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Living and Studying


General information

Central Office for International Affairs (RIA)

The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on studying at FAU and living in Germany.

Visa Regulations

In case you are admitted to the M.A. Human Rights and if necessary, apply for a student visa with the nearest German embassy/consulate in your home country as soon as possible. Please note that, depending on the country, visa processes can take several months. It is your responsibility to obtain a visa in time.


The M.A. Human Rights programme requires residence in Erlangen for at least two semesters (from October to mid-July). FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation. However, the housing market is relatively tight and FAU neither owns nor manages own student accommodation facilities and is not allowed to act as an estate agent.

University staff will try to assist you in your search. However, they are not responsible for finding accommodation and can only make recommendations. If you need support, please fill out the form available here and send it to

Semester Ticket

In collaboration with the local transport network (VGN), Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg is introducing a semester ticket for the winter semester 2015/16 and the summer semester 2016. All students must pay the fee for the basic ticket and may choose whether they also wish to purchase the additional ticket. Further information can be found on the university’s webpages.

German Language Courses

If you want to learn German during your studies, you can get general information on German Language Courses from the university’s language centre.

Outside of the university, you can also attend German courses provided by, for example, a “Volkshochschule” (public adult education institutions) or various private language centres.

About the University

Founded in 1743, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is one of the top research universities in Germany with almost 40,000 students. With five faculties, the university offers classes and research opportunities in a wide range of subjects. At Master’s level in particular, many subjects are taught entirely in English.

FAU offers outstanding research conditions for graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers. It provides a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure as well as intensive research mentoring and support. FAU students receive world-class training in an inspiring environment with access to exciting international exchange opportunities and excellent career prospects. The University’s global vision is exemplified by its successful FAU Busan Campus in South Korea. FAU benefits from international, national and regional collaborations with other renowned research institutions.

The Cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg

The main university campus is located in Erlangen, a charming town at the heart of the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg with approximately 100,000 inhabitants. The city – home of the Huguenots, cyclists and Siemens – hosts a vibrant student life and cultural scene. “Franconian Switzerland”, a paradise for climbers and walkers, offers many outdoor activities right around the corner.

The city of Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg) is just south of Erlangen, with a population of half a million and a distinct metropolitan flair. It is not only known for its Market (‘Christkindlesmarkt’), but also for theaters, museums, music festivals and other cultural events. The medieval walled city of Nuremberg, famous for Albrecht Dürer and the Nuremberg Renaissance, continues to thrill tourists all year round.

In 1933, the National Socialists made Nuremberg the “City of the Party Rallies” and adopted the racial laws in contempt of humanity here in 1935. After the end of the war, the allies tried the main Nazi war criminals in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. The “Nuremberg Trials” paved the way for today’s international criminal law. Accepting its historic responsibility, Nuremberg endeavours to become a “City of Peace and Human Rights” today. The Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds, the “Memorial Nuremberg Trials” in the world-famous Court Room 600 in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, the “Way of Human Rights” in the city’s centre, the biannual Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival and the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre are some of the important elements of these endeavours.

Students will find the academic setting of Erlangen combined with the past and present of Nuremberg to be the perfect environment for a successful and enriching experience of learning about human rights.