Before you embark on your exchange studies, you should familiarize yourself with the study system of the University of Erfurt. Even though as exchange student you are permitted to attend courses across all faculties, with few exceptions, the study system will of course be edifferent to the one of your home university. The International Office team will support you in all phases of your mobility (application, arrival, stay, departure, sending of Transcript of Records). You can turn to the Incoming Student Advisor via e-mail anytime.
Course choice: Learning Agreement
In the Learning Agreement, you formally agree to the courses that you wish to attend at the University of Erfurt. In addition, it is specified in the Learning Agreement that your work at the University of Erfurt is to be recognised by your home university. You should ask your home institution for the form.
To Do BEFORE arrival:
- choose your courses in the University of Erfurt Course Catalogue (you can provisionally use the catalogues of previous - respectively analogous - semesters, if the CC of your start semester is not online yet) & talk through course choice with your ECTS coordinator
- list courses on Learning Agreeement and have it signed by your academic advisor/the Institutional Co-ordinator (home university and host university)
To Do AFTER arrival
- in case the course offer has changed: adapt your Learning Agreement (the Changes form is usually enclosed in the original Learning Agreement papers)
- have the changes in the Learning Agreement signed again
Course choice: Course Catalogue
The course catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) is published online about two months before the beginning of each semester. The previous semesters' course catalogues can be used as a rough guide for courses on offer during the whole academic year.
Courses taught in English are listed in a separate course catalogue (see section Taught in English).
Information on language courses such as German as a Foreign Language can be found in the Course Catalogue section Courses by subjects | Additional Language Studies
Please note that capacities in courses may be limited. It may therefore happen that you need to adapt your Learning Agreement (table Changes to original Learning Agreement)
At the University of Erfurt, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) applies. The ECTS requires a total of 30 credit points per semester.
1 ECTS credit point = 1 Credit Point (Leistungspunkt) at University of Erfurt = 30 hours workload (participation, preparation, exams, etc)
We recommend exchange students to take on a more moderate workload of 24 ECTS per semester, depending on the requirements by your home university! 24 ECTS are approximately 2-4 classes in the subjects of you choice and 2-4 classes in German as a Foreign Language - Exchange students can also gain Credit Points studying German Language Courses offered by the Language Center.
Please consult with the coordinator at your home university in order to figure out how many courses you should take in Erfurt and whether the courses in German as a Foreign Language will be recognised. Your academic mentor at the University of Erfurt will help you with questions on credit points and the exam system.
Classes in which a member of the teaching staff, usually a professor, gives a formal lecture. The lecture is traditionally the most usual means by which a university lecturer imparts knowledge. The main tasks of the students are to listen and to take notes.
Group classes designed to process lecture material in greater depth. Theoretical knowledge should be applied to case studies or to specific problems relevant to practice within the subject area.
Colloquium = latin for speech, conversation. Colloquia can be:
- Classes with lectures and discussions shared between students and teaching staff relating to a topic which has been prepared by the students
- Oral examinations
- Academic discussions on specific academic topics, including guest lectures
Work placements / internships
Particularly important for all subjects that have wider practical application. Internships add to the knowledge provided in the Training of Professional Skills courses. In a work placement, theoretical knowledge is given practical form or is generated from experience within the relevant field.
Academic excursions (e.g. observational visits, outdoor practicums) are necessary in subjects needing on-site investigations (e.g. Geography, History, or History of Art).
(in BA programs):
- Reading classes
- Project seminars
- Training sessions
Grading system of the University of Erfurt
The evaluation scale is divided into five levels. Counting in interim values, there are 10 positive grades (from 1.0 to 4.0 = PASS) and one negative grade (5.0 = FAIL).
1 = very good
an excellent performance
2 = good
a performance which is considerably above the average requirements
3 = satisfactory
a performance which meets the average requirements
4 = sufficient
a performance which still meets the requirements, despite its weaknesses
5 = not sufficient
a performance which fails to meet the requirements on account of considerable weaknesses
Please note that not all courses are graded. In the beginning of your stay it will be explained to you what you have to do in order to have your courses graded, in case your home university requires you to have graded courses.
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
ECTS grading scale
A = Excellent
outstanding performance with only minor errors
B = Very good
above the average standard but with some errors
C = Good
generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D = Satisfactory
fair but with significant weaknesses
E = sufficient
performance meets the minimum criteria
FX = Fail
some more work required before the credit can be awarded
F = Fail
considerable further work is required
Transfer of grades (University of Erfurt to ECTS)
It is suggested that exchange students at the University of Erfurt transfer their grades from the Bachelor or Master programmes into the ECTS as follows:
Erfurt Grade / ECTS Grade
1,0; 1,3 / A
1,7; 2,0 / B
2,3; 2,7; 3,0 / C
3,3 / D
3,7; 4,0 / E
5,0 / F
The Institutional Coordinator makes sure that the ECTS principles are adhered to and are functioning correctly and strives to improve procedures as well as practical aspects of ECTS. Manuela Linde, head of the International Office, is the Institutional Co-ordinator of the University of Erfurt.
Verwaltungsgebäude / Raum 0.35
Possible examination types
- Written exam (Klausur)
written exam under supervision to be completed within a time limit
- Coursework assignment (Hausarbeit)
paper (depending on the number of Credit Points, the lenghts varies between 10 to 25 pages)
oral presentation that must generally be presented within the framework of a seminar or a practical session in order to be discussed with the other participants of the seminar
- Protocol (Protokoll)
is a written progress report based on a specific course and the topics discussed within the course, but the report must fulfil specific formal criteria
- Theory paper (Thesenpapier)
summarises the most important points and results of an academic piece of work or investigation; unlike a Protokoll, the opinions of the writer are included
- oral examination
The teaching staff will announce which examinations you need to pass in order to successfully complete the course at the beginning of the semester.