Student Advisory Service

In 5 steps to study

Which degree programme suits me? Which subjects can I combine? When do I have to apply? How do I enrol? The path may seem a little tricky at first. We will help you with the most important steps towards studying and provide you with important contacts.

1. orientation

The course offerings at the University of Erfurt include a wide range of bachelor's, master's and Magister programmes. These range, for example, from the fields of linguistics and cultural studies to economics and social sciences.

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2. choice of studies

To help you make the right choice for your degree programme, we provide you with a variety of decision-making aids. For example, take advantage of the personal counselling, the Open Day or the STUDIMAT online tool to find the right combination of major and minor in your Bachelor's degree programme.

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3. application

The path to a degree programme depends on the respective admissions restriction, i.e. with or without numerus clausus (NC), of your subjects. Accordingly, the deadlines for your student applicant differ. You do not need to apply for subjects with open admissions; you can enrol directly (see step 4).

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4. enrolment

After you have received your acceptance letter, you can enrol for your studies at the University of Erfurt. This also applies to subjects that do not require admission. There, enrolment takes place without a prior "application".

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5. let's go!

A warm welcome! Are you now officially a student at the University of Erfurt? With the Student Orientation Days at the beginning of the winter semester, we will prepare you perfectly for the start of your studies.

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Studentin auf dem Campus
Studierende im KIZ, Universität Erfurt
Studierende in der Bibliothek
Hoersaal 1 KIZ Uni Erfurt

First information about the study programme

The Bachelor's/Master's degree system at the University of Erfurt

Bachelor/Master study system

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

The Master's programme in Catholic Theology, which is offered as a further undergraduate programme in addition to the Bachelor's programme, can be commenced directly after the Abitur.

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 ends 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.

Two-subject Bachelor

In the Bachelor's degree programme, two subjects, one major and one minor, must be combined (two-subject Bachelor's degree). In addition, at the University of Erfurt there is a study area that must be completed by all Bachelor students - the Studium Fundamentale, which is integrated in the chosen major subject. In the orientation phase, only courses of the chosen major and minor subject are to be attended; if necessary, courses of the Additional Language Studies can also be attended for language studies.

The Bachelor's degree programme comprises a total of 180 LP/ECTS.

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Overview of the bachelor's programme (combination rules, relevance to the teaching profession, deadlines)

Combine major and minor subject with the online tool "Studimat

Bachelor's programme

The Bachelor's programme leads to a first university degree qualifying for a profession. The standard period of study at the University of Erfurt is 6 semesters, i.e. 3 years.

The first 2 semesters are called the orientation phase (O-phase, 1st-2nd semester) . It serves the students

a) to test the study system,

b) to get to know the study and examination regulations and

c) probation,

as only after successful completion of this phase is the transition to the qualification phase (Q phase, 3rd-6th semester) open.

Structure of the Bachelor's programme

Major Minor  
1st to 2nd semester 30 LP/ECTS 30 LP/ECTS  
3rd to 6th semester 90 LP/ECTS 30 LP/ECTS
Total 120 LP/ECTS 60 LP/ECTS

Master's programme

The University of Erfurt offers Master's degree programmes that are academically in-depth and teacher training-related, as well as a further education Master of Public Policy. The standard period of study in all cases is 4 semesters, i.e. 2 years. The Master's programmes each comprise 120 LP/ECTS.

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Master's programme in Catholic Theology

The Master's programme in Catholic Theology is an undergraduate programme with a standard period of study of 10 semesters and a total of 300 LP/ECTS.

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Part-time study

The bachelor's or master's programme (with the exception of the master's programme in Public Policy) can also be studied part-time. Studying part-time at the University of Erfurt means that the 30 LP/ECTS to be completed in one semester can be reduced by half. The courses to be attended (lectures, seminars, etc.) result from the regular, current course offerings of the respective degree programme. Note: Part-time studies are not funded by the BaföG.

Teacher training programmes: Your teacher training programme

Study teaching profession in Erfurt

Study teaching profession at the University of Erfurt

At the University of Erfurt you will study for the teaching profession:

  • Primary schools,
  • Secondary schools,
  • Vocational schools or
  • Special Needs Pedagogy

trained. Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor's-Master's degree system (first the Bachelor's degree and then the Master's degree). The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination taken at other universities. The study programme is followed by the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.

You want to study teaching profession?

Information services for prospective students

You want to study? Then you've come to the right place!

At the University of Erfurt we offer you a wide range of information services for study orientation. In addition, there is the possibility of personal counselling and participation in guided tours on campus as well as through the University Library.

If you have decided to study at the University of Erfurt, the Student Orientation Days (STET) will provide you with information that you should not miss.

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Information for prospective students

Studying in Erfurt: Guide to starting your studies (pdf)

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Information for parents

A new stage in life

Do you want to support your child in choosing a course of study?

