The Leuphana University of Luneberg, designated as foundation under public law, was founded in 1946. It is a public university located Luneberg, Lower Saxony, Germany.The Leuphana is an acient settlement on Elbe river, mentioned in geographical world atlas by Ptolemy. It has over 9,000 students, 710 academic staff 450 administrative staff. The university has received many awards with its unique university model.
Today, Leuphana University Luneburg is a university that bases its development on education with comprehensive ideas, value-oriented localisation of its activities. As the university considers itself a model by being a:
• Humanist university
• Sustainable university
• Action-oriented university
The university has project called the incubator for ideas as how they translate the name “innovation incubator” that focuses on Digital Media, Health and Sustainable Energy. It emerged with the cooperation of OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
More information are available in their main website and social media accounts.
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In my opinion the Leuphana University is in general a good uni. The campus is very nice, facilities are not as worn-out as many other big universities and the overall atmosphere is very comfortable. I can only speak for my bachelor program which is International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, that especially promotes with their English classes and international approaches. In my opinion it is not exactly what one would expect from the program. Even though some lecturers are very competent, most of them have poor English skills and particularly in the interdisciplinary courses, where Ibae and other students are taught together, the organization is poor and requirements for passing the course (often containing 3 exam parts for only 1 course of 5CP) are disproportional.
A great point at Leuphana university is the Complementary course. Some students might disagree with me, but in my opinion, having the opportunity in every semester to learn something in an other disciplinary is a great opportunity to widen the general knowledge.
The university advertises itself as very international and offers 2 English bachelor degrees. However, this is pure advertising and is completely different in reality. Most of the professors speak broken English and conduct 20% of the lectures in German, despite the presence of international students in a class. Well, you can also just have a live translation of the German lecture with no alternative options, which is even more terrible. Not only can the professors not speak proper English, but the lectures are normally disorganised and bore you to death. The material itself is also very theoretical and can’t be applied to real life. However, there are a few nice professors and the atmosphere in class is friendly, so one star goes for that 🙂
The Leuphana University not only teaches the students about the different topics of their studies but also helps them to develop and to learn what they want for their future.
It is just a small university hence a lot of classes are on a personal level.
It offers a good structured programme for all faculties, fosters the group dynamic and supports through complementary studies character development.
Most of the professors are motivated to teach the students although some of them have some problems to express themselves in the English language.
But I myself am really satisfied with this university and its strategy.
I made the concious choice to go to this uni. The sustainable way, this uni operates and thinks is super unique. I never met assholes and everbody to this day was friendly and helpfull. A small downside are the imperfections yet to be fixed or improved on due to some teething troubles.
I´m currently in my second semester of studies at Leuphana, studying International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship as a major and Business Psychology as a minor.
The Leuphana has a slightly different system than other German universities. Every student (apart from teaching students) choose a major and a minor as well as courses in the area of complementary studies. Most majors are studied for 6 semesters, whilst minors normally only last for 4 semesters. The complementary studies can be compared to general studies at other universities, which means that in each semester, you can choose one module that has nothing or little to do with your major or minor subjects. Furthermore, the first semester is the so-called Leuphana semester, where each student has to take part in 2 major-specific as well as in 3 interdisciplinary modules (normally including a sustainability seminar, a methods seminar and an academic writing course). The Leuphana semester is discussed quite a controversy amongst students as on the one hand it gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the way of studying at uni but on the other hand, it takes away more or less one semester of major-specific studies.
The general flair on campus is very nice! There are about 9000 students studying at Leuphana which makes it feel a little less anonymous than at other unis. The campus offers several cafés, a cafeteria, lots of green spaces, a gym (including a sauna), a beach-volleyball court and much more.
Course sizes depend on the study program, however, most seminars will not exceed 25 people. Like at any uni, the teaching quality of the professors varies widely but all in all, at least in my study program, the exams are manageable and often only account for a certain percentage of the grade with the rest being accounted for by presentations or written assignments.
Before applying at Leuphana, I´d suggest getting familiar with the special major-minor-complementary studies system. People who don´t like interdisciplinarity might not enjoy studying here! I definitely enjoy it and would recommend it at any time.
I personally like studying at the Leuphana. Classes are small with around 25 people, I feel meant by the tutors and teachers and thinking outside the box is encouraged. Especially, the high affinity to interdisciplinary makes the Leuphana an outstanding university. Of course, you can choose such courses of any kind at other universities, but here, these courses, revolving around practical dimensions, theoretical input from other disciplines, societal debates and social competences, are part of your study programme and are not just a welcomed additional extra. The only thing which might be is the well-designed outward appearance of the university, which is partly exaggerated.
The Leuphana is great for people with a broad range of interests. Since I wanted to study International Business, Business Psychology AND Marketing, while doing my Bachelor and Masters, I needed a University that allows me to do it all. Because of their Major and Minor programm i was able to find courses that fit my interests perfectly. The university itself, as well as my courses, are quite small, allowing deeper connections to your fellow students instead of lecture halls filled with hundreds of students and total anonymity with the professors. However, the first semester, which acts as a kind of orientation semester, and the course International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship still are a work in progress with lots of room for improvement. All in all, I am very happy with the Leuphana University.
Our professors, at least for international business at semester 1 and 2, are in general horrible (with very few exceptions). Most of their English is broken to the point of misunderstanding at times, which of course does not help for our exams. However the university facilities are nice, the food is nice and the people are very nice. Even commuting from Hamburg feels like its worth it, except anything that has to do with our lectures in general.
I studied my BA degree in Cultural Studies and Economic Law at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg 10 years ago and was first year student of the new Leuphana programme. I can clearly say that for Cultural Studies this university is the best in Germany – you have all the main professors and commodities there, the literature written in the filed is mainly written by the professors from the University. The events besides the main studies are amazing with high -profile speakers. What could be improved is the first interdisciplinary semester (maybe it is already). I had the feeling of wasting my time and learning about geography and statistics, which had nothing to do with my degree and which I never used in my entire life again, so it was a bit like in school again. But again, it was 10 years ago, maybe this point was improved. The practical units as well as lots of opportunities to volunteer and to create initiatives are overwhelming. After 1 year I moved to Lüneburg, which is a super cute city, to be closer to the university and all my friends. Since Lüneburg is a small university city, you feel like part of a big family.