Saarland University was founded in 1948 as a bilingual university under the patronage of the French government. The university is internationally renowned for its research in computer science and informatics and for its work in life sciences and nanosciences. The university stands out for its close ties with France and strong European focus. With its clearly international focus and strong links with universities in Europe and the world, Saarland University is more international than almost any other medium-sized German university. A distinctive feature of Saarland University is the extensive academic programs leading to a double degree qualification or even a triple degree qualification if a third foreign partner institution is involved.