The Start of the Bachelor's Programme

Dear students,

welcome to the University of Erfurt! Here are a few brief, important tips for your start to your studies.


Download the brochure:

,,My Start into the Bachelor's Programme"

,,My schedule and exams"

Study introduction days (STET)

During the introductory days you will be informed about the contents and progress of your studies. Lecturers, students (tutors) and the Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre (SuL) will make the start of your studies as easy as possible for you, in particular your timetable for the first semester is available at the end of this week. The tutors will show you the university, the faculty buildings, the library, the language and computer centre. You will get to know your first fellow students with whom you will also explore the city.

to the study introduction days (STET)

Language Skills

For individual fields of study (subjects), the mastery of foreign languages is mandatory or recommended. The requirements can be found in the respective examination and study regulations.

Placement tests for these foreign languages are already offered during the STET. Information about the requirements, the procedure of the language tests and language studies as well as contact persons for the individual languages can be found on the website of the Language Centre or by calling 0361/737-2700.

Computer and E-Mail Account

With your enrolment, a computer account (your access to the university network) and an e-mail account (your mailbox at the university) have been set up for you. You will receive written information about the procedure for activating these accounts together with your student card.

You will receive your activation password separately. If you have not already activated your computer and e-mail account at home, you should do so during STET, if necessary with the help of the computer center (URMZ). You can then log on to the computers at the university and, for example, immediately call up the courses that have been created for your studies under E.L.V.I.S.®, the Erfurt Course Information System, and here under My Course Catalogue. Use your university e-mail account for all your e-mail traffic with the university. E-mails from other web accounts are ignored by the University of Erfurt! Access to your e-mail account is via webmail.

Student Advisory Service

Student counselling is provided by different contact persons within the university, each with the appropriate competencies. Don't be afraid to ask your questions, everyone is happy to help you.

  1. Mentors: A mentor (professor or academic assistant from your major field of study) is responsible for your professional advice during your studies. You either choose this mentor at the beginning of your studies or he or she will be assigned to you. You will find out more during the STET. You will discuss your personal study plan for the major field of study and the Studium Fundamentale with your mentor every semester. He or she will also be available to answer any questions you may have about your study plan (setting priorities, planning your internship, stay abroad, etc.) Your participation in mentoring is mandatory.
  2. Subject Counselling: In addition, the subject counsellors offer advice on subject-specific questions of the minor subjects. These advisors will advise you on the contents, focal points, study and examination regulations, study and examination schedules, performance requirements and proofs and the crediting of previous academic achievements (e.g. in the event of a change of degree programme and/or university). You can find an overview of the subject advisors valid for the current semester here.
  3. Examination matters: Information on examination matters, examination regulations, bookings, sick leave, etc. can be obtained from the Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre (SuL), on 0361/737-5100 or by e-mail, office hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 to 15 o'clock and by appointment
  4. Student affairs: Information on application, admission, enrolment, change of study direction, re-registration, leave of absence, long-term study fees, etc. can be obtained from the Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre (SuL), on 0361/737-5100 or by e-mail, office hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 to 15 o'clock and by appointment
  5. General Student Advisory Service: The General Student Advisory Service provides information and advice on the various university studies, helps you to get started in your studies as well as with difficulties that arise during the course of your studies, and supports you in starting your professional life. The University cooperates with the Career Guidance Office of the Federal Employment Agency. Counselling is provided by the Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre (SuL), available on 0361/737-5100 or by e-mail, office hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 to 15 o'clock and by appointment
  6. On behalf of the Diversity Officer, Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre advises applicants and students on issues arising from a disability or chronic illness. Appointments can be made by phone: 0361/737-5100.
  7. Student Council (StuRa): The Student Council, as the representative of all students enrolled at the university, also offers help in all student matters.
  8. Student body of department: For subject-specific questions you can also contact your Student body of department. They are the representatives of the students who are enrolled in a course of department. The student council will represent your interests towards the faculty. You can find an overview of the existing Student body of department at the University of Erfurt here.

Expected Time Expenditure per Semester/LP

The university expects you to spend an average of 900 hours per semester on studies and examinations in a full-time study programme. 

