Your Study Start at the University of Erfurt

Tische des Cafe Hilgenfelds vor der Universitätsbibliothek der Universität Erfurt
Eine Studentin steht in einem Hörsaal der Universität Erfurt
Studierende in der Bibliothek

From the application to the enrolment


You have obtained an admission to your Bachelors' or Masters' studies at the University of Erfurt and are going to start your studies in Erfurt soon. To prepare your stay and your move to Erfurt, you have to consider several steps. Here is some useful advice that should help you in your preparation.

The International Office will be happy to support you if you have further questions concerning your arrival, your first ways in the city of Erfurt or on-Campus.

Before your arrival


To prepare your stay in Germany, you must apply for a student visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. A visa is not required for students from EU countries, Switzerland, the USA, and Japan. The visa application process may take several months so it is recommended to start the application process as early as possible. It is NOT possible to enter Germany for studies with a tourist visa as it cannot be converted into a study visa.
You find additional info according visa application and arrival planning here.


You should take care about finding accommodation at an early stage, as in winter semester many students are looking for housing. If you want to get a place in a student residence hall, apply as early as possible via the online-application form of the housing department.

Further information concerning accommodation can be found here.


Erfurt is situated in the centre of Germany and can be reached easily with various means of transportation, also from big international airports.
Information about travelling to Erfurt can be found at the bottom of this website.

Upon your arrival

Three steps to your Enrolment

Thoska - your student ID card

Student orientation days at the University of Erfurt

The start into university studies is always challenging. Especially when you come from abroad and you are totally new in Erfurt. We would like to support you when you take this big step.

At the beginning of every winter semester, the Student Orientation Days (STET) take place at the University of Erfurt to facilitate an ideal start into your studies.

During one week, you have the opportunity to get to know our university campus and its facilities, you are going to meet your fellow students and you can benefit from the experience of advanced students. There will also be interesting information sessions about the study system at our university as well as programme-specific info sessions.

Moreover, you can participate in a guided city tour to discover your study place and learn some interesting current, cultural and historical facts about Erfurt.

During the student orientation days you will also have enough time to sort out some important administrative ways. The International Office will be happy to help you and answer your questions i.e. concerning registration in the citizen office or in the foreigners' registration office.

With all this support, you are perfectly prepared for your studies!

Check list

[Translate to English:] Schritt für Schritt gut vorbereitet auf Ihren Aufenthalt und Ihr Studium an der Universität Erfurt.

You have to keep in mind several things that need to be done for your study start at the University of Erfurt. Find out what you need to do in the following check list:

  • Fristgerechtes Zusenden der Annahmeerklärung (für NC-Studiengänge und Master-Studiengänge!)
  • Einreichen eventuell fehlender amtlicher Beglaubigungen und Sprachzeugnisse (z.B. DSH)
  • Zahlung des Semesterbeitrags
  • Upload eines Fotos für den Studierendenausweis Thoska
  • Abschluss einer gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung
  • Nach Erhalt der Thoska: Validieren nicht vergessen!
  • Teilnahme an den Studieneinführungstagen
  • Beschäftigen Sie sich mit der Prüfungsordnung Ihres Studiengangs
  • Anmeldung beim Bürgeramt Erfurt
  • Terminvereinbarung bei der Ausländerbehörde Erfurt

You still have got some questions left? Come and meet us in the International Office.
Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 1 - 3 pm.

Please note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, we do not hold regular office hours at the moment. Please contact us via international@uni-erfurt.deto ask for an appointment.

Step by step to your enrolment