The best of both worlds: How to get a British degree while living in Leipzig

Lancaster University has opened the doors to its new Leipzig branch campus, a move that has contributed to it being named International University of the Year 2020*.

The best of both worlds: How to get a British degree while living in Leipzig
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The UK has long enjoyed a good reputation for its high-quality education and the international renown of its top universities. However, the uncertainty of Brexit has led to a decline in EU students who worry about the ease of travel and post-study opportunities following Britain’s divorce from the European Union.

It was partly in response to these concerns that Lancaster University has established a new branch campus in Leipzig, its first in mainland Europe. Additionally, Germany offers unique opportunities for students and graduates with a robust economy and many English-speaking jobs. The university, which is highly ranked in all three major national league tables as well as international league tables, has existing campuses in Ghana, Malaysia and China. The opening of the Leipzig campus marks the first time a public British university has established a full campus in Germany.

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“After the UK, Germany is the second most attractive European country for international students,” says Dr. Elisabeth Grindel-Denby, Director of Lancaster University’s Leipzig campus. “Lancaster University chose Leipzig because it has everything that is needed to offer students an amazing experience during their studies. It’s diverse, has good connections to the rest of Europe; there’s a good housing market and growing industries and thus the prospect for jobs.”

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She adds that nearly half a million foreign workers are needed each year to meet Germany’s labour demand**. The opening of the Leipzig campus provides a stepping stone for young talent to move to Leipzig, a lively, up-and-coming city where, in the last three years alone, 20,000 new jobs have opened up across all industries. Germany's sixth-largest city is also the country's fastest-growing city and has recently reached over 600,000 inhabitants.

Earlier this month, the campus welcomed its first cohort of students on the Business and Computer Science foundation programmes. From September 2020, four Lancaster University-accredited bachelor’s programmes will be offered in Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Computer Science, and Software Engineering, areas in which talent is globally in high demand. Students will benefit from the high calibre of education that has earned Lancaster University its global reputation for excellence while enjoying the perks of life in the EU, such as cheaper living costs and lower tuition fees. The Leipzig campus also offers student funding for EU students as well as generous merit-based scholarships.

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“Students study completely in English but in a German setting, so in a way you get two languages for the price of one,” says Dr. Grindel-Denby, adding that there will also be the option to take free entry-level German courses. “It’s interesting to study at a British university in Germany because we have a high emphasis on student support. So that might be social care and wellbeing, but also the small, interactive seminars and research-based learning.” 

The Leipzig campus also provides a new option for students who want to study abroad. As all programmes are Lancaster University accredited, students at the Leipzig campus can transfer and spend a year studying in the UK with no interruption to their studies. British students who wish to study in Leipzig will also be supported with their applications and will not be required to pay non-EU tuition fees.

“Students can do an exchange year without losing out on content,” explains Dr. Grindel-Denby. “They can spend their second year of the Bachelor programme in Lancaster if they choose to do so, and they wouldn’t need to catch up. They just go back to the third year. I think this is really exciting.”

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* By The Times and The Sunday Times

** According to the IAB Institute for Employment Research

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Lancaster University Leipzig.


Is Leipzig really Germany’s ‘ultimate travel destination’?

The Saxonian city of Leipzig has been named by traveller’s bible Lonely Planet as its “ultimate” travel tip for Germany. Does the Local Germany’s knowledgeable readership agree?

The city centre of Leipzig.
The city centre of Leipzig. Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa-Zentralbild

Long a cult favourite among Germany fans, the left-wing city of Leipzig appears to now be gaining mainstream recognition after the Lonely Planet crowned it the country’s top travel destination this week.

In a new book titled “Ultimate German Travel Destinations – the top 250”, the travel publisher put Leipzig ahead of picturesque getaways such as Lake Constance and the Zugspitze as its number one destination.

“The hype that some say surrounds the city isn’t hype t all: Leipzig really is hipper than Berlin, and hotter than Munich, especially among millennials,” the guidebook boldly claims.

It goes on to lavish praise on the city of 600,000 inhabitants as “young, exciting, multifaceted – sometimes colourful, sometimes grey – and with a vibrant liveliness.”

“Everyone wants to go to the city where the anti-GDR demonstrations started,” the guidebook continues. “It is the home of Auerbachs Keller (made famous by Goethe and Faust); it’s the city of street art and wave gothic festivals; and its artistic scene at the Baumwollspinnerei is second to none.”

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‘Not cooler than Berlin’

Reaction to the list among the Local’s readership was mixed.

“It is a beautiful city and it’s easy to navigate. I find it hard to say that it’s cooler than Berlin, though. Berlin simply has more,” one reader told us on Facebook. “It’s the kind of place where people find their ‘spot.” I think most people in Leipzig know about most places in Leipzig. It’s a much smaller city. That may just be a more favourable lifestyle for some.”

Praise for Saxony’s biggest city ranged from admiration for the beauty of its architecture (particularly its train station) to the vibrancy of its arts scene.

Others suggested that Leipzig is indeed overhyped and that it can’t compete with natural wonders such as the pristine Königssee in the Bavarian Alps.

Lake Constance wins silver

Lake Constance, the country’s largest body of fresh water, came in second on the list.

The authors praised the southern See, which borders Switzerland and Austria, for “the many beautiful spots on its shores: Lindau, Meersburg, Überlingen, Constance and more – often surrounded by lush orchards.”

A regatta on the Bodensee in September 2021. Photo: dpa | Felix Kästle 

Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall came in third. 

“It’s impossible to imagine the Hanseatic city’s skyline without this glass work of art, which soars into the sky above the harbour like a frozen wave,” the book notes.

Also in the top ten were the Wattenmeer, which is a huge nature reserve on the North Sea coast, Berlin’s museum island, the sandstone hills of Saxony, and Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze in Bavaria.