FAU, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

FAU - Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) is a large public research university based across two city campuses, one in Erlangen and one in Nuremberg, in the southern German state of Bavaria.

The university’s teaching and research frameworks are underpinned by an interdisciplinary Humboldtian approach. FAU is the third biggest research-led university in Germany and the second biggest public university in Bavaria. The university is one of the top Germany institutions for Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences.


FAU in numbers

Founding Year
International students
Degree programs

FAU was founded in 1743. There are over 38,000 students enrolled, 5,000 of which are international (non-German) citizens. Prospective students can choose from over 260 degree programs taught across 5 faculties.

More about FAU

Students can gain Bachelor's, Master's and Teaching degrees from FAU, with 1/3 studying in Nuremberg and 1/3 in Erlangen. At either campus first year students can take advantage of city-centre accommodation whilst all students enjoy excellent facilities including a vast library and sporting amenities.

The university regularly appears highly in international rankings for Engineering, Chemistry, Metallurgy and Medical Technology. FAU has a committed global outlook and welcomes international students, who are well-supported via the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). As a public university many international students are able to study for free at FAU. Students are also supported via the Student Advice and Careers Service (IBZ).

FAU, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Everything you need for your new life in Germany

Blocked Account
A blocked account is the easiest way to prove you have sufficient funds to cover your living costs during your time in Germany. At Expatrio, we offer a blocked account accepted by German authorities worldwide which can be set up online from your home country before applying for your visa. Remember that proof of funds for living costs is essential for a German student visa.

Incoming Insurance
At Expatrio, we offer Incoming Insurance as part of our Value Package and Health Insurance Plus. We partner with a highly recommended provider that has over 60 years’ experience in covering global mobility. This insurance covers you for the first days or weeks of living in Germany, meaning the time between your arrival and the start of your course. The Incoming Insurance is not only mandatory for your visa application, but also necessary, because your public healthcare cover will only start from your first day of enrollment or work.

Health Insurance
Private or Public Health Insurance cover is absolutely essential for every type of visa and for any resident in Germany. At Expatrio, we can help students aged under 30 to register for Public Health Insurance at the discounted student rate. We partner with TK (Techniker Krankenkasse), the biggest and one of the most popular public health funds in Germany. We also offer Private Health Insurance options if applicable to the individual situation.

Current Account
You will also need to set up a Current Account; you do not need this in order to get your visa but it is much easier to have this completed prior to your arrival in Germany. Once set-up, you can arrange for monthly living costs to be transferred from your Blocked Account to your Current Account each month. At Expatrio setting up your current account comes optionally with the Blocked Account, but can also be opened stand-alone.

We can arrange your ISIC card: an international student identity card that gives you access to 150,000 discounts in over 130 countries. Many of these discounts are on leisure, food, and travel. The card is also a useful proof of ID and of student status. A virtual card can also be used in conjunction with the ISIC App. Again, this card is low in cost or even free as part of our Value Package.

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Explore FAU degree programs taught exclusively in English:

  • Advanced Materials and Processes (MSc)
  • Advanced Optical Technologies (MSc)
  • Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering (MSc)
  • Artificial Intelligence (MSc)
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics (MSc)
  • Chemistry (MSc)
  • Clean Energy Processes (BSc)
  • Clean Energy Processes (MSc)
  • Climate and Environmental Sciences (MSc)
  • Communications and Multimedia Engineering (MSc)
  • Computational Engineering (MSc)
  • Data Science (MSc)
  • Development Economics and International Studies (MA)
  • Economics (MSc)
  • English Studies (MA)
  • Human Rights (MA)
  • Information and Communication Technology (MSc)
  • Integrated Life Sciences (MSc)
  • International Business Studies (BSc)
  • International Business Studies (MSc)
  • International Economic Studies (BSc)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSc), programme start: winter term 2022/23
  • Molecular Medicine (MSc)
  • Molecular Science (MSc)
  • Nanotechnology (MSc), programme start: winter term 2022/23
  • Physical Activity and Health (MA)
  • Physics (MSc)
  • North American Studies: Culture and Literature (MA)
  • Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (MA)

To know more about FAU study programs follow the link

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Expatrio supports you with its Study FinderStudy Eligibility Checker, and Application Assistant. Find the button "Apply" on our Study Finder to apply for your chosen university through your own profile on our User Portal. 

