Information for Degree Seeking Students

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International applicants from Non-EU countries who are interested in pursuing their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD studies at the University of Erfurt, apply via our online application portal. You find the link to the portal and detailed application information in the respective tabs on the right. The application deadline for the Winter semester is July 15.

At the moment of application international applicants have to prove German language proficiency of the level B1 (CEFR) minimum. This rule applies to all Bacherlor's and almost all Master's programs, except the Master's of Global Communication, Religious Studies and Public Policy whose language of instruction is English.

Applicants with EU-citizenship or German applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification apply via the Study Affairs Office, but have to prove sufficient German language knowledge as well.

The University of Erfurt is specialised in the arts and humanities with a particular focus on cultural and social sciences. Therefore it does not issue conditional letters of acceptance for Bachelor students to the T-course of the Studienkolleg.

Application for Bachelor Studies

Application for the winter semester 2022/23

The application period starts June 1, 2022.

The application process is online. Application deadline for the winter semester is July 15.

To submit an application, you must first register in the application portal. Please note down your username and password, as you will need to use the portal repeatedly throughout the application process. 

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Upload the following application documents:

  • copies and official translations of secondary school leaving certificates (higher education entrance qualification) in original language and translation (German or English)
  • proof of German language skills on level B1 (according to CEFR) or higher*
  • proof of English language skills on level B2 (according to CEFR) or higher for the following programmes:
    • International Relations
    • Economics, Law and Social Sciences - Economics concentration
    • Economics, Law and Social Sciences - Social Science concentration
    • Economics, Law and Social Sciences - Law concentration
    • Management
    • Communication Science
    • Philosophy
  • Originally certified copies of university entrance examinations or of previous university studies or finished first study degrees in original language and translation
  • if applicable: copy of the Feststellungsprüfung certificate (Studienkolleg), APS certificate (only applicants of Chinese or Vietnamese nationality)
  • if already available at the time of application: proof of passed Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren (Communication Sciences) or proof of passed Eignungsprüfung (Arts, Sports, Music) 

Link to the application portal

Please log in to the portal regularly with your user name and password to check the status of your application. The letter will only be made available via the portal.

*Required German skills upon beginning of studies

At the beginning of the studies, German language skills on the level DSH-2 or DSH-3 must be proven. Equivalent language certificates are telc C1 Hochschule, TestDaF (at least 4 points in each section), Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe 2.

Study-preparatory German language courses are offered by our cooperation partner EZSI.

Admission to the “Studienkolleg”

Applicants whose school leaving certificate is not recognized as being equivalent to the German general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) can apply for admission to a pre-university program (Studienkolleg) and take an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung). The Staatliches Studienkolleg Thüringen is located in Nordhausen, 70 kilometers to the north of Erfurt.

The University of Erfurt is specialised in the arts and humanities with a particular focus on cultural and social sciences. Therefore it does not issue conditional letters of acceptance to the T-course of the Studienkolleg.

After examining the application, conditional admissions for the G course and W course at the Studienkolleg can be issued:

G course: Preparation for programs in Arts and Humanities with lessons in Literature, History, English, German und Mathematics.
In order to get a conditional admission to the G course you need to choose as a major a program from the Faculty of Education or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

W course: Preparation for Economics and Social Science programs with lessons in Economics, Social Studies, Media Studies and English.
In order to get a conditional admission to the W course you need to choose as a major a program from the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences.

Application for Master Studies

Application for the winter semester 2022/23

The application period starts on May 1st 2022.

The application process is online. Application deadline for the winter semester is July 15.

To submit an application, you must first register in the application portal and then upload the following documents:

  • Transcript of Records of your previous academic achievements in original language and translation (German or English).
  • Degree certificate (Bachelor or comparable) in original language and translation (German or English)
  • Proof of German language skills at least on level B1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference CEFR)
  • further documents if necessary (i.e. CV, motivation letter, additional documents)

Link to the application portal

Please note down your username and password, as you will need to use the portal repeatedly throughout the application process. Please log in to the portal regularly to check the status of your application.

The Letter of Notification will also be provided through the portal.

For the Master's program "Public Policy" (fee required) please apply directly to the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy.

Application for the Master of Catholic Theology

The first step of the application for the Master's of Catholic Theology is the online application. After submitting the online application, a pdf will be provided which you can save and print. The  signed online form has to be sent via postal mail to the International Office together with the required documents. The application deadline is July 15 (for academic year 2021/22: July 31, 2021).

Upon receipt of the complete application documents it will take approx. 4 weeks to process. Afterwards, the letter of notification will be sent via postal mail.

Required documents

For an application for the Master Catholic Theology the following documents have to be handed in:

  • completed and signed application form
  • curriculum vitae including passport-size photograph
  • certified copies and official translations of secondary school leaving certificates (higher education entrance qualification/ high school diploma/ "Abitur"; the certificates should give exact information  about achieved grades
  • if applicable: certified copies and official translations of entry examinations to institutions of higher education, or of any program or degree obtained in the country of origin
  • proof of German language skills on level B1 (according to CEFR) or higher
  • if applicable: supporting documents and information regarding the selection and aptitude assessment procedures as per study- and examination regulations of the chosen degree programme ( see website of the programme)
  • passport copy

Link to application portal

Log in here to check the current status of your application. 

Admission to the “Studienkolleg”

Applicants whose school leaving certificate is not recognized as being equivalent to the German general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) can apply for admission to a pre-university program (Studienkolleg) and take an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung). The Staatliches Studienkolleg Thüringen is located in Nordhausen, 70 kilometers to the north of Erfurt.

Application for PhD Studies

International students can pursue their postgraduate studies at the University of Erfurt, i.e. by doing their PhD. This is possible in several faculties or institutes

  •      Faculty of Philosophy
  •      Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences
  •      Faculty of Education
  •      Faculty of Catholic Theology
  •      Max-Weber-Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies

Further information for prospective PhD students can be found here. (in German only)

At the beginning of the PhD project, the proscpective candidate should have found their supervisor and then has to apply in the faculty in order to be accepted as a doctoral candidate according to the respective PhD regulation.

After being officially accepted as a doctoral candidate in the faculty, you can be a member of the University and apply for the enrolment as a doctoral student through the University's online application portal.