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Freiburg Seminar

Freiburg Seminar is a program dedicated to promoting talented and highly motivated students in the field of sciences. Each term SGBM doctoral students and principal investigators give talks on their research topics.

Funding Requests to SGBM Executive Board

Please use this Travel Request Template for submitting your applications. Thank you!

Tip 1: You may have to save the document locally first in order to edit it.

Tip 2:  Please enter at least 250 words in the section where you explain why this conference/workshop is important for your research work.

Rules and criteria:
- There is no entitlement whatsoever with respect to the sum and/or number of travel requests reimbursed by SGBM
- Funding requests should be submitted at least 2 months before the registration deadline so that they can be examined by the Executive Board
- Funding is only granted if the applicant gives an oral or poster presentation; various courses and workshops not offered in Freiburg can eventually be financed if they are clearly relevant for the applicant’s PhD project
- Each application is examined individually and funding is determined based on the relevance to the applicant's project.; some funding requests may be funded only partially and some requests can be declined altogether
- In case of split financing by two different sources, please consult the office in order to decide over which institute your Dienstreiseantrag will be filed
- An advanced payment is sometimes possible: it  must be discussed beforehand

Goethe Institute Freiburg
Image and Multimedia database

Image and Multimedia database of the University of Freiburg

International Admissions and Services

Information about the application, admission and enrolment procedure for international students

International Club

Freiburg International Club team organizes events, such as travel/film/theatre evenings. A team of extremely committed local and international students helps with general orientation in Freiburg, e.g. finding language learning partners, organizing student tours etc.

You may find their notice board helpful when in search for second-hand bikes, books, furniture, transportation/lift and donations.


International Graduate Academy
International Office

The International Office is responsible for:
- maintaining the University of Freiburg’s international academic relations and contacts;
- advising and supporting international students and scholars;
- providing information on study opportunities abroad and organizing studies abroad around the world;
- helping other departments and institutions of the University of Freiburg to coordinate their international activities.

In addition, the IO administers an apartment search database .

Jewish Community Day Care Center
Language Certificates

There is a possibility of taking IELTS exams (International English Language Testing System) and obtain an adequate certificate at the SLI (Language Training Center) of Freiburg University. IELTS is equivalent to the slightly more popular TOEFL test used to assess learners’ language levels and provides a benchmark for entry into tertiary education institutions (IELTS is widely accepted worldwide).

SLI offers regular preparation courses for the three most important certificates: IELTS (test/certificate at Freiburg Uni), TOEFL (internetbased test, closest place to take the test is Stuttgart) and Cambridge Proficiency Test (test/certificate at Freiburg Uni). Please note that TOEFL test is valid only for two years. The IELTS exams at Freiburg University are taking place on a monthly basis.

1) Dates for IELTS tests in Freiburg 
2) General information on all English tests and preparation courses at the SLI
3) Preparation and self-study in the Language Laboratory
4) Information on the European frame of reference and comparison charts between different language certificates

Language Teaching Center

German and other languages can be learned at the Sprachlehrinstitut - Language Teaching Center of the University of Freiburg :

Universitätsstr. 5
2nd floor
79098 Freiburg

Room 02 008
Tel. +49 (0)761 203-5470
Fax: +49 (0) 761 203-3516

Courses generally encompass 30 teaching hours per semester (2 x 45 minutes a week, for 15 weeks in the semester) and cost 60 Euros per semester.

Alternatively it is possible to attend courses at the "Volkshochschule" in Freiburg. Courses also take place twice a week.

German Placement Test

Language Laboratory - autonomous learning


Books in English (life sciences) are available in Freiburg University libraries. For borrowing books you can use your student card.

Each institute has its own library apart from the main library located in Stadthalle/Messplatz (take tram line no. 1 direction Littenweiler). Opening hours/info point: Mon - Fri: 09.00 - 20.00h, Sat: 10.00 - 18.00 h. Here you can ask about the lending conditions.

To check whether the book you are looking for is in store use the online catalogue. Enter your keyword in the field "Titelworte".

Please note that the faculty libraries mostly operate with non-lending collection. Please contact the librarian for detailed terms and conditions.

And here are the addresses/links of the faculty libraries:

Lost and Found

Freiburg lost and found office

Media and the University of Freiburg

Futura Mentoring - consultation, education and social networking for women


SGBM PhD students can administer their university e-mail accounts via myAccount.

Please check the MyAccount Tutorial offered by the University Computing Center.

This tool is also important for the enrolment for each new semester. With it you can register online (see enrolment) and print out the enrolment certificates which you then give to the SGBM secretary. These certificates are sent to the health insurance as evidence of your student status.
User ID and initial password are e-mailed to newly enrolled students using the deposited mail address and, in addition, are mailed with the "UniCard". If you do not know your user ID, please contact the user support. Please give the school's address as a mailing address. We can help you with the initial registration.

News Room

The Public Relations Office of the University of Freiburg offers Latest News Service.

PhD registration at the Faculty of Biolo


Please see more info via following link

Documents that need to be submitted:

• the completed form ”Registration for doctoral study “. Please fill out the form on the computer and send 1 unsigned copy, together with 1 curriculum vitae by e-mail to Please also bring 2 signed printouts with the supporting documents listed below to the doctoral studies program office to Ms. Maluck, Schaenzlestrasse 1, 79104 Freiburg

• a copy of the school-leaving certificate granting entitlement to entry to institutions of higher education (the necessary certification of authenticity will be prepared at no cost by the doctoral studies program secretary after viewing the original)

• a resumé (curriculum vitae) with precise data on the previous courses studied (course certificates and/or transcripts) and the examinations thereby successfully passed

• a certificate or diploma for completion of the college degree (the necessary certification of authenticity will be prepared at no cost by the doctoral studies secretary after viewing the original.)

• a recent good conduct certificate from the police (we have this document already issued for international students and filed at the SGBM office, please drop by)

Podcasts of the University of Freiburg

Mentioning SGBM in Publications

Title of the Publication


1 Principal Lab/Institute where the thesis is performed, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg

2 Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM), Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg

3 Faculty of Biology, or alternatively, Faculty of Chemistry, Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg

Acknowledgments: This study was supported in part by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation (GSC-4, Spemann Graduate School)

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