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Find out the best Expatrio product to make your relocation easy.

Blocked Account

Simple account opening in just a few minutes
  • Accepted by all German authorities worldwide
  • Blocked account in your name with German IBAN
  • Low fees, €49 (set-up) and €5 (monthly)
  • Fast and easy set-up from home country
  • High security standards with mobile App
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Best Value

Value Package

Your all-inclusive package for an easy start in Germany
€49 cashback & free benefits

Your all-inclusive package for an easy start in Germany

  • Free German blocked account for a limited time only1 
  • Cashback of up to €109 on set-up and monthly fees1
  • Customizable health insurance coverage with up to €90 cashback2
  • Free Benefits:

  • Free incoming/travel health insurance worth up to €95
  • Free International Student ID Card (ISIC)
  • Free choice of current account
Apply now

Health Insurance

Health insurance for your visa and stay in Germany
  • Free Incoming/Travel Health Insurance up to 92 days
  • Best Public German Health Insurance3
  • Awarded Private Health Insurance4
  • Extensive coverage incl. vaccinations
  • Doctor appointment service & live chat
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TK - Your health insurance partner at FAU

Take care of your studies - we take care of the bureaucracy!

Health insurance cover is mandatory by law for all residents in Germany, including international students.

Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of Germany's leading public health insurance providers3 and a trustworthy partner of Expatrio. TK insures more than 10 million customers, making it Germany's best and largest health insurer. TK offers you:

  • Discounted rate for university students aged under 30
  • English language support and registration
  • Dental hygiene and basic dental treatment coverage
  • Coverage of vaccinations recommended by the International Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO)
  • TK Bonus Program

At Expatrio, we partner with TK to help register international students into the public healthcare system, ensuring they can apply for their visas and are legally covered during their studies.

Your TK contact
Kerstin Dumhard

Kerstin can help you with your health insurance to study in Nuremberg.
Feel free to reach out!

Everything you need to apply in Germany:

Eligibility Checker

Check whether you can apply directly to a German university or you need to go through a preparatory course.

Study Finder

Find your dream study program among the more than 1,500 English-taught courses available at German universities.

Application Assistant

Create and manage your university applications in one account, and receive support from our specialists.

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  1. Blocked Account for free (the “BFF Campaign”) is a special offer for all customers who apply for the Value Package as well as customers who upgrade into the Value Package between 30 June to 31 October 2023. To avail the cashback, eligible customers in the BFF Campaign have to successfully activate the health insurance coverage with DR-WALTER or Techniker Krankenkasse. The total cashback is limited to a maximum of €49 set-up fee + 12 times the monthly service fee (i.e. €49 setup fee + 12 months * €5 monthly service fee = €109 cashback). Special Terms and Conditions apply.
  2. TK-Flex is an elective tariff and only available for eligible TK health insurance customers. Once the TK membership is activated, TK-Flex can commence. Expatrio will provide the customer with detailed guidelines on how to do this. Within TK-Flex, users have the option to deselect/opt out of services they do not need. In return, there is a cashback bonus of up to €90 per year. However, if the services are needed after all, TK customers can reactivate their health insurance coverage by paying a deductible of €24 per service (up to €120) per year. Please refer to our TK-Flex page for more information.
  3. In the issue 07/2023, Focus-Money business magazine awarded TK “Best Student Health Insurance Fund”.
  4. DR-WALTER has been awarded the Super Star Award by the Study Travel Magazine