Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) was formed from the merger of two long tenured institutions of higher learners: the University of Wittenberg (1502) and the University of Halle (1691). Thanks to its early adoption of German as the language of instruction and its focus on secular subjects rather than theology, the merged institution has become known as Germany's first "modern" university.
Today, MLU is a comprehensive university offering over 180 courses of study across 9 different academic departments. Thanks to state and federal funding, many the university has expanded throughout the city of Halle and many of its older buildings have been restored and equiped without modern workplaces and state-of-the-art equipment.
As the biggest university in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, with 23,000 students, including 2,100 internationals, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg cooperates with more than 200 institutions of higher education from around the world in study programs and joint research projects. With these cooperations, the university offers many and varied opportunities to take part in these international activities. Halle is also well situated, only 30 minutes away from Leipzig on an ICE high speed rail line and close to the Leipzig/Halle airport.