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September 18, 2020: News from our LAS alumni

We are always interested in what our LAS alumni are up to and where their studies, work and projects have taken them to. So we really appreciate that many of them stay and in contact with us and share their stories, like Benedikt, Elena and Veronika:

Elena interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this past year, and is now back to finish her Master of Culture, Communication & Globalization at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Veronika completed her doctorate and will be moving to Boise to be an Idaho Science and Technology Policy – Center for Advanced Energy Studies (ISTP-CAES) Fellow.

Benedikt just spent 16 months in Beijing as a DAAD-scholar, and will now start the Master program Computer Science at University College London. Read more in our After LAS Stories.

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Thank you all for sharing and all our best wishes!

August 8, 2020: "Making Civilizations" – Edited volume bei UCF's Prof. Achim Gehrke

Making Civilizations

The publishers Harvard University Press and C.H. Beck are engaged in a collaboration on "A History of the World". This six-volume international academic endeavor intends to "trace the evolution of global society from prehistoric times to the present [and to] offer an exciting challenge to traditional understandings of familiar events and eras."

After its publication in German in 2017, volume 6 has now been translated and published by Harvard University Press: "Making Civilizations. The World before 600" is edited by Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke who "leads a distinguished group of historians in analyzing prehistory, the earliest human settlements, and the rise of the world’s first advanced civilizations".

August 10, 2020: Erasmus Prize awarded to Jeremy Fon Sing and Dr. Sergio Götte

The Erasmus Prize 2020 was awarded to Jeremy Fon Sing and Dr. Sergio Götte.

Jeremy Fon Sing received the award for his Bachelorthesis "Nuclear Radiation Detector, Robot Design and its Social Impact". Fon Sing, a LAS graduate with a focus on EES, examines in his work the ambivalence in society's perception of nuclear radiation and derives a concrete project in the field of Citizen Science: the construction of a robot for radiation detection. The work combines physics, applied technology and social sciences and is of high social relevance.

Dr. Sergio Götte received the Erasmus Prize for his dissertation "On the Subject of Death Determination in the Bioethical Debate." He examines whether the irreversible failure of brain functions is a valid and well-founded criterion for determining the death of a human being. Dr. Götte succeeds in building a bridge between philosophy, theology and the natural sciences, and enriches the bioethical debate.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to postpone the festive award ceremony to next year.
We congratulate both laureates warmly!

Jeremy Fon Sing Dr. Sergio Götte Urkunde
Jeremy Fon Sing Dr. Sergio Götte

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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(photos by Uwe Nüssle)

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!


December 18, 2018: DNA-Based Facial Reconstruction – A Multidisciplinary Discussion

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In criminal investigations, composite sketches (also referred to as identikit pictures, phantom pictures, or mugshots) are created using data from different sources. DNA-based facial reconstruction aims at predicting a person's face using only genetic information. On Tuesday, 18 December 2018, experts from genetics, anthropology, statistics, political sciences, social sciences, and forensics will discuss various aspects of this topic, including terminology, methodology, scientific validity, potential and actual use in applications, and risks and benefits to society.

When? Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 2 pm. – 6 pm

Where? University Library, Veranstaltungssaal (1st floor)

The workshop is open to the public.

December 8, 2018: Exhibition Event "Selbst-Built"

Selbst-BuiltThis Saturday the interactive exhibition "Selbst-Built", which was developed under the direction of Nexus Experiments and Vanessa Valk in cooperation with LAS students, will take place. "Self-Built" is the closing event of the course "L'homme machine", where artists and scientists explore how the body image adapts to changes affecting the brain or other body parts.

Workshops, installations, conversations and an interactive exhibition will provide space to reflect on one's own body perception. Together with students, scientists and artists this mini-festival offers a space for dialogue to try out, experience and discuss the topics of neurotechnology and body image.

When? December 8, 2018

Where? FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg

Tickets (6 Euros / reduced 3 Euros) | Reservations under:

November 29, 2018: FRIAS Lunch Lecture Series starts today

Every Thursday between 12:15 and 13:00 current FRIAS Fellows and guests offer 25-30 minute lectures for students and the (University) public, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion. The FRIAS Lunch Lectures Series are dedicated to reflecting on knowledge, science and technology in the broadest sense and will focus this semester on "Shifting Perspectives: When the Margins Become the Center". Here you can download the full program.

FRIAS Lunch Lectures 2018/19

When? Thursdays, 12.15 – 1 pm Where? KG I, HS 1015

November 28, 2018: Towards System Accreditation for the LAS Program

The LAS Program is pre-accredited via the quality assurance process of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Today, the Rectorate confirmed that the LAS Program successfully passed the internal accreditation procedure at the University of Freiburg. The University is in the process of implementing a system accreditation. As soon as the positive decision has been made regarding the university system accreditation, the LAS program will retroactively be awarded the seal of the German Accreditation Council. This decision is planned for November 2019.

November 26, 2018: UCF goes Korea

Last week, two interesting higher education conferences took place in Korea: the “International Forum on Liberal Education” (hosted by the Korea National Institute for General Education in Seoul) and the “International Conference of General Education” (hosted by the Korean Association for General Education in Daegu).

The events brought together liberal and general education experts from Korean universities and from around the world – the Japan, China, the US, Slovakia, the Netherlands, and Germany. And UCF’s Managing Director Paul Sterzel participated in this inspiring setting; beyond very fruitful discussions, exchanges and networking, he brought back impressions from a wonderful and fascinating country.

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November 21, 2018: Greetings from Abroad

We are always happy to receive photos with the green LAS bag from our students, who currently study abroad. While Maya is sending her best from Penn State University, we also got a picture of her in Durham together with Alisa, who is studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ronja and Antonia are both representing UCF at a study abroad fair at University College Utrecht, where they are currently studying. So, thank you for the pictures!

We wish you and all our students abroad all the best and hope you have an exciting and inspiring time!

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October 26, 2018: Welcome to our new Dean of Studies, Prof. Dr. Sitta von Reden

Prof. Sitta von RedenWe warmly welcome our new dean of studies, Prof. Dr. Sitta von Reden to UCF. As one of her first official acts, she presented the conferring of the degrees at the graduation ceremony 2018.

Sitta von Reden studied Economics, History, and Latin at the University of Freiburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. After accomplishing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she was Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. From 1992-2005 she was lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. She received her Habilitation at the University of Augsburg. Since 2010 she holds the Chair for Ancient History at the University of Freiburg. Her foci in research and in teaching are on ancient economic and global history.

In 2017 she received a € 2.5 Million ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) – one of the most prestigious research awards in Europe. Her interdisciplinary ERC research project BaSaR ("Beyond the Silk Road. Economic Development, Frontier Zones and Inter-Imperiality in the Afro-Eurasian World Region") aims to provide a global perspective on economic development and inter-imperial exchange in the Afro-Eurasian world region from 300 BCE to 300 CE. Further information including Professor von Reden's full academic CV is available on the Ancient History Department's website. We are more than happy, to have her as our new dean of studies.

October 25, 2018: LAS Graduation Ceremony 2018

On October 13, 2018 UCF staff, students, guests, graduates and their families and friends celebrated the third Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony. It was an exciting afternoon with many memorable moments. Thank you all for making this a wonderful event. More information and photos are available here.


October 23, 2018: Welcome to our New LAS Students

Recently we welcomed our new students at UCF. During the Welcome Week they not only got to know UCF, its staff and the program, but also their fellow LAS students. Jam sessions, games, pub crawls and a big opening celebration were among the fun parts of the Welcome Week.

We wish everyone a good start at UCF!

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(Photos by LAS student Paul Weber. Thank you!)

October 17, 2018: Design Thinking Workshop by LAS Alumna Theresa Weinstein

DT Workshop TeamWe are always happy that our UCF Alumni let us know what they are doing and stay in contact with us. Recently, LAS Alumna Theresa Weinstein has returned to Freiburg to teach “Design Thinking” to LAS students. Her workshop, conducted together with Felix Gnann and Ines Mayan, was part of the October Intensive “Entrepreneurship” by Dr. Markus Strauch. Theresa was among the first LAS graduates. She majored in Life Sciences at UCF, continued with the HPI School of Design Thinking and is now doing her Master at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. More information on Theresa is available on our After LAS Stories page.

Theresa was also among the first LAS students who took the “Entrepreneurship” course herself. Now she is back at UCF and contributes with her “Design Thinking Workshop”. The aim of the workshop was to create an idea in a team that can be developed into a business plan in the course of the seminar with the help of Design Thinking. In a systematic approach, the Design Thinking Process, students try to put themselves in the perspective of the user and to design the solution from his or her perspective. In order to achieve the most innovative solution possible, Design Thinking takes advantage of multidisciplinary teamwork and is thus a perfect tool for the LAS students. Apart from that is a very colorful and creative process, as you can see from the pictures.

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October 5, 2018: Upcoming Welcome Week 2018

LAS Welcome BagsOn Monday October 8, 2018 our LAS Welcome Weeks begins. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our new students. As you can see from our Welcome Week schedule, 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.

Besides that, the UCF Students Council has 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 Model Handbook or get first impressions of Freiburg. We look forward to next week!

October 2, 2018: Call for Applications – International Entrepreneurship Program with the Universities of Adelaide and Strasbourg, February 2-3, 2019

In February 2019, the Universities of Strasbourg and Freiburg are organizing a Winter School for students from Adelaide on "Crossing Borders: A New European Perspective" including topics such as European Studies, Human Rights, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy.

The Winter School includes a weekend program on entrepreneurship that is open to students from Freiburg and Strasbourg. Adelaide has specifically asked that LAS students apply!

When? February 2-3, 2019
Where? ThincLab Châlons in the Champagne
Application deadline: October 14
Online application form available here.

For more information, please see the call for applications.

September 14, 2018: UCF Excursion: Re-Enchanting Greece?

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Ancient Greeks lived in a landscape full of stories: where gods and heroes made the sun rise and plants grow, where rivers and winds had personalities, where mountains hid secret entrances to other worlds. Modern Greece, too, has its stories: of environmental challenges, of the tourism economy, of political renewal. Can we moderns learn from the ancients about a sustainable use of nature? What are the possibilities and the limits of modern scientific approaches to knowledge? Can we re-enchant the Greek landscape by understanding its deep history?

Recently LAS students explored the relations between humans and nature in both ancient and modern Greece by visiting archaeological sites, hiking the woods and hills, and speaking with on-site experts about themes ranging from ancient water management techniques to modern heritage site management, from ancient animal sacrifice to modern organic wine growing. The excursion ended with a look to the future of cultural story-telling at Elefsina, European Cultural Capital for 2021.

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The excursion was organized by the LAS Coordinators for Culture & History and Earth & Environmental Sciences. Students from all LAS Majors and from the Faculty of Biology participated.

We thank Freunde der Universität Freiburg, Stiftung Humanismus Heute, and STURA for their kind support!

August 17, 2018: Announcement of two C.H. Beck Fellowships

Job Offers Beck Fellowships

UCF invites applications for two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the Bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Each Fellowship is rewarded with € 2,500 for a 6 ECTS course to be taught in summer semester 2019.

With these fellowships, the C.H. Beck Foundation promotes the combination of practical and academic contents when teaching Responsibility and Leadership.

More information on the fellowships can be found here. The application deadline for this round is September 30, 2018.

August 9, 2018: Farewell Prof. Freitag and Welcome to UCF, PD Dr. Henschen

As of July 2018, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag transferred to the University of Mannheim where he now holds the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy. We congratulate Wolfgang Freitag and thank him for his outstanding work in the last five years here at UCF!

Together with Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and UCF staff he created and further developed the LAS Core curriculum that has become one of the distinctive features of the Freiburg LAS program. He taught and inspired many LAS students with courses on Theory of Knowledge or Knowledge in Context, especially in their first two years of study. From 2015 to 2018 Wolfgang Freitag was Dean of Studies and made great contributions to the overall integration and organization of the LAS Program. Beyond his LAS- and teaching-contributions, Prof. Freitag worked on various research projects, e.g. think: Language and Self-Consciousness or Mind the Meaning – The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism.

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Farewell Party Prof. Wolfgang Freitag                                                   PD Dr. Tobias Hensche

Until a new professor takes over the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science, the LAS teaching duties will be covered by a substitute professor. With the beginning of winter semester 2018/19, we warmly welcome PD Dr. Tobias Henschen to UCF. PD Dr. Henschen did his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Philosophy Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. His main research interests include general philosophy of science, philosophy of economics, and the philosophy of Kant and Heidegger. In this five-minute video, he provides an outline of his most recent research on macroeconomics. More information on PD Dr. Henschen is available here.

PD Dr. Tobias Henschen will be teaching in the majors Governance (Economic Crises: History, Causes and Consequences), Culture and History (History of Philosophy) and in the Core (Knowledge, Truth, and Inference). Tobias, welcome to UCF!

July 24, 2018: News from UCF Alumna Veronika

We are always happy to hear from our LAS graduates and what they are doing after LAS. Veronika Vazhnik majored in Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCF and graduated in 2016. After that, Veronika started her PhD studies in BioRenewable Systems at Penn State University's Agricultural and Biological Engineering department, supervised by Prof. Tom Richard.

Now, after passing her comprehensive exams, Veronika is writing her dissertation at the Idaho National Lab (INL). In her dissertation, she is developing a framework that can help farmers decide which crop to place where on the field based on the farmer’s priorities and based on sustainability assessment of the choices. Her scientific approach is transdisciplinary, including landscape ecology, sustainability science, agricultural engineering, economic theory, operations research; as well as talking to farmers about what matters to them on their farms.

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Besides that, Veronika is doing a minor in operations research, which is a subfield of industrial engineering that develops mathematical tools for decision-making and optimization. She visits conferences, co-organizes a workshop in the Chesapeake Bay on how to overcome the water pollution challenge and organizes a team to take part in the EcoChallenge. We thank Veronika for her update and wish her all the best for her projects!

