018-19

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 University College Freiburg? Does LAS fit your academic interests and expectations? The interactive Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) informs you about LAS and can help you find out if it is the right program for you. 

Semester Dates and Teaching Periods

Summer Semester 2018

  • Pre-Block: March 19 – March 30/April 6
  • University Semester: April 16 – July 21 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester, no teaching during university Pentecost holidays May 21 – 26)
  • LAS Block III: April 9 – June 1 (Block III exams may take place during the university Pentecost holidays)
  • LAS Block IV: June 4 – July 20
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): October 1 – October 26

Winter Semester 2018-19

  • Pre-Block: September 24 – October 6
  • Welcome Week: October 8 – 12
  • University Semester: October 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester, no teaching during the university Christmas Break)
  • LAS Block I: October 15 – December 7
  • LAS Block II: December 10, 2018 – February 15, 2019 (no teaching during the university Christmas break)
  • Christmas Break: December 22, 2018 – February 6, 2019
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): April 8 – May 3

Summer Semester 2019

  • Pre-Block: March 18 – March 29
  • University Semester: April 23 – July 27 (semester-long LAS courses run according the university semester, no teaching during university Pentecost holidays June 10 – 15)
  • LAS Block III: April 8 – May 31 (Block III exams may take place during the university Pentecost holidays)
  • LAS Block IV: June 3 – July 26
  • LAS Resit Period (resit examinations that require student presence): October 7 – October 31