Academic Life

Georges Python founded the Université de Fribourg / Universität Freiburg (Alma Mater Friburgensis) in the year 1889. It is a public cantonal university and is financed by the Canton of Fribourg, the Swiss Confederation and other non-university cantons.

University of Fribourg

The Rector and the Vice-Rectors run the University. The current rector is Professor Astrid Epiney from the Faculty of Law. Other administrative organs of the University include the Senate, the University Assembly and the Commission de recours...

Overview of the University of Fribourg


The University is divided into 5 Faculties (Theology, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Letters, Science) as well as 7 interdisciplinary institutes. The various Faculties are spread among the different campuses and buildings...

Overview of the Faculties at the University of Fribourg


Before University courses start, the ACP organizes intensive language instruction (in French and German) for incoming students. This course, which caters to different levels, has proved a very useful instrument in taking the first steps towards integration in Fribourg and comes highly recommended by all previous participants. During the semester it is possible to take several hours a week of French or German language instruction (3 different levels) at the Language Centre - Sprachenzentrum Centre de langues...

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Financial Aid

Many universities affiliated with the American College Program allow their financial aid packages to be applied, with the understanding that the participant will return to the home institution to complete his/her degree requirements. Students interested in the American College Program who already receive financial aid should inquire at their financial aid office about the applicability of such aid. Most universities will provide any documentation necessary to secure continuance of pre-existing financial aid. This can be done by arranging cooperative agreements between your home institution and Fribourg.

If the institution from which the applicant is applying from has signed and affiliation agreement with the American College Program then most federal, state and private scholarships and loans may be used for participation, as credits are transferred by the sponsoring institution and are directly applicable toward undergraduate degree requirements. Such awards may include TAPSEOGVAPerkins LoansPell Grants, and the like. Although participating students are responsible for completing all necessary forms, the American College Program is eager to help support the student with any documentation or supplemental information required by the sponsoring financial sources. Click down below for more information about scholarships and financial aid:

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