Metropolis or small university town? Both - the best of two worlds!

Two different cities, two different institutes, two different study programs - one joint degree

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris have jointly launched a double master program in geophysics. It offers interested students an attractive opportunity to obtain a degree from two European universities within one master's program and without additional time expenditure. The courses offered are complementary and thus enable students to extend their studies according to their own wishes. In addition, the cultural exchange provides a life experience of inestimable value.

For students in our double master's program, the Franco-German University offers interesting financial support opportunities. In addition to interesting study opportunities at the two renowned universities, the stay at the respective partner university offers insights into the culture and language of the neighboring country. Stays abroad serve to get to know the country and its people, are experience-intensive and broaden horizons, and are ultimately in explicit demand on the job market. With English as the teaching language, the program is internationally positioned in terms of communication.


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Geophysics in Paris and Freiberg

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Study program at a glance

The German-French Master's program in Geophysics is four semesters long at both locations. Students stay at the partner university for at least one semester to qualify for the joint degree. This makes the exchange very easy to organize. The French and German program officers are always available to provide advice and assistance. The course work is defined in advance of the exchange in a learning agreement together with the students, so that it is ensured that the program can be studied and successfully completed.


Course of studies

  • 4 semesters

  • 2 master degrees

  • 2 cosmopolitan study locations

  • at least 1 semester at the partner university

  • Teaching language English at both locations


Freiberg is a small university town at the foot of the Ore Mountains with a long university tradition. Founded in 1765, Bergakademie Freiberg remains the oldest mining university still in operation. With the reunification of Germany in 1990, it became the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF). As a technical university, TU Bergakademie has a unique profile as a resource university with excellent expertise in the field of geosciences.


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Paris, one of the great European metropolises, is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Founded in 1921, the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) has been an independent 'Grand Établissement' since 1990 and a founding member of the new University of Paris established in 2019. It brings together more than 150 researchers, 170 engineers, technicians and administrative staff, and 100 PhD students from around the world. The IPGP is dedicated to Earth and planetary sciences in teaching and research through permanent volcanological, seismological as well as electromagnetic observatories.

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TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a small highly specialized technical university in Saxony with the profile lines Geo, Material, Environment and Energy.


The Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris is a major university and research institution in Paris in the field of geophysics, geochemistry and geology.


The Franco-German University is an international law institution founded in 1997 by Germany and France and financed on a parity basis to promote Franco-German cooperation.

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