Life in Fribourg

A university town par excellence

You won’t find a campus in Fribourg: the town itself is the campus! With 10,000 students among a total of 40,000 inhabitants, life in the town is shaped by the University like nowhere else. This unique combination of medieval heritage and vibrant student life lends it an incomparable charm.

Bilingualism: an opportunity to be seized

Fribourg is home to the only bilingual university in Switzerland. Almost all subject areas offer students the possibility of taking their courses in German, French or both. Students taking at least 40% of the courses in their program of studies in a second language will receive a degree with the annotation “bilingual program of studies”. Furthermore, international studies programs are offered in English.

Close student/teacher connections

At the University of Fribourg, no-one is lost in the crowd. The ideal size of the institution and the commitment of its teaching staff enable students to enjoy a personalised environment.

An international atmosphere

Since its inception in 1889, the University of Fribourg has had an international ambience. At the present time, there are students from 110 nationalities following programs of study.


In comparison with other Swiss cities, the cost of living in Fribourg is relatively low. In town or in the surrounding areas it is quite easy for students to find a room in a student hostel or in shared accommodation at an affordable price.

An idyllic place to live in

The city of Fribourg is a medieval jewel. The historic city centre with its gothic cathedral, its narrow laneways, old bridges, taverns and picturesque squares make it a particularly pleasant place to live in. Because of its situation at the foothills of the Alps and at less than 20 kilometres from Lake Morat there is a huge range of recreational and sporting activities to enjoy.



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