University of Leipzig Exchange Program:
Academic Features

The University of Leipzig founded in 1409, is situated in contemporary buildings scattered through the center of the city. There are 21,000 students of which some 1,400 come from other countries. Among the university's famous alumni are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Robert Shumann, Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche. Fourteen faculties are the result of the University's reorganization: Theology, Law, History, Art and Oriental Studies: Philology, Education, Medicine, Mathematics and Information Science, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Psychology, Physics and Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Mineralogy and Veterinary Medicine. The university library houses some 4.2 million volumes. The library provides access to major databanks around the world. Close by is the Deustche Bucherei, where every book can be found that has been printed in German.

Intensive German Language Pre-session: The pre-session, which lasts three and a half weeks, includes an orientation, intensive German language instruction, and an introduction to German teaching and learning styles. Placement in a class is according to language level. Excursions to sites of regional interest, such as Dresden or Weimar, are part of this program.

German Language Study during the Semester: Content-related German instruction is offered in courses such as Business German or scientific German during the semester.

Semester/Academic Year Courses: Binghamton's exchange program is based on direct enrollment in regular university courses. Students may participate in the program for a semester but academic year study is greatly encouraged. Those who intend to take courses in the sciences should have a strong background in the field and be aware that access to laboratory classes may be limited.

Students may wish to consult the University of Leipzig bulletin for detailed course information; it is available in Binghamton's Department of German and Russian and the Office of International Programs.

Fields of Study
American Studies
History of Art
History of Religion
Business Administration    
Communications & Media Studies    
Logic & Economic Theory
Comparative Literature
Computer Science    
Cultural Studies    
East & Southeast European Studies    
Economics & Social Economy    
Physical Education
English Studies    
Political Science
Slavic Studies
German Literature    


Students earn from 12 to 18 Binghamton University credits per semester. Approval of the credit toward the degree is the responsibility of the home campus. Credit towards the requirements of a major or a minor normally is evaluated by the relevant department. Students are urged to discuss their intention to participate in the Leipzig program with all appropriate academic advisors and to seek pre-approvals and an understanding of study abroad credit policies on their home campus.

Last Updated: 8/21/14