University of Erfurt Discovery Days - Experience studying up close from 10 to 14 June 2024

Get to know everyday university life and the campus

The discovery 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.

The primary aim is certainly not to understand the subject matter presented, but rather to gain an impression of what "studying" means.

Take advantage of the taster course and get to know the campus and the university's facilities, talk to lecturers and students and find out about our range of courses on site. In short: form your own impression!

We look forward to your visit!

This is what awaits you on our discovery days:
  • Lecture on study orientation
  • Visit to courses
  • Visit to the Erfurt University Library
  • Insights from students of the desired degree programme
  • Guided tour of the university campus
  • Erfurt city tour
  • Information on housing and financing
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Discovery Days at University of Erfurt

Preparation for the discovery days

You have decided to attend one or more of the selected courses during the discovery days? Great! We look forward to your visit!

Everything different at university? Not everything, but of course there are differences to school and that's why you might have questions about the taster days, about studying, about the university... First rule: Just ask! Our student advisory service, our subject advisors and our student campus specialists will be happy to help and advise you at any time.

FAQ: Questions & answers about the Discovery Days

Who are the Discovery Days for?

Attending the courses is primarily aimed at prospective students who have already shortlisted a few subjects.

For a rough orientation, we recommend visiting the university information day or taking advantage of the general offers such as the lecture on study orientation or the guided tours on the taster days.

To teachers: The University of Erfurt is happy to support you in your career and study choice teaching by taking part in the taster days. Our offers are suitable for grades 10 and up.

Do I have to register for the Discovery Days?

To attend courses on taster days, we recommend that you register with us in advance. We would like to prepare your visit in the best possible way and provide you with the important information in advance.

to register as an individual

to register as a school class

Info point at the campus

At our info point in the glass box at the main entrance, you can find out about all the offers and dates during the taster days from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Friday until 2 p.m.). There you will receive your welcome bag and your taster days ID card.

Do I have to attend the Discovery Days for the whole week?

No, you can decide for yourself whether you would like to attend only one day or several days of courses. With an entire discovery week, we can offer you the widest possible choice of subjects and suitable courses.

Where can I find suitable courses?

Not every course is suitable for trial participation. You will find our selected events in the programme overview.

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When do the courses start and end?

Lectures begin 15 minutes after the stated time, colloquially known as "academic quarter", and end 15 minutes before the stated time. In exceptional cases you will find the indication "s.t." (sin tempore, translated: "without time"). These events take place punctually at the specified time.

The times are often indicated with the Latin additions "c.t." (cum tempore, translated: "with time"). For the sake of clarity, however, this information is not used in everyday university life.

If you would like to attend a course, please stay in the room until the end of the course.

What is actually a lecture and what is a seminar?

You will quickly realise in the course catalogue that there are different types of events at a university - lectures, seminars and exercises/tutorials. During the discovery days, you have the opportunity to attend mainly lectures and seminars. In a lecture, a lecturer gives a 90-minute talk while the students sit in the lecture hall and mainly listen and take notes.

Seminars are different. Here, a small group of students deals with the subject matter in discussions, presentations or working groups.

Exercises/tutorials accompany the other courses and are not suitable as a taster event.

With how many people can I attend a course?

You are welcome to attend our courses alone or with friends. Sometimes it is easier to explore new things together.

However, please refrain from attending in larger groups. We are happy to arrange an individual appointment for class-sized groups. Please contact: or use our registration form for school classes.

How do I get to the university and how do I find my way around?

The University of Erfurt is a campus university, i.e. with a few exceptions (Department of Art, Music and Theology), all facilities, teaching buildings and staff offices are located on the campus at Nordhäuser Straße 63. The campus is easy to reach by public transport (tram line 3 or 6, "Universität" stop) or by car.

Travel information

The digital campus maps and the on-site maps will help you find your way around. You can already get to know the campus in a virtual tour.

Virtual tour at the University of Erfurt

When you register at our Info Point, you will also receive a campus map, among other things.

More questions than answers after a course?

Do not put yourself under pressure. During the taster days, you will attend regular courses that students have already been taking for the whole semester. Therefore, your own requirement for attending the taster course should not be to be able to understand all the content covered in the course. Rather, it is about attending a real course and gaining a first impression of university life.

Individual advice

  • Do you have questions about the content of individual courses? Contact our subject advisors (contact details on the programme pages).
    Courses of study A-Z
  • Would you like to find out more about admission to a degree programme, enrolment, changing degree programmes or possible combinations? Our General Student Advisory Service will be happy to help you.
    General Student Advisory Service
  • You want to know which subjects you can combine? Then start the Studimat.
  • Would you like to find out more about the University of Erfurt, studying and the university location? Ask our student campus specialists or the representatives of the student councils of your chosen fields of study about their experiences.
    Campus Specialists
    Student Councils

Can I eat in the cafeteria?

Payment in the cafeteria is currently only possible without cash, i.e. with an EC card. All guests pay the "guest price". At the main entrance there is a glass box where you can buy sandwiches and hot drinks with your EC card.


(University Communications)
Verwaltungsgebäude / Room 1.29
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.

Invitation to try out sitting in the lecture hall

Schnuppertage Video

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