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

The first step of the application for a Bachelor's program 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.

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 Bachelor studies 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

The application for the academic year 2021/22 will be possible until July 15, 2021, approximately: Link to the online application portal

If you want to check the current status of your application, you can login again at https://sulstat.uni-erfurt.de/

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

The first step of the application for a Master's program 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.

Upon receipt of the complete application documents will be checked by the International Office and then handed to the examination board of the  faculty. After the decision, the letter of notification will be sent via postal mail.

For the Master programme "Public Policy" (tuition fees) please apply directly at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy.

Application documents

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

  • completed and signed application form
  • curriculum vitae including passport-size photograph
  • statement of proposed study giving a clear description of your study objectives
  • officially certified copies and official translations of the transcript of records/grades of your current or previous University studies including the obtained degree (i.e. Bachelor's degree) giving information about achieved grades as well as about study contents
  • officially certified copies and official translations of secondary school leaving certificates the certificates should give
  • proof of German language skills on level B1 (according to CEFR) or higher, except for Global Communication and Religious Studies
  • For Global Communication and Religious Studies: proof of English language skills
  • copy of passport

The application for the academic year 2021/22 will be possible until July 15, 2021, approximately: Link to the online application portal

If you want to check the current status of your application, you can login again at https://sulstat.uni-erfurt.de/

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.

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

The application for the academic year 2021/22 will be possible until July 15, 2021, approximately: Link to the online application portal

If you want to check the current status of your application, you can login again at https://sulstat.uni-erfurt.de/

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.

The application portal for the academic year 2021/22 is open. You can apply until July 15, 2021!