Studying at Leuphana: an intellectual adventure

What does it mean to study in freedom? It means getting to the bottom of things, unfolding the complexity of the world through precise analysis. It means unfolding the complexity of the world through precise analysis. It means finding sound, if provisional, answers to the questions: What do we know? What follows from this knowledge?

A better understanding of the world also allows you to better understand your place in the world, and your possibilities. It means finding your own answers to the questions: What do I want to do? What am I able to do?

In answering these questions, you have the freedom to pursue your own interests. You have the freedom to find out what you really want, for yourself, for your fellow human beings, for a global society, and for the world itself. Studying at Leuphana offers you this freedom.

The academic community: the right school for you

Learning takes different forms, in rigour and in its aims. It was clear that Germany’s established structures would not suffice and that we would have to create a institutional framework to do justice to these differences: the school.

Leuphana has three schools:

For those wanting to gain a bachelor’s degree: the College.
This school forms a gateway to the academic world by exposing you to a wide range of scientific methods in your first semester – analysing real world issues with rigorous methodologies during the Opening Week and the Conference Week – and offering you a holistic education through your choice of a major, minor, and complementary study electives.

For those seeking a master's and doctoral degree: the Graduate School.
It’s about specialization and research, for example through starting on the doctoral track during your master's degree and receiving support during your PhD from a doctoral research groups. At the same time, you can expand your future career options by taking part in our interdisciplinary qualification programmes.

For those pursuing a part-time bachelor's or master's degree: the Professional School.
Each programme is specially designed to support you in gaining a university education in a field that helps you advance professionally.

Detailed information on the study programmes with their application, and admissions processes can be found on the school’s website.

College, Graduate School, Professional School

Three schools for a common pursue of higher education

The institution of a school makes it possible to realise a common educational claim across subject boundaries and study programmes. The common educational idea is also reflected in the interdisciplinary study contents, which are designed and coordinated at Leuphana by the schools together with the faculties.

Thus, the College organizes the Leuphana Semester as well as the complementary studies. And in addition to the specialization at the Graduate School and the application orientation at the Professional School, interdisciplinary study content is also taught there, which is coordinated centrally.

The goal: a holistic education

It is an old and venerable ideal that education enables you better find your way, both in your thinking and in the world. At Leuphana we help you realize this ideal in your studies.

If in your studies you succeed in finding out where you stand now and where you want to go, how you will get there and what responsibility you bear in this journey, then you will have achieved something that lies at the heart of what Leuphana is all about.

Study objectives according to the mission statement

Leuphana's mission statement is based on three guiding principles, which also guide the study objectives:


Humanism considers the goals. We associate with humansim the conviction that we can decide for ourselves where we want to go in life, and thus what kind of person we are. The aim of studying at Leuphana is to become aware of where I stand and which goals I consider desirable and why.


Prgmatism considers the means, not the methodical ones, to achieve an insight, but the practical ones, which bring about a change in the world. Which means lead to the goal, which ones are given and which ones can be brought about in what way? The aim of studying at Leuphana is to recognize potentials, but also risks and the feasibility of projects.


We understand sustainability as a claim to take the expected consequences into account from the very beginning, because we feel jointly responsible for them. The aim of studying at Leuphana is to question and assess possibilities, intentions, actions and norms in this respect.

A thirst for knowledge brings students and teachers together

At Leuphana, students and teachers form a community driven by a common desire to learn: We want to discover what we don't yet know.

Is something worth investigating? Does the solution work? Is there another way to look at it? What do we now really know? Where do we go from here? What have we gained? It is from such interrelated questions that an academic community of scholars emerges, regardless different levels of academic experience.

Selection procedure and support

For the admission procedure, Leuphana applies a multi-stage selection. This takes into account grades, individual motivation and cultural or political commitment as well.

In the course of this process, the College conducts selection interviews to get an idea of the motives and intellectual maturity. In this way, we ensure a selection of those who can benefit most from studying at Leuphana across all study programs.

Leuphana promotes students who are active in top-class sports and offers the opportunity to pursue one's musical and artistic interests on campus.  

A large part of the study programs are offered in English to increase the internationality during and after the studies.

In addition, Leuphana offers its students intensive start-up advice. As a result, it has repeatedly been the most start-up-friendly of the medium-sized universities in Germany. The Career Service helps graduates to make a successful start in their professional life.


The Leuphana Campus: a place for exploration

Our campus is a think tank, an academic playground, an inexhaustible start-up.
It is a place of learning, a source of inspiration, a retreat and an event location.
It is what we make it. True to Mallarme: Le lieu c'est ce qui a lieu!

Leuphana Campus impressions

Lüneburg: A city to fall in love with

What are your dreams of the perfect place to study? Should it have a carefully preserved historic old town? Should it be slow paced and laid back, where bikes are the preferred way of getting from one place to another? Would you like to wake up and decide to spend the day in the metropolis of Hamburg (30 mins away) or at the Baltic Sea beach?

Too good to be true? Not at all, Lüneburg offers all this. Our students love it here.

discovering Lüneburg

Leuphana: No utopia. But a place for utopias.

Organizing an academic conference with other first semester students? Starting your studies by working together to find solutions for social challenges? Gaining credits by organizing a music festival? Founding a start-up on campus?

Sounds utopian? But it’s not. At Leuphana it’s reality.

So what’s your utopia?

Continuation of the successful utopia conference at Leuphana

Initial information at the Info Portal

Information Portal
Universitätsallee 1, Building 8, Ground Floor
21335 Lüneburg
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