Founded in the 15th century, the University of Freiburg has a long-standing reputation of excellence in academic teaching and research. It has been successful in many federal competitions. Ten Nobel Prize Winners have researched and taught at the university. Today, with its mixture of traditional subjects and modern technology, the university is flourishing more than ever. It is receiving 170 million euros third-party funds yearly. Organized according to the classical model of a comprehensive university, it provides 24,000 students with a broad range of subjects - from applied information technology, the entire spectrum of medical specialities and natural sciences to the fields of humanities and social sciences.
The University of Freiburg's research and teaching policies aim to overcome the barriers between individual disciplines to create opportunities for new perspectives on complex problems. By supporting collaborative research projects across boundaries and implementing centers of knowledge and interdisciplinary graduate colleges, the university provides the disciplines an effective means by which to benefit from each other's knowledge. The university is also pleased to have a significant number of scientists and students from all over the world. 16% of the student body are from foreign countries. More than 300 partner universities and programs on five continents, together with the alumni association, form a first-class international network.