The University of Erfurt offers a tiered study system. The first stage is a basic bachelor's degree. As a rule, this requires the Abitur as a general university entrance qualification. This can be followed by a consecutive Master's degree course (which builds on the previous one) or a Master's degree course following a professional career. The prerequisite for this is in particular proof of a relevant first degree.
The Magister Degree Course Catholic Theology, which is offered as a further basic course of study in addition to the Bachelor's degree, can be taken up directly after the Abitur.
All studies are modular in structure. Modules are made up of sub-modules. Within these sub-modules concrete courses are offered, such as lectures or seminars. Each module concludes with a module examination during the course of study.
The amount of time spent studying is expressed by credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (LP/ECTS). One credit point corresponds to an expected working time of 30 hours. On average, a full-time student is expected to work 30 LP/ECTS per semester, i.e. 900 hours. This corresponds to a 40-hour week per semester including the statutory leave days.
The LP/ECTS will continue to be used as a basis for weighting in the calculation of grades for module examinations relevant to the degree.
The bachelor's programme leads to a first university degree that qualifies students for employment. 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. It serves the students a) to test the study system, b) to get to know the study and examination regulations and c) to prove themselves, as the transition to the qualification phase (3rd-6th semester) is only open after successful completion of this phase.
In the Bachelor's programme, two subjects, a major and a minor subject, are to be combined (two-subject Bachelor's). In addition, there is a compulsory area of study at the University of Erfurt which all Bachelor students must complete - the Studium Fundamentale. During the orientation phase, only courses in the chosen major and minor subject are to be attended; if necessary, courses in the Additional Language Studies can also be attended for language studies.
The Bachelor's programme comprises a total of 180 LP/ECTS, of which 90 LP/ECTS are for the major subject and 60 LP/ECTS for the minor subject. The remaining 30 LP/ECTS are allotted to courses of the Studium Fundamentale.
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The University of Erfurt offers in-depth academic and teaching master's programmes and a 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.
Magister Degree Course Catholic Theology
The Master's degree in Catholic Theology is an undergraduate course of study with a standard duration of 10 semesters and a study volume of 300 LP/ECTS.
At the University of Erfurt you will be trained for the teaching professions of primary school, regular school, vocational schools or remedial education. Teacher training is carried out in the tiered Bachelor and Master system.
At the University of Erfurt, we offer you a wide range of information on study orientation. There is also the possibility of personal advice and participation in guided tours on campus and through the university library.
If you have decided to study at the University of Erfurt, the Student Orientation Days (STET) are the information you should not miss.
Information for prospective students
Information for international students
The General Student Advisory Service provides information on the following topics:
Verwaltungsgebäude, Raum 0.19
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Advice on the subject-specific questions of the study programme is offered in the individual faculties an ist provided by course advisors (professors, lecturers and academic staff). These advisors provide information and give particular advice on:
They also provide advice and support in the personal plannung and design of the study programme (construction of the timetable, working techniques, preparation for examinations). The task of the study counselling service ist to advise student throughout their studies.
The contact persons can be found on the respective pages of the course of studies in our study offer.
A mentor (professor or academic staff member from the main field of study) is responsible for providing subject-specific advice during the Bachelor programme. This mentor is either chosen or assigned at the beginning of the programme. Details will be announced during the introductory days.
Students discuss their personal study and examination plan with the mentor every semester. The mentor is also available to answer many other questions regarding study planning in the major field of study (setting priorities, planning internships, study abroad, etc.) and the Studium Fundamentale. Participation in mentoring is compulsory.
In addition, counselling on subject-specific questions of the minor field of study is offered by the subject counsellors.
They will advise you on matters relating to the minor field of study:
Mentoring is also offered in the Master programmes.
The study and examination advisory and counselling provides information and advice on the following topics:
Department 1: Registrar's Office
Verwaltungsgebäude, ground floor
Tel.: +49 361 737-5100
Monday - Thursday, 12 - 3 p.m.
and by arrangement
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Our staff are bound by professional secrecy. All counselling is confidential.
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.
The Student Services Organisation (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.
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 of the Studierendenwerk is the place to 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
The Student Housing Department will be happy to help you find the right accommodation for you. The Studierendenwerk Thüringen manages a total of 64 residential complexes with approximately 7400 places. On the following pages you will find important information about our halls of residence and how to apply for a place to live.