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Veronika during her LAS study abroad time in Hong Kong

July 11, 2018: Talk by Dr. Michael Lauk

Academia meets Industry Dr. Lauk

Next week Dr. Michael Lauk, Chief Executive Officer Neuroloop GmbH, Freiburg, will give his talk on "Starting without Ending: Insights into 20 years of founding and managing Life-Science Start-ups". The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers.

When? Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 17.00 (s.t.)

Where? Lecture Hall 00 005, Institute of Physiology/Pharmacology,
Hermann-Herder-Str. 7

Study Innovation Prize for the Teaching Project "Forschendes Lernen im Uniseum"

At the annual University of Freiburg Dies Universitatis, the Teaching Project "Forschendes Lernen im Uniseum" was awarded an innovation prize by the University of Freiburg Students' Union. The project combines research-oriented academic learning with practical aspects of museal exhibition work. It is carried in collaboration between the University's Uniseum, the History Department, and UCF. Specifically, the prize goes to the development of new exhibition modules for the Uniseum's "Kabinett des Staunens" (Cabinet of Amazement).

Press coverage is available at the Badische Zeitung.
Fotos are available at the Uni Freiburg Twitter feed.

June 15, 2018: UCF at the United Nations and the Int. Committee of the Red Cross

A group of 35 students from UCF, accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov, participated in a two-day visit to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.

The UCF group visited the UN and met with an expert from the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The LAS students were given the opportunity to learn about the mandate and role of the UNCTAD as regards to global trade and development and the function of the UN in that area. They further had the chance to inquire of the pathway to work for the UN in a highly interactive Q&A format with the UN official and visited a plenary session of the 2018 International Labour Conference.

The next day the group visited the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights where they learned about the challenging role of the UNHRC in terms of promoting and protecting human rights in the world. The discussion was interactive and allowed to get inside information as to the role of human rights experts on various missions in problematic places around the world in the field of human rights.

Finally the students visited the International Committee of the Red Cross where they met with an ICRC operations coordinator for Africa and an associate from the ICRC Law and Policy Forum. The discussion centered on the function of the ICRC and oftentimes precarious and brave role of ICRC personnel in the midst of warzones, incorporating many practical examples and experiences from on-field operations of the ICRC.

June 6, 2018: Erasmus Prize Award Ceremony

For the first time, the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 2018 was awarded to two Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates: Roosje van der Kamp from Amsterdam University College and Felisa Mesuere from UCF. Roosje van der Kamp connects in her Bachelor thesis "A Modern Disease: A Philosophical Inquiry into Kierkegaard’s Concept of Depression and the Age of Reflection" Kierkegaard’s critique of modernity to his concept of depression and places this in the context of modern discourses on depression. Felisa Mesuere combines in her Bachelor thesis "Playing with Morals – Gender Ambiguity in Monteverdi’s Oper L’Orfeo" approaches from history, music and gender studies in order to analyze gender ambiguity in Claudio Monteverdi’s early 17th-century opera L’Orfeo. For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release.

This year we very honored that Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Jürgen Mittelstraß, director of the Konstanz Science Forum, gave the UCF Lecture 2018. We thank Prof. Mittelstraß for his inspring lecture on: "Fröhliche Wissenschaft? Wissenschaft und Universität zwischen Erkenntnis- und Verwertungsidealen".

UCF thanks all guests for being part of the 2018 award ceremony and the ongoing support!

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(Photos by Patrick Seeger and LAS student Tom Burggraf. Thank you very much!)

June 14, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne Harrington – "Rejected Miracles"

Lecture Prof. Anne HarringtonProf. Harrington's lecture "Rejected Miracles: Reflections on a medical archive at the boundary between skepticism and the supernatural" is about what must be the most unusual medical archive in the world. It is an archive of medical miracles – supernatural healings that don’t just ask you to take the patients' word for it, but that have been extensively vetted by medical authorities. The archive is not in some distant, exotic part of the world. It is just a short train or plane ride away from Freiburg, at the Catholic pilgrimage site in southern France called Lourdes.The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, June 14, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

May 29, 2018: STS@Freiburg Initiative in the Media

Currently, the extension of DNA-analysis in criminal investigations is discussed fervently in political arenas; this week, for example, at the Conference of Ministers of the Interior and the Conference of Ministers of Justice for an implementation on the national level in Germany. Bavaria passed a Police Task Act (PAG) in late May that allows police forces to analyse DNA for hair, eye and skin color as well as "biogeographical ancestry".

The initiative STS@Freiburg, including UCF professor Veronika Lipphardt, has been widely quoted and represented in international media – to name but a few:

In addition, in the context of the current international debate on race and racism as well as the opening of the exhibition "Rassismus. Die Erfindung der Menschenrassen" at the Deutsche Hygiene Museum Dresden, Prof. Lipphardt and the multidisciplinary initiative are again being heard by media and actively contributing to the debate:

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May 17, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Nancy Campbell

Lecture Prof. Campbell

Prof. Campbell’s lecture "Lively Selves or Risky Subjects: The Unsettled Life of a Technology of Solidarity" will examine the role of social movements and technology in responding to and treating the opioid epidemic in the United States. The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, May 17, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

May 3, 2018: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. Susan Jones

Lecture Susan Jones

In her lecture "The Homelands of the Plague: Soviet Disease Ecology in Central ASIA; 1920s–1950s.", Prof. Susan Jones will analyze the development of an important Russian/Soviet school of "disease ecology" at the intersection of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and ecological fieldwork. The lecture is part of the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" of the Chair in Science and Technology Studies.

When? Thursday, May 3, 2018, 16.00

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library, 1.OG

The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 5, 2018: STS Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology"

The interrelationships between society, the environment, and biology are becoming ever more complex and important. Concepts such as disease, genes, ecologies, and biomedicine have taken on new meanings in politics, law, ethics, popular culture, and the sciences themselves. Navigating and understanding this changing landscape poses challenges that span academic disciplines.

STS Colloquium Summer 2018The Chair in Science and Technology Studies invites you to the Colloquium Series "Society/Environment/Biology" this summer semester. All lectures by world-renowned scholars in Science and Technology Studies, History of Science, and History of Medicine are open to the public and will be followed by discussion.

When? Thursday, April 19, 2018, 16.00 The first talk is by Jenny Reardon on "Just Genomes?"
Prof. Reardon will be speaking on governance, ethics, and justice after the Human Genome Project.

Where? All talks will take place in the Veranstaltungssaal of the University Library

You can find an up-to-date calendar of talks here.

March 19, 2018: Successful funding of the research project "Mind the Meaning"

Prof. Freitag

The Chair for Epistemology and Theory of Science has successfully applied for funding for the research project "Mind the Meaning – The Philosophy of Psychological Expressivism". The project, headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag, is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for Wissenschaftsförderung and will start in spring / summer 2018. For more information on the project, please see our research site or contact Dr. Marc Andree Weber.

March 14, 2018: Talk by Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen (Pfizer Inc.)

Academia meets Industry Lund-Jürgensen

Next week Dr. Kirsten Lund-Jürgensen, Executive Vice president and president of Pfizer Global Supply at Pfizer Inc., USA will give her talk on "Working in a Global Pharmaceutical Company: Expectations and Opportunities". The talk is part of the seminar series "Academia meets Industry", which aims at stimulating transdisciplinary discussions between university members and high profile managers.

When? Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 17.00 (s.t.)

Where? Lecture Hall Weismannhaus, Albertstr. 21 a

March 5, 2018: Announcement of two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships

Job Offers Beck Fellowships

UCF invites applications for two C.H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the Bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences.

With these fellowships, the C.H. Beck Foundation promotes the combination of practical and academic contents when teaching Respnsibility and Leadership.

More information on the fellowships can be found here. The application deadline for this round is March 31, 2018.

February 28, 2018: Course Catalog for Summersemester 2018 is now online

UCF Course Catalog

We have finalized the Liberal Arts and Sciences Course Catalog for the Summer Semester 2018. The LAS Course Catalog includes detailed information (Instructor, Course Description, Dates and Times) on the upcoming Block and Semester long courses as well as on the Course Registration procedure. You can download the Course Catalog, as well as older Course Catalogs and other handbooks, here.

February 20, 2018: Deutschlandfunk Feature – "Von der DNA zum Verdächtigen"

STS Freiburg Logo

The public debate on Forensic DNA Phenotyping is ongoing in Germany. In this context, the multidisciplinary initiative STS@Freiburg that was co-initiated at the UCF Chair in Science and Technology Studies in November 2016 is being heard and consulted by media and decision-makers.

In their 45-minute feature from earlier this week, Deutschlandfunk covered recent developments and interviewed a number experts from throughout Europe – including UCF's Prof. Veronika Lipphardt. The audio is available here.

"Research Design Across Disciplines" – Conference (February 9/10, 2018)

In the LAS course Research Design Across Disciplines (RDAD), fourth-year students refine their academic skills, learn about the contexts of research, and develop research proposals of their own. The course ends with a self-organized conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their B.A. or B.Sc. theses.

The RDAD conference 2018 will take place on February 9th and 10th. It includes panel sessions on topics such as "Global Actors and their Foreign Policies", "Views on Humanity", "Improving Human-Environment Interactions", or "The Human Body between Health and Disease" as well as a Poster Session.

The full program is available here.

UCF Research Design Conference 2018

January 24, 2018: UCF at the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe

A group of 40 students from University College Freiburg, from the Faculty of Law-University of Freiburg and EUCOR partner University of Basel accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov (UCF) attended a hearing of the European Court of Human Rights on 24 January 2018. The group witnessed the Grand Chamber hearing of the highly politically contentious case of Navalnyy v. Russia in the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerned the numerous detentions of Mr. Alexey Navalnyy, his right to a fair trial, and the freedom of political assembly in Russia. After the hearings, the group met with a lawyer from the Registry of the Court who discussed what it is like to work at the Court.

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ECtHR building, Strasbourg Meeting with a lawyer from the ECtHR

In the afternoon, the group visited the Council of Europe and attended the hearing and Q&A session of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Afterwards, Mr. Alun Drake from the Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe met with the group and presented on the function of the Council of Europe followed up by a Q&A session on the current challenges that the Council of Europe is facing. The visit to the Grand Chamber's hearing of the ECtHR and the Council of Europe was particularly valuable for the participants in the Public International Law and International Law in Practice courses.

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Council of Europe, Strasbourg

The excursion was possible thanks to kind support by Alumni Freiburg!

January 24, 2018: Job offers

UCF is seeking to hire:

Research Associate (E13, 50%) at the Chair in Science and Technology Studies

Two tutors for the LAS introductory statistics course

Student Assistant at the Chair of Epistemology and Theory of Science

More information is available under Job Offers. We are looking forward to your applications!

January 16, 2018: Finance and Banking – Expert Interview with Mr. Alan Gerry

Expert Interview Alan Gerry

The ongoing LAS Governance Course "Finance and Banking", taught by Dr. Gerhard Kempter, covers topics such as the global financial industry, bank regulation and management, and the power of money. In the context of this course and in order to provide first-hand insights, an expert interview via Skype will take place with the self-made billionaire Mr. Alan Gerry.

This session is open to all who are interested in economics and finance. It will focus on topics such as financial regulation, risks, and crises, but also on cryptocurrencies and Donald Trump's tax reform.

When? On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Where? Lecture Hall 1016 (Kollegiengebäude I, ground floor)

Alan Gerry

Mr. Alan Gerry

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Key Dates 2018

For prospective LAS students, we would like to announce the following key dates for 2018:

1. LAS Open Days
In spring 2018, UCF will again open its doors for prospective students. The Open Days 2018 will take place on Friday, April 20 and on Friday, June 8. More information is available here.

2. Application Period
The application period for starting the LAS program in October 2018 is June 1 – July 15.

3. Interview Week
The LAS selection interviews will take place from in the week of July 30 – August 3. Please see our Application and Admissions page for more information; and please note that we will update our application guidelines early 2018.

Join us


UCF Holidays 2017-2018

We would like to thank everybody who contributed to making 2017 a very positive year for UCF – students, staff, professors, the many supporters and friends. We look forward to continuing our collaborations of many kinds in 2018.

And we wish everybody peaceful and inspiring holidays as well as a great start to the New Year 2018.


December 15−16, 2017: Workshop think4: "Self-Consciousness"

Workshop Self-ConsciousnessOn December 15−16, 2017, the think4 workshop "Self-Consciousness − Philosophy Meets Empirical Science" will take place.

Subjects that exhibit self-consciousness are able to consciously recognize mental and bodily states as their own. Philosophical, neuroscientific and psychological theories of self-consciousness seek to account for this ability at different levels of explanation. Relevant questions are, for instance: How does self-consciousness emerge in a brain? Is self-consciousness in any interesting way distinct from the awareness of other things? Is it a non-conceptual, pre-reflective feature of all experiences? Further questions concern our way of referring to self-conscious states and the specific kind of knowledge that we seem to have of ourselves. The aim of this workshop is to explore contemporary neuroscientific and psychological answers to these questions and to discuss concepts and theories that philosophy can offer.

The program is available here. Participation is free and open to all who are interested. Kindly register via email to:



December 7, 2017: FRIAS Lunch Lecture by Prof. Lipphardt and Prof. Pfaffelhuber

FRIAS Lunch Lectures


On December 7, Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and Prof. Peter Pfaffelhuber will give the FRIAS Lunch Lecture on "Mixed methods in interdisciplinary collaboration: A case study in Population Genetics". This lecture is part of the FRIAS series "Quantitative vs. qualitative methods across science: Mutual reinforcement, (un)happy co-existence, or source of schisms?".

When? 12:15 − 13:00 on December 7, 2017

Where? KG I, HS 1015



November 22, 2017: LAS at the Open Day of the University of Freiburg

On November 22, the University of Freiburg opens its doors and UCF with its Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor program is part of it. Come visit us for:

1. Info Session on Liberal Arts and Sciences

by Thorsten Leiendecker, LAS Program Coordinator

12−14h, UCF, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17, first floor, room 01036a

2. LAS Course session "Sciences, Technology & Society"

by Dr. Nicholas Buchanan

12−14h, KG 1224, Kollegiengebäude I

Science and technology are defining characteristics of our world. But how is scientific knowledge made, how are technologies developed? Read more.

