Study programmes and application

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Generally, exchange students can get admission to almost all of the BACHELOR programmes offered by the University of Erfurt. As exchange student you can attend classes across all faculties. After successful application you get admission to a program that is closest to the one you study at your home university. Please note that Admission to the programmes Art, Physical Education and Music is restricted because all of them require specific assessment tests. The tests usually take place months before your exchange start semester. Admission is possible only after consulting the respective departments. Admission to the BA programme Communication Sciences is only possible if you study the same or a similar subject at your home university. 

You can only get admission to one of the MASTER programmes offered by the University of Erfurt if you already have a Bachelor' or equivalent degree. In that case, please enclose you Bachelor's certificate. Please note that you cannot get admission to the Master program Public Policy. Admission to courses of the MA programme Global Communication is also not possible. 

Please mind the advices on the study system at the University of Erfurt.

Deadlines and semester schedule

Dates & deadlines

Application deadlines:
WINTER SEMESTERS (October - February): June 15
SUMMER SEMESTERS (April - July): November 30

If you attend the German Intensive Course, your exchange studies already begin in September or March, respectively. Please apply as early as possible!

You find the Factsheets further below. 

Intensive Course/Preparatory Weeks

Preparatory Weeks

The four-week German Intensive course (A1-B1) comprises: 

  • 80h German lessons
  • enrollment procedure
  • study preparation

Students who do not attend the Intensive Course, must participate in the Orientation Week. The times of the Intensive Course / Orientation Week can be found in the Factsheets. 

Course Catalogue


The Course Catalogue depicts the course offer. The course offer for winter semesters is usually published in July/August. The course offer for summer semesters is usually offered in February/March.

Exchange students in the Erasmus+ program are advised to use the course catalogues of previous semesters, respectively. Please note that the course offer may change and that you may need to change your Learning Agreement after arrival. 

Courses taught in English

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At the University of Erfurt the main language of instruction is German. Some faculties do offer courses taught in English (see section Taught in English). To attend courses taught in Englih you must submit a proof of English skills on B2 level (see Application documents). Please note that the admission to classes taught in a Master degree can only be permitted if you hold a Bachelor degree. In any case, the teaching staff decides who can attend their classes.  

German skills


We strongly recommend exchange students to arrive at least with an A2 level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In order to be able to follow subject courses in German, a level of at least B1 CEFR is required. The University of Erfurt's Language Center offers German language courses for the duration of the lecture periods. You will have to attend an online assessment test before the semester starts.  

4 application steps

Step 1: Official nomination by home university

Before application for the exchange studies at Erfurt University, you need to be officially nominated by your home University's International Office or the Departmental Coordinator. After your nomination, we will send you all application information. Applications without previous nominations will not be accepted. 

Nomination deadline for winter semester: June 1 (for winter semester 2020/21: July 1)

Nomination deadline for summer semesters: November 15

Step 2: Online registration (please read instructions!)

We administrate exchanges with the Mobility-Online portal. 

After printing the form and sending it online, you need to create a user account by choosing a username and a password.

Please note down your username, your password as well the weblink and keep that information. You will need it for the further administration steps for your exchange. 

Please finish the online application as follows:

  • fill out your personal data
  • upload a photo
  • print the application form
  • sign the application form (page 1)
  • have the application form signed and stamped by the coordinator of your home university (page 3)

Links to Mobility Online portal (read the instrucions above!):

Online application form for Erasmus+ students

Online application form for students at Non-Erasmus partner universities

Step 3: Application documents

  • Application form (see step 2)
  • official Transcript of Records (list of grades and ECTS)
    • Master students please additionally submit a copy of their Bachelor degree certificate including Transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of passport (page with personal data)
  • Proof of German skills
  • Proof of English skills on level B2 if you want to attend courses taught in English and/or 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
    • Communication Science
  • If you want to attend the German Intensive Course for exchange students (levels A1 - B1):
  • Student housing application confirmation
    • apply online for housing here
    • the application confirmation is a PDF document sent to you after application; the e-mail may be delivered to your spam files!

Sure you got all documents?

Use our application checklist (German/English) to confirm!

Step 4: Send application

Please send the application only by e-mail to 
Please send each application document as a single PDF.


What happens next?

We are going to process your application and will then send you further information. 

Please apply as early as possible, especially if you come from a Non-European country and need to apply for a visa!


Sandra Schmidt
Sandra Schmidt
Incoming Student Advisor - Admission Officer and Advisor for exchange students
(International Office)
Verwaltungsgebäude (C02) / room 0.34
Office hours
Mondays - Thursdays, 1.00 - 3.00 pm

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