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Welcome International Students

Internationality is an important aspect of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at UCF. This shows in the curriculum and in the composition of students: More than 25% of LAS students are from countries other than Germany, representing more than 40 nationalities.

Below you will find information, offerings, and links to facilitate your start in Germany and at UCF and to accompany you throughout your studies. If you have questions, please contact our International Coordinator, .

Before you arrive

Your start at UCF and the University of Freiburg

  • UCF Buddy-For-A-Day Program: Your first day in Freiburg can be quite stressful, especially if you're from outside of Germany. A UCF buddy is a current student who can help: pick you up at the train station, show you around the city center and university, help you set up a German phone number, take you to your dorm/apartment... If you want a UCF buddy for your start in Freiburg, please contact our International Coordinator, .
  • During the LAS Welcome Week (usually the 2nd or 3rd week in October), you will get to know each other, UCF staff, and be introduced to the academic, social, and administrative setting at UCF. This includes a special session for international and exchange students that covers practical information on housing, tax IDs, language courses, bank accounts, and where to get a bike.
  • The University hosts Welcome Days for all new international students. Here, you are introduced to the University overall and to living in Freiburg as a student. Please also see the University guide to starting your studies in Freiburg.
  • The Studierendenwerk Freiburg has compiled several steps you need to complete once you have arrived in Freiburg in their First Steps.

Studying at UCF and the University of Freiburg

  • UCF and the UCF Students Council offer support and advising for all LAS students.
  • Tuition paying non-EU students receive vouchers for special course offerings, including language courses, intercultural training, or preparation for the German job market. More information on fees, exemptions, and on the vouchers is available here
    In case of questions, please contact Ms. Jasmin Ta at the Student Service Center:, Tel. +49 761 203-4248, office hours Tues. and Thurs. 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • The University runs an Intercultural Mentoring Program: Experienced students from all university departments (mentors) share their experience as a student with international students at the beginning of their studies (mentees) and support them on a personal, professional and social basis.
  • Finally, the Studierendenwerk Freiburg offers psychological counselling, social counselling, legal advice, advice on accessing medical care, advice on insurance and financial matters, studying with children, studying with disabilities and more.

More information on studying in Germany

Video from the University of Freiburg