Language and Admission Requirements

Language requirements

German language knowledge

Upon application for a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme, all international applicants have to prove a German language level of at least B1 (CEFR) and must take the DSH-German language proficiency test for students. Applications without fundamental German language certificates cannot be handled!

Applicants with a higher education entrance qualification equivalent to the German "Abitur" can start their studies at the University of Erfurt as soon as they prove their German language proficiency with the test result DSH-2 or DSH-3.

Foreign study applicants who have not passed the DSH exam or who have obtained a DSH-1 result will only be admitted on a provisional basis; i.e. the admission is subject to the condition that they pass the DSH-2 before starting the programme.

In preparation for the DSH exam, our cooperation partner, the Erfurt Center for Language and Integration (EZSI), offers study-preparatory German courses at the B2 and C1 levels and other language courses for which you can register directly at EZSI. At the end of the C1 course, a Telc C1 Hochschule certificate can be obtained or the TestDaF exam can be taken.

At the University of Erfurt, applicants of the University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt with advanced German language skills can take the DSH exam in September about 3 weeks prior to the winter semester. To register, the conditional admission must be submitted to the Language Center of the University.

The following certifications are equivalent to the DSH exam

  •         TestDaF with test result 4 minimum in all four sections
  •         Certification Telc C1 Hochschule
  •         Certification Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
  •         Examination Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung of the Goethe-Institute
  •         Language Diploma Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II

More detailed information on the DSH exam and on the preparatory courses offered at the University of Erfurt can be found on the website of the German department of the language center. Registration information for the DSH examination can also be found there.


For the following Master programmes German language knowledge is not obligatory as their language of instruction is English:

  •     Global Communication
  •     Public Policy
  •     Religious Studies

Other language knowledge

Some study programmes require other language prerequisites and certifications, primarily the English taught Master programmes Global Communication, Public Policy and Religious Studies. You find further information concerning the required English certificates on the websites of the programme in question.

Also some Bachelor programmes, as International Relations or English/American Studies require English knowledge of the level B2 that should be proven by language certificates or by the OPT entrance test at the beginning of the studies. Further information can be found on the websites of the respective programme.

General requirements

Information about the University Entrance Qualification

Applicants who obtained their University Entrance Qualification in a foreign country and apply to be admitted at a German institution of higher education, are required to present either an "Abitur" or a school leaving certificate equivalent to the German "Abitur". If the school leaving certificate can be recognised as a general higher education entrance qualification, foreign applicants can continue the process of admission. The decision on admission is made in accordance with the assessment proposals issued by the Conference of Regional State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK, see

Admission to the "Studienkolleg"

Applicants whose school leaving certificate is not entirely recognised in Germany cannot be admitted directly and must take an assessment test, the "Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland", or, in short, "Feststellungsprüfung".
Foreign study applicants who must take the assessment test are advised to attend an official one-year preparatory programme, the "Studienkolleg", before taking the test. The preparatory programmes for the University of Erfurt are held at the Staatliche Thüringer Studienkolleg at Nordhausen, which is located appr. 70 km north of Erfurt. Since you can learn and live on-campus in Nordhausen, the Studienkolleg offers ideal conditions to prepare yourself for the assessment test.
If you want to attend the preparatory programme, you must apply at the institution of higher education of your choice; you cannot apply at the Studienkolleg directly. Please specify in your application the subject / degree programme you wish to study at the University of Erfurt. You will be allocated to the Studienkolleg course which prepares your subject skills for your chosen degree programme.

Please note that 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!
Before being accepted to the Studienkolleg, you will be required to provide proof of good German skills. Classes at the Studienkolleg will be held in German.

Admission limitation and special entry requirements

In addition to the general and language prerequisites, some study progams offered at the University of Erfurt request other specific programme prerequisites. Some programmes have admission limitations (a limited number of study places, ranking made with numerus clausus procedure), others have an aptitude test or another selection procedure.

Admissions restricted programmes (Numerus Clausus ranking)

Several Bachelor programmess have only a limited number of study places, which means that the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of available places for students.That is why those programs have an admission limitation with a numerus clausus ranking (NC). At the university of Erfurt the following study programmes have limited places with numerus clausus ranking:

  • Special Education and Inclusive Pedagogy
  • International Relations
  • Teaching, Learning and Training Psychology
  • Primary Education

Usually, the application deadline for programmes with admission limitation is July 15.
Due to the Covid-19-pandemic, in 2020 the deadline is postponed to August 20!
The complete application package including the printed and signed online-form and the required documents have to be sent via postal mail to the (received by August 20 at the University). This procedure also applies for applicants who attended a preparatory year at a Studienkolleg in order to pass the exam "Feststellungsprüfung". The Feststellungsprüfung certification also has to be handed in within the deadline. Afterwards the NC selection is proceeded and the participants will be informed at short notice.

Programmes with an aptitude test

Some study programmes demand specific entry requirements that students need to prove by participating in an aptitude test. The proof of successful participation in the aptitude test is part of the application at the university of Erfurt and has to be handed in by September 1st to the International Office.
The following Bachelor programmes require an aptitude test:

  • Art
  • Music Mediation and Music Education
  • Physical Education

Additional information about dates and process of the the aptitude tests can be found at (information in German only).

Programmes with specific selection procedures

The following Bachelor programme conducts a specific selection procedure including an Interview:

Ein Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren (EFV) wird in folgender Bachelorstudienrichtung durchgeführt:

Additional information about the deadline and procedure of registration for the sec´lection interview can be found on the website of the programme.

Selection process for Master programmes

The following Master programmes require a successful participation in a specific selection procedure. You find details and deadlines about the procedure on the programme websites:

The application deadline is July 15. All the required documents including the signed application form have to be sent to the International Office by July 15.