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The international orientation of German universities is more important than ever before. Exchange across national borders is a prerequisite for top-level research and innovation. Therefore, the Research Academy supports and promotes through numerous programs the internationalisation strategy of the University of Leipzig.

The proportion of foreign doctoral researchers in the structured programs is currently 36% (Effective: September 2016). This high percentage is due to the well-established worldwide partnerships of some program classes.

At the Research Academy Leipzig, doctoral researchers have the opportunity to pursue their doctorate in bi-national doctoral programmes. Based on the French Co-tutelle-de-thèse programme, these programs allow doctoral researchers to simultaneously pursue a degree at the University of Leipzig and a foreign university. Upon successful completion of such bi-nationally supervised doctoral studies, the doctoral researcher receives one shared doctoral degree awarded by both universities.

The Leibniz Programme focuses on the international exchange of scientists. Through the Leibniz professorship, awarded to foreign professors for a semester, and the programme Leibniz MOBILITY for guest scientists, the Research Academy regularly hosts international researchers. Doctoral researchers and postdocs at the Research Academy can apply for travel allowances through the Leibniz MOBILITY program in order to fund research and networking stays at international universities and research institutes.

As part of its effort to promote internationalisation, the Kompetenzschule at the Research Academy offers steadily growing selection of English-language workshops that offer interdisciplinary training as well as provide information about, among other things, international research funding and academic systems of other countries. In addition German language courses ranging from beginner to conversation level complement the above offerings.

All doctoral researchers at Leipzig University have at their disposal a wide range of other options for international mobility.