Physics Research Program


Erlangen is a city of 100,000 inhabitants and is located close to Nuremberg. It is home to the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, which is steeped in history and, with its 25,000 students, is one of the largest universities in Germany. The bicycle-friendly city is characterized by the presence of students, an innovative spirit and economic prosperity.
Erlangen offers ideal conditions for attending university studies: A high density of university institutions, state research facilities and numerous high-tech companies close to each other so that all distances can be easily covered by bike. For the ambitious student, there are many possibilities to participate at the top of global research and development. The well-known MP3 format, for example, was developed by Fraunhofer in Erlangen and the Department of Physics is listed in the CHE university ranking as one of the best places for research.
Erlangen is among the most attractive and fastest growing cities in Germany, thanks to the many companies choosing to locate there. Siemens in particular - which expanded its Erlangen location after World War II to become one of its largest world-wide - and many small high-tech companies form the pillars of the economic success. Erlangen boosts its economy by means of innovative concepts and aims to become the “federal capital of medical technology”. Please also see: Erlangen as Germany's most livable city from a comparison of German cities performed by the publication “Wirtschaftswoche”.


The medieval center of Regensburg has a unique mixture of historic treasures and buzzling life. In 2006, the old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof was inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list due to its intact medieval cityscape. Today, the historic sites, which give testimony to Regensburg's 2000-year history, are teeming with life – thanks in large part to the 23,000 students from Regensburg's three local universities.
The Universität Regensburg, founded in 1962, is located in a modern campus setting on the outskirts of the medieval town. It offers a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and features a good faculty-student ratio as well as an excellent infrastructure. Originally planned as a regional university, it has developed into a renowned international center for research and teaching.
Research at the Universität Regensburg focuses, for example, on cultural studies, economics and information science as well as life and nanosciences. A 2009 and 2014 report by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) ranked the Universität Regensburg at a top position in physics research.
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