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Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg

Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg  is a public research university in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. The name Friedrich–Alexander comes from the university's first founder Friedrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and its benefactor Christian Frederick Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

FAU is the second largest state university in the state of Bavaria. It has 5 faculties, 24 departments/schools, 25 clinical departments, 21 autonomous departments, 579 professors, 3,457 members of research staff and roughly 14,300 employees.

In winter semester 2018/19 around 38,771 students (including 5,096 foreign students) enrolled in the university in 265 fields of study, with about 2/3 studying at the Erlangen campus and the remaining 1/3 at the Nuremberg campus. These statistics put FAU in the list of top 10 largest universities in Germany. In 2018, 7,390 students graduated from the university and 840 doctorates and 55 post-doctoral theses were registered. Moreover, FAU received 201 million Euro (2018) external funding in the same year, making it one of the strongest third-party funded universities in Germany.

Important Facts

Choosing where to study is a very important decision for you and your daughter or son. While at university, your child will be laying the foundations for their future career; university will also help them develop their individual identity and personality and here they can make friends for life (and perhaps even meet their future partner).

There are numerous reasons why you and your child should choose FAU as a place to study, and we’ll give you ten of them in detail:

  1. A strong economic region The FAU campuses are located in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, one of the most vibrant and economically dynamic regions in Germany. Contributing to this environment are major global businesses such as Siemens, Audi, Adidas and Schaeffler, while innovative start-ups offer young academics the best opportunities for a successful future. And this trend is continuing. According to the Brookings Institute in the USA, the region exhibits the highest rate of economic growth among the more populous regions in Germany.
  2. Excellent results in national and international rankings The excellent quality of teaching and research at FAU is confirmed by our results in national and international rankings. The university has top ratings in the Times Higher Education Ranking, in the QS World University Subject Ranking, the Funding Atlas of the German Research Foundation and the Reuters Innovation Ranking. The latter ranks FAU among the 50 most innovative universities in the world, thus making it one of the most prestigious educational institutions world-wide.
  3. Unique range of courses As a comprehensive university, FAU offers over 260 subjects for your child to choose from. This breadth of subjects, the outstanding quality of teaching at FAU and the extensive interdisciplinary network provide for an academic education unique in Germany.

    In addition, after acquiring their degree at our university, your child has the option of directly moving on to study for a doctorate with us.

  4. The region – a safe location where the living is easy FAU is located in one of the most attractive and popular regions in Germany – and one of the safest. Compared to the rest of the country, the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region region performs particularly well when it comes to safety. Among the eleven German metropolitan regions the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region has the lowest rate of per capita crime.

  5.  Support in all situations FAU will stand by you and your child at all times, providing advice and support both during your child’s time at university and thereafter. Irrespective of whether you’ve questions concerning a degree programme, need help finding a job or counselling in psychological and legal matters – our advice and service centres offer free, fast and targeted support. In addition, we also offer many courses in which your child can learn foreign languages – and these, of course, are free of charge.

  6. Close cooperation with businesses and research institutions FAU works closely together with local businesses and non-university research institutions, such as the Max Planck Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Helmholtz Institute. These excellent contacts make it easier for your child to start a successful professional career in business or in the sciences.

  7. International cooperation FAU is an internationally valued partner when it comes to joint research projects and student exchange. We have 500 partnerships with other institutes of higher education located in more than 70 countries, while the 1330 researchers and more than 4000 international students who have come here from all over the world demonstrate the international attractiveness of FAU. Together, we make it possible for your child to benefit from the experience of studying overseas and the constant exchange of information with people from all over the world.

  8. An academic landmark FAU is one of the best performing universities in Germany with regard to research and is thus a major world hub in this connection. Research and teaching are inextricably linked at FAU and the results of research thus find their way into the seminars and lectures. In more than 20 interdisciplinary centres, students and lecturers at FAU undertake future-orientated research that transcends the boundaries of subject, institution and faculty.

Ranking / Awards

FAU is consistently ranked highly in both national and international rankings. The University has performed particularly well in the THE Ranking, the QS World University Ranking by Subject, the DFG Funding Atlas and the Reuters Top 100 World’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.

Excellent results in THE ranking „Highly Cited Researchers List“

In the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) was again listed as one of the top 200 universities for 2020. This year, almost 1,800 institutes of higher education worldwide were assessed – compared to 1,400 the year before – with FAU finishing in 183rd place. The University performed well in all areas of the ranking, consolidating its very good ranking from the year before (place 175), but did particularly well in the area of research, where it was ranked at place 150. In the area of industry income, FAU rose seven places to finish 60th.

