The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg was founded in 1743 and currently has about 29,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering (Technische Fakultät) is located in Erlangen, a city with a historic baroque centre which is located admidst splendid landscape close to the rocky hills and lovely forests of the Fränkische Schweiz. The cities of Nuremberg (a traditional centre of arts and commerce since medieval times) and Bamberg (a UNESCO world heritage town) lie about 20 km to the south and 40 km to the north, respectively. Bayreuth (renowned for the world-famous opera composer Richard Wagner and the according festival) is about 80 km away, while Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, the other large cities of southern Germany, can all be reached within about 2 hours journey by train or car. One of Erlangen's best known and most loved attractions is the "Bergkirchweih", a beer festival in spring, which attracts around 1 million visitors from near and far. For more extracurricular activities in and around Erlangen see link to main page of FAU

In the wider world, Erlangen is also renowned both as home to the second largest university in Bavaria and as one of the three headquarters of Siemens AG which both contribute substantially to the high living standard in and around the city. With its broad range of additional privately and publicly funded research facilities and many start-up high-tech companies Erlangen and its surroundings have developed into an important European R&D centre in several future-oriented areas of engineering, including medical systems, microelectronics, audio (Fraunhofer IIS, Dolby ), multimedia and communications (e.g. Intel Comneon, Alcatel-Lucent).