3. LAS Course session "Environment Risks and Us"

by Prof. Dr. Dirk Bunke

16−18h, KG 1231, Kollegiengebäude I

In this course students explore the complex relationships between human activities, the environment and resulting risks − for human health as well as for the environment. Read more.

To make the planning of your day and navigation at the University easier, the University of Freiburg provides a special app for its Open Day. We are looking forward to seeing you at UCF!

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October 31, 2017: CREATES Project Kick-Off

Creating Responsive, Engaging and Tailored Education with Students (CREATES) is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership focusing on educational approaches that encourage student agency and self-directed learning. The project is funded by the European Commission for 3 years. UCF's project partners are:

King's College London (UK)

Leuphana University Lüneburg (D)

Science Po Paris (F)

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa (I)

University College Maastricht (NL)

On October 31, the CREATES project team – including UCF's Dr. Ursula Glunk – met for the first time in Lüneburg:


We are proud to be part of such an experienced and inspired higher education community. Over the next three years, UCF staff members and students will work together with our international colleagues in order to develop best practices and toolkits for (1) creating engaging classrooms, (2) designing advising approaches that support students in taking ownership for their learning path throughout the curriculum. We will share our findings with educators, students, and higher education decision-makers through training events, conferences, and publications. So: stay tuned for more!


October 14, 2017: LAS Graduation Ceremony

On October 14, 2017 we celebrated our second Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony. Over 200 people joined us to congratulate and bid farewell to the LAS Graduates 2017. We would like to thank all of you for making this celebration a memorable day for all of us. More information and photos are available here.

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October 9-13, 2017: Welcome to our new students

Last week we welcomed our new LAS students at UCF. During the Welcome Week the students met their teachers and visited info sessions where they learned everything about the structure and organization of the study program. Besides that, they got to know each other and their fellow LAS students, tried the Mensa for the first time and had fun at pub crawls and the big Opening Celebration. We wish you a good start here at UCF!

LAS Welcome Week Poster LAS Welcome Week Cohort LAS Welcome Week Pub Crawl
LAS Welcome Week Mensa LAS Welcome Week Common Room LAS Welcome Week Opening Celebration

(Photos by Tom Burggraf)


September 22, 2017: Award Ceremony for Dr. Lya Pfeifer – Max Kade Foundation

On September 22, the University of Freiburg awarded Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer the honorary senator distinction. Lya Pfeifer devoted her career to strengthening relations between the United States and Germany. Since 2003, she is President of the Max Kade Foundation, a foundation that promotes exchange between students and academics in the US and German-speaking countries. Beyond transatlantic exchange programs, the foundation has supported the construction or renovation of student dorms across Germany, three alone in Freiburg.

In January 2017, the foundation agreed to gift $600,000 to University College Freiburg in order to renovate and refurbish two lecture halls at the Alte Universität. They were last renovated during the reconstruction of the Alte Uni complex after the Second World War. With the generous donation from the Max Kade Foundation, the University can put the lecture halls to full use and to achieve their full potential as central learning and interaction spaces. 

We thank Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer and the Max Kade Foundation for their huge support!

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For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release and the portrait of Lya Pfeifer in the Badische Zeitung.


September 18: Course Catalog for Wintersemester 2017/18 is now online

UCF Course Catalog


We have finalized the Liberal Arts and Sciences Course Catalog for the Winter Semester 2017-18. The LAS Course Catalog includes detailed information (Instructor, Course Description, Dates and Times) on the upcoming Block and Semester long courses as well as on the Course Registration procedure. You can download the Course Catalog, as well as older Course Catalogs and other handbooks, here.








September 12: Special LESC issue published

LESC LogoA special LESC issue of the Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, featuring seven fascinating student contributions to the first European Liberal Education Conference (LESC), has just been published OnlineFirst by Taylor and Francis. The European Liberal Education Student Conference  (LESC) was jointly organised by undergraduates of the Studium Individuale programme at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at University College, Freiburg. The first LESC conference took place at Leuphana University in 2016, the second at University College Freiburg in 2017. Here you can find all the links to the contributions of the LESC special issue. We congratulate the authors and LECS student organizers warmly.


August 4: Faszination Wissenschaft – Programm Wintersemester 2017/18 

Das Format Faszination Wissenschaft ist als interdisziplinäres Forschungsdesign für Bachelorstudierende konzipiert. Ihr wollt wissenschaftlich kreativ sein, euch mit anderen Disziplionen austauschen und "outside the box" denken? Ihr wollt eigene Forschungsprojekte entwickeln, einen Forschungsantrag verfassen und die deutsche und europäische Forschungslandschaft kennenlernen? Dann ist Faszination Wissenschaft genau das Richtige für euch.

Das Programm für das Wintersemester 2017/18 umfasst folgende Kurse, die als BOK-Kurs, im Ergänzungsbereich oder als Wahlfach anrechenbar sind:

Schlaf und Schlafstörungen

Beziehungen in der Arbeitswelt

Genetische Veränderungen des Erbguts

FW WS 2017-18 Flyer

Der Faszination Wissenschaft Programmflyer des Wintersemesters 2017/18 steht hier zum Download zur Verfügung.


August 2-4, 2017: "Human Document Project 2017" at FRIAS

"To preserve a document about mankind for one million years..."

Hudoc 2017

Next week, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is hosting an interdisciplinary conference in the context of the Human Document Project 2017. The project and conference bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss questions of cultural heritage and data storage. What kind of content – texts, art, research data – should we preserve? Which technologies are suitable for which preservation purposes? Among 40 other speakers, Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, UCF Director of Outreach, will present his findings on "Cultural transformation and dark ages in historical scholarship". 

For more information on the project and on how to attend the conference, please see the Human Document Project 2017 website.


July 20, 2017: Global Order Project guest lecture: Anti-establishment parties in Central and Eastern Europe

In their Summer Semester guest lecture series, the Freiburg Global Order Project is hosting a talk on "Anti-establishment parties in Central and Eastern Europe – Less ideology, more support?"

By? Sarah Engler, University of Bern
When? July 20, 2017 at 19:00
Where? Kollegiengebäude I, Room 1108

For more information, please see the GOP Facebook page.




July 14, 2017: Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Syndercombe-Court

STS Lecture Syndercombe-CourtDebates on Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP) have intensified in Germany since recently. Experts, practitioners, politicians and the public are divided upon the questions whether, when, in which cases, and under what conditions these new technologies could and should be applied (or not).

Denise Syndercombe-Court, a word leading expertin forensic DNA analyses, will give a lecture on “Best Practices of Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP): Experiences and insights from the UK” and provide first-hand insights into the practices, comities and regulatory issues of FDP. She draws on her vast and detailed experiences gained by her research, her reporting on cases, and her memberships in numerous institutions and state bodies dealing with forensic DNA analyses. Here you can find more information on the lecture and Prof. Syndercome-Court.

The talk is hosted and introduced by the Chair for Science and Technology Studies and University College Freiburg together with the multidisciplinary initiative STS@Freiburg.

When?   17:00 on July 14, 2017

Where?  University Library, Veranstaltungssaal, 1st floor.


June 23: Erasmus Prize Award Ceremony

In 2017, the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded for the fifth time. The Erasmus Prize honors Bachelor, Master or PhD theses that create bridges between the natural sciences and the humanities. This year, the Prize was awarded to Matthias Leanza for his dissertation “Die Zeit der Prävention. Eine Genealogie“. In his PhD thesis, Leanza traces the mutual genesis and interconnected history of prevention and modernity using disease prevention as an example. From a methodological perspective Leanza combines history of science with sociological societal theory. For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release.

We were very privileged to have Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friederike Fless, President of the German Archaeological Institute, give the UCF Lecture 2017. Prof. Fless talked on “Das bedrohte Welterbe – Palmyra und seine Folgen”. We thank her very much for her very up-to-date and most inspiring lecture!

The award ceremony took place on June 23, 2017, in the Meckelhalle of the Sparkasse Freiburg. Towards the end of his career, Erasmus of Rotterdam, after whom the prize is named, worked and lived in the Haus zum Walfisch. This building today houses the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau. The evening included a guided tour by Marcel Thimm himself, Chairman of the Board of the Sparkasse Freiburg.

UCF thanks all guests and supporters for being part of the 2017 award ceremony!

 erasmus-prize-winner-2017.png Music Rektor Schiewer welcomes Marcel Thimm welcomes Erasmus Prize Winner with congratulators Talk of the Prize Winner Meckelhalle Prof. Fless giving her UCF Lecture Advisory Board Herr Fleig und Prof. Besters-Dilger Marcel Thimm Party

(Photos by Patrick Seeger)


June 21: Lecture "Global Populism and Inter-Nationalism"

The Freiburg Global Order Project is hosting a lecture by Dr. h.c. Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck on "Global Populism and Inter-Nationalism. An International Perspective". 

Dr. h.c. Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck has extensive experience in international relations and diplomacy. From 1968 to 2000 he worked for the United Nations, from 1998 on he served as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and held the position of a UN Assistant Secretary General. Today, Dr. h.c. von Sponeck teaches at the Centre of Conflict Studies at University Marburg.

When? 19:00 on June 21, 2017

Where? KG III, Room 3043

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June 9 and 10: Symposium and Lecture – "Erweiterte DNA-Analysen in der Forensik"

UPDATE June 21, 2017: 

Yesterday, Deutschlandfunk broadcasted a special feature "Erweiterte DNA-Analyse. Den Tätern auf der Spur". Background information is available here, the podcast here.

Furthermore, the TV channel 3sat interviewed Prof. Lipphardt. The video is available here.

few weeks ago, we posted about Prof. Veronika Lipphardt's engagement in the public debate about DNA forensics and how that relates to her academic work in the field of Science and Technology studies.

An interview with Professors Veronika and Anna Lipphardt is available (in German) on the University of Freiburg website.

In order expand academic exchange and complement the ongoing public debate, she is now hosting a Symposium on June 9 and 10: "Erweiterte DNA-Analysen in der Forensik: Möglichkeiten, Herausforderungen, Risiken". For more information, please see the STS@Freiburg website.

Mcharek DNA Phenotyping

The symposium includes a public lecture by Prof. Dr. Amade M'charek 
(University of Amsterdam) on

"DNA Phenotyping – Between the Individual Suspect and the Suspect Population"

Friday, June 9 at 19:00 (s.t.)

Großer Anatomiehörsaal, Albertstr. 17






June 1 – July 15: LAS Application Period 2017

The application period for starting the Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A./B.Sc. program in October 2017 runs from June 1 to July 15.

You can find our Application & Admissions guidelines including links to the university's Student Portal under Prospective Students. The Student Portal is the starting point for your application and the necessary applications forms are now available. 

If you have questions concerning the LAS program and/or the application process, please see our Q&As and our get in touch with us: for questions concerning non-EU applications, especially the recognition of non-German higher education entrance qualifications

 for general application and admissions questions

Finally, our upcoming 2nd Open Day 2017 on June 2 is a great opportunity to visit Freiburg, learn more about UCF and LAS, and to get to know staff and students.

Finally and just in time for the application period, we updated the Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) for the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. This interactive tool provides insights into the LAS program and counts as a "Studyorientation-test" that must be completed and submitted for matriculation at the University of Freiburg.

We are looking forward to many interesting applications and a new cohort of students in October 2017!

LAS Crowd 


May 31, 2017: Bertha-Ottenstein-Prize for Dr. Ryan Plumley 

Bertha Ottenstein Prize 2017


Every year, the University of Freiburg awards the Bertha-Ottenstein-Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of gender equality. Dr. Ryan Plumley, responsible for the LAS Major Culture and History, is one of the Bertha-Ottenstein laureates 2017. 

He is being honored for the concept of his course on feminism in the Culture and History Major. The award ceremony is on May 31 in the context of the University of Freiburg "Dies Universitatis".




May 5, 2017: Guest Lecture by Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker – 
"We Shall Need a New Enlightenment"

E.U. von WeizsäckerTogether with the University of Freiburg Studium generale, UCF is hosting a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

When? Friday, May 5 at 16:00 
Where? Kollegiengebäude I, HS 1010

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a "pioneer on environmental, climate and energy policies".

He was, inter alia, Professor of Biology, Director at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, and President of the Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. His interests and influence reach far beyond the Natural and Environmental Sciences. From 1998 to 2005 he was member of the German Bundestag. Since 2012 he is Co-President of the Club of Rome. He has authored several books, e.g. "Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Increase in Resource Productivity". 

"We Shall Need a New Enlightenment – Balancing Human Development and Environmental Sustainability"

Business as usual leads into ecological disasters. We are destroying our common home, says Pope Francis. In effect, our thinking is wrong, fundamentally wrong. The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th Century was great – for its time. Its time was still the time of the "empty world" (Herman Daly). You could go out into the endless seeming nature and hunt and fish and dig and cut. Today, we are living in a "full world". Laws and morale from the empty world no longer fit. And some of the tenets of the earlier Enlightenment have led to individualism, selfishness, greed, market dominance, short-termism and the rest. In the full world, we need balance in the first place. Balance between long term and short term, between public goods and private gains, between markets and the State, between individualism and solidarity, between analytical details and comprehension of the whole, and between feminine and masculine virtues.

A New Enlightenment is meant to lead to a fundamental overhaul of our morale and legal structures. It is meant to include the long-term perspective of cultivating our physical and biological environment. It is meant to respect the needs of our great-grandchildren.


May 4-7, 2017: 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference


Starting Thursday, May 4, LAS students, together with students from Leuphana University in Lüneburg, are hosting the 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference in Freiburg. The overarching topic is "A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges". 

The LESC includes

Key note addresses from Prof. Heiner Schanz (Freiburg), Prof. Veronika Lipphardt (Freiburg), and Dr. Helen Brookman (London).

Conference tracks focusing on (1) Human Rights & Intersectionality, (2) Distrust & Populism, (3) Future of Health, (4) Technology

Various discussion, feedback, and networking formats.

The full program and background as well as organizational information are available on the LESC website.



