📖 Introduction

University of Erlangen–Nuremberg 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 Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach. Established on 4 November 1743 by Margrave Friedrich von Brandenburg-Bayreuth and expanded from 1769 by Margrave Alexander von Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität was transferred to the state of Bavaria in 1810. It has been housed in the former margraviate residence in Erlangen since 1818.

At an international level, FAU stands out as an innovative university founded on diversity with an outward-looking, international perspective. FAU is one of Germany’s leading research universities with outstanding performance in research and an international orientation in research and teaching.

🏫 About FAU Erlangen Nurnberg

Knowledge in motion is the university's motto. It's a reminder of the important and responsible role a university has in society. Three key values guide how the institution think and act at FAU: Innovation, diversity and passion. These are anchored in the University's mission and its strategic fields of action. FAU is the most innovative university in Germany and ranks second among the most innovative European universities.

As a full university with a variety of topics, subjects and facilities, FAU offers everyone working at the university the opportunity to develop professionally and personally. This applies in particular to the young scientists, who have access to all avenues of intensive qualification at the highest international level. Above all, this means being able to take on responsibility at an early stage, to conduct independent research and teaching and to obtain further qualifications for university and non-university activities. Professors act as role models and set standards.

FAU Erlangen Nurnberg have a modern and diversity-sensitive university management. The university are constantly adapting its organizational, management and decision-making structures in research, teaching and administration to the requirements of successful science management. The institution promotes effective and efficient administration to support its successful scientific work.



Founded in 1743, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) retains a strong sense of tradition while delivering the minds and ideas of tomorrow and safeguarding academic responsibility. Moving Knowledge at FAU describes our culture of intensive networking across one of the broadest ranges of research and subject disciplines for innovative research and teaching. Innovation, diversity and passion inspire our activities across the areas of People, Education‚ Research and Outreach from a regional and international perspective.

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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to Global Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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