The University and the City of Freiberg

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Find here information about our university and the city of Freiberg.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in Saxony has a long history based on mining tradition. The University was founded in 1765. It is until today the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world. Famous persons such as Professor Abraham G. Werner (1749-1817), founder of modern geology, Professors Ferdinand Reich (1799-1882) and Hieronymous Theodor Richter (1824-1898) the discoverers of Indium (1863) and Professor Clemens Winkler (1838-1904) the discoverer of the chemical element Germanium (1886) lived and worked here.

Excellence in research and teaching with a strong practical orientation towards the demands of the industry and international business is until today the success factor of the University. With its four core themes — Geosciences, Materials, Energy and Environment — it has a very distinct profile addressing the specific issues of our modern industrial nation. Supported is this by the economic expertise of the Faculty of Economics and Business administration in the research fields of innovation, economic transformation and project management. In addition, Freiberg’s scientists demonstrate their excellence in the fields of material exploration and extraction and economic use of resources; sources of energy and energy technology; development, production and processing of material and construction material, refinement and use of material; electronic material, sensors and automation; recycling of materials and waste, cycling of materials and circular economy; particle technology, mechanic and thermal process engineering; applied mathematics, stochastic processes and applied informatics.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg has an international reputation in its top level research areas. Concerning its financial backing from private sources, the University belongs to the ten best research-focused universities in Germany. Thus, it guarantees a high-level education in the fields of Science, Engineering and Economics. In nation-wide rankings, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg is regularly rated in top-positions due to its outstanding conditions for studies and intense mentoring. TU Bergakademie Freiberg’s 4,649 students certify its top position in the nation-wide rankings again and again. The campus offers numerous advantages of a small university. Its well-ordered structure includes six faculties and the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Center (IÖZ). Short distances on campus and face-to-face contact between students and professors.

See also the description of the university by the International Centre "Alexander von Humboldt" (IUZ).

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

The faculty was founded in the year of 1991 after the wall came down and has registered more than 25% of the students at Freiberg University.
Today there are more than 1200 students enrolled in Business areas. You will find the Faculty in Lessingstrasse 45 in Freiberg.
Most of the lectures in IBDEM will be in this building where also teaching and some administrative staff is located. 

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City crest

About the City of Freiberg

Where is Freiberg?

Freiberg is a city in Saxony located 30 kilometres west of Dresden, do not mix up with Freiburg in Baden-Wurttemberg.

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City Highlights

The old medieval town center has remained virtually unchanged, and was not destroyed during world war II. Most of the building are renovated now, and form an enjoyable atmosphere for living. Many pubs, restaurants, a big film theatre, a small, but good theatre, sports clubs etc. offer everything for an exciting and relaxing sparetime.

For more information, consult the following official web-sites:

Suitable airports

Dresden: Go to train station (Dresden Hauptbahnhof) by airport shuttle (approx. 30 min). Take train to Freiberg. Get off in Freiberg Hauptbahnhof after 30 min (fast train) or 50 min (ordinary suburban train).

Berlin: Go to train station Berlin-Lichtenberg or Berlin-Schönefeld by S-Bahn. Take train to Dresden. Change trains in Dresden Hauptbahnhof to Freiberg. Leipzig: Go to train station (Leipzig Hauptbahnhof) by airport shuttle (approx. 30 min). Take train to Dresden. Change trains in Dresden Hauptbahnhof to Freiberg.

Frankfurt am Main: Take train to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Take train to Dresden. Change trains in Dresden Hauptbahnhof to Freiberg. For time-tables check the website of the Deutsche Bahn AG.

See also the suggestions by the university by the International Centre "Alexander von Humboldt" (IUZ).

Student accommodation

Accommodation for students in student dormitories can be found via the Studentenwerk Freiberg. If you prefer to live in private accommodation, then the Fachschaftsrat of the Faculty will assist you. If you prefer to search for yourself, then consult the following list:

In any case, your "buddy" here in Freiberg will be able to help you finding accommodation.