University of Freiburg


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Already a comprehensive university at its founding in 1457, the University of Freiburg’s excellence in research and teaching continues to be reflected in various national and international higher education rankings. Many famous philosophers, top researchers, and Nobel laureates have taught and researched at the University.

Freiburg is situated in one of the most popular vacationing regions and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany – between the fabled Rhine River and the romantic Black Forest. The city gets more sun than anywhere else in Germany.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Summer Semester April–July
Semester 2 Winter Semester October–February

View the University of Freiburg academic calendar

Guides and additional information


Uni Freiburg has multiple campuses scattered throughout the city of Freiburg, each specialising in different faculties:

  • Main campus (Humanities)
  • Natural sciences campus
  • University medical centre
  • Biology, botanical gardens & off-site clinics
  • Engineering campus
  • Sports centre & university stadium
  • Plant biotechnology campus
  • Psychology campus

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

24 ECTS credits per semester at the University of Freiburg is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at the University of Freiburg.

You must have at least 6 UQ units worth of general electives available to study at the University of Freiburg as course profiles are unavailable for study plan approval prior to commencing exchange.

Find courses

Search the University of Freiburg course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 


Study areas taught in English

Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
English literature
Environmental studies
Information technology
Political science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


There are several possibilities for finding a room in Freiburg, including dormitories run by the University of Freiburg . University housing is very popular, particularly in the winter semester, and you may have to be put on a waiting list.

Cost of living

Students at the University of Freiburg must pay an administrative and student activity fee as well as student government fees.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Exchange students studying at Freiburg may apply for the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship , DAAD Scholarships or any other financial aid they may be eligible for.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

If you have private health insurance in your native country, it might be possible to have your health insurance recognised in Germany under certain circumstances.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

The University of Freiburg has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the German Federal Foreign Office for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.