March for Science April 22, 2017: Science and Knowledge in the Public Context

At the Freiburg March for Science last Saturday, 2,500 scientists demonstrated their support for academic freedom and respect for science and scientific findings as well as their critique of populism and "alternative facts". In his speech, UCF's Dr. Nicholas Buchanan furthermore highlighted the importance of responsibility and public awareness in and for science – especially in the light of the manifold complex problems and societal and technological transformations we are facing.



Badische Zeitung (April 22)

Deutschlandfunk (April 22)







Uncertainty, skepticism, critical scrutiny and argumentation are inherent to the scientific (and public) debate and process. And science and scientists are definitely not infallible. Following Winston Churchill, one could postulate: The scientific method is the worst form of knowledge production except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. What's going on that academics are taking to the streets? Where did the discussion about the meaning evidence and facts come from and what does it entail? What are facts and what role do or should they play for society and for policymaking?

On April 22, altogether several hundred thousand scientists and science supporters in over 600 cities worldwide participated in Marches for Science. According to the Washington, DC initiators: "The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest."


Professor Wolfgang Freitag on "Alternative Facts"

In several recent interviews, Wolfgang Freitag, Professor for Epistemology and Theory of Science at UCF, gave his analysis and comment of the situation: "There are no alternative facts, only competing opinions. […] And opinions that are proven wrong must be dismissed." What is new about the current discussion and taking into question science and facts? What does it mean for science and for society and for policymaking? Learn more at

Deutschlandfunk Radio [at 12:40]

Schwarzwälder Bote (April 20)

Zeitung zum Samstag (April 15), p.2

Do you want to know more e.g. about Ignorance, Uncertainty and Non-Knowledge? These and further questions pertaining to science, knowledge, and the societal context of science and knowledge are at the core of the LAS program, embodied in LAS teaching by Prof. Freitag (Epistemology and Theory of Science) and Prof. Lipphardt (Science and Technology Studies).

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Science and Technology Studies, DNA Forensics, and Academic Public Engagement

In 2012, the University of Freiburg established the first Professorship in "Science and Technology Studies" (STS) in Germany. Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and her team play a central teaching role in the LAS program and are internationally active researchers. STS scholars study the relationships between scientific knowledge, technology, and society. An ongoing public debate on DNA profiling and forensics exemplifies the societal role STS and Prof. Lipphardt and her team can play:

The law enforcement community in Germany has been calling for more extensive use of forensic DNA analyses in criminal cases. A federal bill allowing extended criminological use of DNA analyses is currently being considered in the German Bundesrat. However, such analyses, as well as the collection and storage of DNA in general, raise legal and ethical issues. And scientists have continuously questioned the scientific accuracy of such analytical tools.

Following an open letter by the STS team at UCF and international collaborators, Prof. Lipphardt and her group were invited to present their critical perspective on DNA forensics at a Symposium held by the German Federal Ministry of Justice on March 21. Beyond legal, political, and academic circles, the question of DNA forensics has now received broad public attention in Germany, e.g.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (March 23)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (March 27)

Badische Zeitung (March 30)

and internationally:

Nature (March 27) – with more correspondence to come.

Forensics Magazine (March 27)

Furthermore, the Science Media Center Germany has compiled extensive resources and expert voices.

Notwithstanding the legal and discursive developments in Germany and our individual opinions concerning DNA forensics, this situation demonstrates how science is socially embedded and has societal consequences. It is also an example of STS research and its application as well as of active public engagement on the part of (STS) scholars such as Prof. Lipphardt and her team and colleagues.


Call for Applications – Eucor Summer School 2017:
"Business – Science – Society: How Can We Shape Our Future?"

UPDATE MAY 5, 2017:

The registration deadline for the Eucor Summer School 2017 has been extended until May 21.

The €200 student contribution will be covered by the University of Freiburg.


This upcoming August, the European Campus is hosting its first interdisciplinary and intercultural Summer School. The overarching theme is "Business – Science – Society: How Can We Shape Our Future?" 

European Campus Summer School 2017

EUCOR – The European Campus is a trinational university association on the Upper Rhine, including the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, and Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The Summer School curriculum focuses on the topics "Organization and Culture," "Digital Transformation," and "Ethics and Values" and is taught by university and non-university experts from the Upper Rhine region and beyond.

When? August 20 – 26, 2017
Where? Studienhaus Wiesneck79256 Buchenbach

Bachelor students who are in their 4th semester and beyond can apply as of now and until April 30. ECTS recognition is possible for participating LAS students. The student contribution to the overall costs is €200. The full program and information on the application procedure are available on the Eucor Website.


Call for Applications – Two C. H. Beck Teaching Fellowships

Beck Fellowship

For the first time, University College Freiburg invites applications for two C. H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

This part of the curriculum is designed to inspire and equip students to effectively engage with the challenges they are going to face before and after graduation.Teaching methods combine rigorous academic input with personal reflection and training in more experiential formats.

The application deadline for this round is March 24, 2017. Further C. H. Beck fellowships for later teaching periods will be announced in summer 2017. Here you can find the full announcement.



Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Gehrke


Over the course of his career, Prof. Achim Gehrke has received many honors and awards. On February 8, 2017, he was bestowed with a further and very special distinction that ranges among the highest a university can give: an Honorary Doctorate of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne. 

We warmly congratulate Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gehrke and are honored by his engagement as Director of Outreach, teacher, and mentor at UCF.



4th-year LAS Students' Conference – Research Design across Disciplines

On Friday, February 17, UCF will be hosting the second student conference "Research Design across Disciplines". The conference offers 4th-year LAS students to present and discuss their thesis proposals for their ongoing or upcoming Bachelor theses. It is the end-point of the course " Research Design across Disciplines" that exposes students to current research and to the expectations to independent and collaborative research in different disciplines, refreshes and deepens academic skills, and lets students develop self-management skills enabling them to take on long and complex projects, such as the Bachelor thesis.


The conference will take place in Kollegiengebäude I and includes panels that range from "State, Democracy, Minorities" to "Environmental Governance and Technology" and "(Non-)Knowledge in History".

The program is available here. And photos from the poster session are available on the UCF Facebook page.


2nd Liberal Education Student Conference – Call for Proposals


"A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges."



From May 5 – 7, 2017, students from University College Freiburg and Leuphana University Lüneburg are hosting the 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference (2nd LESC) at the University of Freiburg. The organizing committee has now announced their call for proposals.

The call (deadline: March 1, 2017) and more information about the conference are available on the LESC website. For impressions from the 1st Liberal Education Student Conference, please see their Facebook page.


Faszination Wissenschaft – Programm Sommersemester 2017

Das Lehr-Forschungs-Programm "Faszination Wissenschaft" führt Bachelorstudierende an das Berufsfeld Wissenschaft heran, fördert Kompetenzen zum wissenschaftlichen Projektdesign und vermittelt Kenntnisse zur deutschen und europäischen Förderlandschaft. In Projektseminaren entwickeln und bearbeiten Studierende aus unterschiedlichen Studiengängen Forschungsfragen zu interdisziplinären, gesellschaftsrelevanten Themen.

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Das Programm des Sommersemesters 2017 umfasst die Themen...

Was ist Komplexität?

Migration – menschliches Grundphänomen aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive

Phänomenales Bewusstsein – zwischen Philosophie, Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften

Der Faszination Wissenschaft Programmflyer des Sommersemesters 2017 steht hier zum Download zur Verfügung.


UCF and LAS Graduates in uni'alumni Magazine

University College Freiburg and the first LAS graduates are the main feature of uni'alumni 2017, the University of Freiburg alumni publication. Under the headline "Studium mit Aussicht", the feature includes presentations of UCF and the LAS program, first-hand impressions from LAS graduates as well as interviews with UCF's Prof. Gehrke and with Caroll Neubauer – CEO of B. Braun Melsungen, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Uni Freiburg alum and UCF supporter:

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LAS goes Europe – January 2017

On January 11, a group of 40 LAS students accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov attended a hearing of the Harkins v. the UK case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The case concerned the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment and the right to a fair trial in extradition proceedings from the UK to the US and the potential imposition of a life sentence without parole in the state of Florida.

The group also visited the Council of Europe where they received inside knowledge of what the Council of Europe does, its structure, and functioning. The visit included a meeting with Mr. Gianluca Esposito, Administrator in the Directorate General Human Rights and the Rule of Law, who conducted a valuable lengthy Q&A session on current challenges that the Council of Europe is facing, e.g. the situation in Crimea, the protection and promotion of human rights in Europe, or the states of emergency in France and Turkey.

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The excursion to Strasbourg was especially valuable for the participants in the LAS courses "Public International Law" and "Human Rights in the Global South". The impressions and acquired knowledge were actively integrated and discussed in these LAS seminars. 

The excursions were possible thanks to kind support by Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg im Breisgau e.V.

LAS Open Days 2017

As every year, UCF invites prospective LAS students to Freiburg and to the annual LAS Open Days on April 28 and on June 2!

Join us 



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2016 was an eventful year. At UCF, we experienced many positive developments, including a successful Harvard Summer School, new students and staff, or the first graduation of UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences students. The graduation meant a sentimental farewell to the pioneer LAS students. And it was a major step forward for the LAS graduates individually and for UCF towards becoming an established institution. 

At the same time, 2016 was and is a year of frustration, turmoil, and violence for many people around the world. We therefore wish all of you an encouraging, collected, and peaceful holiday break and New Year 2017. 


Call for Applications – Assistant Professor in Epistemology and Theory of Science

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Starting January 1, 2017, Dr. Katharina Kraus will be taking on the position of Assistant Professor with tenure track at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Notre Dame. We congratulate her to her new position and warmly thank her for her engagement at UCF! Thankfully, she will remain connected to UCF and Freiburg, especially in her research.

Accordingly, the Chair for Epistemology and Theory of Science is currently seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor in ETS. The full job ad is available (in German) here.



Workshop think3 – Philosophy and the Semantics of 'I'

On December 2 and 3, 2016, Prof. Wolfgang Freitag and Dr. Katharina Kraus from the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science (ETS) are organizing a workshop on "Philosophy and the Semantics of 'I'". The workshop is based in the ongoing ETS research at UCF and the University's Department of Philosophy:

"When speaking about ourselves we often use statements that contain a first person pronoun, such as the English word 'I' and its cognates. There has been a controversial discussion whether de se judgments have features that set them apart from other judgments, such as a semantic peculiarity deriving from the first-person pronoun. The aim of this workshop is to address this issue and to explore its epistemological and metaphysical relevance."

The program is available here. Participation is free and open to all who are interested. Registration please by email to

Call for Applications – wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft for Faszination Wissenschaft

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UCF is seeking to hire a Student Assistant ("Bachelor-geprüfte wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft") for Faszination Wissenschaft starting in January 2017. Please see here for the full job ad. Application deadline is December 5, 2016.






Faszination Wissenschaft at Uni Freiburg "Tag des Lernens und Lehrens"

The University of Freiburg is hosting the 2016 "Tag des Lernens und Lehrens" on November 18. This event provides a platform for exchange and reflection on methods and challenges of higher education learning and teaching. The conference in Kollegiengebäude I includes lectures, workshops, poster presentations, and many opportunities to learn about learning. UCF will be present with a poster presentation on its teaching project Faszination Wissenschaft. For more information, please see the full program at: Tag des Lernens und Lehrens.




October 15, 2016 – 1st Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony

In October 2012, 78 pioneer students started their LAS studies and from the beginning became part of the fascinating process of developing UCF. Four years later, on October 15, 2016, the University, UCF, students, graduates, families and friends came together to celebrate the first LAS Graduation – a milestone for each student and for the College.



UCF Lectures Series – Winter Semester 2016-17

UCF-Freiburg-WS-16-17-Kontroversen-und-KonvergenzenIn the upcoming Winter Semester 2016/17, we are reviving the UCF Lecture Series in a new format. You are welcome to join three lectures on the theme "Kontroversen und Konvergenzen: Wissenschaften an ihren Schnittstellen".

This Lectures Series brings together researchers from different disciplines, from the natural and the social sciences as well as from the humanities, to discuss a topic that lies at the intersection of their research areas. All meetings will be held in German. The full program is available here.



Colloquium in Science and Technology Studies – Winter Semester 2016-17

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The Lehrstuhl in Science and Technology Studies University College Freiburg is inaugurating a new colloquium series beginning in Winter Semester 2016-17 with the goal of fostering a network of scholars and students interested in the social dimensions of science and technology. The series will invite speakers from inside and outside the university for talks and discussions. All are welcome to attend, and students wishing to receive credit for the colloquium should contact Dr. Nicholas Buchanan at

You can find an up-to-date calendar of talks here.




New Publication – "Experiences in Liberal Arts and Science Education..."

Experiences in LAS Education

The conference "Global Dialogue on Liberal Arts and Science Education" in May 2015, hosted by the Harvard Center Shanghai, was the starting point for a now published book that explores a variety of international LAS innovations, start-ups, and major international collaborations between American, European and Asian institutions.

In Shanghai, Prof. Gehrke, UCF Director of Outreach, presented a UCF paper that covers the concept and experiences with the “start-up” LAS program in Freiburg: "Toward a New Unity of Research and Teaching in Academia" (co-authored by Nicholas Eschenbruch and Paul Sterzel). The conference included papers and perspectives from experts and practitioners from all over the world. The papers have since been revised, integrated and have now been published by William C. Kirby and Marijk C. van der Wende at Palgrave Macmillan:

Experiences in Liberal Arts and Science Education from America, Europe, and Asia: A Dialogue across Continents

The book covers developments in various regions as well as commonalities and differences in LAS educational concepts and practices. It highlights the experiences of international leaders in liberal arts and science education from around the world. Focusing on why this model responds to the twenty-first century requirements for excellence and relevance in undergraduate education, the contributions also explore if and how it can be implemented in different contexts and across academic cultures, structures, and traditions.


Updated version of the Course Catalog Wintersemester 2016/17 now online

UCF Course Catalog Please note that an updated version of the Course Catalog for the Winter Semester 2016-17 is now online. It can downloaded under Statutes and Handbooks.