You are about to graduate from high school or have (almost) done so. Now comes the next step on the path to professional life. Study in Erfurt, for example. But that needs to be well planned. Of course, you want to help with orientation and probably have a lot of questions. Don't worry: The University of Erfurt is at your side! Together with our experts from student advice and counselling and with mentors who accompany our students on their way to a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

We have created a brochure for you with all the important information and tips on the subject of studying. You can download it here free of charge:

Brochure "Help, my child wants to study..." (pdf)

Information for prospective students

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The special feature: our two-subject Bachelor

At the University of Erfurt you study a two-subject Bachelor's degree, consisting of a major subject and a minor subject. Our online tool "STUDIMAT" helps you to find the best combination for your studies from the 25 bachelor's programmes offered at the University of Erfurt. No matter whether you are interested in a teaching-related degree or a degree without relevance to teaching.

Two-subject Bachelor: Combine major and minor subject

Advice and service

General student advice and counselling

The General Student Advice and Counselling Service provides information and counselling on the following topics:

  • Course offerings
  • Information leaflets on studies
  • Further education
  • Admission requirements
  • Application
  • Admission restriction/procedure
  • Aptitude tests
  • Aptitude tests
  • Semester contribution
  • re-registration
  • Semester off
  • Change of subject


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.

subject advice and counselling

Dezernat 1 Studium und Lehre Studentin Uni Erfurt
Student in front of Department 1

Subject advice and counselling: Counselling on the degree programme

Subject advice and counselling is offered in the individual faculties and is carried out by subject advisors (professors, university lecturers and academic employees). These advisors provide information, in particular about:

  • Course offerings
  • Combination options
  • Course content
  • Admission requirements
  • Application procedure
  • Admission restriction/procedure
  • Aptitude tests
  • Aptitude tests
  • Content and focus 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 give advice and support in personal planning and structuring of the subject studies (construction of the timetable, working techniques, exam preparation). The task of subject advice and counselling is to advise students throughout the entire course of their studies.

You can find the contact persons on the respective course pages in our course offerings.

Course offerings from A to Z


A mentor (professor or an academic employee from the main subject) is responsible for providing specialist advice during the Bachelor's programme. This mentor is either chosen or assigned at the beginning of the programme. More details will be provided during the Student Orientation Days.

Students discuss their personal study and examination plan with the mentor every semester. The mentor is also available to answer many other questions concerning the planning of studies in the major subject (setting priorities, planning internships, study abroad, etc.) and the Studium Fundamentale. Participation in mentoring is compulsory.

In addition, subject advice and counselling is offered by the subject advisors for the minor subject.

They will advise you on matters relating to the minor subject:

  • Contents and focal points
  • study and examination regulations
  • Study and examination schedules
  • Performance requirements and certificates
  • Crediting of previous academic achievements (e.g. in the case of a change of degree programme and/or university).

Mentoring is also offered in the master 's programmes .

Study and examination guidance

The study and examination advisory service provides information and advice on the following topics:

  • Study organisation
  • Study planning
  • Examination system
  • Taking examinations
  • Illness during studies and examinations
  • Crediting study and examination achievements
  • Change of subject
  • Examination regulations


Prüfungsangelegenheiten (Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre)
Examination matters
(Department 1: Registrar‘s Office)
C02 – Verwaltungsgebäude / Erdgeschoss (Haupteingang)
Office hours
in person: monday to thursday 12-3 p.m. and by appointment

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

Order or download information material

We will send you information material to your home free of charge!

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

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Open Day 2024

Are you interested in studying at the University of Erfurt? Why not come to our digital Open Day and find out about our bachelor's and master's programmes? The general student advice and counselling service will also be there to answer your questions about the Bachelor's and Master's system.

Open Day

Special study situations

Start of studies

Welcome to the University of Erfurt

The start of your studies is often associated with questions, expectations and also a little excitement. To ensure that your start to your studies is a success, this page presents important information in a bundled form. From registering for courses to the Student Orientation Days (STET).

The start of your studies

Here we go: Student Orientation Days

Study with child

Kinder in der Universitätsbibliothek der Universität Erfurt

Study, child and family

Balancing studying and raising children is a particular challenge for student parents. The University of Erfurt has therefore set itself the goal of providing the best possible support for bringing up mothers and fathers.

Family at the University

Studying with disabilities and chronic illnesses

Finding the 'right' degree programme for you is not easy. Prospective students with long-term impairments (e.g. hearing, vision, speech, postural and musculoskeletal impairments, chronic-somatic and mental illnesses as well as partial performance and autism spectrum disorders) especially need information on:

  • Will my impairment be taken into account in the application procedure (e.g. as a hardship case)?
  • What are the study conditions like in my degree programme?
  • Can I study 'well' with my impairment?
  • Will I receive support?

