Studying at the University of Erfurt

Are you interested in studying at the University of Erfurt? On the following pages you will find all the important information about the range of courses on offer, application and enrolment, advice and services, as well as financing and living at the university city of Erfurt.

10 reasons for the University of Erfurt

Gruppe von Studierenden im KIZ


The University of Erfurt is a reform university in the humanities. It offers a total of 47 Bachelor's and Master's programmes. The university has around 6,000 students, 102 professors and 228 academic staff. With its three research foci "Education. School. Behaviour.", "Religion. Society. World Relations." and "Knowledge. Spaces. Media." it sets itself apart from the other Thuringian universities.

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Portrait of the University of Erfurt

Faculties and institutions

Interdisciplinary study

With the two-subject Bachelor, you study a major field of study and a minor field of study at the University of Erfurt. In doing so, you can combine almost all Bachelor programmes. In the fundamental and professional studies, you acquire key competences and practical experience in interdisciplinary courses.

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Study programmes of the University of Erfurt

STUDIMAT: combine easily, inform quickly.

Studium Fundamentale/professional field

Well equipped

Both the Erfurt University Library and the Gotha Research Library, with more than one million books and media directly on campus, are available for researching, investigating and learning. It offers a modern collection, but also historical collections such as the "Bibliotheca Amploniana" - one of the most important manuscript collections in Germany.

In addition, the lecture and seminar rooms and computer pools are well equipped. Laptop, beamer and camera can be borrowed from the media technology department or the University Computer and Media Centre (URMZ).

Further information:

Library catalogue OPAC

Gotha Research Library

University Computer and Media Centre (URMZ)

Campus University

The distances to the teaching buildings, student residences, sports facilities and cafés are short. The university library and administration are also directly on campus.

The Departments of Art and Music are located in the former School of Arts and Crafts in the Old Town, which you can reach in a few minutes by tram or on foot. The Faculty of Catholic Theology is located with its lecture and seminar rooms in the cloister complex of the Gothic cathedral, the heart of Erfurt.

Further information:

digital Campustour

Campus- and site maps

Support from the very beginning

The University of Erfurt accompanies you from the very beginning with intensive support. During the introductory days, you will get to know your new fellow students, the campus and the modern library. Above all, you will learn lots of useful tips, for example about the timetable.

In the first phases of your studies, the mentor programme will also help you to quickly find your way around. A mentor supports you in finding the right strategy for your studies and is there for you if you have any difficulties.

Further information:

Student orientation days

Student advice and counselling

Good career opportunities

Our students are satisfied with their studies in Erfurt. They explain why on our blog "Ich mag meine Uni" (I like my university). There you will also find current stories from everyday life at the university.

We also asked our graduates. They are now in exciting jobs and look back on their studies in Erfurt for us.

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Alumni network

Living science

The university attaches particular importance to the next generation of academics. Thus, even after completing your Master, there may be a variety of opportunities for you to continue researching here - for example, in a research group at the renowned Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies or as part of a Herzog Ernst Fellowship at the Gotha Research Centre, which investigates the cultural and knowledge history of the modern era.

Further information:


Gotha Research Centre

Uni global: study and work abroad

460 international students are currently studying at the University of Erfurt, enriching the campus with their language and culture. You too can take advantage of the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at one of our 45 partner universities or to participate in one of the 75 ERASMUS programmes! The International Office will support you in organising your stay abroad and looks forward to your visit.

Further information:

individual organisation of a semester abroad

studying at a partner university

work abroad (internships)

University town with historical flair

From the university campus you can get directly to the old town in ten minutes by tram or bicycle. It is one of the most beautiful medieval city centres in Germany. As the capital of Thuringia with around 200,000 inhabitants, Erfurt is a modern city with historical flair.

Student life in cosy cafés, pubs and clubs, an opera house as well as parks, museums and galleries characterise the city's rich cultural offerings. Solar technology and media shape the business location in the middle of Germany.

Further information:

Discover the university city of Erfurt

Website of the city of Erfurt

Affordable costs of living

The cost of living in Erfurt is low compared to other cities. A nice room, healthy food, visits to the cinema and bars are all possible even on a small budget. In Erfurt, you can use your semester ticket to travel for free on the tram or bus. It also includes free travel on the regional train through Thuringia.

Further information:

financing studies

 living in Erfurt

travel with semester ticket

Who can study?

To study at the University of Erfurt, you need a general higher education entrance qualification. For some Bachelor's programmes there are additional special admission requirements. These can be, for example, aptitude tests in the fields of art, music or sport or an aptitude assessment procedure, such as for Communication Science. For some Master programmes, participation in the selection procedure is necessary.

Information on the access requirements

Language and Admission Requirements for international Students

What can I study?

The range of courses offered by the University of Erfurt includes almost 50 Bachelor, Magister and Master programmes. You can study in the following areas: Social and Social Sciences, Art and Music, Media and Communication, Pedagogy and Teaching, Religion, Linguistics and Cultural Studies as well as Economics and Law.

Bachelor programmes

Magister theologiae

Master programmes

Teacher training programme

further offers

How is the Bachelor programme structured?

