Global Studies Guide

Living and Studying in Leipzig

With half a million inhabitants and 30,000 students (thereof almost 3,000 students from outside of Germany) Leipzig is a charming, student-friendly metropolis located in the heart of Germany. Leipzig is not only an up-and-coming city of academia and the sciences with numerous universities and research institutes, but is also a lively centre of the fine arts, as evidenced by the famous Gewandhaus (the Leipzig Concert Hall), the Thomanerchor (Boys' Choir), the Leipzig Opera, as well as many theatres and museums. The city is also an important centre of finance, trade and media.

Leipzig is famous for its lively student population and its free-spirited cultural scene. Open podium discussions, literary readings and exhibitions characterise this scene, as do small independent cinemas, myriad concerts, pubs and night clubs.

In addition to being a city of cultural interest, the University of Leipzig itself is also a significant cultural institution which has made its treasures accessible to the public in its own museums like the Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum) or the Antikenmuseum (Museum of Antiquity). The Universitätsbibliothek (University's Library), which is over 450 years old, holds also very interesting collections of rare manuscripts.

To find out more about Leipzig, please visit the following links:

Plus, check out an article entitled 'Hypezig' and an article by The Guardian here

And for an interactive street map of the city  


The University of Leipzig

The University of Leipzig has a long tradition of global-orientated and culturally comparative historical research and third-level teaching. Since 1990, the University has built upon this tradition with numerous representatives from the humanities and social sciences participating in international research groups. From this basis a structured, doctorate qualification came into being, first in the form of a series of PhD research colloquiums and since 2001, in the form of an international PhD programme entitled "Transnationalisation and Regionalisation from the 18th century to the present". 

The Global Studies programme is coordinated by the Global and European Studies Insitute (GESI) and involves the participation of academics from various faculties.

This programme of research and doctorate study is accompanied by European-wide activities, such as the ESF sponsored programme Representations of the Past: National Histories in Europe, as well as the academic journals history.transnational/geschichte.transnational and Comparativ - Journal of Global History and Comparative Social Studies concerning universal history and the comparative study of societies. Comparativ is the organ of the Leipzig coordinated European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH), a European association of historians working on questions of global history. 

With regard to Regional Studies, the University of Leipzig has at its disposal an unusually broad spectrum of research areas, with a very positive and advantageous level of cooperation between academics from Cultural Studies and Social Science. Comparative methods and the interweaving of analysis form the basis of this collaboration between specialists on African, Eastern Asian, Western Asian, Latin American, North American, Eastern and Western European Studies. This cooperation is based upon research activities and interaction during the teaching of modular programmes. The central research theme which links the work of academics from various disciplines concerns the spatiality of social and cultural processes and, in reference to the current stage of globalisation, the contemporary process of de- and re-territorialisation. This thematic field incorporates the work of research groups from the University of Leipzig across the Human Sciences as well as Human Geography.

Strong cooperation connects the GESI to extra-University research institutions in Leipzig like the Centre for the Study of History and Culture of East-Central Europe and the Institute for Regional Geography 

The institute works in close relationship with the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig and organizes its PhD-programmes under the roof of the Research Academy Leipzig.

Living costs in Leipzig: Students studying in Leipzig should calculate around 650 Euro for living costs per month (excluding any tuition fees).


For more information about the student dorms please visit In order to apply for a room in the student dorms please follow the instructions under:

If you are interested in a private room or apartment, go to:

The rent for a private room in Leipzig ranges between 150-250 Euros (depending on the size of the room and the district where it is situated). Many students in Leipzig choose to live in the Südvorstadt, which offers a wide variety of pubs and clubs but also the districts Schleußig, Reudnitz and Plagwitz are popular among students.

A map of Leipzig is to be found under

Language Courses

Approximately 70% of the  programme is offered in English, the other part is in German.

We offer German language courses for free to all EMGS students. Students who want to learn or improve another language have the possibility to attend language courses at their own costs:

You find further information about these language courses under:

If you are looking to enrol in an intensive language course, there are several language schools in Leipzig which will offer a four or five times a week course. The following schools offer such courses:

The Language Institute -

Volkhochschule Leipzig -

Zu Hause e.V. Leipzig -

The prices for the courses vary depending on the school, but these three are amongst the cheapest of the schools in Leipzig. If you are eligible for the Leipzig Pass you will be able to enrol free of charge at some of the schools for an intensive German language course. The Leipzig Pass is a discount card provided by the city for those on low income, and provides various reductions for services around the city. 

For more information on the Leipzig Pass and applying please look here


Terms and Holiday

At the University of Leipzig the academic year is divided into two terms, e.g. a summer and a winter term. The academic year starts always in the winter term and it is only possible to commence the Master's course in Global Studies in the winter term.

Winter term:  1 October  to 31 March
Summer term: 1 April to 30 September
Introductory course: end of September
teaching period (summer term): beginning of April - second half of July
examination period (summer term): end of July

For the exact dates see: