For senior citizens  

For senior citizens

Programme for Senior Citizens

Continuing education plays an increasingly important role in our society, no matter your age. It does not only promote your individual social participation, but enables you to assist in our society’s development. Against this background, Leipzig University aims to provide interested persons with a number of opportunities concerning lifelong learning. The Continuing Education and Distance Learning team (part of the Department for Academic Administration) offers two different formats of education for senior citizens: the Seniorenkolleg (senior citizens' programme) and the Seniorenstudium (senior citizens' courses).

In 1979, Professor Werner Ries first established the Seniorenkolleg at the Faculty of Medicine. It offers continuing education to anyone who is interested and at least 50 years old. Each annual programme consists of two interdisciplinary series (called Green and Yellow, respectively) that comprise twelve lectures on all kinds of subjects. There are currently about 1,600 senior citizens who take part in the senior citizens' programme. Since the lectures started being held in the Auditorium Maximum at the new Augustusplatz campus in 2012/13, the number of participants has grown from 1,100 to the aforementioned 1,600. Various additional events—such as computer courses, excursions, and guided tours—complement the programme.

Ever since the Winter Semester 1993/1994, Leipzig University also offers the Seniorenstudium. The senior citizens' courses enable older citizens to experience an academic environment in the company of students who are doing their first degree-level education programme, in accordance with the slogan "Young and old studying together". Computer and language courses, study groups, and special events are featured alongside the courses as well.

What do attendees of the senior citizens' programme and the senior citizens' courses, respectively, have in common?

  • Both groups can participate in a number of study groups. These self-organised bodies meet regularly to work together on various subjects.
  • Every year, both groups are welcomed with an opening ceremony that takes place in Gewandhaus Leipzig's great hall. In December, the University organises a Christmas concert at St. Thomas Church.

On top of that, there is an intensive exchange of ideas with the Masaryk University in Brno and its lifelong learning programme. Our universities offer annual exchange visits and education programmes.

If you would like to take a look at what we offer without committing to anything, you can attend our lecture series. This series has a different subject every year that is approached from a number of angles and disciplines.

We—the Continuing Education and Distance Learning team—hope that we have piqued your interest and that you might want to participate in one of the courses or programmes on offer. We always strive to offer you a diverse and interesting curriculum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

last update: 31.08.2018 


Continuing Education/Distance Learning
Nikolaistraße 6-10
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30050
Fax: +49 341 97-30036