UdS - Saarland University

Saarbrücken is a town of approximately 220 000 inhabitants with a surprising lot to offer: several theatres with free entry for students, including opera and dance shows; five cinemas with popular and alternative programmes; great outdoor activities in the forests and on the Saar river; a rich cultural programme for international students from the UdS International office; and, of course, a very animated nightlife. Various pubs and bars are very crowded even on week days, and many night clubs and discos are located in the city centre. Many consider the campus itself as a big advantage: all university facilities are located on a restricted campus area which makes organising oneself very easy. Furthermore, it is an especially green campus on a hill surrounded by a forest with a very nice viewpoint from the top. Many different libraries, the Mensa with a big range of student-priced meals and several cafés, as well as a rich offer of sport activities do justice to long days of studying.

 Also, the city hosts two major cultural festivals: in winter, the international Max-Ophüls festival for German-language movies; and in summer, the French-German Perspectives festival for theatre, dance and music. As Saarbrücken is ideally located next to Luxemburg and France, many of the concerts and shows take place in a cross border context in cities such as Metz or Forbach in France or Luxemburg city.

 The Saarland University is located in Saarbrücken, Saarland, a German state just at the border to France. The proximity to France and Luxembourg as well as its location within the heart of Europe makes it an attractive place to study, especially for international students. About 16% of the 15.500 students come from all over the world to live and study in Saarbrücken.

 The 8 faculties provide a broad spectrum of disciplines, offering several international integrated courses.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) in Saarland University is recognised as one of the leading centres of materials science in Germany. The department is formed by 11 chairs covering the wide spectrum of materials science and research plays an important role. Scientific research at the University is particularly enhanced by intensive collaboration with distinguished research centres established on the university campus:

  • Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (IZfP)
  • Materials Engineering Center Saar (MECS)
  • Leibniz-Institut for New Materials (INM)


International scientists are well-integrated staff members (22 invited scientists in the last 3 years through Feodor-Lynen Schol­ar­ships, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships, German Research Foundation (DFG), EU-Alfa, etc.).


Saarbrücken in pictures

The old City Hall
Saarbrücken Castle
View over the city
The new City Hall
St.Johanner Markt
Autumn in Saarbrücken
The river Saar
Walk along the riverside

Contact person

Dr.-Ing. Flavio Soldera

Building D3.3, Room 3.18

Phone 1: +49 681 302 70511

Phone 2: +49 681 302 70507

E-Mail: f.soldera(at)matsci.uni-sb.de

66123 Saarbrücken



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Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE)