The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg was founded in 1743 and has an illustrious history of scientific innovation. Today, it is one of Germany’s top research universities in engineering, coming in at position 123 of the Times Higher Education rankings and achieving top scores in many other lists. (For example, the newly inaugurated Reuters ranking of the world’s top innovative universities places the FAU at second place in Germany and place 52 world-wide.) Many of its engineering departments are very highly regarded and some form part of the prestigious “excellence clusters” in Germany.
Since Summer 2015, the Joint Institute has enjoyed a lively exchange, coordinated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAU. However, students from various engineering disciplines at FAU and ECE as well as ME students from JI have taken part in the exchange, taking courses in a wide variety of subjects at either institution.
Major: ECE or ME
Study Year: Junior or Senior
GPA Requirement: None
English Requirement: TOEFL 87, CEFR level B2 or equivalent
JI students participating in the exchange will be able to take courses at the Faculty of Engineering. A list of available courses can be found here:
Certain courses that have been taken in the past by JI students have been entered into JI’s course equivalency database:
JI students continue to pay tuition at JI; no tuition is paid at the FAU. Administrative costs may be charged at FAU. Dormitory costs amount to approximately XXX Euro/month and cost of living is estimated at around YYY Euro/month.
Living in Erlangen is totally a different experience from living in Shanghai. What impressed me most was the archaic and quaint style of buildings, and actually the whole little city, which brought me into a peaceful and old-timey life that I had only read about in novels. It’s definitely a dissimilar feeling for us who have been living in modern China for many years.