Call for Applications – (1) LAS Core Lecturer, (2) TA Maths and Physics

LAS Core Lecturer (in part-time)

Job Ad - LAS Core Lecturer


UCF is seeking to hire a Lecturer for the LAS Core starting in October. Please see here for the full job ad. Application deadline is August 29, 2016.


Teaching Assistant (20h/month)

Job Ad TA Maths and Physics


UCF is seeking to hire a Teaching Assistant for the LAS course "Maths and Physics for the Sciences". Start is in October, application deadline is September 12, and the job ad is available here.





LAS Course Catalog Wintersemester 2016-17 Online

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We have finalized the Liberal Arts and Sciences Course Catalog for the Winter Semester 2016-17. The LAS Course Catalog includes information (Instructor, Course Description, Dates and Times) on the upcoming Block and Semester long courses as well as on the Course Registration procedure. It can downloaded under Statutes and Handbooks.




New Assistant Professor at UCF: Dr. Nicholas Buchanan

Nicholas BuchananStarting in September, Dr. Nicholas Buchanan will take on a position that is roughly equivalent to Assistant Professor at the Chair in Science and Technology Studies (STS). He will be doing independent research and teach in the LAS program. In teaching, Nick focuses on legal, sociological, and historical matters concerning the environment. More generally, he will be an excellent contact for LAS students and graduates interested in STS and the history of science.

His interests focus on the intersection of science, technology, and the environment. His current project investigates the history of artificial environments and the role they played in shaping our understanding of the environment and the human place in nature. In earlier work, Nick examined the contested place of scientific expertise in controversies over environmental governance, human attempts to control the environment (and often the people in it), and the tense interplay between science and policy.

Currently Nick is a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, where he teaches courses on ethics and law in science and technology, the cultural history of technology, and environmental studies. He earned his PhD in History and Anthropology of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

We look forward to welcoming him to Freiburg, to UCF, and to the LAS program!


July 14, 2016: Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 2016

Medieval History, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and now – Environmental Governance. That is the range of academic fields from which the Erasmus Prize winning theses have come since 2013, a clear statement that the Prize is truly interdisciplinary. This year the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded to Dr. Cristina Espinosa for her doctoral dissertation: "Apart from nature or a part of nature? Discourse analyses of the politics of redefining the relationships between humans and nature".

In her thesis, Dr. Espinosa analyzes the definition and redefinition of the relationship between humans and nature in the context of political initiatives and processes at various levels, from the local to the global. Her work exemplarily integrates approaches from the natural and the social sciences, and has a dedicated focus on epistemological questions. For more information, please see the Uni Freiburg press release.

On July 14, we once again hosted the Erasmus Prize ceremony and UCF Lecture 2016 in the Meckelhalle of the Sparkasse Freiburg. This year Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), gave a very interesting and inspiring lecture on "Internationalization of Higher Education – Opportunities and Challenges".

Thanks to all who were involved in organizing the 2016 annual UCF event and for the ongoing support for UCF!

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(Photos by Patrick Seeger and LAS student Alena Zakurazhnova)


July 13, 2016: LAS and then? The answers...

Since 2012 LAS students, their parents, and we ourselves have been thinking about the crucial question: What happens after LAS? So far, we did not have direct answers and referred to information from other UCs, especially those in the Netherlands, and to very promising results from more general placement studies.

Now, we finally have first answers of our own. 50 pioneer LAS students who started the program in 2012 will be graduating this summer. Together with the emerging UCF alumni organization, we are currently collecting information on their next steps. Although some decisions are still open (many German Master Programs have not yet completed the admissions procedures), we can now provide a preliminary overview of their plans and destinations after University College Freiburg:

About 50% will pursue further academic training directly after graduating, for example:

PhD (fast track) Biorenewable systems, Penn State University

LLM International Criminal Law, National University of Ireland

MA International Affairs, Hertie School of Governance

MA Philosophy, FU Berlin

MA Public Policy, International Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag / Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

MA Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität (invited for interview)

MBA, St. Thomas University

MSc / fast-track PhD Neurosciences, Universität Freiburg

MSc Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford

MSc Environmental Communication and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

MSc in Education, Johns Hopkins University

MSc Migration Studies, University of Oxford

MSc Molecular Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

MSc Sustainable Development, Universiteit Utrecht

MSc Translational Medical Research, Universität Heidelberg

Others will go on to discover the world of employment, intern- and traineeships in:

NGOs and Think Tanks (e.g. Terre des Femmes, Human Rights Watch)

Cultural organizations (e.g. Goethe Institute, Museums)

Research institutes

Businesses and Social Entrepreneurship

Yet others will take time off after an academically intense 4-year LAS program in order to travel and explore.

From the start, we were convinced of our program and our students. Now, we and especially our graduates can be proud that this has been recognized by prestigious institutions all around the world. We will update the list as we receive more information on our graduates' paths. Already now, we wish them all the best!


July 11, 2016: UCF Lecture Series: Beyond the Crisis – Civilians in Armed Conflicts

lecture-series-beyond-the-crisis.jpgThe UCF Students Council has organized a lectures series on civilians in armed conflicts and refugees. External lecturers have been invited to present their perspective and expertise in the following areas and lectures:

1. July 13th: Dr. Melanie Kolbe (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva): "Refugees of Today – Professionals of Tomorrow? Labor Migration Policies in the Context of the Refugee Crisis"

2. July 20th: Rica Terbeck (Evaluator for the Council of Europe): "The UN in Humanitarian Crises – A Report from the Middle East"

3. July 26th: Hannah Pool (Farsi Translator): "Lost Between Borders – Stories Behind the Refugee Crisis"

All talks are at 8:00 pm and take place in Room 01036a, Alte Universität


July 8, 2016: What do you want to do with an LAS B.Sc. in EES?

On Monday, July 11, UCF is hosting a guest talk on work fields and job opportunities for LAS graduates. Mrs. Sester from the Environmental Protection Bureau (Freiburg) and Prof. Dr. Bunke from the Ökoinstitut / Institute of Applied Ecology will give guest talks and present different fields of work in their institutions. While there is a topical focus on LAS students majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences, everybody interested is welcome to join the talks!

When: July 11, 2016, at 9:00 
Where: HS 1, Alte Universität


July 4, 2016: Guest Lecture by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) on July 11th



"Science and Public Reason in a Global World"

In cooperation between the University of Freiburg and Harvard University, UCF is currently hosting the first Harvard Summer School in Freiburg. Prof. Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, will be holding a Guest Lecture on "Science and Public Reason in a Global World".

When? Monday, July 11th, 14 – 16h 
Where? Hörsaal 1, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17




June 23, 2016: Earth and Environmental Sciences Student Website Online

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In contrast to other liberal education models, the LAS program in Freiburg reaches across academic disciplines and includes humanities (Culture and History) to the social (Governanceand the natural sciences: Life Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES). In order to present the features of and their experiences in the EES Major, students have set up an EES website. It includes information on the courses and lecturers as well as internship and graduate program opportunities and ecology oriented student initiatives.


June 20, 2016: Talk + Discussion: Global Governance for Health – The Role of WHO

The lecture and discussion series "Academy meets Industry" is co-hosted by UCF and brings together people and perspectives from academia and industry – and International Organizations. The upcoming (June 22, 2016, 17:00) talk and discussion in the seminar series "Academia meets Industry" will focus on question of global health governance. Starting point for a topic that reaches from the Life Sciences to Governance is the talk by Dr. Rüdiger Krech from the WHO.

Upcoming Seminar (June 22, 2016):

Dr. Rüdiger Krech (WHO): "Global Governance for Health – The Role of WHO"

17:00 (s.t.) at Otto Krayer Haus, University of Freiburg, Albertstrasse 25

for full details, please see:

Academia meets Industry Krech 

Academia meets Industry Krech Info 


June 15, 2016: Impressions and Presentations from the June 10 LAS Open Day

On June 10, about 80 prospective students visited UCF and Freiburg for our second LAS Open Day 2016. UCF provided presentations, information, campus tours, and, of course, cake. Thanks to the great student support! Thanks also for the interest and the many questions from prospective new LAS students.

If you missed this year's Open Days, please see the photos below and the Open Day presentation for a few impressions: LAS Open Day Presentation. For the first time, the presentation includes first hand answers to the big question: "What can I do with LAS?" Our upcoming graduates are step by step planning their next steps, including various PhD and Master programs, intern- and traineeships...

For the ongoing LAS application phase, further contact and information possibilities are available here.

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(Thanks to Alena for the photos!)


June 14, 2016: Student Assistant Governance / Academic English

UCF is seeking to hire a Student Assistant for the Major Governance and for the study area Academic English. For more information, please see our job ad here.

June 1, 2016: Start of the LAS Application Period


The application period for starting the Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A./B.Sc. program in October 2016 runs from June 1 to July 15.

On our site for Prospective Students, you can find our Application & Admissions guidelines including links to the university's Student Portal – the starting point for your application where the necessary forms are online as of June 1. Furthermore, we have uploaded more Testimonials from current LAS students.

If you have questions concerning the LAS program and/or the application process, please see our Q&As and our Contact Info. Finally, our upcoming 2nd Open Day 2016 on June 10 is a great opportunity to visit Freiburg, learn more about UCF and LAS, and to get to know staff and students.

With our pioneer cohort of LAS students graduating this summer, this year’s application and admissions process is a special one. For the first time, UCF and its LAS program will have come full circle.

We are looking forward to many interesting applications and a new cohort of students starting in October 2016!



May 11, 2016: Who the Heck is Jack?

You may have already seen the Jack around campus these days. But who – or rather what – is the Jack?

Jack is a platform for creative and critical minds, for lovers of the English language, for writers and artists: the Jack is the very first student magazine initiated, run, and published regularly by us, students of University College Freiburg (UCF). Every issue of the Jack explores one specified general topic in an interdisciplinary and creative way: its articles adopt a political, scientific, social, philosophical, personal, cultural or alternative perspective and take on divergent stylistic forms.

This very first issue with the fitting topic "for the first time" is about travelling, about having to flee from home in a struggle for safety, about the consequences of scientific innovation, about post-modern revolutionists and about much more.

We, the UCF Journalism Committee, have started selling the Jack in front of the Mensa at Rempartstraße at lunch time and in front of the library in the afternoon. Why don't you drop by, buy a copy for yourself or your friends and let us know if you are interested in contributing yourself to this new project.

So are you - yes you, no matter what you study or if you study at all! – a creative mind yourself? Do you like drawing, writing or layout? Yes? Then approach us on campus or send us an e-mail to You can make this project even more wonderful and exciting! We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The UCF Journalism Committee


May 9, 2016: TA Job Offers at UCF

For the Major Governance and in the area of Advanced Academic English, we are currently seeking to hire new TAs! For more information and the job ads, please see our job offers page.


May 3, 2016: Prof. Dr. Ned Lebow – "Goodbye Hegemony! Power and Influence in the Global System"

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UCF's Global Order Project Team warmly invites you to our event "Goodbye Hegemony! Power and Influence in the Global System". Prof. Ned Lebow (King’s College London) will offer a different perspective on power and influence in the global order, focusing on the United States as the former hegemon in the global system.

Join us at 8:15pm on Tuesday, 3 May, in HS 1199 (KG I) for another fascinating talk and discussion!

This event is a cooperation between the Global Order Project and the Colloquium Politicum of the University of Freiburg:



April 26, 2016: Impressions from the 1st LAS Open Day 2016

About 80 prospective students and some parents joined us at UCF last Friday for our first Open Day 2016. We introduced them to the University and city of Freiburg and, of course, to our Liberal Arts and Sciences program. If you missed the Open Day on April 22 – please see the photos and the presentation slide show for a few impressions and join us on our second Open Day 2016 on June 10.

LAS Introductory Presentation




Special thanks to Alena for the photos and to all cake bakers!


April 15, 2016: Dr. h.c. von Sponeck – "From Unilateralism to Multipolarity" 
(Talk and Discussion on April 21)

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UCF's Global Order Project Team warmly invites you to our event "From Unilateralism to Multipolarity: The United Nations and De-Westernization" on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 18 h c.t. in HS 1098, KG 1.

We are delighted to present our guest speaker Dr. h.c. Hans-Christoph Graf von Sponeck (Former UN Assistant Secretary General). The talk will be followed by a discussion and open reception.

Save the date and join us! 



April 14, 2016: Prof. Lipphardt in 3sat Talk Show

The Austrian-German-Swiss TV channel 3sat is currently featuring a theme week "Das Geheimnis der Gene". The Thursday evening Talk Show Scobel will focus on "Race, Blood, and Genes". UCF's Prof. Lipphardt is invited as one of the experts for the discussion on the relations between genomics, ethics, society, and racism. The show was aired on Thursday at 9pm on 3sat and is available in their archive.


April 4, 2016: Relaunch of the UCF Website

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our website! While the new website is not a complete redesign, we did clear up some dust the old site had collected since 2012 and can now provide clearer guidance and more concise information for various target groups.

For example, the new site includes a section specifically designed to inform prospective students about Freiburg, UCF, and our LAS program.

As no website can or should answer all questions, we have summarized our contact details and information channels – both for general interest, for current, and for prospective LAS students.

Furthermore, the updated LAS application and admissions information for 2016 is now online.

Finally, we have given more attention to UCF as an institution at the University of Freiburg and to the people involved in the College and in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. "People involved" of course includes the UCF Student Council that now has a section of its own on the UCF website.

We kindly invite you to explore the new site, find out more about UCF and the LAS program – and to let us know what you think and what we might have forgotten!

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March 4, 2016: Conference Research Design across Disciplines

On Friday, March 4, 2016 the LAS Bachelor candidates will present their thesis proposals in a one-day conference in KG1. The aim is to give the students the opportunity to present their proposals in public, to receive useful feedback, and to gain some conference experience. 

The conference is part of the course Research Design across Disciplines: A framework course for the bachelor thesis. This course is aimed at fourth-year students who, in their final year of LAS studies, should refine their academic skills and intensify contact with academic research, before embarking on writing the Bachelor thesis, applying for Master programs, or preparing for the next carrier moves.

