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Students of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz.  © Stephan Floss

Good reasons for studying in Saxony...

Wide range of subjects: four universities, five universities of fine arts, five universities of applied sciences and the special academies of the Berufsakademie Sachsen together offer a huge spectrum of almost 1000 study options from African Studies to Dentistry. Many study programmes are rare or even unique in Germany. More than 107,000 students from all parts of Germany and all over the world study in Saxony. Four universities (including TU Dresden, a University of Excellence), five universities of fine arts, five universities of applied sciences and the special portfolio of the Saxony University of Cooperative Education with its seven academies offer a huge spectrum of more than 1,000 study options from A for African Studies to Z for Zoology. You will find information on all other universities (state-recognised institutions or Hochschulen der Verwaltung/schools of administration)

Modern equipment: the universities in Saxony are perfect for anyone who wishes to study in an environment with excellent study conditions, intensive support and state-of-the-art equipment. University buildings such as the Paulinum in Leipzig or the mathematical and scientific institutes of the TU Dresden allow a combination of tradition and the most advanced architecture. Mittweida is one of the most modern training centres for media in Europe.

Affordable education: Undergraduate tertiary education at state universities is free and the cost of living is fairly reasonable. Student services at Chemnitz-Zwickau, for example, offer single rooms for students (including heating, electricity, water, internet and TV connection) at an inclusive rent of €179,50 per month. And you can also find low-price accommodation in shared houses.

The Studentenwerke (student unions) support you with their services. They offer varied meals in the canteens and cafeterias, affordable shared or individual apartments in the halls of residence, and support with student financing, as well as with social, psychosocial and legal issues. In addition, the Studentenwerke promote the coexistence of German and foreign students, and the children of students are lovingly cared for in the children's facilities.

 Great cultural treats & exemplary student scene:  there's no Saxony without art and culture; they have always shaped the state’s history. More than 400 museums throughout the Free State, including the legendary Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden with the Green Vault, are testimony to this. Theatres and opera houses such as the Semperoper Dresden or the Leipzig Gewandhaus render Saxony’s cultural landscape unique. The site of the Leipzig Cotton Mill ("Baumwollspinnerei"), on the other hand, is a space for contemporary art. And the reputation of its legendary subculture runs way ahead of the Saxon student cities. Be it the Moritzbastei in Leipzig, the Bärenzwinger in Dresden or the Erdalchimistenclub in Freiberg - generations of students have celebrated their academic successes with a drink in these places.

Perfect location: located in the extreme east of Germany, the Free State enjoys the advantage of having two neighbouring European countries, Poland and the Czech Republic. A weekend of dancing in the capital, going for a stroll in Prague or an art visit to Wroclaw? Going on a trip to the big cities is no big deal for students in Saxony.

International research: the extramural research scene is quite rich in Saxony. With its 14 institutes and facilities, the Fraunhofer Society is the most frequently represented organisation. The Leibniz Association comes a close second with its eight institutes and two branch offices. In addition, six institutes of the Max Planck Society, two Helmholtz centres, two Helmholtz institutes, eight state-funded research institutions and the University of the United Nations, UNU Flores in Dresden, are driving science forward. A total of around 50 extramural research institutions in Saxony work on a wide range of topics, such as microelectronics and nanoelectronics, materials science, production technologies, energy, environmental sciences, biotechnology, natural sciences, medicine and many more.

Reliable qualifications: the wide range of study options offers a very special bonus: the diploma! Many of the Saxon universities continue to offer or have resumed offering the tried and tested diploma study programmes that are well recognised abroad.

Best future: Saxon university graduates have brilliant job prospects, not only in regional companies. Germany’s high-tech location boasts of well-known corporate groups and numerous research networks. Saxony offers ideal career opportunities for young scientists!

Nature & family: mountains, lakes and forests - the landscape of Saxony is perfect for connoisseurs, athletes and anyone who is looking for respite amidst nature while studying. For climbers and adventure athletes, the Ore Mountains and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are on the doorstep of almost every university location just as the Leipzig basin and the Upper and Lower Lusatia that attract cyclists and hikers. Support services for students with children, flexible study times and breaks for taking care of relatives - all of this is naturally integrated into the course of study at Saxon universities. Many institutions are certified as a family-friendly university and offer their students a comprehensive service for carefree study with family.

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