Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), founded in 1743, is one of the largest, most research-intensive, and internationally oriented comprehensive universities in Germany. Today, approximately 39,000 students and 4,000 academic staff study and work at FAU in over 260 degree programmes.  What makes FAU particularly attractive is its excellent international collaboration network with over 500 partner universities around the world as well as third-party funding acquisition that amounted to almost 210 million euros in 2019.

In addition to disciplinary excellence, there is a particular focus on collaboration across departmental boundaries at FAU: representatives from various disciplines join their efforts in acquiring third-party funding for projects that cross disciplinary boundaries. According to the DFG, this makes the FAU one of the front runners in terms of third-party funding acquisition per scientist. In the latest ranking by the American-Canadian media group Reuters, FAU ranks the second most innovative university in Europe. More and more flagship projects are being developed in close cooperation with non-university research institutions such as the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association, or the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

FAU cooperates closely with the state of São Paulo and its top-class research institutions, supported by the Bavarian University Center for Latin America (BAYLAT), which is based at FAU. The FAU Welcome Center for researchers from abroad has received the Best Practice award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Kira Gehrmann

Head of the Central Office for International Affairs

Blandina Mangelkramer