The presentations will take place in three different rooms in KG I. Here you can download the programs:

Sessions: "Life Sciences", "Perspectives on Gender", "Frames and Narratives" (Room 1098)

Sessions: "Tales of Heroes", "Feminism and Identities", Open Section (Room 1199)

Sessions: "Society and State", "Politics and Policies", "Major Social Debates" (Room 1221)

Poster Session (Rooms 1098 and 1199)

You are cordially invited!


February 25, 2016: LAS Students at the IV European Human Rights Moot Court Finals

ELSA international, the European Law Students' Association, hosts the annual European Human Rights Moot Court Competition in cooperation with, inter alia, the Council of Europe and the European Human Rights Association. This year's finals took place in Strasbourg at the premises of the Palace of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights on February 14-19.

The UCF team, composed of Isabelle Kopineck, Harriet von Spiegel, Marilena Stegbauer and Matthias Haslberger and coached by UCF's Dr. Stoyan Panov, dedicated long months in preparing for the competition and displayed an excellent performance. The team reached the quarterfinals of the Finals Competition and ranked 6th in the overall tournament from a total of 79 teams from 26 European countries. This deserves special recognition as their competitors came from specialized law faculties. We congratulate the UCF team!

You can find more information on Facebook and


February 5, 2016: Open Days 2016

For all prospective students of the Liberal Arts and Science program, the University College Freiburg will hold two Open Days in 2016. If you are interested in finding out more about the program, meeting the LAS lecturers and LAS students, visiting our facilities, then this is the perfect event for you.

On April 22 and June 10 the UCF opens its doors for prospective students. Here you can find more information.

Join Us 2016


February 2, 2016: "Erzählte Erfahrung: The Professor as a Teacher" Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Gehrke

The University of Freiburg regularly invites retired professors to give insights into their academic careers and experiences. Next Tuesday, Prof. Gehrke (UCF Director of Outreach) will look back on his career in academia and present his experiences in and with the academic world. With view to the seemingly dominant role that research plays today and also to his engagement at UCF – primarily a teaching institution –, the focus of his talk is of special interest:Thinking the university from the perspective of teaching and learning.

"Erzählte Erfahrungen: Der Professor als Lehrer", Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 20:00 pm, Aula, KG I

January 26, 2016: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Yulia Egorova "Jewishness, Genetics and Genomic Sovereignty"

Next Tuesday, Yulia Egorova, will give her talk "Jewishness, Genetics and Genomic Sovereignty". The talk is a contribution to the lecture series on Genomics, Identity, and Society, organized by UCF Prof. Veronika Lipphardt.

Yulia Egorova is director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics at Durham University, UK. Her research interests include Anthropology of Jewish communities, the social aspects of science and biotechnology, and the relationship between science and religion. The talk will take place at 18h at Theater Saal, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17.


January 19, 2016: Lecture by Dr. Celine Wawruschka "Genetic History and National Identity: The Case of Turkey"

Today, Celine Wawruschka will present the findings from her newest research. Her talk "Genetic History and National Identity: The Case of Turkey" will take place at 18h at Theater Saal, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17.

Celine Wawruschka works at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Holding a doctorate in Pre- and Early History as well as Cultural and Social Anthropology she has, among other things, explored early medieval settlement structures and prehistoric economies in Anatolia. The talk is a contribution to the lecture series on Genomics, Identity, and Society, organized by UCF Prof. Veronika Lipphardt.


January 12, 2016: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Catherine Nash "From Race to Region: The Work of 'Geography' in Human 'Genography'"

Today, Catherine Nash, Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London, will present the findings from her newest research on cultural geography and genetics. The talk is a contribution to the lecture series on “Genomics, Identity, and Society”, organized by UCF Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and will take place at 18h at Theater Saal, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17. More information on Prof. Catherine Nash and the Lecture Talk.


December 4, 2015: The Workshop "think2 – Repräsentationen des Ich" starts

Phenomena of self-conciousness are widely discussed inside and outside of philosophy. Those phenomena include, in particular, self-ascriptions of mental states such as "I think" and "I'm in pain". This capability enables self-conception and self-confidence. The aim of this workshop "think2 – Repräsentationen des Ich" is to discuss various aspects relating to I-representations, in particular in the area of conflict between cognitivists and expressivists.

Please note that the workshop takes place in KG I (Kollegiengebäude I), room 1139!


December 3, 2015: Global (Dis)Order: Conflict – Migration – Capitulation?

This year alone, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the Middle East and Africa to escape civil war and terror. As a result, the influx of refugees Europe is currently experiencing poses many challenges. In light of these developments, the Global Order Project is inviting to their event

GLOBAL (DIS)ORDER: CONFLICT – MIGRATION – CAPITULATION? on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 18:30 h in the Theatersaal, Alte Uni (Bertholdstraße 17).

As guest speakers the Global Order Project has invited Dr. Epkenhans and Prof. Dr. Krieger from the University Freiburg. Dr. Tim Epkenhans will elucidate what role the historical legacy of decolonization and the end of the bipolar world order play in the disintegration of the Middle Eastern state system, which is fuelling today's migrant streams. Afterwards, Professor Dr. Tim Krieger will give insights on the significance of the refugee crisis for Europe and its immigration policy, in particular regarding border enforcement mechanisms and the perspectives for a quota system within the Schengen area.

After the talks is plenty of time for questions and discussion, followed by an open reception. The Global Order Project is a network of students and experts who are studying issues of Global Order in various disciplines. The project was initiated by the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo in 2014. Currently student groups from University College Maastricht, University College Freiburg and Harvard University are involved in the initiative.


December 1, 2015: New Academic Director at UCF – Welcome Dr. Ursula Glunk!

We are very pleased to announce that, starting December 1, Dr. Ursula Glunk has taken over the position of Academic Director at UCF!

Ursula Glunk's background is in Psychology and Organization Studies. She worked as an Assistant and later Associate Professor at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. With her strong interest in personal development, learning facilitation and innovation, she moved towards education management - first at Maastricht University, until recently at Zeppelin University. As Academic Director, Ursula Glunk heads the teaching team and plans and oversees all teaching activities at UCF. Together with Paul Sterzel, she is responsible for the daily affairs and further development of the college. We are looking forward to working with Ursula, to her new ideas, initiative and input!


November 23, 2015: Dissertation Prize for Dr. Katharina Kraus

Dr. Katharina Kraus, Assistant Professor at the Chair for Epistemology and Theory of Science, recently received twofold recognition and honors (and funding) – for her past and for her future work:

For her dissertation "Psychological Knowledge in Kant's Critical Thinking" (University of Cambridge, UK, 2014) she was awarded the "Kant-Dissertationspreis 2015" by the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Vienna. The award was presented in the context of the 12th International Kant Congress in September 2015 in Vienna.

Soon afterwards, Katharina was accepted in the Eliteprogramm for postdocs, funded by the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung, starting 2016. Her research project "The First Person – Semantic, Epistemic, and Scientific Perspective" will investigate the epistemic status of "I-thoughts", i.e. thoughts on our self-related mental states, such as our own beliefs, desires, and feelings. The project integrates philosophy with psychological and neuroscientific studies with the aim of characterizing the specific ability to acquire substantial self-knowledge and the role of such knowledge in science. Beyond honors and recognition, the project receives a research grant of €110,000.

We congratulate Katharina!


November 18, 2015: Open Day of the University of Freiburg

University College participates in the Open Day / Tag der offenen Tür der Universität Freiburg and opens its doors. We invite you to visit our presentations and course. Please note that there is also a smartphone app. We are looking forward to seeing you.


October 29, 2015: Symposium in honor of the 70th birthday of Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke 

The Seminar für Alte Geschichte holds a symposium in honor of the 70th birthday of Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, our Director of Outreach. The symposium Historiographie und Vergangenheitsvorstellungen in der Antike takes place from 29.-31.10.2015. We congratulate Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke!

Hans-Joachim Gehrke has been involved at UCF since the very beginning – as Director of Outreach and as Representative for the Rector at UCF. This is a special honor for us considering that he can look back on a very successful academic career and life: He trained, educated and inspired generations of students and young researchers in Ancient History and neighboring disciplines. He was (and is!) involved in archaeological expeditions and interdisciplinary historical research that is recognized far beyond the immediate academic community. At Freiburg University, in Germany and beyond, in the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, in many interdisciplinary research projects, in the Academies of Sciences in Halle, Erfurt and Heidelberg – he took on responsibilities for academia in the broadest sense. Finally, and even after a successful term as President of the Deutsches Archäologische Institut in Berlin, he still had and has the energy and curiosity to provide decisive guidance in founding UCF.

UCF expresses its gratitude and wishes him all the best for the future!


October 27, 2015: Lecture by Prof. Jenny Reardon "The Postgenomic Condition"

Prof. Dr. Jenny Reardon will present the findings from her newest research in her talk "The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge after the Genome" next Tuesday, October 27, 18-20h in the Theater Saal, Alte Universität. Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her STS studies on population genetics and genomics have been groundbreaking.The Chair for Science and Technology Studies and the UCF are happy to host the lecture that is also the opening talk of a lecture series on Genomics, Identity, and Society.


October 20, 2015: Updated information for LAS students

The latest versions of the Student Handbook 2015, the Course Catalog WS 2015/16 and the new Studienordnung Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2015 can be found and downloaded under Statutes and Handbooks.


October 12, 2015: LAS Welcome Week starts

After an interesting and intense application and admissions period, we are looking forward to welcoming our new LAS students at University College. See more on Facebook.


July 9, 2015: Erasmus Prize Ceremony, UCF Lecture 2015

UCF has established a small tradition with the yearly award ceremony for the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, combined with an external guest lecture (and a bit of a celebration…). In 2013 we celebrated the UCF Inauguration, had Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger as guest speaker, and awarded the first UCF Erasmus Prize to Michael Schonhardt for his Master's Thesis by on the medieval, monastic book and knowledge culture.

In 2014 Prof. Moreno Ocampo spent a full week in Freiburg and gave his key note speech on the importance of globally-oriented higher education. Next to the Erasmus Prize award for Martin Brösamle and his dissertation on "Architectural Design Processes", Harm Hospers from University College Maastricht was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Freiburg for his academic achievements and his (as well as UCM's!) decisive support in establishing UCF. Finally, we had our first UCF Advisory Board meeting.

Last Thursday, on July 2, we once again hosted the Erasmus Prize ceremony and UCF Lecture 2015 in the Meckel Halle of the Sparkasse Freiburg: Dr. Susanne Gundermann received the Erasmus Prize for her dissertation on "English as a Lingua Franca - Modelling the Role of the Native Speaker", an empirical studies that has very practical implications for our English-taught LAS program. With view to our first generation of LAS graduates Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner gave us a very interesting and encouraging lecture on "Hochschul-Bildung und Beschäftigungsfähigkeit heute und morgen".

Thanks to all who were involved in organizing the 2015 annual UCF event and for the ongoing support and curiosity for UCF!

See more pictures on facebook.
(Photos by Patrick Seeger and LAS student Alena Zakurazhnova)


June 16, 2015: LAS Program and Application Information

The application period for new LAS students starting the program in October 2015 started on June 1st and will run until July 15th. At UCF, we try to provide prospective, interested students as much information as possible about the LAS program and the application and admissions process:

Open Days: While already over, the two 2015 Open Days were well attended and hopefully provided the right information and assistance. Short documentation is available on the UCF Facebook page: April 24 and June 12. Furthermore, you can find the Open Day presentation slides on slideshare.

Concerning insights into the LAS program itself, its structure, the people involved, and what studying LAS at UCF is like, this website provides information – as does the Liberal Arts and Sciences Online Studychoice Assistant (OSA). Our OSA is interactive, gives you sample tasks and typical study situations and provides help in deciding if LAS is the right program for you!

LAS consultation hours: UCF hosts a weekly consultation hour on Friday afternoons during which staff members are available for your questions concerning the LAS program. Please feel free to contact the central office if you are interested in talking to somebody in person, by phone or Skype:

Sometimes, talking to a current LAS student is more helpful and insightful than talking to staff members... The UCF Student Council has both a Facebook page and a Website. Please feel free to get in touch with current LAS students by Facebook or Email.

We have, finally, compiled all necessary information and links concerning the actual application and admissions process. Please see the UCF website and contact us by Email for any questions:


June 1, 2015: Application and Admissions 2015/16

The Application and Admissions period for the upcoming winter semester 2015/16 started today, June 1st. On our website, we have compiled necessary information concerning the application, the necessary forms and documentation: Application Information

Your actual application is processed by the university's Student Services Center. They provide further information as well as the application forms:

English version Student Portal

German version Studierendenportal


We are looking forward to many interesting applications! 


May 19, 2015: Prof. Veronika Lipphardt appointed as Professor in Science and Technology Studies

After a thorough search procedure, UCF is happy to announce that Prof. Veronika Lipphardt has accepted the Rector's offer to become our professor of Science and Technology Studies. She comes from the renowned Berlin Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science and works on the history of the life sciences, particularly physical anthropology and human population genetics and their social and cultural contexts. Her current research focuses on the history of knowledge about human variation in the 20th century. Veronika Lipphardt studied history, biology, musicology and social sciences in Vienna, Potsdam, Berlin and Freiburg. Her most recent book is about German-Jewish physical anthropologists and geneticists and how they contributed to the scientific debate about the so-called "Jewish race" between 1900 and 1935. We are happy to welcome her at UCF on June 5, and look forward to all the exciting interdisciplinary teaching and cooperation her research suggests! 


April 28, 2015: LAS Course Catalog, Module Handbook, and Brochure updated

We recently updated both the LAS Course Catalog and its underlying Module Handbook. The Module Handbook "translates" and explicates the LAS Rules and Regulations, i.e. the foundation of the LAS program. In every semester, the LAS modules are put to work in the form of concrete courses, found in the Course Catalog.

Module Handbook 2014-15

Course Catalog Summer Semester 2015

Furthermore, we revised the LAS Brochure. See more.


March 25, 2015: UCF and LAS in the Daily Telegraph

The English Daily Telegraph recently interviewed us for a Study Abroad special feature. The article covers various opportunities for English students interested in study Liberal Arts and Sciences. See here for the article.


