Profile of Saarland University

    • Cutting-edge research

      Saarland University maintains its competitive position in the national and international research landscapes by continuously developing and enhancing its key research areas 'Computer Science', 'Nano-and Life Sciences' and 'Europe'. But Saarland University is also committed to promoting a diverse range of research content and research methodologies across a wide range of academic disciplines and actively supports promising research initiatives that do not fall within the scope of the university's three key research areas.

    • Internationality

      Internationality is an integral part of day-to-day life on campus, where people from different countries meet and connect and where academic study, teaching and research have a strong international component. The international dimension at Saarland University is evident in the wide range of international degree programmes on offer, the large number of international students who study here and the numerous international partnerships and cooperative programmes.

    • High-quality teaching and academic programmes

      Excellent supervision, modern infrastructure and a campus with departments, institutes, labs and libraries all close at hand – Saarland University provides students with an ideal environment in which to study. Thanks to its policy of continuously improving its course and programme curricula, Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to achieve Quality Assurance Accreditation. The national and international ranking tables compiled by the German Centre for Higher-Education Development (CHE) are further proof of the quality of the teaching and study programmes at Saarland University.


Transcending boundaries is a hallmark of Saarland University no matter whether these are geographical borders, cultural boundaries, barriers between academic disciplines, or outmoded divisions between academia, industry, culture and society.

Saarland University was founded in 1948 as a bilingual university under the auspices of the French government.  The university has earned an international reputation for its research in computer science and informatics and for work in the life sciences and nanosciences. The university is distinguished by its close ties to France and its strong European focus. With its pronounced international focus and its strong ties to universities in Europe and around the world, Saarland University is more international than almost any other medium-sized German university. A distinctive feature of Saarland University is the broad range of cross-border academic programmes that lead to a double-degree qualification or even to a triple-degree qualification if a third foreign partner institution is involved.

Many of the university departments collaborate closely with one another in both teaching and research. Close cooperative ties also connect Saarland University's scientists and researchers with universities around the world as well as with the many external research institutes located on and around the Saarbrücken campus. All of the major German scientific organizations are represented on campus, including two institutes of the Max Planck Society, two institutes within the Leibniz Association, two Fraunhofer institutes of applied research, a Helmholtz research centre and a Helmholtz institute.