Study structure

Bachelor > Master

The University of Erfurt offers a graduated study system. First of all, an undergraduate Bachelor programme must be completed. As a rule, this requires the Abitur as a general university entrance qualification. This can be followed by a consecutive (postgraduate) Master programme or a Master programme providing further education after a period of professional activity. The prerequisite for this is, in particular, proof of a relevant first degree.


All studies are modular in structure. Modules are made up of sub-modules. Within these sub-modules, specific courses are offered, such as lectures or seminars. Each module concludes with a module examination.

Credit points

The time spent studying is expressed in credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (LP/ECTS). One credit point corresponds to an expected workload of 30 hours. On average, a full-time student is expected to complete 30 LP/ECTS per semester, i.e. 900 hours. This corresponds to a 40-hour week in the semester including statutory holidays. The LP/ECTS continue to be used as a weighting basis for grade calculations of degree-relevant module examinations.

Study system at the University of Erfurt

Two-subject Bachelor & Studium Fundamentale

A special feature at the University of Erfurt is the two-subject Bachelor. You study two fields of study in the Bachelor programme: a major field of study and a minor field of study. The minor field of study complements and sharpens your individual profile with additional qualifications for further education or the job market. In addition, there is a field of study at the University of Erfurt that is compulsory for all Bachelor students - the Studium Fundamentale (additional interdisciplinary studies).

Which courses of study can I combine with each other?

When combining the major field of study with the minor field of study, you must observe a few rules depending on the degree programme. To help you keep track of the combination rules, the University of Erfurt has developed the Studimat online tool (German only). It helps you find the right combination with just a few clicks:

Two-subject Bachelor's degree: easily combined with STUDIMAT (in German)

[Translate to English:] Vorschaubild Studimat

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How can I apply for a study programme?


We are pleased that you have decided to study at the University of Erfurt. We will be happy to support you with information on the application procedure and on compiling your application documents.

Here you will find information on the application for degree seeking student:

Application degree seeking students (EU)

Application degree seeking students (NON-EU)

What counselling services are available?

International Office

For applicants and students from abroad, the International Office is the first point of contact for applications and admissions, but also for questions and problems during their studies. A number of integration projects are designed to support an easy start and successful studies.

Your contact persons

Student advice and counselling

The Student advice and counselling provides information and advice on the following topics:

  • Study offer
  • Information leaflets on studies
  • Further education
  • Admission requirements
  • Application
  • Admission restriction/procedure
  • Aptitude testing procedure
  • Qualifying examinations
  • Semester fee
  • Re-registration
  • Semester off
  • Change of study direction


Anne Zimmermann
Student advice and counselling
(Department 1: Registrar‘s Office)
Verwaltungsgebäude / first floor (front entrance)
Office hours
in person: Mondays to Thursdays 12-15 p.m. and by appointment

by telephone: Monday to Friday 9-11:30 a.m.

Open Day and Discovery Days

Open day on 07.05.2022

Numerous information and advisory services offer you the opportunity to personally experience the study and living conditions in Erfurt at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours. Information on the programme: Open day

Discovery days 2022

The taster days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and programme: Discovery days

Studi-Talks - Talks with students (German only)

[Translate to English:] Studierende mit Handy

What is it like to study in Erfurt? Is it easy to find a flat or a room here? What is student life like? Is it easy to get to know fellow students? Anyone thinking about studying has many questions. And who better to answer them than students?

In our Studi-Talks, some of our students answer questions online for two hours every week. So tune in and just ask away!

to the Studi-Talks

Subject advice and counselling

Counselling on subject-specific questions of the study programme is offered in the individual faculties and is carried out by study programme representatives or subject advice and counselling (professors, lecturers and academic staff). These advisors provide information, in particular about:

  • Course offerings
  • Combination options
  • Course content
  • Admission requirements
  • Application
  • Admission restriction/procedure
  • Aptitude assessment procedures
  • Qualifying examinations
  • Contents and focal points of the subject,
  • Study regulations/curricula, examination regulations,
  • Performance requirements and certificates,
  • Crediting of previous academic achievements (in the case of a change of degree programme and/or university).

They also provide advice and support in personal planning and structuring of the subject studies (construction of the timetable, work techniques, preparation for examinations). The task of the subject advisory service is to advise students during the entire course of their studies.

You can find the contact persons on the respective pages of the degree programme in our study offer.

Study programmes from A to Z

Order or download information material

Studiengangsflyer bestellen
[Translate to English:] Jetzt bestellen!

Would you like to get your hands on the programme flyer? Then request our free information materials without obligation. In a few days you will receive mail directly to your home.

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How can I get to know the University of Erfurt?

Campus insights

We take you on a 360 degree tour of the campus! (German only)

[Translate to English:] virtueller Rundgang Uni Erfurt

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News from the University of Erfurt

Student orientation days - well prepared for your studies

Starting a degree programme, transferring to another university or moving to another city is a big step that we want to support you with. We offer Student Orientation Days (STET) in the week before classes begin. When you start your studies as a first-semester student, students from the higher semesters, your student tutors, will be there to support you. In addition to preparing you for your studies, you will learn a lot of interesting and exciting facts about studying and student life in Erfurt.

to the Student Orientation Days

Information from the International Office on starting your studies at the University of Erfurt

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