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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In view of the high and increasing Covid 19 infection dynamics in Germany, the Senate of the University of Erfurt has agreed on the principle of "as much face-to-face teaching as necessary", with the aim of largely converting teaching to online formats.
Lecturers are requested to limit courses still offered in presence to the necessary and responsible minimum. If face-to-face courses take place, students and lecturers are required to wear masks, and the applicable distance rules must be observed. The Senate will agree on the duration of this resolution on an ongoing basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.was-studieren.info
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:
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.
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)
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!
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:
Aptitude assessment procedures
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.
Getting to know your future fellow students before you start your studies? Form a flat-sharing community? Travel to Erfurt together? Get rid of questions about the start of your studies and discuss them? No problem in the Facebook group of our campus specialists.
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.