Successful strategy to continue

Now you can also start your studies at FAU in the summer semester of 2012! All information at

Following last year’s precedent, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is offering students the unusual opportunity of starting their studies in the summer semester of 2012. More than 90 courses are to be offered. Online applications are being accepted now for open admission courses, and potential students can matriculate from 12 March.

“It is true that offering courses starting in the summer semester once again represents a huge effort on our part, but we see this as the only way of counter-balancing the huge influx of high school leavers, and providing our students with the best possible study conditions,” says Dr Wolfgang Henning, Director of the Study and Teaching Department. All information on starting your studies in 2012 is available online at

More than 2,500 freshers matriculated for their first semester in summer 2011, and in the 2011/2012 winter semester almost another 6,900 began their studies. “This proves that the FAU’s strategy of continually increasing the number of places available from 2007 onwards, in preparation for this bulge year1, was the right one,” emphasises Dr Henning.

Why not start your studies in the summer semester of 2012?
“We want to give anyone who wasn’t able to take up their studies straight after their school leaving exams the opportunity of starting with us now,” explains Henning. The university is expecting a large number of school leavers from numerous other federal states, for example Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, in the coming winter semester. These states will have double the number of school leavers this year. “Those who start studying with us earlier will be able to avoid this huge influx.” Another advantage is that FAU is offering numerous special lectures exclusively for those starting their first semester in summer. “But in the long term, starting your university education earlier pays off because it allows students to complete internships at different times of year to the majority, and enter the workforce earlier,” says Dr Wolfgang Henning.

More information on applications and matriculation (PDF).

More information for the media:

Dr. Wolfgang Henning
Tel.: 09131/85-24074

1Due to the G8 reform of the schooling period in Germany which reduces the number of years in school education from 13 to 12, an initiative which is being rolled out gradually across the federal states, the number of high school graduates in Germany doubles in the respective year in the respective states.
uni | media service | news No.24/2012 on 10.2.2012

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