February 19, 2015: LAS Open Day Dates 2015

We have fixed the dates for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Open Days 2015 at UCF! Our Open Days for the LAS program starting in October will be on April 24th and on June 12th. For more information please see our Open Day site.


December 16, 2014: Admin job announcments at UCF

UCF currently has two positions open in the admin area. For all further information, please check our job offers!


July 16, 2014: Trial lectures for the Professorship "Science and Technology Studies" on July 24 and 25

The University of Freiburg is currently in the process of establishing the second Professorship associated with UCF: "Science and Technology Studies". See the announcement for details concerning the Professorship.

The trial lectures for the Professorship are now scheduled to take place on July 24 and 25 in Room 01011, Werthmannstraße 8/Rear Building:

Thursday, 24.07.2014

13.00: Associate Prof. Dr. Götz Hoeppe – U Waterloo, Ontario/Kanada: "Framing Numero-Politics: On the Practices and Politics of Assessing Marine Resources in India"

15.00: Juniorprofessor Dr. Jörg Niewöhner – HU Berlin: "Localising matter(s) – Ethnographic co-laboration with bio- and geosciences"

17.00: Juniorprofessorin Estrid Sørensen – U Bochum: "The Ritual of Plural Knowledge"

Friday, 25.07.2014

09.15: Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt – MPIWG Berlin: "Narrating diversity, fixing unruly samples. Interdisciplinary entanglements of human population genetics"

11.15: Juniorprofessorin Dr. Susanne Bauer – U Frankfurt/Main: "Accounting for Mutations. Technoscience, Nuclear Ecologies and Post-Soviet Sociality"

13.15: Prof. Dr. Jutta Weber – U Paderborn: "Tinkering With the Unpredictable. A Brief History of Technoscience Culture"


July 16, 2014

University College Freiburg is seeking for its study program "Liberal Arts and Sciences" an academic assistant (geprüfte wiss. Hilfskraft) in the field of Governance starting October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015 for 50 hours/month, with a possibility of extension. Please check our job announcement!


July 7, 2014: Module Handbook 2013/14 online

The LAS Module Handbook 2013/14 is now on our Media and Publications page. The Handbook is gives a detailed description of the LAS curriculum and its modules especially in the Core and Majors.


June 16, 2014: Job vacancy at UCF

University College Freiburg invites applications for the position of a Project manager (50 % TV-L E 11). For all further information, please check our job announcement


June 6, 2014: New LAS Semester Schedule

The semester schedule of the LAS program has been adjusted. While retaining the successful block format, it now offers an improved fit with the schedule of the University of Freiburg and more structured space for continuous language learning throughout the year. For new LAS student, the academic year will start later in October than it used to: check the dates here.


May 26, 2014: Application and Admissions 2014

Together with the University of Freiburg's Student Services Center (SCS), we have made a few corrections to the application and admissions process. Furthermore, we have revised the information guidelines for the process. The application period for commencing LAS at UCF is from June 1 – July 15. You can find the updated process and information here.


May 14, 2014: LAS Open Days

UCF will be hosting the second LAS Open Day this upcoming Friday, May 16. We kindly invite all interested future students to get to know UCF, LAS and the many people involved. See the program for more information.


March 25, 2014: PBL Workshops

In 2013 and 2014, UCF hosted 2 workshops on Problem-Based Learning (PBL), financed by the Stifterverband in their program Lehren - Lecturer. In the last workshop Prof. Dr. Wim Gijselaers, head of the department of Educational Research and Development at Maastricht University and a leading PBL expert gave a talk on "Principles of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Higher Education: How PBL can meet changing educational demands". You can find the video online at: []


March 6, 2014: Job vacancy at UCF

University College Freiburg invites applications for the position of a Lecturer (100% TV-L 13) in the Major "Earth and Environmental Science". For all further information, please check our job announcement!


February 5, 2014: Open Day Program 2014

We have finalized the program for our first LAS/UCF Open Day on March 7, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Please check here for more information.


February 5, 2014: Deadline Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

The deadline for nominations for the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences is coming up on February 16. Please check here for all information concerning the prize and the nomination process.


2013: Time Flies

Time flies when you're involved in something fun. 2013, UCF's second year, is almost over, and we would like to briefly look back on the past months.

First of all, the second generation of students in our programs Liberal Arts and Sciences, IndiTrack and Faszination Wissenschaft started their studies with great enthusiasm and curiosity. And our first generation has (hopefully) become accustomed to studying in a very special context and have not only taken over responsibility for themselves but also for the second generation. UCF is a growing community!

Also in 2013, we not only institutionalized the UCF directorate and external advisory board, but were honored and excited to welcome Wolfgang Freitag, Professor for Epistemology and Theory of Science, at the University of Freiburg, the Faculty of Humanities and, of course, at UCF.

Finally, 2013 was the year of our official Inauguration celebration, during which we also – for the first time – awarded the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Altogether, 2013 was a challenging and rewarding year for all involved with more highlights than can be summarized here. We would like to thank everybody involved at and around UCF for their outstanding commitment and support. Now, it is time to look forward to more challenges and rewards and to wish everybody a peaceful break and plenty of energy for 2014!


December 20, 2013: Call for applications – Professorship in Science and Technology Studies

The Faculty of Humanities has opened the call for applications for the Professorship in Science and Technology Studies. As with the Professorship for Epistemology and Theory of Science, it was established specifically in the context the Liberal Arts and Sciences study program. You can find the call at our job offer page.


December 19, 2013: Interview planning for August 2014

Despite the fact that the application period for the winter term 2014/15 will not commence until June 2014, we can already announce the time period for the interviews: Interviews are expected to take place between August 4th and August 8th 2014. We look forward to your applications and hope this early announcement makes planning your application and summer activities easier.


December 4, 2013: Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 2013

The Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded for the first time on June 24, 2013, on the occasion of the UCF Inauguration. UCF has now opened the call for nominations for the Erasmus Prize 2013.


November 15, 2013: Volume 1 of the UCF book series "Septem" published

Yesterday, the first volume of the new UCF book series "Septem", which is dedicated to the pedagogical, academic and epistemological foundations of our LAS program, was published at the Rombach Verlag: "Von artes liberales zu liberal arts" covers and compares concepts of Liberal Education in an historical and international perspective. The articles are based on last year's UCF lecture series and includes publications from Bernhard Zimmermann, UCF Dean of Studies, and Ryan Plumley, LAS Course Coordinator "Culture and History".


November 15, 2013: UCF at the University of Freiburg's "Tag der offenen Tür" Nov. 20

Next Wednesday, on November 20, the University of Freiburg will be hosting its annual "Tag der offenen Tür". Throughout the day, the university's study programs open their courses for interests students and the many institutions involved in student life present themselves. UCF will be present with a stand in Prometheushalle/Kollegiengebäude I as of 9 am.


October 31, 2013: Job vacancies at UCF

In order to expand its teaching staff and strengthen the administration of the LAS program, UCF is now looking for

(1) an Academic Program Coordinator and

(2) a Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Major in "Governance".


October 22, 2013: UCF lecture series "Wissen" winter term 2013

Together with the university's "Studium generale", UCF will again be hosting a public lecture series this winter term. Last year's lectures ("Bildung: Von artes liberales zu liberal arts") covered historical and international concepts of liberal education and will soon be published in book form.

This winter term, the lecture series focusses on UCF's key theme: "Knowledge" ("Wissen"). The lectures (in German) will all be held by professors from the university. They are not only experts in their respective fields (Theory of Science, Ancient History, Mineralogy/Geochemistry, Philosophy of Law, Classical Archaeology, Molecular Embryology, Biomedical Microtechnology), but also all involved in UCF, mainly in the Liberal Arts and Sciences study commission.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freitag, who recently took up the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science, will start the program on Tuesday, November 5th.

All UCF students are highly encouraged to participate!


September 11, 2013: UCF/LAS Welcome week and begin of studies 2013

After an intense selection process for the upcoming, second generation of LAS students, we are currently preparing the start of the second year at University College Freiburg. The year will begin on Monday, Sept. 30 with a Welcome Week at UCF and beyond. Together with our first generation of LAS students we will introduce the "freshmen" to the many aspects of studying Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCF and to living in Freiburg as a (new) student.

We will be posting the Welcome Week program soon, so please stay tuned!


August 1, 2013: Documentation of UCF's Inauguration online!

University College Freiburg was officially established as an institution at the University of Freiburg in September 2012 and opened its doors to 78 Liberal Arts and Sciences students and 12 IndiTrack students on October 1. After a very dynamic and successful first academic year, we decided that it was time to celebrate the founding and inauguration of UCF on a larger scale and with the many people that had been involved in this project over the last three years. The perfect occasion was provided by the award ceremony for the Erasmus Prize, a prize for young researchers, donated by the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau and awarded by UCF. We would like to thank our students as well as the many and very diverse guests and supporters that made this – UCF and its Inauguration – possible. On the Inauguration page, you can relive the event as it happened.

May 28, 2013: Video interviews with LAS students online

As announced late April, we updated our website with the interviews with our first-generation LAS students. They talk about their first semester experiences at UCF and give you a general impression about how it is to study Liberal Arts and Sciences in Freiburg. All interview clips are now available here.

April 11, 2013: Thank you for a great Open Day

Last Monday a group of 60 prospective students and parents visited the University College Freiburg to become more familiar with the new Bachelors Program "Liberal Arts and Sciences." We enjoyed the lively conversations and hope that all of you had a good time. We are very happy that there are so many people interested in studying LAS.


If you missed this Open Day there is still time to register on our website for the next Open Day on June 7th.


April 2, 2013: First LAS Open Day 2013 – next week Monday, April 8

Next Monday the first LAS Open Day will take place at University College Freiburg. You can learn more about the LAS study program, talk to students and staff and visit seminars. Online registration is possible until 6 pm on Thursday April 4th . If you cannot make it next week we are also offering a second Open Day on June 7, 2013.

We look forward to having a great first Open Day next week and to meeting many interested students.

March 12, 2013: Liberal Arts and Sciences Program: Two Open Days in 2013

The next application period for UCF's Liberal Arts and Sciences program will start very soon: from June 1 to July 15. Therefore we offer two Open Days this year for prospective students who are interested in this new program:

On Monday, April 8th, we open the college from 1 to 5pm for this year's first Open Day. The schedule of the day can be found here.

We will guide interested students through our academic program with presentations explaining what LAS at the UCF is all about, how it is structured, who are the people behind the scenes, who are the students studying at UCF. If somebody is deeply curious they may even follow an Open Class or Lecture. To get an insight in life at the University of Freiburg, UCF and in Freiburg we offer an information market where participants can meet LAS students, institutions of the University and meet our lecturers face-to-face.

For people who are unable to attend April, 8th, we offer a second date on Friday, June 7.

March 11, 2013: Project "Faszination Wissenschaft"

This summer semester, the UCF's third project will start: in "Faszination Wissenschaft" we will design and offer a new kind of research-oriented module for undergraduates from all the faculties.

The module will introduce B.A. and B.Sc. students to practical perspectives concerning professional careers as scientists or scholars. The main focus lies on developing analytical and conceptual skills for designing interdisciplinary research projects. Students from many different disciplines will work together and practice putting together research proposals in areas that cannot be addressed by one field alone. The first course, which will start in April, will deal with topics in the area of Health and Illness.


January 25, 2013: A good start for the IndiTrack

The first Interdisciplinary Track (IndiTrack) students will soon be completing their first semester of studies. Fudder, an online news journal, recently published a short article which describes some of the students' experiences and reasons for choosing IndiTrack. You find the article here (available only in German). So far the students have found their individually-tailored studies to be more work than they expected, but also very rewarding and interesting.

IndiTrack is a project which enables Bachelor students of the University of Freiburg to undertake an additional year of interdisciplinary studies between the second and third year of their regular programs.

December 19, 2012: Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

In 2013 the University of Freiburg will award the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences for the first time. This prize underscores the epistemological focus of the Liberal Arts and Sciences concept in Freiburg and rewards an academic work that deals in an exemplary way with epistemological questions in the treatment of its topics. Furthermore, the prize aims to highlight an academic work that makes a special contribution to methodological and theoretical exchange across disciplinary boundaries.

For detailed information about the nomination procedure and the background of the prize please click here.

December 18, 2012: Open Days 2013

For all prospective students of the Liberal Arts and Science program, the University College Freiburg will hold two Open Days 2013: One is scheduled for the beginning of April, the other one in June 2013. If you are interested in finding out more about the program, meeting the LAS lecturers, visiting our facilities, and "tasting" a lecture, then this is the perfect event for you.


December 3, 2012: Welcome Back!

After finishing the first block of the LAS study program on the November 23 and with a short break of one week (the so-called "reflection week") the students return today for their 2nd block of studies. This block runs until mid-February 2013 finishing with one week of exams and another reflection week. To all of our student: We wish you a warm "Welcome Back!"

In cooperation with the University's "Studium generale", the University College Freiburg is hosting a lecture series with the topic: "From artes liberals to liberal arts" this winter term. The lecture series starts in the Antiquity, continues into the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Ages, and finally reaches the present time. Questions concerning education and knowledge will be discussed from the perspective of the different epochs. The schedule of the lecture series can be found here.


October 31, 2012: Consultation hour for prospective students

Starting on November 9th, the UCF will be offering a consultation hour for prospective students who are interested in learning more about the LAS Bachelor degree program. Every Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00 pm a UCF lecturer will talk to prospective students about the Liberal Arts and Sciences program and answer questions.

If you are interested, please register here to participate in one of the consultation hours.


October 17, 2012: UCM @ UCF…

This week, Harm Hospers, Dean of University College Maastricht, is visiting us at University College Freiburg together with Thomas Cleij, Dean of the Maastricht Science Programme, the natural sciences counterpart to the University College Maastricht (UCM).

First of all, we are discussing ways to deepen the partnership between the Colleges, for example via student and faculty exchanges. Secondly, Harm will be holding a lecture on "Liberal Arts and Sciences - Concept and Experiences at UCM". The lecture is part of Nicholas Eschenbruch's LAS Plenary Course.


