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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 Economics, Law and Social Sciences
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major subject
Teaching language
German, English

Course Details

In the major field of study International Relations you will deal with the political, legal and economic dimensions of a changing world order. You will examine the growing interdependence of national political systems and economies and the role of transnational governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The course of studies connects:

  • legal perspectives,
  • social science perspectives,
  • economic perspectives.

With the interdisciplinary education you will acquire all necessary knowledge and skills in International Relations. You will be introduced to scientific analysis and reflection of problems in order to strengthen your solution-oriented judgement.

The course of study will teach you the interrelationships, concepts and approaches to solutions in international relations. You will learn to think and solve problems in a logical, structured, analytical and critical manner. In addition, you will be able to deal independently and critically with the global challenges of our time.

Further information on the program

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in public or private organisations in an international context,
  • in international and supranational institutions,
  • with the state,
  • in non-governmental organisations,
  • in companies,
  • in bandages,
  • in the media,
  • in the church.

Meet our alumni!

Our Alumni (in German)

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International Relations 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)

They attend introductory lectures in Law, Social and Economics Sciences:

  • Constitutional law
  • Analysis of political systems
  • International relations
  • Statistics
  • Macroeconomics
  • two language courses

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

You will attend in-depth seminars and lectures in compulsory and optional modules:

  • International law
  • Methods of empirical social research
  • International organizations
  • Foreign policy
  • Peace and conflict research
  • International Economics
  • European law
  • Language course


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 International Relations

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:

  • Variant 1: International Relations as a major field of study and a minor field of study of law, economics and social sciences
  • Variant 2: International Relations as a major field of study and a minor field of study outside the Faculty of law, economics and social sciences

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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
  • further internships are possible

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

With the beginning of the studies:

  • English at language level B2

Until the end of the studies:

  • Students who cannot prove a B2 level in English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages at the beginning of their studies must successfully complete the module Berufsfeld Sprachkurs - Orientierungsphase in Englisch.

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

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH)
Language requirements for access / DSH

Admission limitation (with nc)

Admission limitation (with NC)

Only a limited number of places are available for the International Relations programme (internal university admission restriction, numerus clausus). The number of places is determined anew for each winter semester.

The places are allocated in an admission procedure according to the following criteria:

  • Average grade of the university entrance qualification [HZB] (20% of places),
  • Supplementary university selection procedure (60% of places; the only underlying criterion: average grade of the HZB),
  • Waiting time (20% of seats).

Information on the application of admission restricted study programs

Master Programmes

Open Day & Discovery Days

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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 subject in International Relations is admission-restricted (with NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

For the combination of International Relations with an admission-free program (without NC) or an admission-restricted program (with NC), please apply from June 1 to July 15 using the following link.

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Consulting & Service

Student advice and counselling

Study Counsellor BA-International Relations
(Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)
Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0144
Office hours
Wednesdays 2-3.30 p.m. by appointment
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Are you considering to study Economics, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt, but are still unsure what to expect? Then simply contact us by e-mail at and we will arrange a telephone call.

We (from left to right: Fee, Celine and Hanna) study different subject combinations and are happy to answer all kinds of questions about study contents or future opportunities, but also about Erfurt as a city of study or our student life.

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