Saarland University

Saarland University. Study in Germany

Saarland University Details

  • Country : Germany
  • City : Saarbrücken
  • Acronym : SU
  • Founded : 1948
  • Students (approx.) : 18000
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Overview


Saarland University is a modern university within the Saar-Lor-Lux region – a dynamic part of Europe defined by the shared borders between Germany, France and Luxembourg. An international perspective has been a defining feature of Saarland University ever since it was established in cooperation with France in 1948. Today, 18.500 young people are studying in Saarbrücken and Homburg (faculty of medicine), 17 per cent of whom are international students. Located in a pleasant woodland setting, the university campus offers students and researchers a broad range of sporting and cultural activities, which together with the numerous cafés and restaurants make the campus an ideal place to relax between lectures or after work. And thanks to the high-speed ICE train link it takes only two hours to travel from Saarbrücken to Paris.

Ever since it was founded, Saarland University has viewed its location on the German-French border as one of its distinguishing characteristics. Students can, for instance, acquire the Europaicum – a certificate, unique in Germany, that demonstrates special interest and expertise in European affairs. Students of all subjects can also spend part of their degree programme studying at one of our international partner universities in order to gain a double-degree. The variety of subjects and courses offered enables students to plan their university studies effectively to meet their specific academic and career requirements.

Informatics, nanotechnology, biosciences and Europe are the key disciplines that are shaping the university’s profile. The outstanding reputation of the Department of Informatics was underscored in the national academic excellence initiative and the numerous externally funded research projects across all fields of academic study emphasize the quality of the academic work being carried out at Saarland University.

Students are at the heart of all the university’s teaching activities. At Saarland University, as at our international partner universities, great importance is attached to the personal supervision of students by members of the university’s academic staff. That is a significant difference to what students typically experience at a mass-education university. And we also run a mentoring programme in which experienced students provide support and guidance to first-year students to help ease the transition to university.

A campus university where everything is close at hand makes it easier for students to keep in contact with each other and with academic staff. Studying with friends in a welcoming environment that offers excellent services to students are other positive aspects of studying at Saarland University.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • Law and Economics
  • Medicine – Theoretical Medicine and Biosciences
  • Medicine – Clinical Medicine
  • Humanities I (History and Civilization Studies)
  • Humanities II (Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies)
  • Humanities III (Social and Applied Human Sciences)
  • Natural Sciences and Technology I (Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • Natural Sciences and Technology II (Physics and Mechatronics Engineering)
  • Natural Sciences and Technology III

History


Saarland University, the first to be established after World War II, was founded in November 1948 with the support of the French Government and under the auspices of the University of Nancy.

At the time the Saarland found itself in the special situation of being partly autonomous and linked to France by economic and monetary union. With its combination of the German and French educational traditions and the dual languages of instruction, the university had a European perspective right from the start. Prior to the foundation of the university, clinical training courses for medical students at the state hospital in Homburg, Saarland, had been introduced in January 1946 and the “Centre Universitaire d’Etudes Supérieures de Hombourg” established on 8 May 1947 under the patronage of theUniversity of Nancy. Students in certain disciplines can obtain degree certificates from both universities.

The first president of the independent university in 1948 was Jean Barriol. In the same year the university introduced the first courses in law, philosophy and languages.

In the 1950s Saarland University joined the Association of West-German Universities and accepted a new, more centralized organizational structure. The Europa-Institut is established as a European politics and law think tank.

In 1990 the faculty of technology is established. The university steadily gains leading research status in information technology.


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