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In the year 1457 the University of Freiburg was founded by
Albrecht VI of Austria. Today it is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Germany and has one of the richest traditions.
In the beginning of the 19th century, when the city of Freiburg
became part of Baden, the grand duke Ludwig of Baden assured
its continued existence. Therefore, in recognition of the generosity and support of these two patrons and benefactors, the university adopted their names in 1820 (“Albrecht” was latinized to
“Albertus” in the process).

History
of the University of Freiburg

From the beginning law, theology, medicine, as well as the “artes liberales” were taught at the University of Freiburg. With the foundation of
the faculty of mathematics and sciences in 1910 and with the new focus
on medicine and the natural sciences set up at the university’s 500th
anniversary, the range of subjects taught had broadened considerably.
Finally, with the establishment of the faculty of applied sciences new
fields of knowledge were added which allow the university the participation in new areas of cutting-edge research. Today students may choose
from a wide range of subjects divided into eleven faculties in the humanities, the social and the natural sciences. Outstanding achievements in
philosophy, philology, historical research, economics, and law are associated with the names and the publications of Freiburg academics such
as Heidegger, Husserl, Weber, Eucken, and the Nobel Prize winner von
Hayek. Famous researchers such as the Nobel Prize winners Staudinger,
von Hevesy and Krebs have given proof of the outstanding performance
of the natural sciences.
The humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam also spent a few years at the
University of Freiburg. Due to his commitment to peace and tolerance
as well as his attempt to mediate between Catholics and Protestants he
is regarded as the “first European”. This is one of the reasons why the
European Union’s student exchange program Erasmus is named after
him.

Albrecht VI of Austria

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ERASMUS STUDY GUIDE · EU-OFFICE FREIBURG

Ludwig of Baden

In 2007 the University of Freiburg celebrated its 550th anniversary with
more than 300 public events. In the same year the university was awarded the title “Excellence University”, which honours Freiburg as one of
the best universities in Germany. However, not only the university’s
excellence is a very good reason why studying in Freiburg is a rewarding
experience. Its location, its agreeable climate, and the large number of
international students provide the city of Freiburg with a youthful, lively
atmosphere and a rich cultural life. In the past ten years more than
10,000 Erasmus Students have come to the University of Freiburg and
made the Albert Ludwigs University one of the most popular Erasmus
universities in Germany.

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