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Bachelor programme

Degree profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Catholic Theology
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language
School subject
Catholic Religious Education
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools, Vocational schools

Course Details

The major and minor subject in Catholic Religion will provide you with scientific and didactic skills across the theological subjects and will enable you to think independently, but also to teach them.

The students acquire:

  • knowledge of the origin and contents of the Bible and the meaning of the Bible in the present,
  • judgment and action skills,
  • mediation competence for Christian practice.

In addition, they reflect on the background of today's worlds of experience the:

  • history of the church,
  • basic statements of the Christian faith,
  • ethics,
  • liturgy,
  • right.

Theology + X = Your studies at the University of Erfurt! (in German)

Studieren an der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät

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Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates are active in these professional fields, outside the church service:

  • as a member of the state parliament, office manager of a member of the Bundestag / Lord Mayor, employee of a state ministry
  • as clerk in the press office, newspaper/radio editor, journalist, PR consultant, press officer, bookseller
  • as librarian, staff/coordinator in foundations
  • as municipal housing administration, employee in the social welfare office
  • as personnel manager/head of department/manager

Our graduates are active in these professional fields of church service:

  • as cardinal, bishop, priest, Protestant and Old Catholic pastors, pastoral assistant
  • as a pastor for the police, clinic, prison, college, school and family
  • as a theological staff member in a university congregation or a congregation referent
  • as head of an education house/family centre/continuing education institution
  • as a teacher of religion, headmaster or lecturer
  • as a speaker in an ordinariate or other ecclesiastical authority
  • as commissioner for sectarian and ideological issues
  • as a church musician
  • as cathedral leader
Erfurt Cathedral
Kunigunden Hall
Kiliani Chapel

Catholic Religion in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • Theology from biblical, historical, practical, systematic and methodological perspectives

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Creator God and world,
  • Ways and executions of faith,
  • Church as mystery,
  • Jesus Christ and the Reign of God


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations major Catholic Religion

Examinations regulations minor Catholic Religion

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Catholic Religion can be combined with all fields of study except Protestant Religious Education.

Online-Tool Studimat

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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • School internship (only minor studies)

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • Speech training course (only major studies)

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject Catholic Religion at the following schools:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Vocational schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with the minor subject Catholic Religion

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Studying to become a primary school teacher

Studying to become a secondary school teacher

  • Combination of Catholic Religion with minor subject (relevant to the teaching profession)

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Studying to become a secondary school teacher

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

  • Catholic Religion as a general subject

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):

Language requirements

Language requirements during studies

At the beginning of the studies:

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.
  • Latin: extended basic knowledge
  • Greek: basic knowledge

If the required language skills are not yet available, they can be acquired during the course of study.

The recognition of existing language qualifications, individual advice and support are provided by the Lectorate for Ancient Languages.

Lectorate for Old Languages

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

No admission limitation (without nc)

Without admission limitation (without NC)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

Master Programmes

Open Day & Discovery Days

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Open Day

Open Day

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

Discovery Days

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. Information and program: Discovery Days

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Apply now!

The major and minor subject in Catholic Religion is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

If you wish to combine Catholic Religion with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enrol directly from May 1 to September 15.

Enrol now for Catholic Religion!

If you wish to combine Catholic Religion with an admission-restricted program (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 using the following link.

Apply now for Catholic Religion!

For international students


Want to study one semester or year at the University of Erfurt?

Exchange Studies

You come from abroad and are interested in studying for a Bachelor's or Master's degree at the University of Erfurt?

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