FAU was particularly successful in the area of engineering and technology, where it was ranked 94th in the world. Positive results were also obtained for computer science (place 101–125), life sciences and physical sciences (place 151–175) and business & economics (place 176–200).

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has been published annually since 2004.  It is compiled in collaboration with Elsevier and counts as one of the most influential international university rankings beside the QS World University Ranking and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). As in previous years, the participating universities were evaluated on the basis of 13 indicators from the core areas of teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

#1 in Germany – Top 15 worldwide – Leading innovation is our passion

FAU has secured its place as leading innovator in Germany and climbed up to 14th place among the world’s most innovative universities. FAU has achieved the top position in Germany for the fourth time running along with its fourth consecutive position in the top 5 in Europe and the first time for the University in the world’s top 15.

In the World’s Most Innovative Universities 2019, Reuters places FAU among the top 15 international universities. FAU congratulates its partners at Stanford, MIT and Harvard in achieving the leading position overall. In Europe, FAU is joined in the top 5 by KU Leuven, Imperial College London, EPFL in Lausanne and the University of Cambridge.

FAU’s strength in patents, successful partnership strategy and high visibility in international research make the University the most innovative in Germany. FAU works with its international partners in complex research projects and promotes regular exchange in teaching and knowledge transfer. ‘Collaborating with the best universities at an international level is key to our strength in innovation,’ emphasises FAU President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger.

The ranking by the US-Canadian media concern Reuters measures innovation on the basis of ten different factors including the number of publications, patent applications and collaborations with industry. It recognises the impact of a university in elevating innovation and progress while creating value in the economy and society. FAU collaborates with major international companies such as Siemens, Schaeffler and adidas to explore megatrends in renewable energies, health innovation, medical engineering and future materials.

QS Graduate Employability Ranking confirms that FAU students enjoy the best prospects

Graduates from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have excellent opportunities when starting out into the world of work according to the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 published by the higher education information service provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The ranking indicates how well students from a university can gain a foothold on the job market. This year, FAU is among the top 10 in Germany for the third time in a row, and one of the top 250 universities on an international scale.

FAU was particularly successful in the category ‘Partnerships with Employers’, in which it was even ranked third in the whole of Germany. The Graduate Employment Rate is also extremely positive, with FAU continuing to hold the 5th place in Germany.

The Bavarian Science Minister, Bernd Sibler, congratulated FAU on its success: ‘The position obtained in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking proves that FAU is keeping a close watch on the current trends in the economy and society and acts accordingly. When they graduate, students from FAU are fully informed experts in their chosen subject area. This is one reason why, according to the QS ranking, FAU graduates have outstanding employment prospects. This does not only benefit the young people themselves, but the whole of Bavaria.’

The QS Graduate Employability Ranking assesses the University’s reputation among employers, the number of successful alumni, the networks between the University and employers, the desirability of graduates among employers from industry and business as well as the employment rate for graduates. A total of 500 universities, including 26 from Germany, are listed in the QS Employability Ranking 2020.


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Campus Information


The Kollegienhaus is located directly at the Erlangen Schlossgarten. Lectures and seminars in the humanities and law are often held here. The main train station, the University Library, the University Administration and the Faculty of Medicine are all just a stone’s throw away.


The FAU campus in Fürth, known as the Technikum, is home to the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), the Institute of Advanced Materials and Processes (ZMP) and several other university institutes. The Technikum is in the area of Fürth known as the Uferstadt, directly at the banks of the river Pegnitz. Just a stone’s throw from the Technikum, in the area known as the Pegnitzauen, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, cycle leisurely along the riverbank, or stop and enjoy a


In the city centre, just off the pedestrian precinct, is FAU’s Ludwig-Erhard building in the Findelgasse. The School of Business, Economics, and Society holds lectures and seminars here as well. The basement is home to the café ‘Der Trichter’, run by student volunteers.


The Dr. Reimeis observatory in Bamberg has belonged to FAU since the 1960s. It is the furthest north of all University institutions. Scientists here carry out research into astrophysical topics and offer relevant seminars, practical courses and lectures. Astronomy and astrophysics is part of the Department of Physics.

Programs Offered


MSc Computational Engineering (with double degree option)

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