This is comparable to a full-time job of 40 hours a week. The expected effort is presented in 30 parts, the so-called credit points (LP). One LP accounts for 30 hours. This corresponds to the "European Credit Transfer System" (ECTS), i.e. an LP is also an ECTS credit. In the first year of study courses with a weight of 3 LP are the rule, i.e. ten double-hour courses await you.

My First Timetable

During the STET, the tutors support you in creating your timetable. 

  1. First of all, you have to determine in the examination regulations of your chosen major and minor field of study which modules you have to pass in order to successfully complete the orientation phase. This is laid down within the examination regulations in the paragraph on the "Structure of Studies" (usually § 4 or 5).
  2. The conditions (passing rules) that you have to fulfil in order to successfully complete a module can be found in the module descriptions that are attached to the examination regulations.
  3. If you know which modules you want and have to complete, now select the courses assigned to these modules under My Courses and transfer them to your timetable with the module identifier (e.g. M01#01).

Examination and Study Regulations, Module Descriptions

You can clarify many questions about your studies with your examination and study regulations (PO) as well as the attached module descriptions (module catalogue) and the Bachelor framework examination regulations (B-RPO). You can find the examination regulations that apply to you under Examination Regulations. 

Depending on your choice of subjects, the regulations for your major subject, minor subject and the regulations for the Fundamentals programme are relevant. The examination regulations that apply to you are listed in your certificate of enrolment. You can find them in the section My Certificate of Registration.

The examination regulations refer to the Framework Examination Regulations (B-RPO) which are valid for your degree course and which contain the regulations which apply to all Bachelor examination regulations. The colored module lists serve as table of contents and overview of the module catalog. Red always indicates the module level and blue the submodule level.

Please print out your examination regulations and the module lists, as you will need them during the STET and your entire studies!

Course catalogue

You can find your course offerings for the coming semester under My Courses

Sorted according to fields of study and modules, you will find all information on the courses here, which will be updated here until the start of the reservation period.

Semester Schedule

The semester schedule, which contains the most important dates for your study planning, can be found here.

Orientation Phase

In the first year of study, the so-called orientation phase (O-Phase), you should

  1. familiarise yourself with the examination system
  2. determine whether the courses of study you have chosen meet your expectations and
  3. prove yourself in the chosen field of study.

The modules of the O-Phase must be passed. Failed module examinations of the O-Phase can only be repeated once. If these are successfully completed, there is nothing to prevent further study in the Qualification Phase (Q-Phase). You can change your major and/or minor field of study once at the end of your 1st academic year. This is no longer possible in the qualification phase. Submit the application for a change of study direction to the Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre (SuL).

Registration and Attendance of Courses

Participation in compulsory courses during your studies is guaranteed, while attendance of elective courses may be limited to a certain number of participants, so that you must go through registration procedures. 

You will be informed about these procedures in the course catalogue or in the courses themselves. The lecturer decides on your admission in the first two sessions

Belegung (Enrolment), exam registration

If participation in the courses you have chosen is assured, you must register for the courses and module examinations within the third and fourth week after the start of the ,,Belegung" in order to register for the courses and module examinations. 

During the STET, the tutors will introduce you to E.L.V.I.S.® and inform you about the registration procedure. Please file the online created and printed ,,Belegbogen" with your documents.

After clicking on ,,Binding register for the courses and printing out the form" you send your evidence to the Department 1: Studies and Teaching and generate a printout which serves as evidence.

Submitted bookings are binding and cannot be changed! After the end of the reservation period, reservations will only be accepted if there is a reason for non-booking for which you are not responsible!

Module Examinations and Examination Dates

You can find out everything about the module examinations and dates from the lecturer in the first two weeks of the event. You should also enter the agreed examination performances in your timetable at the beginning of the semester. Module examinations are also scheduled during the lecture-free period. 

Please note that you will only be admitted to retake a module examination if you have taken the first examination on the first date. According to the general examination regulations, the examiner is obliged to fix your module examination grade, i.e., if applicable, the grade of the repeat examination, no later than the beginning of the lecture period of the summer semester or the end of the first half of the lecture-free period after the summer semester. Collect all the original certificates in your study documents.


E.L.V.I.S. study account


Semester Ticket

By paying your semester fee, you have acquired a semester ticket which is valid for parts of the services offered by Erfurter Verkehrsbetriebe AG and selected routes of DB Regio AG. You can find an overview of how to use the semester ticket here.

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