General information about Freiberg

The City of Freiberg


Freiberg lies in central Saxony, between Chemnitz and Dresden. It was founded in 1186, but its history actually began in 1162 when silver ore was discovered in the clearance area near Christiansdorf.

The enormous silver deposits, the granting of permission to mine in 1170-71, and the favourable location along a major trade route all contributed to the blossoming growth of the city. Few realize that the wealth of Freiberg at the time of August the Strong indeed contributed to the flourishing development of Dresden. The cultural significance of Freiberg is also noteworthy – the city possesses the world’s oldest private theatre, which has been operating since 1790.


Further development of Freiberg was set back by numerous fires as well as by the destruction associated with both the 30- year War (1618-1648) and the 7-year War (1756-1768). These are reasons, among others, why renovation and expansion of the Freudenstein castle (built 1171-75) never materialized.

Today Freiberg is among the most beautiful of cities retaining medieval heritage. Among many points of interest, especially worth seeing are:

  • St. Peter’s Church
  • the Donat Tower
  • the Castle (sold in 2000 for a single Mark,with renovation having started in 2001
  • parts of the City Wall
  • the Cathedral, with the famous Silbermann organ
  • the houses on the upper and lower market places
  • the Student Prison


Every year in June, Freiberg holds a city festival with a traditional mining parade. Also worthy of visiting is the training mine Ascension, used by students conducting scientific research and open to the general public.



The University


The Freiberg University of Mining and Technology was founded in 1765, and is the oldest advanced mining school in the world. Among its most famous students and professors belong:

  • the chemist Clemens Winkler, who discovered the element germanium
  • the scientist and geologist Alexander von Humboldt
  • The author Georg Philip Friedrich von Hardenberg, or Novalis


Freiberg College received its status as a University of Mining and Technology in 1992. Today it has six major schools, namely:

  • the School of Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • the School of Chemistry and Physics
  • the School of Geological and Mining Sciences
  • the School of Mechanical Engineering, Process Technologies, and Energy Technologies
  • the School of Materials Sciences and Technologies
  • the School of Economics and Business Administration


It also has an interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological Research.

University-wide enrolment during the winter semester of 2002-3 was 4000 students, of whom 15% were foreign students and 37% female.

The University has a well-equipped library with numerous scientific books and journals, access to the internet, and a well- functioning distance book lending program. Each individual School of the University has its own computer equipment, with printers and internet access.

Information about the departments, course offerings, class materials and internship possibilities may be found as  posted on site, or the internet sites of the individual departments.

The University maintains numerous contacts to enterprises in Germany and throughout the world, enabling us to offer many practical classes relevant to “real world” issues and problems.



The School of Economics
and Business Administration


The School of Economics and Business Administration was established in 1991, and has received high national rankings in various surveys for its quality of instruction, semester required for graduation, overall student satisfaction, and accessibility of professors.

The School has cooperative agreements with fourteen universities throughout the world, including the Stony Brook University in New York (USA), the University of Marne-la-Valée (France), the University of Savoie in Chambery (France) the University of Trento (Italy), the University of Economics and Business Administration in Poznan (Poland), and the Central European University of Budapest (Hungary).

Currently the School offers four separate tracks:


  • the Business Administration degree
  • a joint Business Administration-Engineering degree
  • a Masters degree in International Management of Resources and Environment
  • a Business Administration track for students majoring in engineering, mathematics or natural sciences


Students clubs within the School include the Freiberg Investment Club, an Alumni Association for Businessmen and Engineers, and the Prisma Junior Consulting Club.

Specializations and electives within the curriculum include: Marketing and International Trade, Banking Management, Statistics and Econometrics, Operations Management, Economics of Transition and Development, Environmental and Ecological Studies, Human Resources Management, Accounting, and Information Technologies.

Most lecture courses entail student projects, through which students have opportunity to conduct case studies or to visit cooperating business enterprises. In the context of English language presentations, students have the opportunity to produce their own films and learn much about the cultures of America and Great Britain.

More detailed information about curricular offerings can be found on the University’s internet site.



