Living and Studying in Leipzig

With half a million inhabitants and 37,800 students (thereof about 4,500 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 (St. Thomas Choir) , the Leipzig Opera, as well as many theatres and museums. The city is 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.

The GESI Student Guide will give you an overview of what you need to know about living and studying in this city.

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

City of Leipzig

Public transport Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe

Cultural magazine Kreuzer Leipzig

Opera Leipzig

You may also be interested in two articles on Leipzig:

Feargus O'Sullivan (2013): How Leipzig became 'Hypezig'

Philip Oltermann (2014): Germany: Is Leipzig the new Berlin?


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 jointly coordinated by the Global and European Studies Insitute (GESI) and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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.

University's Facilities

University Library: Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

Computer Labs: Universitätsrechenzentrum

International Centre

International student club Wilma

Sport: University's sport centre and University Sport Club Leipzig