University of Freiburg

Liberal Arts and Sciences

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)/B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Subjects: Sociology, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Visual Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sustainability, Environmental Studies, History, Ancient Studies, Arts and Management
B.Sc. /B.A.
80 per year.
No. of places
English only & German language course
Winter semester: 15 Jul
Application Deadlines
4 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Free / € 1500
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at the Universitystudents from (world-wide): Hochschulstart (DoSV) | students from All other options: directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus

Course Description

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is an innovative educational philosophy that offers a distinctive approach to Bachelor-level education. Unlike traditional disciplinary study, LAS emphasizes a broad-based curriculum that integrates knowledge from diverse disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. This interdisciplinary approach encourages critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills by challenging students to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Moreover, LAS programs offer students greater flexibility in their education, allowing them to explore their interests and passions. The curriculum is structured to provide students with a range of choices, enabling them to tailor their education to their individual needs and aspirations. This student-centered approach to learning encourages intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and a lifelong love of learning. After the first LAS year, you can choose one of four Majors: 1) Culture and History 2) Governance 3) Life Sciences 4) Environmental and Sustainability Sciences The type of degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) depends on choice of Major.


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

University entrance qualification.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min B2
min 72
min 5.5
min B2 First (FCE)
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
PTE Academic
min 59
Telc English B2-C1 University
min B2
min Listening/reading: 785; Speaking: 160; Writing: 150
min II
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
English language proficiency can be proven in other ways. Please check the program page for further details. Students who do not speak German must learn German up to the A2 level (CEFR) as part of their studies.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:June 01 (German)June 01 (EU)June 01 (Non EU)

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
No. of places available:
80 per year.
students from (world-wide): Hochschulstart (DoSV) | students from All other options: directly at the University
Application Fee:


Application Documents

For matriculation at the University of Freiburg, you must provide originals of all application documents:

  1. University entrance qualification: A University entrance qualification consists of your school leaving diploma and your transcript of grades. Documents not in German, English, French, Spanish, or Italian must be translated into German or English by a certified translator or approved by a German Embassy or Consulate. Non-German University entrance qualifications including the International Baccalaureate must be recognized by the Uni International Admissions and Services (IAS). Please consult the information provided by IAS regarding your eligibility to study at a German university before applying. If you are a German citizen and have a non-German University entrance qualification, please see the following information provided by IAS.
  2. English proficiency: See language requirements.
  3. Application essay: 250-350 words, in English, answering the following question: "Is it difficult to be or to become a good world citizen? Why or why not?",
  4. Letter of motivation: Maximum of 650 words, in English, outlining your motivation for studying LAS at the University of Freiburg. Please see their recommendations for composing your letter of motivation.
  5. Declaration of authorship: The Declaration of authorship ("Erklärung") is a mandatory part of your LAS application. Please print and sign the following declaration, then scan and upload it to the application portal:
    "I hereby confirm that the Letter of motivation and the Application essay have been composed by me and are my own work, unless stated otherwise."
    (LOM Signature)
    Your First and Last Name
    Your Email address
  6. Further Documents: For example, your Curriculum Vitae (in English) and attestations for voluntary services, internships, etc.
  7. Study-orientation-test: For matriculation, you must provide proof of having completed a study-orientation-test. The LAS Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) is such a test and an interactive tool that provides insights into studying LAS. The university recommends that you complete it before applying and upload the certificate with your application.
  8. Confirmation of the applicant: This form is provided by the application portal. Please download it, then print, sign, scan, and re-upload it to the application portal.
  9. In-person interview request: Per default, the LAS application interviews will be conducted online. In-person interviews are possible in exceptional circumstances of hardship. To request an in-person interview, you must fill in the request form and upload it as an "additional document" as part of your LAS application.


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