The DSH Exam


 Proficiency in the German language is a prerequisite for foreign study at Freiberg University. To enrol at the University, foreign students must present a certificate of having taken the ’’German language Examination for Admission to Universities for Foreign Students’’, or an equivalent certificate. All students not fulfilling this requirement still have the possibility of receiving the DSH certificate at Freiberg University, through one of two options:


  • taking an intensive German course in March or September, through which the University guarantees a room in a student dormitory. This option additionally presents the opportunity for the student to take numerous excursions to get to know the city and surroundings better
  • taking a semester German-language course simultaneously with the student’s other classes


All students are obligated to take the DSH exam by the end of their first semester at Freiberg University. The University assumes the costs of the language courses.





Freiberg University offers each foreign student a room in a student dormitory. To receive a room, an application must be made to the Student Services Office. Upon receiving a room assignment, the student must sign a rental contract. The unit of Student Services overseeing such arrangements is located on Agricola Street 14-16, room 105. Further information is available by telephoning 00 49(0)3731/383454.

Accommodations in a student dormitory cost up to 225 euro, depending on the quality of the dormitory. Mainly available are apartments with kitchen and bathroom facilities and individual rooms in units that house 2-6 students. Renovated living quarters with internet and TV connections are found on Winkler Street 14, 16, 18, and 22 as well as on Agricola Street. Each apartment and group housing unit arranges individually its bathroom and kitchen agreements. Each of the University’s student dormitories has laundry, recreation and club rooms, as well as parking spaces for cars and bicycles.

An alternative to student housing is to rent in a private household. In this case rent is often more favourable, but the student might have to furnish the room himself.



Health Insurance


CEU students who are insured must bring an DH 111 to study in Freiberg. All others who have no valid health insurance for their stay in Germany have the opportunity to get insurance at student rates for about 51 euro per month here in Freiberg (e.g. Barmer, Techniker Krankenkasse, KKH or AOK).



Bank Accounts


Most students in Freiberg have a bank account at Kreissparkasse Freiberg. To open an account, the student must provide a passport and a valid address in Freiberg. Several banks also insist upon documentation of financial support.





Freiberg University has its own student Mensa, which is open weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 11:15 to 14:00. Its menu, which changes weekly and can be found on the internet site.

includes traditional German as well as foreign and vegetarian dishes. Prices range between 1,30-2,00 euro. 

In addition to the Mensa there is a cafeteria open on weekdays from 7.30-14.30, where one can get breakfast as well as other meals. Both the Mensa and cafeteria are excellent places to meet and mingle with colleagues.



Sporting and Recreational Facilities


The University Sports Centre provides a wide offering of inexpensive activities. Examples of sport courses are: Karate, Aquaerobics, Kangoorobic, Power-Stretch,  Orienteering hike, and the more traditional soccer, volleyball or swimming.

Prices range from 12,00 to 20,00 euro per semester. The activities usually take place in the afternoons and evenings.

The University has a tradition of numerous sports competitions. A high point each year is the WiWi Cup Soccer tournament at the end of June. Participating in this tournament are not only students but also professors, instructors, and tournament sponsors.



Student Clubs and Organizations


Among the most well-known and popular student organizations are: Old Mensa (Fullort), Earth Alchemists Club (EAC, New Mensa), and the new Yachting Club.

Each club regularly offers activities such as Salsa, every Wednesday in EAC. The clubs offer, among other things, various concerts, BLACK MUSIC parties and film evenings.



Leisure Time Activities Outside the University


In or near Freiberg students can find ample opportunity for leisure time activities. Noteworthy are: the cinema, theatres, fitness clubs, the newly renovated Johannis spa organ concerts in the Cathedral, and classical music concerts in St. Peter’s Church. Freiberg is also known for its numerous student dives and hangouts in Meissner Gasse. The Erz mountains entice climbers and hikers.

In winter, snowboarding and skiing are possible close to Freiberg. Students already familiar with Freiberg can tour Dresden, Leipzig or other cities on the weekends.



Costs of Living



The monthly cost of living in Freiberg is approximately 400-500 euro, of which rent is the largest share. Travel and living costs are the responsibility of the student. To earn a little money, students can work as student assistance at the University. In such cases, the students help in various projects, translating, or in the creating and maintenance of internet sites. Earnings in such cases amount to around 6,26 euro per hour. The work contracts provide for a range of 20 to 80 hours monthly, and are negotiated with the individual departments