October 16, 2012: Welcome Week video clip

The LAS students started their studies at the beginning of October with a Welcome Week, where they got to know the academic and management staff of the University College Freiburg and of course their fellow students. Our short video clip summarizes the highlights of the Welcome Week and gives a good impression what the atmosphere was like.


October 4, 2012: Module Handbook online

The LAS Module Handbook for the Winter Term 2012/13 is now on our Media and Publications page. The Handbook is available in English and in German and gives a detailed description of the curriculum of the Winter Term 2012/13.


October 2, 2012: LAS Welcome Week started yesterday!

The first generation of students starts with the new Bachelor program "Liberal Arts and Sciences". After tea and coffee in the common room and a little tour around the city, UCF's Dean of Studies, Bernhard Zimmermann, University's Vice President Heiner Schanz and the whole UCF team welcome the pioneer students in the Theatersaal of the Alte Universität. It is an important day for the College as well as for the students and one can feel the excitement of everyone, to be part of this special program.

The Welcome Week lasts until Friday and it is all about getting to know each other, finding one's way in the University and starting to organize the first semester.


September 24, 2012: Norway Report No.1

Paul Sterzel, our Managing Director, is currently on a "Recruiting Tour" in Norway. The next two weeks he will report on his experiences in Norway.

Report 1: : Road to LAS? More like road from LAS...
I am currently on a "Recruiting Tour" with a group of 15 more or less veteran recruiters from various US colleges and universities. There's one further European on tour, Harm Hospers, Dean of UCM. Most of these people are experts when it comes to recruiting and admissions. It's their job. They know their admissions capacities and regulations etc. by heart, go through hundreds, if not thousands of "apps" per year, speak of particularly interesting high schools in South Korea or Ghana or wherever as if they were around the corner. Luckily, the tour started slowly, with a get together in Bergen, Norway, from where we took the ferry somewhere closer to the Red Cross United World College where I will be presenting UCF and LAS tomorrow. Aside from rather random "spreading the word" about LAS, it's all about getting in contact with recruiting professionals, with international schools and, especially, with interesting potential students! More to come tomorrow evening!


September 21, 2012: We are moving!

The University College Freiburg is moving! From Wednesday 26.9. to Friday 28.9. our offices are closed. Please be aware that phones and email accounts will not be regularly accessible to our staff. On Monday 1.10. we will open the new offices to the public and our new students in our new location: Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17, 1st floor.


September 3, 2012: Welcome to our new colleagues

Two more colleagues joined the UCF team: Glenda-Alicia Leung and Lisanne Raderschall. Language-Lecturer Glenda- Alicia Leung holds a double MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and is responsible for the English teaching at UCF. Lisanne Raderschall studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Maastricht and therefore is familiar with the LAS concept. As Junior Project Manager, she deals with various organizational and conceptual tasks. We wish Lisanne and Glenda a good start at UCF!


August 29, 2012: Timetable for the first academic year now online

Curious to know how the 2012/13 academic year of LAS is organized? Have a look at the info graphic now online at the Study Preview page. Course, exam and reflection periods as well as semester breaks for the first year of LAS are presented here.


August 15, 2012: Registration now taking place at the University of Freiburg

During the last few days all the admission letters for the liberal arts and sciences program were sent out by the vice chancellor's office of the University of Freiburg. Registration is taking place starting now until the August 31, 2012. The letters of acceptance contain information about the registration process.

You can also find more information here.

We are looking forward to meeting you in October! Enjoy your summer holidays and we hope to see you soon.


August 10, 2012: Sprinting to the finish line!

This week we completed the interviews with perspective students for the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. Many thanks to the candidates for coming to Freiburg - especially those who traveled from other parts of the country or abroad just to meet with us. The letters of acceptance will be sent out by the University of Freiburg next week. We are already busy preparing for our Welcome Week which starts on the October 1.


July 24, 2012: What is the governance major all about?

A video interview with Volker Balli, Coordinator of the governance major, is now available on our website on the Media and Publications page. In the video clip Balli highlights some issues that the students with a governance major will be addressing, for example what are the common problems in this area and who decides how to deal with them.


July 19, 2012: FAZ article about University College Freiburg

Have you read the newspaper yet today? You can read about University College Freiburg in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today! The article can be found on page 6 (in the section called "Bildungswelten") and is entitled "Die Vergrößerung des Horizonts" – "The Expanding Horizon." The Liberal Arts and Sciences program and the IndiTrack project are described.


July 12, 2012: What are the majors all about?

We interviewed our four University Teachers and asked them to introduce themselves and tell us more about their specific major. If you want to learn more about "Culture and History", "Life Sciences", "Earth and Environmental Sciences" or "Governance" and the academic staff members of UCF, have a look at our Media and Publications page or watch the video clips directly at the respective major's page.


June 27, 2012: What is the core program all about?

Nicholas Eschenbruch, Director of Education illustrates in a video-interview the objectives of the LAS core and explains why the core program is the backbone of LAS. For more interviews with Nicholas Eschenbruch, explaining the electives and the language area, have a look at our Media and Publications page.


June 19, 2012: Expanded Study Preview

A more detailed Study Preview is now online to give prospective students an overview of how the LAS program is organized.  Each LAS year is described and illustrated separately to provide a comprehensive outline of the curriculum. In addition to that, more information concerning the four majors is now available.


June 5, 2012: LAS Info Day and Open Day video clip

The LAS Open Day on May 18 was a great success! Our short video clip gives you a good impression of the program and the atmosphere of the Day.

Since some potential applicants could not make it and others were not yet aware of the University of Freiburg's new Liberals Arts and Sciences program, we will offer a smaller-scale LAS Info Day on Monday July 2 2012 at UCF

You will have a chance to meet the new program's teaching and administrative staff, ask questions, get more information on the program, admission requirements, and the registration process and have a look at the campus and the city of Freiburg. 


June 4, 2012: How to Apply

What do I have to bring? Where do I have to go? What do I need to send? When do I have to submit my application? When can I register? And how...?

Questions, questions, questions that are important to get answers to in order to meet all the application requirements. The detailed instructions, whether in German or English are sometimes difficult to understand, and therefore we have put together a comprehensive information sheet to help you to get through the "application-jungle". Here is the link:


June 1, 2012: New Teacher

We are happy to announce that our 4th teacher - Dr. Ryan Plumley - has now arrived in Freiburg. Dr. Plumley earned his PhD from Cornell University (Ithaka, USA) for his work on "The Romantic Subject of Textuality: German Literate Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century." 

He is originally from the US, and has moved from Berlin to our beautiful city. Welcome Ryan and we wish you a good start!


May 29, 2012: New: Student advising

Check out our new student advising which will be offered once a week (on Mondays, starting June 4) –  by phone, via Skype or personally in Freiburg in our offices. Dr. Eschenbruch will be available to answer all the questions that you didn't find answers to on our website. Just sign up for a time to get in touch with Dr. Nicholas Eschenbruch, our Director of Education.


May 22, 2012: Thank you for a great Open Day!

The Open Day on Friday was a great success. At our future site, the Old University Quadrangle, we were joined by approximately 80 people from all over Germany (and, in some cases, the world!): mostly prospective applicants and their families, but also journalists and university staff from other faculties. Introductory talks about LAS, guided tours of selected university departments and focussed question and answer sessions gave applicants a feeling for the LAS program, and UCF staff a first impression of our prospective students.

We were impressed by your well-considered questions and your committment to finding a study program that suits you. In the light of your questions, we have updated the Q&A page. Everybody at UCF is now very excited about the start of the application period on June 1 – we look forward to hearing from you. 

A date for an additional, smaller-scale Open Day for all those who could not make it will soon be announced.


May 16, 2012: Ministerial approval for LAS degree program

We are proud to announce that the LAS program has now received official approval from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In its quality assurance process, the Ministry has found that the program meets all applicable quality standards and has given us the go-ahead for the next five years. With the approval of the Ministry, the Rules and Regulations for the LAS program are now operational and available in the University's Studyportal.

For us, this authorization means an official acknowledgement of the time, effort and brain power we have put into the LAS program since December 2011 – and it also means we are now ready to receive your applications, starting June 1!


May 15, 2012: Welcome to our new teachers!

Three of our four newly-employed teachers have arrived at the College in Freiburg and are working rigorously on the core program. 

Dr. Volker Balli earned his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in Social and Political Sciences. His research focused on "Power and Gestalt of Political Concepts". 

Dr. Simon Büchner came to us from the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of Freiburg. After receiving his PhD in Psychology for his research in "Information Processing in Wayfinding", he was working on Spatial Cognition. 

For the Life Sciences program we have hired Dr. Karin Moll who completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Cambridge. Her research addresses biomechanical aspects of insects.  We wish a very good start to all of our teachers!
May 9, 2012: Open Day schedule online!

Open Day schedule online! The detailed program of the Open Day on May 18th is now online.  Between 12 and 5 p.m., Open Day visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the LAS Bachelor program, get to know teachers and members of the University College and join a tour around the university campus. If you're interested, please don't forget to register for the Day.

April 2, 2012: Internationals Student`s Voices

Is studying in Freiburg the right choice for me?  Visit our web page "Study Life" and find out if Freiburg is the place for you. Find out why Freiburg is called the Green City, watch video interviews with international students, and find out what it is like to study and live in Freiburg.

March 6, 2012: More background information on LAS

Would you like more background information on the University College and its program "Liberal Arts and Sciences"? Then watch our Director of Outreach, Prof. em. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, answering questions like "Why did you decide to commit yourself to the University College Freiburg?" For more videos have a look at our Media and Publications page.  


February 15, 2012: Nes videos available

As announced earlier on this website, the interviews of Lina and Chris, two students from University College Maastricht, are now online.

Enjoy the student's general view on "Liberal Arts and Sciences" programs and in particular on the new program at the University of Freiburg! For more videos have a look at our Media and Publications page.


February 9, 2012: LAS Board of Studies founded

Again one step forward towards our new BA program "Liberal Arts and Sciences": Last week our LAS Board of Studies was officially founded by the Rectorate!

The interfaculty steering committee which has played a crucial role in the conceptual development of the LAS program since early 2011 has now been transformed into our official Board of Studies. This Board develops and oversees the curriculum, the admissions regulations and all matters relating to teaching.

The six members of the Board are all professors of our University working in different academic fields that reflect once again the interdisciplinary focus of the LAS program.

The members are:

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zimmermann, Faculty of Philology (Chair and executive representative of the LAS Board of Studies)

Prof. Dr. Maarten Hoenen, Faculty of Humanities

Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, Faculty of Law 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz, Faculty of Engineering 

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein, Faculty of Medicine 

Prof. Dr. Reto Gieré, Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Earth Sciences


January 26, 2012: Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann on Campus

It was a great afternoon at the Uniseum with Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann last Thursday! Our staff had the opportunity to inform him and the Minister of Science, Research and Arts, Theresia Bauer, about the University College at the University Freiburg. After concentrated presentations, we had a lively discussion with students, the Ministers and the Rectorate of the University as well as with our guests from University College Maastricht, Lukas Fesenfeld (student, Liberals Arts and Sciences) and Prof. Harm Hospers (Dean).


January 17, 2012: New Year – new videos

Last week Lina and Chris, two students from University College Maastricht who have been advising us about student perspectives on Liberal Arts and Sciences, visited Freiburg. We took the opportunity to ask them some general questions about LAS and what they think about the program in Freiburg. The interviews will be published over the next weeks.


December 22, 2011: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In 2011, UCF and the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at Freiburg have moved from a visionary idea to a concrete project with funds, people, rooms and a curricular concept. 2012 is going to be even more decisive, as we will soon become an official institution at the University of Freiburg, finalize the curriculum, hire teaching staff and, finally, welcome our first students. We thank everybody – and there have been many – who have been involved in some role in 2011 for their support. One year from now, UCF and the first LAS program in Germany will be up and running!
Over the coming weeks and month we will provide you with more information about the LAS program and the UCF. So watch this space or connect with us on Facebook.


December 20, 2011: Study Preview and Q+A online

If you would like to find out what studying LAS would mean and what subjects you could be taking, have a look at our Study Preview where we present Study Outlines for the four different majors we are currently planning to offer. The outlines give an idea how the LAS program could look for an individual student in each major. Also, if you have more questions concerning LAS check out the new Questions and Answers page.


December 13, 2011: Get to know UCF people

Who are the people behind University College Freiburg and what are their responsibilities within the College? Have a look at our new UCF Heads page and find out!  


December 1, 2011: New website and first two videoclips online

Today, we launched our website. For a start, you can take a first look at the LAS program with the LAS Fact Sheet, a preview of the study areas and the first background videos with Prof. Dr. Heiner Schanz (Full-Time Vice Rector for Academic Affairs).

Don't forget to connect with us on Facebook.


November 2011: New Administrator

Natascha Gimbel joins our team as administrator. She has previously worked at Freiburg's  Catholic University of Applied Sciences in support roles for international students.


October 2011: New offices and Student Think Tank

The LAS project moves into new offices in the Haus zur Lieben Hand on the University's humanities'  campus, right in the center of Freiburg. We are very happy to find a home in this attractive historical building.

A group of students from University College Maastricht takes up their work as our Student Think Tank, advising us about student perspectives on Liberal Arts and Sciences.


August 2011: Director of Education

Dr. Nicholas Eschenbruch becomes the first full-time member of the UCF team as Director of Education. He knows College environments well from his own time at the United World College of the Adriatic and at Oxford University (St. John's and St. Antony's). A Social Anthropologist and Historian by training, he has been involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching in Medical Anthropology and History for about a decade, and has also trained as a group facilitator and counselor.


Early 2011: Director of Outreach and Dean of Studies

Having been envisaged by the Vice-Rector since 2008, the founding of a University College and the introduction of a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at the University of Freiburg finally take a more concrete shape:  we receive the go-ahead from the funding agencies and support from the local business community; a group of professors from all eleven faculties takes up its work as our steering committee; and we are very pleased to be able to recruit outstanding academics from within the university for two essential positions: Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke as the College's Director of Outreach and Prof. Bernhard Zimmermann as the LAS program's Dean of Studies.