For students thinking about studying for a UK degree, there are already countless options. But Lancaster University now offers something unique: Students can study for a UK degree at its newly opened campus in Leipzig, Germany.
Students at Lancaster University Leipzig get exactly the same experience as those at Lancaster University in the UK - but they study their entire degrees in Germany.
The campus in the Eastern German city is designed for local and international students alike, and you don’t have to speak German to study here. There are four main areas of study, all Bachelors of Science, and all taught in English:
All these courses are recognised UK degrees from Lancaster University, just with students based in Leipzig. And even better: The tuition fees in Leipzig are lower, as well!
Lancaster University is known as one of the best universities in the UK. In the countries three main league tables (Times, Guardian & The Complete University Guide), Lancaster consistently makes the top 10. And globally, it ranks solidly as one of the top 150 universities.
And as a student in Leipzig, you can expect the same level of excellence: In Leipzig, Lancaster University will deliver the same high quality of teaching as on its main campus.
To enrol in one of the Bachelor programmes, you need to speak English. The required scores are 6.5 in the IELTS test, 72 in the TOEFL iBT, or 51 in the PTE.
But for students who need to improve their English skills before starting a degree or foundation course, Lancaster University Leipzig provides a 10-week intensive course to get them up to speed.
There are also foundation courses that allow students to learn the basics of their chosen subjects before progressing to their chosen Bachelor’s programmes.
Students who want to study Accounting and Finance or Business management could be assisted by the International Foundation: Business, whereas computing students will be more aligned with the International Foundation: Computer Science.
For students who need to improve their English skills before starting a degree or foundation course, Lancaster University Leipzig provides a 10-week intensive course to get students and their study skills up to speed.
One big advantage of the Leipzig campus is that you can pursue a UK Bachelor degree without having to worry about Brexit and its effects on European students.
The programmes take place only in Germany, so as long as you have a visa or residence permit to study in Germany, you will be fine. Whatever the relationship between the UK and the European Union in the future, LU Leipzig students won’t be affected.
Leipzig is a cool, vibrant, energetic city in central-east Germany - with an exciting history, and a student lifestyle to match. You won’t be alone, as LU Leipzig joins several existing universities in the city.
Most German students speak at least some English, so you won’t need to learn German to mingle with the locals - but Lancaster encourages students to learn some conversational German.
But it’s not just what you can experience in the city: Leipzig is also very affordable, while at the same time offering great career opportunities.
While offering the typical quality of life of a German metropole, with the amenities that come with that, Leipzig is a surprisingly cheap city especially for students. The cost of living are low across the board, but how much money you save is most noticeable when it comes to accommodation.
For example, if you rent a room in a shared flat with other students you could spend less than 200 euros per month; while the same could cost you as much as 500 pounds (580 euros) in Lancaster and easily up to 800 pounds (930 euros) in London.
Overall, student life in Leipzig is extremely affordable. Have a look at this comparison:
|Monthly rent (room in a shared flat)||€170-360||£400-500||£600-800|
|Average price of a beer||€2-3||£3||£5|
Leipzig isn’t all Partyzeit of course, it’s also a city with a well-known industrial sector, a booming local economy, and a tech and IT scene attracting skilled engineers and computer scientists from across Europe. The region around Leipzig and neighbouring Dresden carries the nickname “Silicon Saxony” for its dense network of high-tech companies.
And here is the best part: All international students in Germany are offered an 18-month post-study visa to find a job after they graduate! So - what better place to take advantage of all the opportunities than Leipzig?
Leipzig is also well-connected within Germany, so for those weekends or short breaks from studying hard, students can take the train to Berlin (about 1 hour) or Frankfurt (about 3 hours) to experience all that Germany has to offer. And if you want to go further across Europe, you’ll get plenty of connections from Leipzig/Halle Airport as well as the easy-to-reach Berlin-Schönefeld.
This article was produced and published in cooperation with Lancaster University Leipzig.