You will find this and further information as well as contact persons on the following page:

Studying with disabilities and chronic illnesses

Studying and Internship Abroad

Over the horizon

If you can list a semester or internship abroad on your CV, you document mobility, employable language skills and practical experience in equal measure. In addition to expanding your subject and language skills, you also have the unique opportunity to gain an insight into life in another country and get to know a new culture.

Studying Abroad

Internship Abroad

Study and then?

The University of Erfurt cooperates with partners in and outside the university in providing guidance during the transition from study to professional life. In this way, students are provided with different counselling competences so that they are supported in the best possible way.

Study and then?


Alumni initiatives

Psychological stress during studies

In addition to the psychosocial counselling service of the Student Services Organisation (Studierendenwerk), the University of Erfurt has set up a telephone helpline by students for students. Here, students from different fields of study and semesters support their fellow students with problems and psychological stress related to their studies, listen to them, advise them and refer them to further support services.

Worry phone

Contact persons
(University of Erfurt)
Office hours
Please note the current line-up.
Profile page

Further counselling services

General social counselling

Allgemeine Sozialberatung des Studierendenwerks

In the General Social Counselling (ASB), we offer you guidance and decision-making support as well as information on multi-layered social issues such as:

  • Financing your studies through employment
  • Social benefits of the Studierendenwerk
  • Benefits for pregnant women and students with children
  • Entitlements to social benefits
  • Savings opportunities
  • General conditions of study
  • Questions from students with disabilities and chronic illnesses
  • Questions from international students

Our employees are bound to professional secrecy. All counselling is confidential.

Contact the General Social Counselling

Contact persons for the Erfurt location
(Student services organisation (Studierendenwerk))
C23 – Mitarbeitergebäude 1, Raum 109

Psychosocial counselling

Psychosoziale Beratung des Studierendenwerks

Psychosocial counselling (PSB) is available free of charge to all students at universities in Thuringia who feel the need to talk to a neutral person about themselves, their situation and their problems and to receive further support.

Those seeking advice can contact us both with study-related problems and in personal conflict situations. Psychosocial counselling is also available in English upon request.

Contact the psychosocial counselling

Legal advice

Rechtsberatung des Studierendenwerks

The Studierendenwerk offers expert legal advice. It is open to all students. The free consultations are conducted by independent lawyers during the lecture period. Law firms with as broad a spectrum as possible have been selected for this purpose.

Contact the legal advice service

Advice on student financing

The following pages give you an overview of the most important financing options for studying. For all questions regarding financial support for studies, the Student Financing Department at the Thuringian Student Services Organisation (Thuringian Student Services Organisation (Studierendenwerk)) is the contact (e.g. implementation of BAföG as the Office for Educational Support). The Studierendenwerk also supports students in financial emergencies.

Advice from the Studierendenwerk on the subject of student finance

Overview of the topic of student finance

Advice on student housing

The Student Housing Department will be happy to help you find the right accommodation for you. The Thuringian Student Services Organisation (Studierendenwerk) manages a total of 64 residential homes with approximately 7400 places. On the following pages you will find important information about our residential homes and how to apply for a place.

Residential homes of the Studierendenwerk

Information about living in Erfurt

Information Centre Location Erfurt

In our information centres you can get the following information and services about studying:

  • the International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Information on exemption/refund of semester contributions
  • Information on exemption/refund of the semester ticket fee
  • BAföG applications: Issuing and acceptance for forwarding to the Student Financing Department (no counselling!)
  • the child ID card for free lunch for students' children
  • Advice on flexible childcare as well as registration, acceptance of childcare contracts and booking of childcare times in Jena, Erfurt and Weimar
  • Information material from the Studierendenwerk, the universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as information on opening hours of facilities of the Studierendenwerk, the universities, universities of applied sciences and the cities
  • Publication of private room offers on the Internet
  • Publication of job offers for students on the internet
  • Admission tickets to events organised by the Studierendenwerk and the universities and colleges

to the Information Centre

Mirjam Triebe
(Student services organisation (Studierendenwerk))
C04 – Mensa

Contact Persons Department 1: Registrar's Office

Still undecided? Then contact the student advice and counselling service and let us advise you!

Student advice and counselling

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.

Academic Affairs

Studierendenangelegenheiten (Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre)
Student Affairs
(Department 1: Registrar‘s Office)
C02 – Verwaltungsgebäude / Ground floor (main entrance)
Office hours
in person: Monday to Thursday 12-15 hrs and by appointment
by telephone: Monday to Friday 9-11:30

Further counselling services

Studentin mit Sparschwein
Finance studies BAföG & Co.
Student beim Umzug nach Erfurt
Student housing Residences & Co.
Studentin mit Buch
Scholarships Foundations and institutions